Best Plus Size Clothing Stores in Canada

Naima T. Fleming
Watch a great slideshow of plus size sexy dresses.
Watch a great slideshow of plus size sexy dresses.

Whether looking for the latest trends or searching for everyday staples, you need stores that offer the selection and sizes that meet your needs. Finding great places to shop isn't always easy, but if you have been searching for incredible plus size boutiques and retail stores, here is a helpful list of clothing stores to shop in Canada that offer beautiful fashions to flatter your figure.

Best Plus Size Boutiques In Canada

In addition to shopping retail, some women prefer to shop at specialty boutiques. Canadian women looking to enhance their wardrobes with items that are unique can appreciate specialty items from boutiques. The following are some of the best boutiques in Canada for curvy ladies.

Your Big Sister's Closet

Founder and blogger Karen Ward of Curvey Canadian opened her boutique, Your Big Sister's Closet, in Toronto, Ontario after she personally experienced having a hard time finding plus size clothing that actually fit her shape properly. In an effort to provide a solution to fashionistas who want to wear fabulous trends, she sells curated plus size dresses, tops, pants, jackets, jewelry and accessories for discerning full-figured women.

At Your Big Sister's Closet, women can shop stylish pieces in sizes 12 through 3XL. Contemporary tops sold at this boutique range from around $30-$65. Denim, leatherette skirts, and culottes cost around $10-$50. Women who shop the boutique online are offered free shipping on orders over $100. Flare.com describes this boutique as a plus-size fashion haven that carries over the voice and style sense of Karen's blog.

The Answer

Featured in over a dozen television segments and magazine articles, The Answer is ideal for curvy women looking for elegant, stylish pieces to add to their wardrobes. The boutique's fashions include casual, business, and evening wear selections that are contemporary yet classy. After being in business for nearly 30 years, The Answer is still going strong and offers a range of European, American, and Canadian designer brands.

Located in Toronto, the boutique is unique in its personalized level of attention to its customers. Sales staff works closely and carefully with each woman to help her find the style, fit, and overall look she wants. Clothing is available in sizes 14-24 and is mid-to-high end in terms of prices. You'll find a range of dresses, skirts, sweaters, pants, business separates, casual blouses, and more. The clothing selections are ideal for women in the 30-plus range who are looking for stylish options that aren't overly trendy.

SexyPlus Clothing

Plus size women who want affordable style options that are on trend will have their style cravings answered by SexyPlus Clothing. Founder Stefanie Augusteijn grew tired of having to order clothes from outside of Canada to fulfill her fashion needs and opened her boutique in Mississauga, Ontario.

Although SexyPlus ships to plus size women internationally, the women in Canada are certainly served up saucy selections from this boutique, from cold-shoulder dresses to shapewear to accessories for any occasion. Some of the plus size designer brands carried by SexyPlus include American brands such as IGIGI, Unique Vintage, and Kiyonna, as well as Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff. Sizes offered here range from 12 to 3X.

Women shopping for jewelry can score a hot find on sale for as low as under $10. If you are shopping for a dress, you can expect to spend about $50 to about $270. SexyPlus Clothing has acquired a cult following of fashionistas and bloggers, including popular style blogger Daquana White, who loves the line.

Gussied Up

The name of this boutique says it all. For plus-size women in Toronto, Ontario and Vaughan, Ontario who want to get 'gussied' up, owner Victoria McGroarty has you covered for a casual weekend day, a girl's night or a day at the office. Fashion-forward finds at the Gussied Up boutique includes T-shirt dresses, floral caftans, bathing suits for vacations, outerwear, and shoes.

Head-to-toe trendy items are offered in sizes from 12-24 and 1XL to 3XL for clothing and 7-12 for footwear. Some of the clothing lines carried at this boutique includes brands from Canada and the United States. Footwear at Gussied Up costs about $130 - $140, tops cost around $20-$70, jeans around $80-$120 and dresses about $20-$225. Canadian paper The Star gave the boutique a clever rating of three and a half-lip print sweaters out of four.

Top Retail Chain Stores In Canada for Full Figures

Within Canada, there are a few phenomenal retail stores that are exclusive to the country. While boutiques may only be located in some parts of Canada, there are chain stores with several locations that offer plus size woman great clothing selections that are more far reaching.

