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Subject: Clothing for Big Folks: U.S. (FAQ) Part 1/3
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Clothing for Big Folks:
U.S., Part 1 (A-K)
This is the first part of a document about clothing for fat people in
the U.S. It contains companies with names beginning with A-K. If you
don't find what you're looking for here, try one of the related FAQs
(see question B1 for a complete list).
To look for stores in a particular state, try using your browser's or
word-processor's search feature to search on the state name.
There is a supersize-clothing subset of this FAQ available at
Updated April 2001
SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S., Part 1
A1) Where can I find clothing and shoes? Part 1: Companies beginning
with letters A-K
SECTION B: Information about this FAQ
B1) Are there other related FAQs?
B2) Posting information
SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S.
A1) Where can I find clothing and shoes? Part 1: Companies beginning
with letters A-K
This question contains an alphabetized list of large-size clothing/shoes
retailers beginning with the letters A-K. Each retailer is associated
with various keywords:
Type of store
[catalog] Catalog store
[internet] Web store
[chain] Retail chain store
[single] Retail single store. [state name] follows.
[consignment] Sells some clothes on consignment
[overseas] Will ship overseas
[misc] Other lists of clothing resources
Whom they make clothing for
[maternity] Maternity and/or nursing clothing and/or bras.
What sizes they make
Note: All of the outlets make midsize clothing (1X-3X, women's
sizes 16-24), except as noted in the listings. Not all outlets
make clothing in all sizes in that range.
[supersize] 4X or 5X or bigger, women's size 30 and up
[petite] Petite women's sizes
[tall] Tall women's or men's sizes
[custom] Does custom work
Type of clothing
[accessories] Jewelry, belts, hats
[casual] Slacks, nice shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses
[career] Suits and other office wear
[costumes] Halloween and other holiday costumes
[evening] Evening dresses, evening suits
[lingerie] Lingerie, including bras, underwear, sleepwear
[outdoors] Jackets, coats, other cold weather gear
[shoes] Shoes and boots in large sizes and/or wide widths
[sportswear] T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, shorts
[swimwear] Bathing suits (men or women)
[uniforms] Nurses' uniforms, etc.
[wedding] Wedding and wedding-party dresses
A Personal Touch
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 398-0007
Fax: (212) 398-1987
Tops to size 60, skirts to size 46, tunics to size 5X.
Absolutely Beautiful by Ilva
P.O. Box 20046
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Phone: (307) 638-6792
FAX (307) 638-6796
Designs specialty clothing, including evening maternity wear and
bridal wear. Oct 99
15 NE 181st St
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: (908) 988-0550
One of a kind fashions up to size 7X.
Accent Any Size
P.O. Box 1051
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 283-1710
All stock except Danskin line in 1X-8X. Pantihose to 7X (450#).
Adini En Plus
725 Branch Ave
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (800) 556-2443
Casual wear, sizes 1X-3X
6433 Gloria Ave. Van Nuys CA 91406
Phone: (888) 755-9449
Women's intimate apparel, sizes 1X-4X, moderate prices. Secure
online ordering. Wholesale also welcome, call for details.
Babydolls, fitted chemises and wraps all with matching thong and
bikini panties. All products exclusive. "When I opened my
package, everything was beautifully wrapped, even had a card on
top with my name on it, telling me how to take care of it. The
clothing seemed to be made especially for me." July 00
Alice's Undercover World
Phone: (310) 326-6775
Bras and foundation garments. 28Ato 64Z and custom.
Phone: (212) 216-9077
Fax: (212) 216-9070
Site is a cross between a women's fashion magazine and a
clothing catalog offering women's plus and junior plus sizes 1X
to 4X (14-28) from trendy designer names such as "Good Dog Mud
Pig." US currency only. "Wow! Room for my breasts! And stomach!
And they drape nicely!" April 2001
7959 Broadway St #404
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-7813
Swimwear in sizes 16W-26W
All of Me
7 Old South Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-3474
Natural fiber and Danskin clothing.
1473 Old Airport Rd.
Paris, Arkansas 72855
Web site: http://www.amazondesigns.com/
Clothing for big and tall women. Nurse's uniforms. Custom work
and standard size chart, 1-9, to 84" hip. Jeans to blazers,
broomstick skirts, turtle-necks, custom rainwear and
polar-fleece coats, denim western wear, "Munro shoes" and
sandals to 14ww. Embroidered t-top, pant sets, sweatshirts.
Custom embroidery. One person reports: "The jeans are wonderful!
Real denim (in blue or black), front pockets, zipper, belt loops
... just regular old-fashioned jeans. If they don't fit quite
right when you get them, she'll fix them."
America's Shirt Catalog
See Hugestore.com, below
717 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (408) 425-3838
Large-size consignment shop. Small store, but full of clothes at
great prices, both consignment and new. You need to shop there
often to get the great deals on consignment since good things
move very fast.
Colorado Springs, CO
Jeans up to size 60, T-shirts to 10X. Women's clothing to size
52 or 60.
Marcella Monbaron - Marcella Clothing and Craft Market
201 E Central, Sutherlin, Oregon 97479
Mailing address: PO Box 1400, Sutherlin, OR 97479
All types of clothing for large sized women; new and
consignment; casual and some professional/Sunday Church dresses
and suits. Sizes: 14 and up. July 00
Ana's Accoutremonts, Ruth's Custom Sewing and RK Tailoring
P.O. Box 1625, Slidell, LA 70445.
Phone: 1-888-SEW-FITS (739-3487), 1-504-882-6958
Custom-made period costumes, their design or yours, their fabric
or yours. Also custom-sized patterns. Custom men's wear, bridal
wear, and dresses. Feb01
New address (2/97):
944 SE Sellwood Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-5919
Phone: Reported not listed with phone company 03/97
Sizes to 30.
Ann Murdock's Lingerie and More
8527 N. Lombard
Portland, Oregon 97203
Phone (503) 289-9497
"I love the shop and the people who work there. We found the
perfect bra for me... I also picked up a very pretty longline
corset, which she help me to fit." Some items to supersizes.
Danskin sportswear and some regular clothes. "Good selection,
wide range of sizes, nice people." "Great place to find large
and supersize lingerie.. the plain stuff as well and lots of
fancy sexy garments. Ann is a good woman to know and she will
indeed special order for you."
27 E. Delaware
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 337-6706
Sizes 14-26. Original clothing, custom work. Special occasion
dresses, casual, and work clothes, coats, jean, jackets. Mostly
natural fabrics. One person complained that she had difficulty
returning an item and that another expensive item she bought was
sewn poorly and they gave her trouble about repairing it.
Annette's Fine Fashions
Phone: (707) 528-8281
Sizes 14 and up
The Answer/Added Dimensions
Mall store. They carry clothes for significantly less (say, half
the price) than you'd find in a department store. Owned by the
same people who own Catherine's. Recently expanded their sizing
to 30-32 because of customer demand.
6836 Engle Rd
PO Box 94503
Cleveland, OH 44101-4503
Phone: (800) 359-5933, (216) 826-3008, (216) 826-1712
70 James St
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: (508) 791-8589
Fax: (508) 754-9331
Some clothes in larger sizes; the proprieter is open to carrying
more large sizes.
Apples and Pears
20488 SW Inglis Dr.
Aloha, OR 97007
Phone: Reported disconnected 03/97
(800) 475-5166, (503) 649-4601 in Oregon and overseas
Casual women's clothing -- tunics, coats, sweatshirts,
cardigans, knit tops and shorts. Much of the clothing has
embroidered designs. Sizes 1X-8X. Pricey, and they may charge
more for clothing in sizes 6X-8X. [checked 4/7/95]
860 Lexington Avenue, N.Y., N.Y. 10021.
Their large size line is called "April Too." "Their "large" in
the regular clothing is most appropriate for small midsizes
(e.g., medium height, about 180 lbs.). Their "April Too" stuff
would probably be better for large midsizes (e.g., about 260
lbs.) Laura Ashley-style clothes, but better fabrics. On the
100 Elm St
Salisbury, Ma 01952
Phone: (508) 462-6444
Best selection of everything and they will order things for you.
Hundreds of bathing suits, lots of wedding dresses you can try
on, party dresses, Renata B clothing, bras, etc.
Reading, PA 19606
Queen-size panties, hips 48"-71", sizes 13-18.
Reported out of business, Oct 99
New York City
Clothes run the gamut of prices. Unique items (like
hand-painting on fabric). Gorgeous fabrics. High quality.
