Post # 1
I hope people don’t mind me posting this in here… sorry, not wedding related!
I’m going to be in the US next month for a few weeks. I want to do some clothes shopping – both casual and work stuff.
What brands/shops should I look at to buy good quality clothes for a late-twenty-something in a size 18-20(ish, not entirely certain what US size I’ll be)?
If anyone knows British brands I’m looking for something equivalent to designers at Debenhams, Wallis etc.
Post # 3
they have stores that cater to plus sized women. i don’t know about specific brands.
Lane Bryant, Talbots, and the department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc have plus sized clothes as well.
Post # 4
Lane Bryant will be the most ubiquitous. Where in the US will you be? If its NYC, I’ll have other suggestions. 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Eat-well-travel-often: Try out Torrid, Kohl’s, and The Avenue. We don’t really have an equivalent to Debenham’s (per my FI who lived in the UK for 5 years.) Macy’s might be the closest but their in-store plus size choices are few and far between (while Americans are joked about being fat, our stores and media love fat-shaming those of us whom can’t fit into “regular” sizes.)
Post # 6
torrid and lane bryant, as well as the avenue are all good options. just so you know, torrid is aimed towards younger women, lane bryant is aimed towards working-age women. torrid has a lot of trendy stuff, while lane bryant is good for a work wardrobe (suits, things like that).
they’re both horribly expensive though. like, $80 for a pair of pants.
Post # 7
@Eat-well-travel-often: If you’re a UK 18-20, you’re most likely a US 14-16. Although the posters above have made some excellent suggestions for plus size shops, 14’s and 16’s are actually super easy to find in most “straight size” shops in the US.
New York & Company is a less expensive version of Lane Bryant (they’re owned by the same company) that carries up to a US 18. The Gap and Old Navy (also owned by the same company) also carry up to an 18-20 in store and have frequent sales. You’re probably already familiar with H&M, which can be found all along the east coast and in cities throughout the US.
Generally, as shops get more expensive their range of sizes gets narrower and narrower (no pun intended). It’s not uncommon for some designers to cut off at a size 12. But as long as you’re not looking for expensive frou-frou apparel, you should actually be fine in most stores.
Post # 8
UK 18/20 is a US 14/16 so you can actually buy at a normal straight size stores that have a little size extension (like not the assholes that stop at a size 12 lol)
Debenhams and Wallis I’d equate to like a New York and Company, maybe Express on a good day….Banana Republic for the more “sophisticated pieces”
If you must have women’s/full figured sizing, try Torrid for trendier pieces…Lane Bryant is okay but the fits and styles, for me, aren’t flattering to my hour glass figure and young age lol. Ashley Stewart is a little better, but the quality isn’t awesome. I’ve modeled for all three of these brands and they all have their strengths/weaknesses so def try them all!
If you’re feeling splurg-y, Nordstrom’s or if you’re in the mood to hunt, Nordstrom Rack 🙂
Post # 9
i love Torrid, DEB, Lane Bryant, and Maurices. Also Kohls online has a selection- more so than the stores in my opinion.
Post # 10
Thanks all – there’s some useful suggestions here, I’ll get googling! I’m a UK 18-22 depending on what I’m buying so I’ll look around.
Post # 11
I like Lane Bryant and Nordstrom for clothes. Nordstrom Rack can have some good deals, too.