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Big Woman - Plus Size Clothes

Updated on September 19, 2016
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Being large size myself, I feel qualified to choose appropriate clothes,not always easy to find, for other generously proportioned people

A Big Person Searching for Large Size Clothes That Look Good and Fit Well

Here is a humorous and somewhat sad overview of a large lady's clothes-shopping experience.

You will also find a comprehensive list of stockists of both quality expensive plus-sized clothes and cheaper plus-sized clothes, and also plus-sized clothes being sold on eBay and Amazon.

Me on a bad day - I'm actually better looking than that


What follows comes from the horse's mouth

I shall tell you about what it's like being fat, and in particular how difficult it is shopping for clothes - It seems to be the story of my life - looking for decent plus-size clothes.

I was a chubby child passing through various stages as a tubby teenager, a large lady, a magnificent mum, fat and forty and lately an overweight oldie.

Even my brain is big, and as for my ego........well!

This is Me, Aged 6, With my Father - On holiday in Ostende, Belgium, just after the War - This Was My First Holiday Abroad

You can see I inherited his genes, and I was chubby, even as a small child.

Fortunately I inherited his intelligence and humor too.

All I can say is that I was destined for great things!

"Mafuta!" That's What admiring Africans called out when they saw me

When I lived in Zambia as a child

There's even a font style called Mafuta - here it is -

Mafuta | Source

Mafuta Font

"Mafuta is a round, happy font, named for the Zulu word for "fat".

Quote by Anton Scholtz:

"In tribal societies in Africa, where food was often scarce and almost never easily come by, it was considered desirable to appear "well fed". Roundness was a symbol of high status in the tribe, and a sign of wealth.

The up-beat, bold outline of the font celebrates the confidence of people who feel comfortable being who they are. The font manages to be both contemporary and African."

Below is a Wide Hem DesignTop Shirt - amazingly, it comes in 26 different colors

This Top Shirt is an Amazon Bestseller, currently No. 39 in clothing, with over 1,500 reviews

(See Top 100 in Clothing)

Buy one for all the women in your family - they'll love it - just vary the colors.

Amazon Best Seller June 2016

Women's Vogue Shoulder Off Wide Hem Design Top Shirt
Women's Vogue Shoulder Off Wide Hem Design Top Shirt

Machine washable. Multiple Sizes up to XXX-Large

Viscose 95%/Elastane 5%

Super soft, lightweight knit fabric ensures a relaxed loose fit


3 Things You Should Know About Big

  • Firstly, It's time to ditch Fatism - a Fatwa on Fatism! - that's what I say!
  • Secondly, contrary to what you see in magazines, statistics indicate that there are a lot of us about
  • And lastly, we're very cuddly

Have your Say - What do You Think About Clothes Shopping? - I think it's boring at best, depressing at worst -

I'm fed up with misleading adverts for large clothes on standard sized models - what I want to see before I buy something is what someone like me would look like in the advertised clothes. And I'm not talking about a size 16 - I would like to see a model size 24 or more. And on different shapes, from big breasts to wide waists and huge hips, short as well as tall. And fat clothes designed by fat designers..........Yeah, that's what I'd like.

At the Dressmakers
At the Dressmakers

"fashion" with a Small 'f' -

Why do plus-size clothes always get shown on small models?

Playtex Women's 18 Hour Original Comfort Strap Bra #4693

Playtex Women's 18 Hour Original Comfort Strap Bra #4693
Playtex Women's 18 Hour Original Comfort Strap Bra #4693

Numerous sizes up to Size 54DD

Comes in 12 colors


Hand Wash

Full-coverage bra with lace detailing and floral-patterned cups

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)

#3 in Clothing > Women > Lingerie, Sleep & Lounge > Lingerie > Bras > Everyday Bras

Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 5,008 customer reviews


I would like to see clothes for fat people modelled by fat models - what do You think?

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    • Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @MissRubyStars: : Thank you for your message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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    • MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Ridiculous but so true! They want you to think you will shrink once you put on their design! I don't know! Just a guess!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Not only would I like to see plus size on plus size models; but, I would like the fashions you see designed for smaller people adjusted to fit larger sizes. I'm not talking about form fitting clothes. I'm talking about basics. For some reason the designers think plus size woman only like large flowers and mu mu fits. Many plus size people I know want to wear what is fashionable(just larger).

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Me too I think that the model should wear the clothes that fit her the best and not mislead people with the sizes. I have great problems trying to find Skirts to fit as I am wider just below the waist and now they have changed the sizes again doh.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      decent exposures in USA and online is a woman owned company where you can buy any size cotton undies of any style including a covering brief in colors, i like the black ones. NICE and long wearing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Society does never accepts anyone over a size16 including modeling agencies and sellers of clothes.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      If they think putting a small model in large clothes will make me want to buy it they are nuts...large clothes on a small body looks stupid...I want to see it on the persons size it was made for wearing it!

    • LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I realise it's not always the ideal and it makes me angry when I see an obviously slender person in a supposedly 'fat' garment. In NZ we have two well patronised shops that use models like us and they look gorgeous (sometimes it's a bit off but then you know what to avoid!). These shops have tips on how to wear things to make you look great. That's what we need! There's some beautiful big people out there...use them.

    • orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      I'd love to see what I would look like in it! Not my skinny sister!

    • RykiBergstrand 5 years ago

      What's the use of advertising Plus Sized clothing when it's hanging on stick thin women?? Instead of me wanting to buy said clothing, it makes me go cry in a corner and eat some more icecream.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Fat women wearing nice fitting, sexy,hip/instyle clothes is what I want to see! I do not want to see another full size women's co. have muumuu's for fat women's dress's! If I wanted to wear a dam sheet I got plenty of those at home! I curves and I want to show those curves, I am already large I don't need a muumuu or like muumuu dress's making me larger looking! I also don't like the short shirts they are making! I'm a big women i don't do half tops, I'm trying to cover my stomach a little at least!

    • Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I'd like to see more models in their fifties and older too. And shorter, wider models. When clothes would look good on realistic models, we would know they'd look good on us too.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I was just saying this last week. It makes me angry, Showing plus size clothing on a size 10 model. Really?!

    • Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I think using small models is false advertising.

    • Valdacious 6 years ago

      I would like more clothes for all different sized people - variety is the spice of life and all that - :)

    • hamshi5433 6 years ago

      ohh am so against the SIZE ZERO hype offence but size zero should rather be called Skeleton models.

    • Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      How can I know if clothes will look good on me when they are modelled by skinny minnies? ;)

    • deldobuss 6 years ago

      It looks so good on the skinny models- but what about me?

    • Jyoti Jain 6 years ago

      Thanks for righting about big size dresses. I always looking for such type of article as am also a big size lady from my young days.

    • norma-holt 6 years ago

      Men like skinny beans

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I agree with The_Health_Lady-- a size 0 is a size 0. To paraphrase Tolstoy:

      Slim women are all alike; all plus-size women are plus-size in their own way.

      Clothing manufacturers don't seem to realize that--or maybe they don't care.

    • WonderBright 6 years ago

      It's very annoying when you're trying to figure out how something will look on you when the models don't have your figure. Plus, I'm with BigGirlBlue, I would just like to see more diversity!!!

    • Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      I won't ever buy clothes from people who use slim women in their adverts or images - that's just plain deception in my book. "Buy this and look this slim!"

    • nebby 6 years ago from USA

      In school one of my majors was fashion design and I do have to admit when you are selling designs the designs look much better on thinner models but a standard size 0 is a standard size 0. Where as a size 18 could be an 18 due to either large hips, bust, waist or rear. Each design would have to be made for the specific model.

      Now with all of that said - I would much prefer to see a mix of model shapes all across the board. Not all clothes is designed or looks good on a skinny model so if you are going to sell that outfit in sized 16 - 26, lets see a model in one of those sizes. You want to sell a size 10 outfit, then have a size 10 model. Have the model fit the sizes that you are going to advertise towards.

    • Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I love fat models but I love slim models too. I would like to see more diversity across the board.

    • irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      May favourite cathaloge is - plus sizes with quality

    • jgelien 6 years ago

      I suppose for the same reason that skin care products are advertised on people with perfect skin. Advertisers think we are brainless sheep.

    Manufacturers seem to have forgotten we exist

    Give us a Break!

    It has taken me years to find Online Stores which sell really nice clothes in larger sizes. I can't understand why we are so poorly catered for - when you go into a big department store, if you are lucky you'll find a tiny section labelled 'Plus Sizes' stuck away in a corner and many don't cater for large sizes at all. Why don't all the big fashion houses cater for bigger clothes - Is it some kind of misguided back-to-front sensitivity that their clothes won't be flattered enough if they are adorned by large bodies? Why don't Tescos, Marks and Spencers, and Aldi's, to name but a few, cater for size 24 and above? Don't they realize that if the clothes were there, we'd buy them?

    It's so hard to find nice clothes that shopping becomes boring and even downright unpleasant. Who wants to go shopping and end up disappointed? So we don't bother until we really need to, because it isn't fun.


    Obviously there are many styles which wouldn't suit people who have large busts, waists or bottoms, but surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility for de

    And why do we have to have different and inferior fabrics from that which thin people have? Things which make you feel a pleb, or make you look unfashionable, boring patterns on skirts, mainly in dull colours. I have been looking for a full year to find a pretty summer skirt in an appropriate size and cut and a pattern which I really like in a bright summery colour. I still haven't found anything I feel is worth buying.

