This article is from the FAQ, by Stef Jones (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
Kaufman's Tall & Big Men's Shop
3395 South Broadway
Englewood, Colorado 80110
Phone: (303) 761-6000; (888) 761-8255
Fax: (303) 761-3395
10707 N. E. Fourth Street
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Phone: (425) 453-8255; (888) 761-8255
Fax: (425) 453-8181
Web site: http://www.kaufmans.com
No printed catalog.
Men's clothing to sizes 5LT and 5X (60-inch waist).
Big men's clothes.
Kathleen's Full-Size Fashions
In Seattle's Ballard district, near Market street, across
from the original Ballard Computer.
Jeans, sportswear, separates, dresses, including wedding
dresses. Sizes 14-32+. Many styles in limited size range: i.e.,
1x-3x, 1x-4x, or 4x-6x. No shoes or business suits. Not much
variety in bras or panties. Styles range from casual to
fashionable to funky to elegant to sexy. One reader buys most of
her clothes there.
Kay Largo Custom Sized Jewelry & Accessories
PO Box 7088, Huntsville, AL 35807
Web site: http://www.kaylargo.com
Custom-sized jewelry (including eyeglass keepers, tummy chains,
and jewelry for the feet) and leather jackets and chaps in large
sizes (some to 70).
Phone: (800) 835-0365
Bib overalls to about a 66" waist.
PO Box 8385
Indianapolis, IN 46283-8385
Phone orders: (800) 846-1600
Fax: (800) 682-8109
TDD: (800) 682-8095
Tall and big men's clothing: T-shirts up to 9XL for $14.95. Cotton
draw-string pants, turtlenecks, overalls, shorts, swimsuits.
Inexpensive. Large-size unisex rain gear, extra-large umbrellas,
ties, and fanny packs. Levis up to 60" waist.
Freeport, ME 04033
Phone: (800) 221-4221
Web site: http://www.llbean.com/
Women's sizes to 20. Men's pants to 46 in some styles (inseam
sometimes to 36), shirts and jackets to XXL Tall in some styles.
Shoes in wider sizes. Great quality. Ships FedEx in continental
US for no extra charge. Service varies. Some clothing runs
small, especially pants/tops, not so much outerwear, which is
cut for layering.
Lady Dare -- "For the Distinctive Woman sizes 14-32"
MP14, Outer Banks Mall
P.O. Box 441
Nags Head, NC
This is a fairly small store, but they had some unusual clothes
there, such as a batiked summer dress. Good quality, kinda high
prices. They don't have a catalog, but they have a mailing list
and they will notify you if they get something in that you might
be interested in.
Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
61 Exchange St.
PO Box 128
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (800) 922-0504
Web site: http://www.ladygrace.com/
Bras and maternity bras to 52-I, bustiers, panties to 9X,
girdles. Stores are located on East Coast of US. Send email with
name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number for free
1 Land's End Ln.
Dodgeville, WI 53595
Phone: (800) 356-4444
Web site: http://www.landsend.com
Some of the women's clothing goes up to 20W or 2XL (bathing
suits go up to 18). Some men's clothing goes up to size 3X. Some
shoes in wide widths. Quality is good, prices moderate. Phone
service is good (service reps they have all the clothing
measurements on screen). The web site has a special index of
men's big and big/tall items.
A while back, they ran a picture on the front cover of their
catalog of a slender woman standing in a pair of shorts about
ten sizes too big for her, which she has to hold up the
waistband to keep from falling off her. Two other women stand at
either side holding the legs of the shorts out to show how huge
they are on her. They are all smiling as if at a joke. Some
folks do not patronize them because they feel this picture was
inappropriate and offensive to fat people.
Lane Bryant Catalog
PO Box 8301
Indianapolis, IN 46283-8301
Phone orders: (800) 477-7070
Customer service: (800) 477-7030
The catalog is not affiliated with the retail stores. Misses'
sizes 14-20, women's sizes 36-60. They do have strapless bras
and soft-cup bras that aren't underwires and don't give you a
monobosom look. They have swimsuits. They use thin models.
Clothing varies in quality (for example, buttons sometimes
come off easily) and fashion consciousness. The general consensus
seems to be that if you read the catalog carefully and avoid
certain fabrics (such as rayon, which tends to shrink) you can
find a few fashionable good quality things. Clothing sizes tend to
be accurate. Some have praised their silk blouses and Hunter's
Run denim leggings. Good sales. Good about taking things back.
