This article is from the FAQ, by Stef Jones (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
Discount chain. Swimsuits up to about 24. Inexpensive.
Reasonable selection of big and tall men's clothing (up to about
XXXL and XXXLT).
Today's Proud Women
Mail returned 4/97
Chain of stores in Florida (mostly). They carry Exquisite Form
bras, midsize clothing, and some accessories. Somewhat pricey,
but the discount rack has bargains. Clothing ranges from
sportswear to semi-formal. Swimsuits and a limited selection of
lingerie. They use larger size models in their store
Triumph Hosiery Corporation
2700 N. 29th Ave., Suite 105
Hollywood, Florida 33020
Phone: (954) 929-6021
Fax: (954) 963-3344
Web site: http://www.triumph-hosiery.com/
Largesse Hosiery for women size 160-450 lbs.
Two Sisters - Fashions for the Generous Figure
Phone: (800) 343-9559
Fax: (800) 343-9559 or (915) 580-7909
Web site: http://www.marshill.com/twosisters/
Internet-only catalog. Clothing tends to be in polyester or poly
blends and prints. Some clothing comes in petite sizes. Prices
range from inexpensive to moderate. They use large-size models
and give the model's height and the size she is wearing.
Towson Town Center, 4th floor
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
10610 Beaver Dam
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Phone: (410) 494-8108, (800) 245-8552
Web site: http://www.ullapopken.com/
Well-established German company trying to enter the American
market. Sophisticated designs including career clothes, natural
fibers (including Green Cotton, great for sensitive or allergic
skin). Moderate to expensive. High quality. Some complaints
about service and inaccurate sizing. "Many of their clothes have
beautiful detailing that you can't see in the catalog pictures."
They guarantee items of the same color will match. They make all
their clothing themselves. Sizes to 28/30.
Out of business 4/97
The Seasons Mall
Phone: (970) 845-7820
Now carries sizes 14-26. Seems to specialize in denim items.
Valley Department Store
245 N. Euclid Ave.
Ontario, CA 91762
Phone: (909) 984-8646
Large selection, friendly staff, clothing and accessories.
Women's clothing in 16-18 to 30-32W. Men's clothing to 10X
shirts, pants up to about 64.
Vermont Country Store
PO Box 3000
Manchester Center, VT 05255-3000
Phone: (802) 362-2400
Web site: http://vermontcountrystore.com/vcs/vcs.htm
Slips, chafe shields, mumus, robes, float dresses. Sizes vary;
some items to 28, most smaller. Good prices, good quality. They
also sell 100% cotton mid-thigh panties which do a good job of
preventing chafing and protecting stockings.
Village East at Gottschalks
Most malls with Gottschalks have a Village East next door; it's
their large women's department. Though the prices are a little
steep, they have nice evening wear. Accessories but no shoes.
Some undergarments (mostly slips) and granny nighties; no cute
lingerie. Lots of separates.
9291 Greenwich Dr
Huntington Beach, CA 92615-8333
Votta's Wearable Art
PO Box 243
Wilmington, IL 60481
Catalog $2 (refunded with first order)
Large-size bangles and bracelets.
W & M's Fantasy Fashions
5664 Sandylake-Polk Rd
Sandylake, PA 16145
Phone: (412) 376-7057
Fax: (412) 458-7631
Lingerie and clothing up to size 4X.
6310 Nancy Ridge Drive, #101
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (800) 445-2209
Men's and women's walking shorts and activewear up to 2XL.
Tell them you want larger sizes!
Some large size clothing up to 24 or 26, including lines by
Richard Simmons and Kathie Lee. Inexpensive men's pants (cotton
and polyester slacks, jeans) up to size 50. Swimwear to size
Wilton, NH 03086
Phone: (800) 321-SUIT
Aquatic fitness wear, chlorine resistant fabric, sizes to 28.
We Be Bop
1903 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 771-7294
1380 10th St., Berkeley
Kicky hip loose clothes, beautiful prints, up to size 4X. JW
Ramage also sells some of their items.
Fort Wayne IN
Boutique. One bride-to-be called them up to make an appointment
and told them of her encounter with fatphobic salespeople at a
local wedding chain. When she arrived for her appointment, a BBW
saleswoman was waiting for her. She was very pleased with the
141 Longwater Drive
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: (800) 388-3300
Web site: http://www.wearguard.com/
Work clothes, outdoors clothes, some casual clothing. Some of
their stuff is available up to 5X.
Chain in California, possibly elsewhere.
One in Folsom and one in Vacaville.
Very nice clothes, from good blue jeans through handmade
sweaters and good suits. Reasonable prices.
Wide and Comfortable
Roseann and Joe Hall
8021 SE Stark Street
Portland, Oregon, 97215
Phone: (503) 261-9222
Web site: http://www.teleport.com/~widecomf/widecomf.html
T-Shirts to 12X, Henley's three button tab shirts to 8X and 10X.
Sweats to 8X right now, looking at a company that goes to 12X.
Shorts to 10x. Tank tops to 8X, in both mens and womens styles.
Jersey Pants & Baggy pants. Jeans & Stretch jeans to 66 inches.
Twill work pants to 74 inch waist. Custom sewing.
[casual] [career] [catalog] [midsize]
421 Landmark Dr
Wilmington, NC 28410
Phone: (800) 388-8555, (800) 388-2012 customer service
2700 Laura Ln.
PO Box 620130
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: (800) 648-7455
Web site: http://www.wintersilks.com/
Silk long johns, shorts, robes, and so on. Some styles up to
unisex (men's) 2X. A few styles up to women's 3X. Call and ask
for more large sizes.
They carry women's petites and sizes up to 26.
WorkAbles for Women
Clinton, PA 15026-0214
Phone: (800) 826-9317
Cold weather wear up to size 20W or 22W. Call and ask for larger
sizes. They sell, among other things, long underwear, polar
pants, wind pants, and wool pants with access panels so that
using the bathroom in the wilderness does not require baring
Vibrant Handknits USA
Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry St
Savage, MD 20763
Phone: (800) 765-KNIT
High-quality art sweaters in sizes 16-28. Will do custom work.
XL Collection Plus
Rochester, NY 14602
Fashion resource guide.
XTC Leather of NY Limited
120 Nancy St., Unit E
West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: (516) 643-3030
Fax: (516) 643-3510
Leather lingerie in sizes up to 3X. They are a wholesale
operation and will not sell to individuals. You might be able to
call them to see if anyone near you carries their stuff.
"Quality is mediocre- to pretty decent, BUT their large-size
body template wears a B cup and so *all* of their plus stuff
comes in 1X, 2X, 3X B. This (obviously) doesn't work well for
those of us in 40Ds."
Yellow Creek Originals
Out of business 3/97.
PO Box 35
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 868-2050
Washable A-line dress/caftans in four colors.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: (612) 871-4809
Leotards up to size 7X.