    As for nightwear, who buys these things?

    Stupid baby pictures and silly writing on nightclothes - I for one have never, ever wanted a nightdress with a teddy bear on it saying 'sweet dreams' or some other inane statement. Why can't they be sexy or sophisticated - Janet Reger rather than Walt Disney, grown-up rather than retarded.

    "Darby" | Source

    Most of the attractive lingerie that you find in the shops for small people would be equally snapped up in the right size by large people

    Why do bras for big girls come mainly in black, white or beige and severe heavy duty fabric rather than pretty lace?

    And why do most cover-up full size pants (knickers to you Americans) come in boring patterns or plain material? If I want something pretty and lacy, I don't want it in short briefs that hang round my hips, exposing my belly button and all my fat bits - I want something to cover the stretch marks and flibby flobby bits, in some delirious mauve lace stretching right up to my waist, with a mauve matching lacy bra. Can I get it? Rarely. Do the manufacturers think that might make me look too flighty, mutton dressed as lamb and all that? If they had their way, would I be dressed in white bloomers, to distinguish me from flibberty gibbets? It is now possible to buy a few lacy things, but not necessarily the best quality from the most well known lingerie makers. And if you want a set, they all seem to go in for tiny briefs and high legs rather than cover-up briefs. I cannot be alone in wanting pretty but appropriate underwear.

    I'm too old to care so deeply these days, but I hope the generation that follows me is going to be better treated.

    Links to some Good Plus Size Women's Clothes Stores - These are fashion stores I would use myself

    I haven't bought things from all of them, but I have seen their catalogues or websites, or know them by reputation and feel comfortable recommending them.

    Lower down the page you'll find stores selling comfortable shoes for wide feet. Their shoes are extra wide-fitting and and will save you having to wear shoes which hurt your feet.

    This cotton and polyester top comes in several colors in plus size up to 3X

    Links to Wide-Fitting Shoe Stores - Fed up with trying to squeeze problem feet into shoes which are too narrow?

    Me too - I've been doing it for years, but not any more!

    Wearing shoes which are too narrow causes a lot of pain and discomfort, and yet most of us do it. As well as actually causing problems by pushing toes out of alignment, squeezing wide feet into shoes which are too narrow also exacerbates pre-existing foot problems.

    BMS Womens 3/4 Sleeve Drape Top with Side Shirring Top Tee Shirt

    BMS Womens 3/4 Sleeve Drape Top with Side Shirring Top Tee Shirt
    BMS Womens 3/4 Sleeve Drape Top with Side Shirring Top Tee Shirt

    Sizes up to XXX Large

    Color options: Black, dark purple, white, lavender

    Sleeves: 3/4 Sleeve, Scoop neck

    Closure: Pull-over

    Materials: 94% Cotton 6% Spandex

    Machine washable


    Links to News and Health Information for Large People

    But before we start getting serious, here is something irresistible - a slightly crunchy, sugary, warm jam doughnut - can't you just smell it and taste it?


    Reach out and touch it. Run your tongue over that crunchy surface.

    There, wasn't that good?

    This Jam Doughnut Looks Rather Good, Doesn't it?


    And I've just read an interesting tip:

    Curb Your Appetite Painlessly -

    Apparently, if you eat a peach before a meal, it can reduce your appetite for up to four hours, because it contains pectin, a type of fibre - fibre helps to slow digestion, thereby keeping food in your stomach for longer. I haven't tried this, but I would clutch at any straw!

    I will add more as I come across them (news items, not doughnuts).

    More plus-size things to wear - Large Clothes

    You don't have to worry about whether the clothes will fit you - just worry about choosing the right outfit, and whether you'll have fun and draw compliments when you wear them

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    Here's where you get to comment and leave your mark as you pass by - It's great to hear from people, even thin ones should have their say

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        Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

        Wonderful comprehensive list for big people. Sorry to read they called you mafuta when you were a kid. :(

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        Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Trying to find nice plus-size clothes is quite a treasure hunt.

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        Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Great lens! I like the photo of the cat with the beer bottle, lol. Looks identical to my cat who passed away several years ago.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Why can't a jean manufacturer invent blue jeans which have stretchy material in the stomach area similar to maternity jeans. The tight bands around the waist aren't good for you; but sometimes you want the look of a nice jean. Just sayin...

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        cmadden 4 years ago

        Too, too true!

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        khatha0808 4 years ago

        Enjoy our big size :)

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        LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        Hi Gorjis your curves!

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        orangegirl6020 5 years ago

        loved your lens! I've always been bummed about us curvy girl's clothing selection...

