Five Plus Size Designers to Know

Let’s get something out in the open: finding cool plus size clothing is not an easy task. Because of the lack of plus size representation in the fashion industry and the tendency for mainstream brands to sell larger sizes exclusively online (which means you can’t just walk into a store and try them on), shopping can turn into an unnecessarily stressful experience.

But maybe we can make it a little bit easier? Scroll down for five brands ready to make their way into your closet and reiterate that fashion exists beyond a size 14.

Zelie for She

Zelie for She

Elann Zelie knows how hard it is to make up your mind when it comes to personal style, which is why the Los Angeles-based designer of Zelie for She makes clothes that range from boho to minimalist.

Think: Printed caftans and matching shorts-sets worthy of your Loulou de la Falaise fantasies, and body-con dresses and shirts for that Rihanna-meets-Bowery vibe.

Sizes 1x-3x

Hackwith Design House Plus Line


For those low-key days when you just want to hang out and tend to your fire escape garden, there is Hackwith Design House’s plus line.

Think: Lots of tencel, loose silhouettes and earthy colors.

Psst, there’s a knotted skirt on sale right now that is blowing my mind.

Sizes 1x-3x

Universal Standard


A girl’s got to work, and since it is generally frowned upon to show up sans clothing, Universal standard makes office appropriate, high quality clothing that actually isn’t boring.

Think: Pencil skirts and knits with added elements of design.

Sizes 10-28

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto, lead vocalist for the band Gossip and frequent Jean Paul Gaultier model, recently released an eponymous clothing line that is every bit as cool as she is.

Think: Jumpsuits, bright prints and a special t-shirt collaboration with none other than Gaultier himself.

Sizes 14-28



Jasmine Elder, the designer behind Jibri, is not afraid of piling on the excess fabric, which she pleats and folds to make trousers and skirts that hang off the legs and create beautiful shapes. Think: Bold prints, bright colors, structured (and sometimes geometric) silhouettes. And yes, that is a pair of drop crotch pants that you spy. Man Repeller stamp of approval.

Sizes 10-28

Feature photograph provided by Zelie for She; carousel photographs provided by Universal Standard. 

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