Ashley Stewart Woman
Chain store with outlets in Maryland, New York, Philadelphia, and
possibly elsewhere). Clothing is a little more formal than Lane
Bryant's. Good service.
Astarte Woman by Design
Phone: (310) 373-0638
Web site: http://www.astartewoman.com/
Video catalog $10 (applied to purchase)
Family owned, clothing designed in-house. Expensive, but good
quality and good service. Sizes up to 32-34W. All kinds of
stuff, from casual wear to lingerie and holiday party dresses.
They have a mailing list and a quarterly newsletter. Mail order
and trunk sales and fashion shows. Large women in video catalog.
"She realizes that not all of us are fat in the same way
and cuts clothing to flatter any figure.... There are quite
often multiple ways to wear the same thing. I can dress for a 2
week vacation by taking 6 pieces of her slinky knit. All
washable, packs like a dream." "Almost all of her clothing is
cut on the bias. This allows the fabric to drape in a flattering
way for all body types." July 00
Attitudes and Lace
Phone: (800) 519-5568
Web site: http://shops.net/shops/SHOWCASE/
Catalog: $4.95, refundable from first purchase.
Lingerie in regular sizes and sizes 1X-4X. Large models on web site.
Aug 99: Reported dead. Oct 99: Reported alive.
Audradella's Plus-Size Fashions
16500 Joy Rd., Box 28264
Detroit, MI 48228
Web site: http://www.audradella.com
Various lines of lingerie and fancy dress, in various sizes.
Some items up to a smallish 6X (60-inch-hips).
Career and casual, small but dependable selection of
nightgowns/lingerie, some petites. Prices from moderate to
expensive. Excellent quality and service. Sizes 14-26.
Phone for finding nearby stores: 800 963 2744
Web site: http://www.avenue.com
Mall store run by United Retail Incorporated. In September 1999
all stores called Sizes Unlimited, Smart Size, Sizes Woman, 14
Plus, and 16 Plus were renamed to The Avenue. Casual clothes,
pantyhose (Gloria Vanderbilt in sizes up to 3 or 4X). Funky
fashions and basic shorts/jeans/sweats. People disagree about
what sizes they carry: some say to 24, some say to 32. It may
vary from store to store. Review 2/97: "Very reasonably priced,
silky little nightie things to size 32. [...] Also, they have
certain outfits that I find 'younger' than LB. I like their
lines of underwear lots better than LB, too. [...] I've gotten
some of my best clothes there over the years." One woman likes
their pants selection better than Lane Bryant because it is
"height-proportional." Another person wrote about inconsistent
sizing in their Avenue-brand clothing.
Web site: http://www.avon.com/map.html
Carries up to size 28 and 3x in most of their clothes.
1251 First Ave.
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-9981
Phone: (800) 457-9325, M-F 7-5 Central Time
Men's shoes up to 13EEE, women's shoes up to 12EE.
B. Coole Designs (formerly Richman Cotton)
2631 Piner Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 575-8924, 800-992-8924
Web site: www.bcoole.com
All-cotton, dyed-on-the-premises clothing in sizes from infant
to 3X. Shirts, skirts, dresses, long johns, cotton/lycra bike
shorts, leggings, and Renaissance costumes. Reasonable prices.
Can be slow to ship because she makes some things to order and
dyes in batches. She is a "one woman outfit, just me and my
sewing machines!" Very sturdy, long-lasting clothing. Some
plus-size models/drawings on web site. Can order by email but no
secure online ordering.
PO Box 7238
10 Nate Whipple Hwy
Michigan Bldg., 2d Flr. #5
Cumberland, RI 02864
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.babybecoming.com/
Good customer service, friendly and inspirational owner --
Charlotte Bradley. Nice shirts, pants to size 8X. Some nice
nursing attire. Sizes 16-48, bras 30AA-60M. Baby slings.
"I bought some maternity clothes from Babybecoming when I was
pregnant, and the items were wonderful--great quality and great
customer service. I highly recommend them." Jan 00
Web site: www.baladiboutique.com
Custom size belly dance costumes. Site uses some large models.
Banana Boat Key West
Call for catalog. Manufactures and sells colorful hand printed
clothing, 100% cotton. Offers custom made clothing. Web site has
a detailed fit chart with suggestions for different body shapes.
"Great little company I found when she did a local street
fair... I have found that she carries more of the x sizes than
she advertises on the page. I always email her when I like
something and ask her if it comes in my size. Her stuff runs
large and lasts forever." One person complained, "Their xl size
fits only up to sz 14; maybe 16." July 00
Barbara Stone Designs
1800 Shasta St., Suite B
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (916) 246-1927
Barb's Large & Lovely
4928 Woodhaven, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 761-5311, (888) 761-5311
Web site: http://www.bll.com
Plus and supersize lingerie to 8X. They use large and supersize
models, unlike a lot of the lingerie catalogs who use models who
are barely plus size.
1514 Grand Ave.
Grover Beach, CA 93433-2209
Phone orders: (800) 4-BARELY (800-422-7359)
Customer service: (805) 489-5591
Fax: (805) 489-5987
Web page: http://www.barelynothings.com
Regular size and mid-size lingerie -- stretch lace bustiers and
teddies, garter belts and stockings, baby doll nighties and long
silky gowns, faux leather bustiers and thongs, bare bosom
bustiers, French maid costumes, split crotch panties, fishnet
stockings. and a few other items (T-shirts, Danskin Bodywear,
etc.). Sizes up to 6X in some items, 4X in others. (Note: web
page seems to show only mid-size items.) They also sell bra
extenders, bustier extenders, and torso extenders (which
elongate the crotch section so as to better fit long
waisted/round bellied folks). (These items are also not
available on the web page.) Clothing is high quality and
telephone operators are helpful. Web page uses large models.
Beautiful Plus Boutique
San Diego, California
Dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, pants to 3X. Very detailed size chart.
Prices are quite low. Items are displayed on thin (virtual?) mannequins.
Online ordering, but not a secure server.
Bedford Fair Lifestyles
421 Landmark Dr
Wilmington NC 28410
Phone (800) 964-1000
Inexpensive casual and career clothes. About 1/3 of the styles
are available in women's sizes up to 28.
Beloff's Women's World
192 West Main St.
Meriden, CT 06450
Betsy & Co.
PO Box 1911
Philadelphia, PA 19105-1911
Big At Heart Plussize and Supersize Tees
P.O. Box 1326
Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901
Phone: (505) 894-6342
Fax: (505) 894-6341
Web site: http://www.bigatheart.com
Affordable plus- and supersize T-shirts for around $20. Large
selection of designs and plain tees. Sizes 3X-10X. International
shipping, US currency only. "I am very impressed. They are nice
and roomy, thick material, and here's the best part: the necks
are the right size!" Feb01
"I just bought 4 wonderful Goddess bras from this company--they
arrived quickly, were perfect, and were much cheaper than the
identical bras at Catherine's. These bras look hideous on the
site, but it is amazing to finally have bras that fit--and they
Big Men | Tall Men | Stout Men's Shop
See Stout Men's Shop in the US clothing FAQ part 2
Big & Tall Direct
Phone: US 800-214-9686 International 214-221-8255
Web site: http://www.bigtalldirect.com
Discount men's clothing to supersizes.
Big & Tall Outlet Store
1240 W. 7th St.
Phone: (909) 946-7234
Warehouse-type place with racks of clothes at incredible prices.
Dress shirts up to size 21, sports shirts to 6X, pants to size
60 and higher.
Big Bugga Sportswear
18 Baldwin Avenue
Paia, Maui HI 96779
Phone/fax: (808) 579-6216
Web site: http://www.bigbugga.com
T-shirts 2x to 10x; polo shirts 2x to 8x; nylon surf shorts,
Size 40 to 60 inch waist; Aloha Fabric Cotton shorts, to 58"
waist; Aloha Shirts 2x to 7x; Dorm/Sleep Shirts and Beach
coverups fit up to size 6x; Beach coverups fit up to size 6x;
Sweatpants and shorts to 10X, Sweatshirts to 8X. Ship anywhere.
Big Clothes For Big Men
Freda Rosenberg, Freda's Secrets
PO Box 2765
Philadelphia PA 19118
Directory of big men's catalogs.
Big Daddy Boxers
P.O. Box 220-061
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: 415 241 1570
Boxers to 8X (78" hips) cut for big women and men. Nylon mesh,
woven cotton, gauze, flannel. Flannel robes to 8X. T-shirts to
10X. Special orders for custom sizes or fabrics. Inexpensive.