They may be offering some large and supersize men's clothing
to 9X. "I know it's common to pooh-pooh the Lane Bryant and
Roaman's catalogs, but the fact is that they *are* the most
affordable clothing source for women up to the smaller end of
supersize." Dresses and suits are less commonly offered in larger
Lane Bryant Stores
Web site: http://www.lanebryant.com/
Owned by the people who own the Limited; found in malls across
the U.S. Trendy clothing, pricey if you don't buy on sale. Sizes
to 28 or 32. Some people have (big) problems with the quality.
Selections vary a lot by location. So far they haven't used
large-size models in their advertising. Their web site,
infuriatingly, prattles about "real women" and advertises a
"search for real women contest" for women size 14 and over --
while using thin models in the pictures! Not affiliated with the
Lane Bryant catalog.
Large Lovely Lady
[catalog] [wedding] [supersize] [evening] [career]
PO Box 4385
Chatsworth, CA 91312-4385
Phone: (818) 709-0950
4514 Manitou Way
San Diego CA 92117
Phone: (619) 272-1976
They make and sell unusually high quality nightgowns of their
own design, old-fashioned, extremely full, and graciously
gathered with set-in sleeves. Sizes to super and custom.
Well-constructed and high-quality. They also make flannel or
summerweight cotton nightgowns for nursing women, with two
openings concealed in deep pleats in gathers at the yoke. "The
owner is an amusing woman to speak with. She sells her gowns in
two sizes, Small and Medium. Medium is for about 24-36+, which
she said she named Medium because that's her size and it's her
company. She also will custom-size as necessary."
248 Rt. 25A
Setauket, NY 11733
Phone: Toll free (888) LEA-LADY (532-5239)
Fax: (516) 751-6761
Web page: http://www.mindspring.com/~leatherlady/
They have several catalogs. The one for large sizes is called
"Twice as Sexy." High quality, nice-looking sexy lingerie in
leather and PVC. Also choker and chain bra extenders, hosiery
and bondage toys. The models are large size (18-20), the
clothing offered is size 1X to 4X (51-inch bust, 42-inch waist,
53-inch hip) in most cases.
Lebow Brothers Clothing for Men and Boys
178 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02181
Phone: (617) 431-7194, (800) 814-2229
Web site: http://www.tiac.net/users/lebow/
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Web site: http://www.nji.com/~leggings/
Quite inexpensive leggings, bike shorts, T-shirts to 3X-4X
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 282-1243
Men's work clothing to 6X or so. Pricey, but very good quality.
Lillian Lavergne Designs
7401 Lunar Dr.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: (800) 416-0063
Slips and camisoles in sizes XS to 10X. Prices around $40.
Linda's Classic Woman
139 E. Chicago Blvd.
Classic women's clothing
Lingerie at Large
161 Carousel Mall
San Bernadino Ca 92401
Web site: http://lingerieatlarge.com/
Catalog $5 (comes with $5 coupon)
Sizes to 4X (a few items to 5X). Also sells Danskin Plus. The
web site uses large models. Bras to 52DDD. Longline bras and
bridal corselettes. Half-slips, camisoles, bra liners, teddy and
bra extenders, and strapless bras, teddies, baby dolls,
garterbelts, gowns, open bust and glow in the dark teddies.
633 Post Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 800-336-4945 (orders only)
Fax: 800-336-4945 or 415-757-8485
Web site: http://www.lingerienet.com/p&p.htm
Catalog: 5.95 (ask for the Plump and Pretty catalog)
Midsize to 4X (bust 51 inches, waist 43 inches, hips 53 inches)
Lionwear Custom Clothing
Web site: http://www.lionwear.com/lion/html/
Made-to-measure men's dress shirts, using 10 measurements you
take yourself (with their instructions). They also offer velcro
fasteners (underneath cosmetic buttons) to make fastening
easier. $2 of each order is contributed to United Cerebral
Palsy. Prices $75-$110/shirt depending on fabric and size. US
shipping is included.
Long Elegant Legs
PO Box 1290
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone orders: (800) 344-2225
Customer service: (800) 344-2235
Fax: (908) 359-0691
Clothes for tall women, up to size 22.
Lord & Taylor
Web site: http://www.maycompany.com/Stores/lt_contact.html (lists phone numbers of stores)
Good plus-size department.
Loving Woman Lingerie and More
Millbrae, CA 94030
Phone: (415) 652-7980