This article is from the FAQ, by Stef Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
This question contains an alphabetized list of all the large-size
clothing/shoes retailers I know of. Each retailer is associated with
Type of store
[catalog] Catalog store
[internet] Web store
[chain] Retail chain store
[single] Retail single store. [state name] follows.
[consignment] Sells some clothes on consignment
[overseas] Will ship overseas
[misc] Other lists of clothing resources
Whom they make clothing for
[maternity] Maternity and/or nursing clothing and/or bras.
What sizes they make
Note: All of the outlets make midsize clothing (1X-3X, women's
sizes 16-28), except as noted in the listings. Not all outlets
make clothing in all sizes in that range, however.
[supersize] 4X or 5X or bigger, women's size 30 and up
[petite] Petite women's sizes
[tall] Tall women's sizes
[custom] Does custom work
Type of clothing
[accessories] Jewelry, belts
[casual] Slacks, nice shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses
[costumes] Halloween and other holiday costumes
[evening] Evening dresses, evening suits
[lingerie] Lingerie, including bras, underwear, sleepwear
[outdoors] Jackets, coats, other cold weather gear
[shoes] Shoes and boots in large sizes and/or wide widths
[sportswear] T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, shorts
[swimwear] Bathing suits (men or women)
[uniforms] Nurses' uniforms, etc.
[wedding] Wedding and wedding-party dresses
14 Plus (formerly 16 Plus)
One store's number: (215) 365-0499
Used to be owned by The Limited, which owns Sizes Unlimited
and Lane Bryant stores, but is now a separate company. Casual
to elegant clothing in sizes up to 32 and 4X. Fashionable,
very little dowdy stuff. They sell large-size lingerie and proper
denim jeans. They sell large-size underwear. They also sell
large-size petites. Good sales.
Arnott Mason Corporation
PO Box 293
Clifton, VA 22024
Phone: (703) 503-2916
Fax: (703) 425-1243
Women's riding clothes in big sizes -- breeches, riding sweats,
stretch jeans, Kentucky jods, t-shirts, sweatshirts; semi-custom
boots; half chaps and full chaps. (checked 2/97)
A Jalon Full Figured Women's Fashion
PO Box 751014
Forest Hills Station, NY 11375
Phone: (800) 316-2877
Web site: http://www.jalon.com/
Sportswear, suits, and leisure wear, accessories, and men's
shirts. Coats in silk, leather, suede and fur-trimmed. Sizes
from 14/1X to 30/5X, also 34W and 36W. They use large-size
A Personal Touch
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 398-0007
Fax: (212) 398-1987
Tops to size 60, skirts to size 46, tunics to size 5X.
15 NE 181st St
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: (908) 988-0550
One of a kind fashions up to size 7X.
Adini En Plus
725 Branch Ave
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (800) 556-2443
Casual wear, sizes 1X-3X
Alice's Undercover World
Phone: (310) 326-6775
Bras and foundation garments. 28Ato 64Z and custom.
7959 Broadway St #404
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-7813
Swimwear in sizes 16W-26W
All of Me
7 Old South Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-3474
Natural fiber and Danskin clothing.
All the Rage
5711 Kennedy Boulevard
North Bergen, 07047, NJ,
Web site: http://www.quikpage.com/A/alltherage
Midsize lingerie: lace t-shirts and gowns
1473 Old Airport Rd.
Paris, Arkansas 72855
Phone: (800) 315-8332, (501) 963-6548
Fax: (501) 963-6536
Clothing for big and tall women. Special catalog of nurse's
uniforms. Custom work ($20 pattern fee) and standard size chart,
1-9, to 84" hip. Jeans to blazers, broomstick skirts,
turtle-necks, custom rainwear and polar-fleece coats, denim
western wear, "Munro shoes" and sandals to 14ww. Embroidered
t-top, pant sets, sweatshirts. Custom embroidery. One person
reports: "The jeans are wonderful! Real denim (in blue or
black), front pockets, zipper, belt loops ... just regular
old-fashioned jeans. If they don't fit quite right when you get
them, she'll fix them."
America's Shirt Catalog
Phone: (800) 259-SAVE
Web site: http://www.cottonshirt.com/
Button-down shirts up to neck size 22.