Big Day at the Beach
Phone: (909) 798-5228
Custom sizing. Good prices.
Web site: http://www.bigdogs.com
Boxers, t-shirts, shorts, pants & other up to 5XL men's sizes.
High quality & relatively good prices.
Big Head Caps
Don T. Pearson
3441 Adams Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: Toll free orders 888-BIGHEAD; Questions: 615-890-1018 (CST)
Fax: 615-890-9932 available 24 hours
Extra large adjustable baseball caps. Many fabrics, colors. Can
order from web site, but not a secure server. Oct 99
Big Girl Gear / BBW boutique
833 N. Tustin
Orange, CA 92867
Specialize in wash and wear Georgette, Cotton, Linen, Rayon and
Slinky fabrics, variety of colors and prints. Many items in
sizes up to 77" waist and 90" hips. Also Ulla Popken and We Be
Bop items in store. Supersize models on web site. April 2001
big grrls don't cry
P.O. Box 41836
Philadelphia, pa 19101-1836
Web site: www.fattitude.com/
T-shirts to size 6X with fat-acceptance and girl power slogans.
Buttons, stickers, patches. May 99
Locust Grove Plaza
1692 Clements Bridge Rd.
Deptford, NJ 08096
Phone: (800) 848-8255, (609) 848-8255
721 E. Landis Ave.
Vinland, NJ 08360
Phone: (609) 848-8255, (609) 696-0955
Good selection of dress and casual men's clothes with dress suit
sizes in stock up to 72, dress shirts up to 8x, jeans to 74, and
dress and casual pants to 74. Also bathrobes, underwear,
T-shirts, outerwear, etc. They will mail order within the U.S.
Big on Batik Sarongwear
P.O. Box 2352
Carlsbad, CA 92018
Web site: http://www.bigonbatik.com
Email your mailing address for brochure.
Partners Cathy Miller and Cathi Berchiolli make cocoon jackets
and flowing tops out of washable rayon Indonesian batik sarongs.
The jackets fit all sizes up to at least 50, and the tops
through about size 32 or so. Also hand painted dresses and
swimwear. Attractive stuff in several simple styles and gorgeous
fabrics. Current brochure shows pattern and color samples.
Secure online ordering and large size models on web site.
Update Jan 00: Big on Batik needs help developing a new fat
kids' line. Please contact them if you can give them
measurements or if you know fat kids who are willing to offer
182A merrick rd.
Lynbrook, NY 11563
Lingerie catalog: $6 to Large Encounters, PO Box 364, Island
Park, NY 11558-0364
Sizes to 60; all types of clothing, lingerie, accessories.
Big Stitches Swimwear
2423 Douglas St.
San Pablo, CA 94806
Phone: (510) 237-3978
Send long self-addressed stamped envelope for catalog (ask for
free fabric swatches)
Custom made large-size bathing suits. Basic suit is about $70.
Special fabrics, extra features $20 more. They also make bicycle
shorts and cover-ups to hip size 84 inches. Good service. One
person complained the suits don't hold up well in chlorine, but
that may depend on the fabric. They may also make suits out of
fabric you send them. "It took me a while to get her catalog but
it didn't take her too long to make my two piece suit. I wear it
twice a week to the pool and it hasn't broken down or faded."
The Big, the Bad & the Beautiful
19225 Ventura Blvd,
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-3593
Outlet (discount) store:
29002 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills, CA
Catalog $2 (credited to first order)
Sizes 14-32+. They also do custom work. Among other things, they
sell bike shorts and lingerie. Inexpensive.
Big Women Shoes by Forli
Casual flats and sandals, to dressy pumps, to high heels. Sizes
go from 10 - 15, including some narrows and wides. Shoes are
medium priced, shipped in plain packages, and are mailed
anywhere around the world.
Phone: (800) 597-3338
Web site: http://www.birks4u.com/
Internet catalog of Birkenstock shoes. Free shipping. Many big
folks claim that Birkenstocks are good for wide feet. Currently
this web site points to birkenstockcentral.com.
301 SW Madison St.
Corvallis, OR 97333
Phone: (800) 451-1459 U.S. and Canada; (541) 758-7631 Other Countries
Fax: (541) 752-6313
Web site: http://www.footwise.com
Searchable "sale corner" for folks to find bargains in their
size. Repairs on Birkenstock products and can custom fabricate
footbeds for folks with very wide or narrow feet.
Blair Women's Wear
220 Hickory St
Warren, PA 16366
Phone: (800) 458-2000 (orders), 800-458-6057 (customer service)
Sporty, casual, and career stuff, very middle-of-the-road,
mostly poly and/or cotton, to size 26 (51" bust, 45" waist, 54"
hip). They use thin models.
Phone: (800) 777-0000.
"I just got my first large size Bloomingdale's catalog. The
clothes are FABULOUS, and they go up to a size 24. They're
expensive. But they make liberal use of cool solid colors." Oct
Web site: http://www.blowfish.com
Sex toy store. Carries Stormy Leather dildo harnesses that fit
up to a 60" hip, and they also sell a 38" extender for adapting
harnesses that are smaller.
Bodacious Babes, Ltd.
removed July 00 (out of business)
Boutique Unique: Fashions for the Unique Woman, Sizes 18 to 8X
Colony Square Mall
3575 Maple Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701
Phone: (614) 453-1053, (614) 454-3886
Located 50 to 55 miles east of Columbus, Ohio on Interstate 7.
I understand it's the only large size store out in that area.
Discount department store similar to Wal-Mart and Ames. HQ'ed in
Braintree, Massachusetts. They have stores in the northeast US,
mostly MA, CT and NJ.
Bras Custom-Fit by Maxine
11104 E. Sheley, Independence, MO 64052 (near 30th & Sterling)
Phone: (816) 252-1899
Bras 28A-64N & Custom (some Maternity, Prosthesis, and Strapless
as well), Swimwear cup-sized. When calling, state that you found
her listed on the fat-acceptance clothing list on the Internet.
1563 South Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89502
Phone: 800 446 1718
Fax: 775 324 2931
Web site: http://www.brasplus.com
Breast forms, plus size bras and breast enhancers. Family business with
mother, daughter, and two granddaughters as owners and operators.
Sizes to 56 FF and 48 I.
Web site: http://www.chron.com/ads/display/a/als/brides/bmpage.html
BridesMart has 16 Texas locations.
685 Third Ave.
New York NY 10017-4024
Phone orders: (800) 221-2468
Customer service: (800) 322-2991
Sizes 14-28W. Somewhat expensive. They use thin models.
One person complained their sizing is inaccurate (too small),
some of their accessories are poor quality, and the colors in
the catalog photos were way off.
Nice clothes, designer labels, good quality.
Burlington Coat Factory
Women's coats up to at least 30W. Inexpensive. Men's coats up to
4X or so. Some locations also offer career/casual wear.
8270 E. 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74122
Phone: (800) 858-3887
Bras up to 60-OO (double-O), including sports, strapless, and
By Ro! Designs
New address: 567 W 5th St #1 San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: (310) 221-0059
Fax: (310) 221-0307
For brochure send a long SASE with $.55 postage
Active wear for plus- and supersize women to size 5X (36). Bike
shorts, unitards, sports bras, swimsuits, lycra dresses. Several
people reported extremely slow service (six to nine month
delays, unreturned phone calls) on clothing promised much more
quickly and paid for in advance.
24843 Del Prado, Ste 249
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: (714) 496-7042
Catalog $1 (refundable with first order)
Large size bangles -- 8, 9, or 10 inches around.
812 13th Ave.
Sidney, NE 69160
Phone: (800) 237-4444 (orders U.S. or Canada), (800) 742-4008
Web site: http://www.cabelas.com/
GoreTex parkas and pants up to at least 5XL. Many other items up
to 3XL in both big and tall sizes. Reasonable prices.
California Rainbow Tie Dye
Web site: http://www.catalog.com/giftshop/tiedye/td.htm
Tie-dye shirts up to 3X.
Cameo Coutures, Inc.
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: (214) 631-4860
They custom-make large-size bras. They are expensive (about $50)
but are very comfortable, well-made, and long-lasting, with no
underwires, so they won't poke you or stick out in funny places.
One woman (size 52DDD) reports that changing to Cameo bras
completely alleviated shoulder pain she experienced due to large
breasts and ill-fitting bras.
Carol Doda Boutique
Lingerie boutique in San Francisco.
400 Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
toll-free: (800) 222-1409
phone: (704) 821-6425
FAX: (704) 821-6752
Wholesale distributors of activewear, including plus-sizes. Hard
to tell exactly what sizes they offer, but they have 100% cotton
t-shirts to at least 5X.