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        MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

        I've been bothVery thin and Very Heavy. BOTH have their pros and cons.

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        Meryl van der Merwe 5 years ago from USA

        Found you when you added me on Google+. Love love love this lens. You are obviously a 'real' fun person as we say in the US

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        Joan Haines 5 years ago

        You are hilarious. Thanks for saying it for those of us with some"flibby flobby bits." And what about those of us who are short? Plus size clothes seem to be for taller people only. Hhhmmmmph! (Thanks for the jelly doughnut. It was perfect.)

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Another great lens. I love your style and your sense of humor!!!

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        Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

        Thank you for such a great lens! I, too, have trouble buying clothes, so I wind up making most of them. See my Plus Size Sewing lens for more information. Thanks again, and thumbs up!

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        iandrzej lm 6 years ago

        Good informative lens, good to know your interest about Plus-Size women... thanks for sharing.

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        Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        These days I work in jeans and t shirts and lounge in kaftans.... :D

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        clothingplussize 6 years ago

        It might be hard to find plus size apparel for women but with the help of the world wide net, online shopping is possible.

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        norma-holt 6 years ago

        Well, this fits my size as well. I have almost given up on shopping for clothes. Fashions that are more suited to a dummy than a live person, pants that hang so far down you can almost see your knee caps, bras that are wired like gates, and clothes that hardly last long enough to get them home before something goes on them. Having bought a new sewing machine I am having fun making my own and surprising myself with the quality, look and money saved as a result. I am back into the designing business for myself. Great lens

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Another great lens Diana, big women are beautiful, I know I am not a small woman and I think I look "Marvelous". Thanks for writing this.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Wonderful lens! All the complaints are valid. Even though I was a skinny kid, as an adult, thanks to yo-yo dieting, I've been just about every size. Therefore, I know, having shopped for both, that the plus-size clothes are generally made of inferior materials or are just plain shoddy. Not true of regular sizes. There's a well-known brand of plus size clothing here in the U.S. that nearly all except the upscale stores seem to carry exclusively. They are inferior in every way. The fabric is cheap, the construction is poor, the styles--oh my!--unflattering and dowdy. And when you're ready to launder them the first time, you may as well save a step and just throw them away. That's what you'll do after they're washed anyway. Why do women need to be punished for being large? .Another thing that used to drive me crazy about plus size clothes--no matter what size or how many XXXs, they all seem to be made with size 8 sleeves! Thanks for expressing the feelings of so many women with this lens!

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        PrettyWorld 6 years ago

        Great lens - I especially like the delightful ranting parts! :) Totally appropriate.

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        maatgirl 6 years ago

        What a wonderful Lens! Entertaining,informative complete.There's a lot of time effort and research behind it.Good work!

        I'm new and have yet to create a lens (I'm getting the feel of things and must learn the workings first).If mine turn out to be half as good as yours I'll be more than happy.Regards

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        poutine 6 years ago

        I think that designers must hate women with curves as their clothes would fit a skeleton.

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        WonderBright 6 years ago

        Many thanks for the Angel Blessing, and for promoting my page, Sexy, Retro Clothes for Curvy Grrls! I'm glad to find your page!

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        WonderBright 6 years ago

        Many thanks for the Angel Blessing, and for promoting my page, Sexy, Retro Clothes for Curvy Grrls! I'm glad to find your page!

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        nebby 6 years ago from USA

        One of my peeves lately is that the clothes sizes have gotten smaller. No, I'm not joking, the clothing industry that decreased each size so that many more people would now have to fit into plus size clothing. Why would they do this you ask? Because although they can't get away with charging more for a size 14 then they can for a 12, then can charge more when the 14 is now called "plus size". Now that really bothers me.

        Yes, in general a plus size garment does have more material than a size 2, but shrinking sizes just so they can charge more should be illegal ( but it's not).

        Maybe they should charge more for size 0 clothes since it's harder to get your hands inside the garment when you are making it and it takes the seamstress a few seconds longer!

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        Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

        Thanks for featuring my BBW Poll lens. You rock!

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        irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

        A big problem is also that if you are a woman with xxxsize clothes there are shoes for just tiny feet. Not fair.

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        jgelien 6 years ago

        You say what I think. Loved your lens!

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        @Gloriousconfusion: I don't think you can be an affiliate for squidoo, but you can for some of the partners - see the bottom line of this page.

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        Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

        @anonymous: I should be an affiliate, but don't know how!

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        Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

        @anonymous: And good looking!

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        What a fantastic collection of information - like you said, some informative and some for entertainment. I too have trouble finding nice, big clothes, particularly since I also have very little money. I hate clothes shopping and prefer to buy online where possible. Keep up the good work!

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        anonymous 7 years ago

        Yeah I'm so glad I'm skinny...