717 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (408) 425-3838
Large-size consignment shop. Small store, but full of clothes at
great prices, both consignment and new. You need to shop there
often to get the great deals on consignment since good things
move very fast.
Colorado Springs, CO
Jeans up to size 60, T-shirts to 10X. Women's clothing to size
52 or 60.
834 Pine Tree St
Slidell, LA 70458-4514
Custom-made period costumes, their design or yours, their fabric
or yours. Also custom-sized patterns. Custom men's wear, bridal
wear, and dresses.
New address (2/97):
944 SE Sellwood Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-5919
Phone: Reported not listed with phone company 03/97
Sizes to 30.
27 E. Delaware
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 337-6706
Sizes 14-26. Original clothing, custom work. Special occasion
dresses, casual, and work clothes, coats, jean, jackets. Mostly
natural fabrics. One person complained that she had difficulty
returning an item and that another expensive item she bought was
sewn poorly and they gave her trouble about repairing it.
Annette's Fine Fashions
Phone: (707) 528-8281
Sizes 14 and up
They carry clothes for significantly less (say, half the price)
than you'd find in a department store.
6836 Engle Rd
PO Box 94503
Cleveland, OH 44101-4503
Phone: (800) 359-5933, (216) 826-3008, (216) 826-1712
70 James St
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: (508) 791-8589
Fax: (508) 754-9331
Some clothes in larger sizes; the proprieter is open to carrying
more large sizes.
Apples and Pears
20488 SW Inglis Dr.
Aloha, OR 97007
Phone: Reported disconnected 03/97
(800) 475-5166, (503) 649-4601 in Oregon and overseas
Casual women's clothing -- tunics, coats, sweatshirts,
cardigans, knit tops and shorts. Much of the clothing has
embroidered designs. Sizes 1X-8X. Pricey, and they may charge
more for clothing in sizes 6X-8X. [checked 4/7/95]
100 Elm St
Salisbury, Ma 01952
Phone: (508) 462-6444
Best selection of everything and they will order things for you.
Hundreds of bathing suits, lots of wedding dresses you can try
on, party dresses, Renata B clothing, bras, etc.
Reading, PA 19606
Queen-size panties, hips 48"-71", sizes 13-18.
New York City
Clothes run the gamut of prices. Unique items (like
hand-painting on fabric). Gorgeous fabrics. High quality.
Ashley Stuart Woman
[chain][New York, Philadelphia][women][swimwear][lingerie][evening]
Chain store with outlets in New York and Philadelphia (and
possibly elsewhere). Clothing is a little more formal than Lane
Bryant's. Good service.
Astarte Woman by Design
24582 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: (310) 373-0638
Web site: http://www.astartewoman.com/
Family owned, clothing designed in-house. Expensive, but good
quality and good service! Sizes up to 32-34W. All kinds of
stuff, from casual wear to lingerie and holiday party dresses.
They have a mailing list and a great quarterly newsletter. They
also have a video catalog available for purchase, with a
discount coupon worth more than the purchase price of the video.
Attitudes and Lace
Phone: (800) 519-5568
Web site: http://shops.net/shops/SHOWCASE/
Catalog: $4.95, refundable from first purchase.
Lingerie in regular sizes and sizes 1X-4X. Large models on web site.
Auction Web Classifieds
Sometimes offers large-size clothing for auction.
Career and casual, small but dependable selection of
nightgowns/lingerie, some petites. Prices from moderate to
expensive. Excellent quality and service. Sizes 14-26.
Casual clothes, pantyhose (Gloria Vanderbilt in sizes up to 3 or
4X). Funky fashions and basic shorts/jeans/sweats. People seem
to disagree about what sizes they carry: some say to 24, some
say to 32. It may vary from store to store. Review 2/97: "Very
reasonably priced, silky little nightie things to size 32. The
Avenue/Sizes Unlimited (same store, just one is a mall name and
one is a strip mall name) used to be Lerner Woman, and used to
be part of The Limited group. (Lane Bryant is also owned by this
group.) They carry up to 30/32, unlike Lane Bryant. Also, they
have certain outfits that I find "younger" than LB. I like their
lines of underwear lots better than LB, too. [...] I've gotten
some of my best clothes there over the years." One woman likes
their pants selection better than Lane Bryant or Sizes Unlimited
because it is "height-proportional."