PO Box 690002
Houston, TX 77269
Phone: (618) 675-0121, (800) 424-1008
T-shirts up to 4X (some have fat-positive designs). The sizes
seem to run small.
Casual Male/Big & Tall
Web site: http://www.thinkbig.com/
Good customer service, nice stuff, reasonable prices. Sizes up
to 6X. "Not only do they know what they stock, but if they do
not have what you want, they will call around to other stores in
the chain to see if they have it."
Mall store. Has subsumed Modern Woman and Plus Sizes Plus
Savings. Nice, good quality lingerie, bras in a wide range of
sizes, nice formal wear, more business wear than Lane Bryant or
The Avenue. Some folks think their clothes are a bit on the
frumpy side. Sizes 14-32. Moderate prices, comparable to Sears
or Penney's. Good sales. Good service. One person wrote: "They
have even mailed, postage free, the item so I didn't have to
drive in to get it. I am disabled and they are more
accommodating then any of the other large women's stores in the
area." Another wrote: "If you get a Catherine's charge card, go
the extra bit and get the Catherine's Perks card too. The Perks
card costs you something ($20/yr?), but you get 10% off every
purchase for a year, and it gets you on the mailing lists so you
get flyers for all the sales."
Chadwick's of Boston
1 Chadwick Pl Box 1600
Brockton, MA 02403-1600
Phone: (800) 525-6650; non-US orders: (508) 583-6600
Web site: http://www.chadwicks.com/
"Off-price fashion catalog." Midsize women's clothing. One
report of great swing coats. Sizes to 26 (bust 51", waist 42.5",
hips 53"), clothes run mostly true to size. Customer service
people are very nice. Nov 99
Phone: (800) 234-0432
All sizes of Levis 501s from tiny to huge. Many other "Western
styles" in big sizes.
Good quality, natural fiber clothes up to size 20/22.
Store Street Address
7718 E. Wrightstown Rd
Tucson, Arizona 85715
Phone: 1-800-730-5464 for orders, 520-722-1255 for inquiries
Web site: http://renstore.com/
Period (Renaissance/SCA) clothing, feastgear, and armor. Helpful
customer service. Ready to order clothing up to a generous 3X
(Men's 54-56" chest, 50-52" waist, 55-57" hips, 19" neck;
Women's 52-56" bust 44-49" waist 54-58" hips). Armor in standard
sizing to 46-48" chest, 42-44" waist, 47-49" hips. Reasonable
Cloak & Dagger Creations
Cloak & Dagger Creations
61 Gilson Road
Littleton, MA 01460-1300
Phone: 978-486-4414 phone
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Historically accurate and fantasy clothing. Our historic
costumes are thoroughly researched and can be used for SCA as
well as medieval and Renaissance faires, weddings, theatre, and
performance. We also custom design clothing for special events
and design custom outerwear for handicapped and folks who have
difficulties with buttons and zippers. We make custom clothing
to a person's measurements, so we can make any size or shape. We
make our own patterns, so we are not limited to "what's
available". Custom designed garments generally need a lead time
of 8 to 10 weeks. Price ranges: $40 for a simple muslin chemise,
$125 for cloak or simple gown, $350 and up for wedding gowns and
more complex styles.
CoCo's Intimate Apparel
New Haven, Connecticut
Large size lingerie. If she doesn't have something in your size,
you may be able to order it.
Retail locations in Sandpoint, ID at First and Cedar Streets;
Jackson Hole, WY at 10 E. Broadway;
Seattle, WA at 1513 5th Ave
Phone: 800-510-2808 (US) 800-510-2808 (Canada)
Casual, elegant, comfortable clothing. Most clothing to 3X. Also
jewelry, shoes (neither in large sizes), housewares. Secure
online ordering for U.S. customers, others can order by phone.
They do not use large models.
Color Me Big
PO Box 9773
San Bernadino, CA 92427
Phone: (909) 887-8969
Sizes 16-60, custom work available.
The Company Store
San Francisco, CA.
Cool Clothing Company Inc
36 W 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 675 4288
Discount clothing store, sells items for $6 or $10. Has items in
sizes 1x to 3x. Examples of "finds" are size 3x lace long
sleeved leotard for $10 and a bright cherry red rain slicker
jacket in 3x for $6. Styles change but prices remain the same.
There is a large plus size section in the back of the store.
1111 Swann Avenue
She works out of the store. They have many fabrics to choose
from, or bring your own. Sara is comfortable and skilled in
working with the larger figure. "She made a perfectly fitted
muslin first, and is now keeping that on file for me." Sara
speaks English and Spanish. One of the seamstresses there is
Chinese and bi-lingual. They also do alterations and she can
work from a photo, pattern not necessary. They do everything
from sportswear to bridal to original designs. One of the owners
of the store, Kathy, is a woman of size.
Phone: (800) 362-8410
Creative Woman: The Wizard of Bras
Monica Gibson, On-line Bra Wizard
1530 S Myrtle
Web site: http://www.creativewoman.com
Nursing bras in sizes up to 46H, with extenders for larger band
sizes. Large-size bras (including Goddess Bras) to 52HH and
lingerie (including g-strings). They carry costumes around the
various holidays. They do custom fitting.
Customized ski boots fit large calves.
34 W 37th St
NY, NY 10018
Phone: (800) 288-6749
Bike shorts, leggings, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long and
short-sleeved T-shirts, jackets, and sports bras in sizes to 4X.
Clothes are well-made. They use large-size models. They don't
have a retail catalog, but their sportswear is available in a
number of other large women's clothing outlets, both retail and
473 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 579-0479
Sizes 1X-5X, and custom sizes over 32. Good fabrics, nice
clothes, clothes run the gamut of prices.
National chain that carries large-size wedding and bridal party
dresses. One person had a very good experience with them.
3170 Ridge Rock Way
Snellville, Ga 30078
Plus size lingerie, workout clothing, swimwear, sports bras.
Sizes to 4X. Prices 28.00-75.00. Ship within USA only.
PO Box 27206
2202 NE 115th
Seattle, WA 98125-1606
Phone: (800) 524-4949 (U.S./Canada), (206) 364-4540 (Seattle/overseas)
Fax (206) 364-0488
Web site: http://www.decentexposures.com/
Maternity/nursing bras and leisure bras in many colors of
cotton, velour, or lycra (they send swatches). "Look like
outerwear, have no hardware and are quite comfortable." Cup
sizes AA to K and band sizes 30-58; also custom sizes. Elastic
is covered. Bras are sturdy. Follow their special sizing
instructions. Some women think the bras aren't supportive
enough; some love them. Underwear up to size 12, sweatpants,
leggings, T-shirts, tanks to 4X; cotton nightshirts to 67" hip.
"They also will do just about anything you want to a basic
cotton t-shirt (change neck, sleeves, length), so I think
they're also a great source for inventing your own sleepwear."
If you don't like how a bra fits, they will adjust it for free.
They also keep a file of your preferences for the next time you
Dehner Company, Inc.
3614 Martha St.
Omaha, NE 68105
Phone: (402) 342-7788
Fax: (402) 342-5444
Web site: http://www.dehner.com/
Custom boots for riding, Trooper boots, Wellingtons, chukkas,
laced or strap tank boots, and oxfords. Excellent quality. Boots
are all custom and can be ordered to fit any size foot or leg.
Also have a nice style of riding boot with buckles down the side
instead of pulling straight on --- great if you have arthritic
ankles that don't flex well. Everyone I've talked to who has
custom Dehner boots says that they will last forever. They
aren't cheap, but are well worth the price.
Has recently expanded their offering of sizes. "They have all the
trendy stuff my 14 yr. old niece likes." July 00
Desert Rain Mercantile Co.
4705 N. Sanders Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone: (800) 771-9771
T-shirts and pants with glittery Native American and
southwestern designs. T-shirts up to 5X, sweatshirts up to 4X.
Design Graphics Unlimited
4857 Browne St.
Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: (402) 455 2062
Web site: http://dgu.omahanet.com/
Screen print and transfer t-shirts (your design or theirs),
denim vests, skirts, jackets, and jeans, sweatshirts, caps,
jackets, aprons to 10X. Volume discounts. Fat models on web
page. Fat-positive designs. "The owner is a single male :) who
loves big wimmen by the way ;) ... he's very nice and very
Design by Batya
1200 Santee St. 208
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 746-7844
Web page: http://www.batya.com
Designs for "tall, large, big, and super" women in fabric and
leather. Ships internationally. Accepts special, wholesale, and
retail orders for coats, suits, blazers, skirts, pants and other
inVestments, 125 Newbury St., Suite 4, Boston MA 02116
Phone: (888) 371-SHOE, (617) 247-0202
Fax: (781) 646-8840
Sizes 9-14 AAAA-WW. Secure online ordering. Ships
Designs by Phillippe
Caftans, loungewear, and evening wear in plus and supersizes.
