13 Best Plus Size Clothing Brands in the UK for Summer 2022
Historically, plus size clothing brands were difficult to find. The good ones, we mean. We’re not talking about “curvy” lines that seem like an afterthought, or poorly thought-out extensions of pre-existing lines. Rather, led by the trend plus size clothing stores that allow all of their customers to feel included. And savor the pleasure of dressing up.
Inclusiveness and fashion haven’t always been two words that feel synonymous with each other, and those with larger bodies have long been confined to cuts that hide their curves. Think smocked dresses, loose tees and t-shirt dresses. Surely not.
While we still have a long way to go, shopping for plus size fashion isn’t such a chore these days – and the availability of plus size pieces has increased dramatically over the past decade. Brands like skimmed, good american (all salute the Kardashians) and girlfriend collective have inclusivity at their heart – up to a 4XL, UK 32 and 6XL respectively – while top brands like New look and ASOS are rapidly expanding their size offering. Elsewhere, groundbreaking designers are using the powers of Instagram and TikTok to pitch their smaller, indie offerings to larger communities of buyers.
Sure, just having options is disappointing and feels like the bare minimum, but it’s promising to see things slowly changing. Here we’ve rounded up a range of the best plus size clothing brands to buy from, including mainstream, independent and sustainable names.
After something more specific? We have plus size jeans, plus size wedding guest dresses and plus size sportswear. Head over here to plus size lingerie sets and here for the best bikinis for big boobs.
Size range: UK 16-30
At last count, there were over 7,500 items in ASOS’ Curve collection, meaning there’s something for every mood (and budget). Versatility has always been ASOS’ strong suit. And it’s not just ASOS Curve you’ll find. The online clothing store features brands such as River Island Plus, Yours, MissGuided Plus and more. From plus size sundresses to suits, bikinis, loungewear and basics, you’ll be spoiled for choice for plus size clothing that has a MAJOR vibe.
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Size range: to a uk 32
Just be in one of the UK’s leading plus size clothing brands, with sizes up to UK32. As well as stocking their own brand (which has some really chic wardrobe basics – for example: the textured, fitted shorts pictured below), they stock products from the likes of Nobody’s Child, Levi’s, Monsoon, Wrangler and Finery London. Oh, and you can filter and shop by occasion – like vacation wear, denim, and party wear.
Size range: to a US 26, which is a UK 32.
Good American — Khloe Kardashian’s clothing brand that recently announced a plus-size collaboration with Zara — is an epic place to shop for jeans from everything varieties. Think: mom jeans, flared jeans, high waisted jeans…the list goes on. Apart from their denim offer? Good American’s swimwear is excellent (you can find more swimwear brands in this direction), as are their bodysuits and sweatpants. From day to dinner in one fell swoop.
Size range: to 4XL.
Kim Kardashian launched her lingerie brand SKIMS in 2019, which — judging by her undeniable ability to wear figure-hugging clothes like no other — came as no surprise. SKIMS has changed the shapewear game (spoiler: it’s actually pretty comfortable), and the hype around its line of solution-wear and loungewear has been deafening from. Inclusiveness is at the heart of everything at the brand, with sizes ranging from XXS to XXXXL. Choose from comfy thongs, bandeau bras, high waists, triangle bralettes, cheeky briefs and boyshorts… lounge plus dresses (yes!) that are new.
Size range: from XL to 4XL.
Swedish street hero H&M is a plus-size clothing store that’s rock-solid when it comes to on-trend basics for the day. From sundresses to loungewear, you’re spoiled for choice in a range of sizes up to 4XL. Want to know more about H&M? Our business editor has picked out her favorite new arrivals from H&M here, as well as H&M summer dresses and H&M wedding dresses. Yes, they are a thing.
Size range: to 4XL.
Although Mango is still not as inclusive as it could be, a large selection of their pieces are available up to a UK 26 or 4XL – and there were thousands of products available on their site at last glance. Everything in stock is hot for Spring/Summer 2022, from pleated skirts seen at Rejina Pyo, COS and Erdem to sheer tops at Staud, Harris Reed, 16Arlington, Simone Rocha and David Koma.
Size range: to a 3XL or a UK 28.
As for the “Instagram” brands that have achieved cult status solely through the adoration of influencers, the California-based company Reformation is the OG. It was founded in 2009 and has spent the last decade and a bit garnering a army of die-hard celebrity fans – from Kendall Jenner and Meghan Markle to Hailey Bieber, Taylor Swift and Adele. Their curated (and sustainable, may we add) edition of extended size clothing is available to ship direct to the UK, and spans summer dresses, tops, skirts, wedding dresses and jeans.
Size range: to XXXL.
British fashion label Karen Millen is best known for its eveningwear and polished office-appropriate basics, though its more casual offering has certainly expanded lately. Many of their wardrobe basics are available in sizes up to UK 24 or XXXL.
Size range: up to a UK 32.
New Look is one of the UK’s top affordable plus size clothing brands, with a dedicated section on the site currently displaying over 600 items. As well as their own label (and a recent collab with Anne Marie), they carry brands like ONLY, Quiz and Blue Vanilla – and their summer dresses are worth writing home about.
Size range: up to 6XL.
Buy sportswear that makes you feel confident, don’t break the bank and lasting years has long been one of life’s greatest challenges – but high-end leisurewear brand Girlfriend, which created a palpable buzz when it launched in 2016 – is making it easier. Every piece in their (now expansive and ultra-colorful) collection is incredibly comfortable (with their ⅞ Compression Leggings the star of the show), and sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable (do not throw it away after placing your order!), their Compression leggings and sports bras are made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, and their LITE leggings are made from recycled fishing nets and other waste. Girlfriend now offers loungewear and swimwear, which also goes up to size 6XL.
Size range: 32A to 42DD, plus XS to 3X in briefs and pajamas.
Lingerie brand Savage X Fenty has been flying the flag for inclusivity since it hit our virtual shelves three years ago. After starting as a subscription service in 2018, it’s now supplied by Amazon and ASOS – and they also stock men’s underwear. Rihanna literally responds all bodysuit into its lingerie offering, regularly featuring people of all genders, sizes and ethnicities in its campaign images and runways. Every style at Savage X Fenty is available in a range of cup sizes from 32A to 42DD, as well as XS to 3X in briefs and pajamas.
Size range: in UK 26 or XXL.
Since its launch in 2009 – and become a bit from a household name on Instagram lately – Never Fully Dressed (as worn by Beyonce and Emma Roberts) has color and pattern at its heart. The mood-boosting brand recently released their curves range, which spans from a UK size 18 to a 26.
Size range: in the UK 24.
For sleepwear and barely-there cotton robes, sustainable and ethical brand If Only If should be your go-to. Their brand new designs have been released in an extended size range, up to a UK24.