110 1st Ave., West
Westhope, ND 58793-0266
Phone: (800) 222-8024
Casual, natural-fiber clothing for men and women in unique
designs and attractive colors; many styles flatter larger
figures and shapes. Reasonable prices and good quality. Order
tops and bottoms that you want to match at the same time and
indicate that you want cloth from the same dye lot. Sizing may
be more generous than the size chart indicates; the woman's L is
about an 18. Nearly all unisex items (and some women's items)
come in XXL. Nearly all women's items come in XL.
P.O. Box 150916
San Rafael, CA 94915
toll-free: (800) 542-5227 (USA and Canada)
phone: (415) 456-7657 (elsewhere)
FAX: (415) 456-8747 (everywhere)
Plain white/natural t-shirts, many different manufacturers and
styles, three types to 4X and one type to 6X; can be prepared
for dying. Volume discounts.
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone 610 464-6686
Fax 610 464-0158
Sportswear to 4X. Moderate to expensive. Ships to US and Canada.
Visit web site or send email to sign up for daily mailing of
clothing photos. Photo files sent in super-compressed format.
Doc's Hang-all Hangers
Dennis J. Anderson
503 RIVER TERRACE
Large size clothes hangers with unique design that prevents
clothing from falling off the hanger. Will ship anywhere. May 99
Sandals made primarily for the marine market. Comfortable,
non-slip soles. Up to size 15 for men and 10 for ladies. They
will also work with you to make a sandal to fit. May 99
Off price store, reported to have teen-friendly clothing to size 26.
Draper's & Damon's
17911 Mitchell Ave S
Irvine, Ca 92614-6015
Dream Big International
4427 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Catalog $3 (credited to first order)
Filmy night stuff.
1042 Washington Avenue, N.W.
Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007
8444-50 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
PO Box 16158
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
Web site: http://www.dreamdresser.com/
Catalog $10, refundable with first order.
Lingerie and sexplay wear for men and women, including stuff
made by Stormy Leather, in mostly regular sizes, but some items
go up to women's size 22. Web site uses thin models.
Dress Barn Woman
Seconds/discount store -- the large size version of Dress Barn.
Cheap to moderately priced. Dress Barn has junior and misses
sizes on one side and women's sizes on the other. This is
reported to work well for women who are in between junior and
Drysdales Western Wear
1555 N 107th East Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74116
Phone orders: (800) 444-6481, (617) 982-8681 (local/overseas)
Customer service: (800) 608-9800
Fax: (617) 982-8766
Web site: http://www.drysdales.com
Blue jeans, various styles and sizes, one style to 54-inch
waist. T-shirts to 2X. Cowboy and work boots, some to men's size
Large men's clothing.
Web site: http://www.ebay.com/
This online auction site has an extensive collection of
clothing (and just about everything else) May 99
Phone: (800) 426-8020
Web site: http://www.eddiebauer.com/
Affiliated with Spiegel. Some women's clothing up to size 22W,
similar to that sold by L.L. Bean and Land's End. Women's
swimwear to 20 long and D cup. Some men's items up to 3X. They
don't charge extra for large sizes. May 99
15 East 32nd Street
"I have worn these bra's for years now (I am a 44DDD) and have
found them to be the best. These bras are pricey, but they last
for years, average of about 3 years for me." Bras Plus in
Lauderhill, Florida, will ship these bras anywhere in the world.
Web site: http://www.egowear.net/
Robes, shirts, and vests that come with a cotton/lycra bra
(front closing or around-the-bust band) sewn in. Matching pajama
style pants and leggings. Variety of styles, fabrics, and fun,
bright prints. Sizes to 4X, bra sizes to DD. Inexpensive to
moderate prices. No large-size models on web page as yet.
Arnott Mason Corporation
PO Box 293
Clifton, VA 22024
Phone: (703) 503-2916
Fax: (703) 425-1243
Women's riding clothes in big sizes -- breeches, riding sweats,
stretch jeans, Kentucky jods, t-shirts, sweatshirts; semi-custom
boots; half chaps and full chaps. (checked 2/97)
Electric Earth Gemstone Jewelry
1840 41st Ave., #102-149
Capitola, CA 95010
Y-necklaces of various lengths. Send SASE for brochure.
Elegance at Large
Designer who does custom work for plus and supersizes
3/98: Reported to be out of business.
Phone: (213) 292-6283
Can order up to 6X or 8X.
PO Box 273595
Concord, CA 94527-3595
Phone: (925) 671-8024
Fax: (925) 671-6959
Web site: www.infoasis.com/people/avery/elfcat.html
"Love Has A Shape" t-shirts. $15 for sizes S-2X, $27 for 3X-6X,
$32 for 7X-10X.
7758 Via Rosa Maria
Burbank, Ca 91504
Supersize clothing, tall and petite.
Web site: http://www.lizclaiborne.com/elisabeth/default.html
Liz Claiborne's large sizes store. Sizes 14-22 (tell them you
want larger sizes!), some petites. Clothes are well-made and
somewhat expensive. Their service is attentive -- the saleswomen
follow you around the store pointing things out that you might
be interested in, holding clothes for you, helping you
coordinate. Their pants seem very well-made -- the one with
buttons at the waist all have two buttons so the waistband sits
nicely. Most have some elastic in the waist too.
San Bernadino, CA
Phone: (909) 862-1170
Halloween costumes in sizes 1X-4X.
P.O. Box 808
317 Second St.
Havre, MT 59501
(800) 828-7661, (406) 265-8250, Germany 49-699-798-1401
email@example.com, Canada 800-633-2443
Web site: http://www.gomontana.com/sportsbra.html
Sports bras to 50DDD/52DD. $49. They look very sturdy and
supportive. Front closure, back support, wide straps.
P.O. Box 3002
New Haven, CT 06515
Web site: http://www.epicmenswear.com
5% of profits donated to charity.
"Good selection of clothes at the 'bigger' end of the scale.
Trousers and shirts seemed to be of good quality and fair price.
The quality of customer service was beyond what I would usually
expect. They even sent my order over with a member of staff who
was visiting the UK to save me some postage."
ER Moore Academic Apparel and Choir Robes
1810 West Grace St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (312) 477-7277
Fax: (773) 549 4625
Web site: http://www.ermoore.com/
A poster reports: "All they asked was my height and weight (5'6"
and 450), and they provided me with a gown (size 509) that fits
beautifully. I also needed a larger cap, and they provided that
as well. The best part is that they didn't charge me any more
for mine than they did anyone else. (It was less than $20.)"
e2u - ergonomically engineered underwear
1372 Bennett Dr. Suite #164
Longwood, FL 32750
Phone: 800-568-5982 or 407-767-5300
Fax: 888-563-9559 or 407-767-5344
Underwear for men designed by an engineer to prevent problems
caused by regular underwear. They come in sizes up to 56 (but
the owner said if there was demand, she could make larger ones).
E.T. Wright Executive Shoes
Web site: http://www.etwright.com
Men's shoes in sizes 6 to 16 and widths from AAA to EEEEE. Also
refurbish old shoes.
529 N. Center St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (301) 724-0624
Bridal as well as dressy/elegant.
4809 Avenue N, Ste 306
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Phone: (718) 604-9297
Catalog $7 ($5 refunded with first order)
Danskin Plus catalog (14-28), also lingerie.
PO Box 1725
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: (800) 539-0030, 1-916-581-0848
Fax: (916) 581-5719
Bras in sizes 32-56, cup sizes C-H. Some prenatal, maternity,
and sports bras as well. Particularly recommended is the Leading
Lady Nursing Bra, model LL491. One person said she received an
unpleasant email from them regarding a return. Several people
have experienced long delays in receiving their orders, have
received no response when queried about the delay, and/or have
canceled orders. May 99
PO Box 3374 R-4
Beverley Hills, Ca 90212-0374
Lingerie in sizes 16-26.
1st Avenue (just south of the new Safeco Stadium)
"Pretty nice careerwear...it goes up to very large sizes." Dec 99
Fairy Godmother at Large
273 S. Cragmont Ave.
San Jose, CA 95127
Phone: (408) 272-3147
Fax: (408) 272-9428
New and used clothing in sizes 14-super. Women's jeans to size
60. T-shirts to 72-inch hip; big shirts to 78-inch hip; panties
to size 16; pettipants to 6X. Also maternity clothes. Sells
consignment and discounted new clothing from manufacturers like
Says Who and Plus Woman. Consignment policy: you can take your
payment in cash, new clothing (15% bonus) or used clothing (30%
bonus). Will also sell your clothing on eBay. Aug 99
Fashion Bug Plus
Mall store. Reported to have trendy teenage clothing to size 26.
[casual] [catalog] [women]
Genoa City, WI 53128
Phone: (888) 251-4248
Web site: http://www.fashionique.com/
Custom designed decorated blouses and tuxedo shirts to 3X
Fat Chance Belly Dance
P.O. Box 460594
San Francisco, CA 94146
Phone: (415) 647 6035
Web site: http://www.fcbd.com
For catalog send SASE with two stamps.
Tribal style belly dance costumes and accessories, custom
Feminine Fancies Catalog Sales
PO Box 96
Walterville OR 97489-0096
Phone: (503) 484-4040
Catalog $5 (credited to first order)
Plus-size leather catalog. Be sure to ask for the Plus Size
catalog, as they also have a small sizes catalog.
217 S. Ellsworth
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (415) 340-8392
Plus and supersize wedding gowns.
Filene's and Filene's Basement
Web site: http://www.mayco.com/may/Stores/fi_contact.html (lists phone numbers for stores)
Department store with locations throughout the US East Coast.
Jones New York Woman clothing, and others. Sizes up to 24.
Fine & Fancy Lingerie
Intimate apparel for sizes 1X-5X
First Hand Fabric
P.O. Box 8 Westport, KY 40077
Phone: (502) 222-9439
Handpainted suede garments cut from whole lambsuedes or layered
from small pieces. Expensive. "Many garments are unsized and
unconstructed, and suitable for generously proportioned women.
We are able to provide handpainted yardage for seamstresses and
pattern makers who specialize in plus-size custom clothing."
Fit To Be Tried
4754 East Grant,
Tuscon, AZ 85712
Activewear up to 4X, including bicycle shorts.
P. O. Box 4627
Lexington, KY 40544
Web site: http://www.fopaws.com/
Science fiction, fantasy, and mystery theme T-shirts, long-sleeved T's,
sweatshirts, and embroidered denim and polo shirts. Some items to 5X.
Also kids' sizes.
Expensive, very dressy clothes, but good sales. Also beautiful
clothes based on ethnic designs with beadwork, batik, etc. Silk
nightwear. One woman complained that they sponsored a weight
Moderately priced designer sportswear at discount.
plus & petite plus sizes --- branches all over.
good for like name brand (jones, etc) type suits and the like.
Sizes to 24.
Frank's Big & Tall
One store's info:
115 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 529-5445
Frederick's of Hollywood
6608 Hollywood Blvd.
PO Box 229
Hollywood, CA 90078-0229
Phone: (800) 323-9525, (310) 637-7770 Customer Service
Fax: (310) 764-2988
Web site: http://www.fredericks.com/
An increasing selection of their lingerie and "trashy street
clothes" is available in sizes up to 3X (50-inch bust, 44-inch
waist, 52-inch hips). Some folks think the tops are too small,
some think the tops are too large. Some other items run small.
Good service. The clothing is not especially well-made. Most of
their clothes are made for hourglass figures. They use thin
models, even in the plus size section of their web site. Some
things do, and some things don't.
Web site: http://www.frenchtoast.com
Children's school uniforms in sizes up to 20. May 99
2172 S. Trenton Wy
Denver Colorado 80231
Phone: (303) 733-6264
Catalog $2 (credited to first order)
Sizes 2x-12x T-shirts, sweatshirts, nightshirts, tank tops,
"fanny wraps". Reported "Canadian friendly."
Full Figure Design
3900 Lavista Rd. #106
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (770) 414 8880
Plus-size video featuring career wear, evening wear, plus- and
supersize models. $19.95 + $3 s+h.
Gentlemen's Corner - Online
1102 Oak St.
Conway, AK 72032
Phone: 501 329 6162
Web site: http://www.gentlemenscorneronline.com
Has some big and tall men's clothing. Secure online ordering.
Chain store offering formal wear rental, primarily for men, but
they are also reported to do formal gowns. They have men's coats
up to 72" chest. Rental charge depends on the style, not the
size. They won't do mail order for some large men because of
fitting issues. The stores in Burlington and Dedham, MA reported
to have excellent customer service. Mar01
Northridge, CA 91327
Phone: (800) 617-GFLA (open 24/7)
Fax: (800) 720-4352
Web site: http://www.girlfriendsla.com
"Typical super-trendy, TOTALLY teeny-bopper clothes." Most
clothes go up to 25-27 (junior plus sizing -- 51" bust, 43"
waist, 53" hip). Some women past their teens like their clothes:
"I especially liked the wide variety of tank tops with spaghetti
straps and the hoodie and the hooded fleece vest." Catalog
usually has one or two fat models. Sizes are liberal. "Prices
are fairly good. The last order we placed was right before
Christmas and it came in a week. The quality of what we got is
ok, seams seem to be holding up." "The only problem is that they
go with the 'if you are fat you must be 6 feet tall' theory. All
of the pants and arms are too long on me, and im average
Phone: (818) 357-7277
Goddess 2000 Project
PO Box 403
Benicia, CA 94510 USA
Pagan oriented T-shirts to size 6X. Jewelry.
1855 Englishtown Rd.
Old Bridge N.J.08857
Mail order firm that specializes in large size clothing,
T-shirts and sweats to 6x and night shirts to 5x. Animal designs
funny felines, dogs, or any photo. Over 170 designs and
PO Box 40443
Downey, CA 90241
Pants, T-shirts, etc. in sizes 1X-5X. Reasonably priced.
306 Lincoln Center
Phone: (209) 477-2508
FAX: (209) 477- 2508
Full-line fashion boutique. Sizes XL-6X and special orders,
including shipping. May 99
12516 Riverside Dr,
North Hollywood, CA 91607
"Wonderful Victorian style boutique with an equally wonderful
selection of avant guard, vintage, elegant clothes plus fun
stuff like leather vests, beautiful lingerie, great swimsuits
and a good selection of Danskin exercise wear." Their own line
of leather lingerie, as well as Stormy Leather lingerie. Sizes
720 Anderson Rd.
St. Cloud, MN 56340
Greater Salt Lake Clothing Company
P.O. Box 171422
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117-1422
Ski and exercise clothes. Sizing varies -- some women's bottoms
up to 62" hips and 's parkas up to 68" hip. Most men's items up
to 3X and 2XT, a few to 4X. On-line sales. On-line ordering (not
secure). Some mid-size models on web site. Sponsors ski and
river trips for plus-size women.
2853 Snow Rd. Suite #5
Lexington, KY 40517
Web site: www.iglou.com/george/
Tie-dye T-shirts (short-sleeve to 6X, long-sleeve to 3X),
dresses (one size), women's underwear (to 10), socks, sarongs,
scarves, and other accessories. No on-line ordering.
13594 Cherrytree Ct, Ft Myers, Florida 33912
Liquidating 6xl tall dress shirts, 2xl 3xl 4xl western shirts,
and size 2xl 3xl 4xl golf shirts for $10.00 each plus shipping.
(Retail prices up to $50.) They also sell shirts on eBay. Email
for more info. Ship to USA only.
Gut Instinct (formerly Gut Reaction)
T-shirts with funny fat-male-(mostly)positive themes to size 6X
and 4XLT. Also baseball caps, polos. Shorts XL - 8XL. The owner
of Gut Instinct has a request/offer for female-friendly readers:
"We need some female oriented slogans/designs, and I would be
happy to produce them, but we haven't come up with anything very
good so far. If anyone has any ideas they think would make a
good t-shirt, let us know. If we use your idea we will send you
an entire set of shirts (1 of every design) as a thank you. Send
them to firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 934
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0934
Phone: (408) 457-4838
Email: email@example.com (Dawn Atkins)
T-shirts (two designs, sizes small-10X) and jewelry that promote
body image diversity.
Gypsy Moon Enchantment Collection
1780 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone: (617) 876-7095 (store), (800) 955-GYPSY (mail order)
Web site: http://www.gypsymoon.com/
Velvets and chiffons, faerie tale clothes. Pricy, exciting,
unusual, feminine, and available in "bountiful" and custom
sizes. Bountiful size (to 48" bust, 48" waist, and 52" hips)
costs a bit more. Their web site says: "Bountiful sizing varies
from one design to another, and there's some leeway for
adjustment.... be sure to let us know your measurements." They
offer custom tailoring of their existing patterns for 20% more.
In fabrics they offer a variety of velvets and tapestries.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz Corp.
1328 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
European chain store expanding into the US (has about 10 stores
open in the US so far, several of them in New York City). Offers
"cutting-edge fashion and quality at the best price" and claims
to produce clothing in an environmentally conscious manner.
Clothes in many sizes, including a "Big is Beautiful" line. Most
of the styles are very modern & stretchy. The cuts fit a wide
variety of body types. However, "their bus ads give the
impression that only sticks need apply." The clothing on the web
site is reported not to match the clothing available in the
stores, "but it can give you an eensy idea of what their clothes
look like." The New York stores are reported crowded with long
lines for dressing rooms. Returns are easy. "Depending your body
shape & size, you might like either their BiB line the
stretchier clothes in their Hennes line. Very cheap. Easy, easy
returns." "They have the most amazing fat lady clothes I have
ever seen." Sizes run tall. April 2001
100 Fairview Avenue
Prospect Park, NJ 07530
Big men's sizes, and another mailing list for women.
Inexpensive. Suits, slacks, shirts, large-size socks.
The Hands of Woman
111 C. St. #b St. Augustine, Fl 32084
Prices $30-$70. Secure online ordering. Models of all sizes.
Also jewelry, art, and artifacts. Ship anywhere. They
custom-make to your measurements (size XXS-10X and more) a line
of basic items -- several styles of dresses, a skirt, blouses,
jackets, pants, jumpers, vests & dusters. They offer over 100
rayon fabric choices. "And they deliver fast too!"
580 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 543-4066, (800) 578-4066
San Francisco store. Expensive. Casual career to dressy. Unique
clothes, made in the store.
Clothing similar to what Lane Bryant sells. Fashionable and
Heinz Gift Shop
PO Box 18714
San Antonio, TX 78218
Phone: (210) 657-9421
Catalog $8 (refunded with first order)
Lingerie 1X to 4X.
Henri's Full Figure Boutique
1419 Krameria St
Denver, Co 80220,
Web site: http://www.sni.net/~hadavis/
Lacy bridal and evening wear, suits. Some items in supersizes.
They use thin models.
Her Majesty's Treasures
12762 Brookhurst #222, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Web site: www.hermajestystreasures.com
Web site offers jewelry, household goods, and clothing.
They have inexpensive special occasion dresses and "everyday
elegance" suits and dresses, most to size 2X or 3X, but a few
styles of gowns to size 5X (60" bust, 52" waist, 62" hip) and
dresses to 6X (67" bust, 61" waist, 68" hip). Feb01
PO Box 4406
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Phone: (303) 791-1819
Corsets, jewelry, bustiers, lingerie, and bustiers. Sizes to
Web site: http://www.hilohattie.com
Phone: 888 526 0299
Chain store in Hawaii, Arizona, and Guam. Aloha wear in various
fabrics. Some items to a men's 5X (67" chest, 63" waist, 21"
neck) and a women's 3X (54" bust, 45.5" waist, 57" hip). Feb01
Hitchcock Wide Shoes for Men
225 Beal St
Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: (617) 749-3571, (800) 992-WIDE
Web site: http://www.hitchcockshoes.com/
Men's shoes sizes 5-13, EEE through EEEEEE. Dress, casual,
athletic, outdoor, and work shoes, boots, slippers, rubbers,
sandals. Email address for free catalog.
4757 W. Park #106-410
Plano, TX 75093
Belts in plus and super sizes.
Hot Off the Tour
Phone: (800) 878-8189
They specialize in golf wear, but some of their stuff may also
be applicable to tennis and other sports. They are pricey (polo
shirt $68, twill shorts $56).
Hovis Jeans by Hoveland Mfg. Co.
Cody, WY 82414
Phone: (307) 587-5233
Denim blue jeans (to 60" waist), vests, blazers, dusters, and
jackets. 1X to 5X - up to 60" waist & custom sizing. Hovis is
carried by a number of retail outlets, and catalogs, but if you
can't find them, they will sell to you direct.
Phone: USA: 1-800-259-7283 International: (317)-321-9999
Web site: http://www.hugestore.com/
Men's dress and sportswear shirts, pants, jeans, suits, boxers.
Some items (such as dress pants) in supersizes.
Hy Fishman Furs
305 7th Avenue (at 27th St. 19th Fl.)
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 807-8660, 800-653-8216
Fax: (212) 627-4920
Web site: http://www.hyfishman.com/
Plus and supersize fur, fur-trimmed microfiber, and fur-trimmed
cashmere coats. "Fur remodeling" (they will take your existing
fur and use it in designing a new style and/or size of coat).
Hyde Park Ink
1211 North 14th St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 888 950 8337
Fax: 208 342 2463
Woman owned/operated screenprinting company offers beautiful
size-positive artwork on short- or long-sleeve T-shirts,
coverups (sizes S-10X), and sweatshirts (M-2X). Prices $20-$50
(larger sizes more). Artwork also available on totes, notecards,
and magnets. July 00
PO Box 1482222
Chicago, IL 60614-8222
Catalog $3 (refunded with first order)
Lingerie up to size 4X.
In Full Swing
5937 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
They carry nice, good quality (but somewhat pricey) women's
clothes. Mostly work stuff, drapey rather than tailored. Feb01
Phone: (617) 893-1986
Arizona Mail Order Company, Inc.
PO Box 27800
Tuscon, AZ 85726
Phone orders: (602) 747-5000
Customer service: (602) 748-8600
Connected with Regalia but better selection. Nightgowns,
pajamas, loungewear in sizes small to 3X. Good selection of bras
in bigger sizes, some styles up to 48G. Reasonably priced.
Irene's Fashions at Large
2939 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 483-1065
Pam Segalman is the owner. Irene's has been serving large women
for over 25 years. Sizes are 36-60. They carry everything from
career wear, evening wear, slacks, jeans, sweater, lingerie &
bras. Will ship.
110 West 40th Street, Suite 618, New York, NY 10018
Phone: 877-474-7745 or 703-764-3976
Iris Silks is the website of China Silk USA. The web site
includes a section of plus-sized lingerie and blouses, original
designs. "Their chemises and robes are graceful and sexy." July
Web site: http://www.IslandShirts.com
Men's hawaiian shirts to 6X. Will ship anywhere. Each shirt is
made to order (to measurement or following your favorite shirt),
custom sizes are no problem. "I bought a couple and am extremely
pleased with the results as I am a quite hard-to-fit 'supersize'
bloke. They're not cheap - but they are good and Jane has never
been less than very friendly and speedy in her responses to me."
It's A Secret Plus
PO Box 5001
Englewood, CO 80155-5001
Sexy lingerie, also oils, lotions, books, etc. Sizes 1X-6X.
507 E. 10th
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: (509) 624-4795
Bridal and bridal party gowns in sizes 2W-28W.
Web site: www.maternityclothes.com
Sells "Vintage Levi's" in which the top portion is removed and
replaced with 2 elastic sections. Good for pregnant and
plus-size women. Also offers other pants, shorts, skirts, and
t-shirts. Reasonable prices. Mar 00
PO Box 2021
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2021
Phone: (800) 222-6161
Web site: http://www.jcpenney.com
Their regular catalog has some large-size clothing, in
particular maternity clothing. They fill orders in a few days.
They are good about returns. You can return catalog merchandise
to their stores. Some folks have had problems ordering from JC
Penney's large size and kids' catalogs (many items are sold out
before the catalog even arrives). Their outlet stores have good
sales on women's and men's and maternity clothing and offer
clothing in women's sizes 28-30 and up. Uniforms seen at
Penney's outlet store, to 5X. Whites and prints. Oct 99
Bridal catalog (their larger stores have bridal departments).
Fashion Plus catalog
Women's jeans, casual and career dresses and separates,
suits, outerwear, swimsuits, leggings, and split slips.
Sizes 14W-34W, and also women's talls and petites.
Swimsuits up to size 26W. Several people say their sizes
run small. Report: "I think their quality is pretty
good. They have more what I would call dressey and
career type clothing and their spring issue also has
some ethnic prints. Their models, are a decent size,
bigger than some other women's catalog's models....they
also carry some of the Delta Burke Collection."
JC Penney's Big & Extra Tall Catalog
Basic men's clothes -- waists up to 60:, chests up to
64", necks up to 21", sizes to 4X or 5X. Dress slacks
with elastic or partially elastic waists.
Big Kids Catalog
Two catalogs a year (spring and fall), with girl's Plus
and Extra Plus sizes and boy's husky and shorter husky
sizes. Levi's Dockers, Union Bay, Bugle Boy, snow pants,
wind suits, denim and flannel shirts, the works. Fairly
Maternity outfits up to size 26, bras to 44DD,
maternity panties and pantyhose. Good quality, sized
well, somewhat limited selection, somewhat pricey.
J. Jill Ltd.
PO Box 3006
Meredith, NH 03253-3006
Phone: (800) 642-9989
Style described as "New England Country." About 1/2 to 2/3 of
merchandise is available in women's sizes to 28. Generous fit.
Sweaters, jackets, dresses, and pants are on the expensive side,
but they have good sales. Overnight shipping on in-stock items.
Courteous service. High quality clothing. One woman wrote that
she has worn their clothing for years. Another wrote: "Sometimes
they may not 'upsize' their designs correctly--for example, a
sweater will be made wider for the larger sizes, but not longer.
Unfortunately, you never know when you are going to have this
problem, since they never use plus-sized models." One woman
wrote "What I especially liked was that most of the selections
went from a size 2 to size 3-4X--not special (read: uglier)
selections for larger sizes....They specialize in natural fibers
and comfort--slightly funky--yet definitely appropriate for
work." May 99
Web site: http://www.jsilverclothing.com
Chain of clothing stores located in RI, MA, CT, NY and FL.
Plus size department in every store. Clothing, lingerie, and
shoes. Inexpensive, sexy clothes.
[chain] [casual] [career] [women]
PO Box 844
Jackson, MI 49204
Michigan department store with a plus size department. Pricey,
[catalog] [lingere] [supersize] [women]
PO Box 26458
Tucson, AZ 85726
Phone: (520) 746-9474
Bras to 76 and cups to Z
Jasco Uniform Co.
Phone: (800) 222-4445
Fax: (708) 291-7928
Uniforms in misses' sizes up to 20, women's sizes up to 32W/52,
unisex sizes up to 3XL. Women's scrubs up to 5XL (54-56). Men's
scrubs up to 5XL (chest 62-64, waist 56-58). They won't sell to
people in FL and five other states. UPS won't deliver for them.
Jean Nicole Plus
62 W. 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (800) 955-9245
Fax: (800) 955-2520
Web site: http://www.jewelryweb.com
J. Lumarel Corp.
801 So. University Drive, Suite C-110
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: (800) 606-1816
Catalog $3 (refundable with order)
Longer length Y-necklaces in gold and silver.
Johansen Bros. Shoes
1915 W Main
Corning, AR 72422
Hard to find shoes 5-13, A-EE
John Sun Silks Design Center
1600 E 29th Street, Signal Hill, CA
Phone: (310) 989-1242
Handpainted silk clothing, one-of-a-kind, designer originals,
shirts, separates. Expensive.
S. 1314 Grand Se. 2-252; Spokane, Wa. 99202
Phone: 800-483-5598, 509-624-4795
Web page http://www.fabrics.net/default1.htm
Two lines of bride and bridesmaid gowns, to size 28-30, priced
from $100: the J Line and the Alexa.
46 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 352-1777
Supersize as well as regular sized lingerie (wholesale to the
public). Example: royal blue silk camisole with beaded lace
applique in 5X is $5.99.
Junonia for Active Women
The Minnesota Building, Suite 216
46 East Fourth Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (800) 671-0175
Web site: www.Junonia.com/
Sportswear (their own line, plus some Danskin and Champion).
Underwear (their own hi-tech fabric, QuikWik, is good for hot
weather). Swimwear (including two-piece suits) to 6X. Bike
shorts, sports bras (to 50s), T-shirts, leggings, tennis skirt,
ski wear, casual wear, travel wear. Good service, except that
items are often backordered, sometimes for months. Catalog
sometimes does not describe sizing/fabric idiosyncrasies, but
telephone sales people know a lot about the clothes. Secure
online ordering. Mid-size models. Most like the quality of their
clothing, but one person had problems with shorts that fell
apart quickly. Their line fits apple-shapes better than
pear-shapes. "I ordered some Rocky Mountain Jeans from Junonia
catalog. It was the first time I found jeans large enough around
and long enough. The jeans were 36 inch inseam."
"my experience with junonia's quickwik fabric has been very
positive; my bike shorts have been going strong for three or
four years now. it isn't very supportive/ compressive. it *does*
wick away moisture pretty well. there isn't much shine to it, or
much sound when the fabric rubs together."
Just Big Sportswear
4700 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
T-shirts up to 10XL, 100% cotton and poly/cotton. Also sweats,
dorm shirts, and hooded shirts. Radiance Magazine uses them for
some of its silkscreened t-shirts. Some complaints that
availability is unpredictable.
Just One You
19877 East Country Club Drive #3-201
Aventura, Fl 33180
Phone: (305) 682-8335
Web site: http://www.justoneyou.com
Interactive website where women of all sizes can order unique
clothing and tapestry bags. Fabric choices and custom
measusrements. Specializes in one-of-a-kind and customizable
limited editions. The caftan and poncho styles are especially
good for big stylish women. First time buyers get a 25% discount
on a style from Resurrection Collection.
Just My Size
PO Box 748
Rural Hill, NC 27098-0748
Phone orders: (800) 522-9567, (910) 635-3447
Customer service: (800) 522-0889
Web site: www.justmysize.com
They don't ship to Canada.
Pantyhose to super sizes. Some say their pantyhose aren't sized
right for pear shaped bodies, feel rough against the skin, and
tend to bag at the knees and ankles. Bras: Bali, Playtex, JMS
and other brands, up to 50DDD or so. Panties to size 14.
Inexpensive casual and sports clothes to 4X. Their sweatshirts
are generously sized and comfortable. Thin models. Nov 99
30 Tozer Rd.
PO Box 1020
Beverly, MA 01915-0720
Phone: (800) 767-6666
Sizes to 26
Kaufman's Tall & Big Men's Shop
3395 South Broadway
Englewood, Colorado 80110
Phone: (303) 761-6000; (888) 761-8255
Fax: (303) 761-3395
10707 N. E. Fourth Street
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Phone: (425) 453-8255; (888) 761-8255
Fax: (425) 453-8181
Web site: http://www.kaufmans.com
No printed catalog.
Men's clothing to sizes 5LT and 5X (60-inch waist).
Big men's clothes, and Just My Size bras and panties.
Kathleen's Full-Size Fashions and Bridal
NE 120th and 15th Ave NE
Carry over 100 bridal gowns in large sizes only. Can special order.
Large size prom and special occasion. Many different styles. Also
Jeans, sportswear, separates. Sizes 14-32+. Many styles in limited
size range: i.e., 1x-3x, 1x-4x, or 4x-6x. No shoes or business suits.
Not much variety in bras or panties. Styles range from casual to
fashionable to funky to elegant to sexy. One reader buys most of her
clothes there. Another praised the wedding dress she bought
there and the staff. A third said she had especially good luck with
Kay Largo Custom Sized Jewelry & Accessories
PO Box 7088, Huntsville, AL 35807
Web site: http://www.kaylargo.com
Custom-sized jewelry (including eyeglass keepers, tummy chains,
and jewelry for the feet).
Phone: (800) 835-0365
Bib overalls to about a 66" waist.
PO Box 8385
Indianapolis, IN 46283-8385
Phone orders: (800) 846-1600
Fax: (800) 682-8109
TDD: (800) 682-8095
Tall and big men's clothing: T-shirts up to 9XL for $14.95. Cotton
draw-string pants, turtlenecks, overalls, shorts, swimsuits.
Inexpensive. Large-size unisex rain gear, extra-large umbrellas,
ties, and fanny packs. Levis up to 60" waist. "They are usually
cheaper on most things than the local big men's stores (and more
Address: 1471 S. Wooster St., Ste.3
Phone: 888-KIYONNA (385-0645)
Web site: http://www.kiyonna.com
Women's sportswear and dresses, sizes 1x-4x, moderate prices.
(retail). "We design and manufacture a very contemporary and
feminine line of moderately priced dresses and sportswear which
we wholesale to over 80 boutiques across the country, as well as
Bermuda and Mexico." Web ordering, plus size models,
one-of-a-kind designer clothing auctions.
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Online Resources for Big Folks
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