Laura Canada

With dozens of locations throughout Canada, the name Laura Plus is well known for the beautiful and contemporary clothing lines carried. As part of the Laura chain of women's clothing stores, Laura Plus and Laura Superstores offer clothing in plus and petite plus in size 14 to 24.

Specializing in moderately priced career, weekend and special occasion clothing, Laura Plus fashions include collections from well-known designers as well as private label designs. Tops at Laura Canada cost around $20-$90, pants about $40-$150, and dresses about $40-$200. Plus size blogger Amanda Montgomery of LatestWrinkle.com loves the on-trend separates offered by the retailer.

Addition Elle

A leader of contemporary fashion, Addition Elle stores offer a selection of plus size clothing that is chic and trendy and perfect for going to work or spending a fun-filled weekend. Sizes range from 14 to 26 and includes stylish offering such as bomber jackets, denim, tops, knits and outerwear.

Designers offered here includes American brands such as Rachel Rachel Roy and Ashley Graham Collection and Canadian brands such as Love & Legend and Katherine Barclay. Prices for outerwear cost about $35-$300, for tops about $20-$130, and for dresses and jumpsuits around $30- $240. Blogger Chantel Sarkisian of Mod Exclusive has featured stellar evening options offered by Addition Elle on a fashion segment for CTV Ottawa Morning Live.

Suzy Shier

For over 40 years, retail chain Suzy Shier has been providing plus size women the Curve Appeal by Suzy Shier line. The store carries runway-inspired trends such as tailored asymmetrical faux leather jackets, cold shoulder shirts, vibrant printed tops, dresses and more. Here sizes offered range from 1X-3X, with leggings starting at around $20, tops costing around $30, and dresses around $50. Blogger Assa Cisse of My Curves and Curls is pleased with the stylish offerings for curvy fashionistas offered by Suzy Shier.

Pennington's

With a ride range of contemporary, classic, and trendy items for curvy women, approximately two dozen store locations throughout Canada, and stores that include a bright, open layout, spacious fitting rooms, and a modern boutique feel, Pennington's appeals to plus size women of all ages and serves sizes 14-32.

Pennington's carries American-based brand's such as plus-size model Tess Holiday's MBLM collections and actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 line, brands exclusively sold at Pennington's store such as the Ti Voglio lingerie line, and a variety of internationally imported brands. The store is popular for its selection, service, and styles. Choices range from activewear and denim to dressy and casual wear. Prices vary, with casual bouses starting at around $15, denim starting at under $60, and dresses starting around $50.

Top Canadian plus size fashion blogger Sarah St. Fleur of Queen Sized Flava praises Pennington's combination of trendy selection and affordability for the everyday woman, and plus size lifestyle blog Tales of a Ranting Ginger names Pennington's as a go-to store for plus size Canadian women, citing their choices in style and comfort.

Canadian Designers for Curvy Women

Among the line up of designers carried by retailers and boutiques are Canadian Designers who design and manufacture their creations in Canada.

Primaala

When Rachel Holt first opened her boutique Primaala, she knew she wanted to provide women in Toronto with specially curated items from international designers such as Eileen Fisher and Carmakoma. However, she wanted to add her own signature to the offerings and launched her own exclusive design line to her boutique in 2015.

Everything within her collection is made locally, from the sourcing to the manufacturing. Her designs include timeless, figure-flattering skirts, tops, and dresses from size 12 -24. Price ranges from around $40 for a top to about $300 for a jacket. NowToronto.com finds the boutique welcoming with a subtle glam appeal.

Diane Kennedy

Fashion designer Diane Kennedy designs eco-friendly plus size clothing in sizes 0X-3X. Her contemporary full figure collection consists of tops, jackets, dresses and bottoms made from certified organic bamboo fabric, sourced and produced in Vancouver, BC. The Diane Kennedy collection is carried in boutiques in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia among other provinces and territories within Canada and the United States.

Prices range from around $105-$169 for tops, about $135-$219 for jackets, and about $99 for dresses. AlreadyPretty.com describes Diane Kennedy's collection as artistic, eye-catching, and fun to wear.

Joseph Ribkoff

Designer Joseph Ribkoff helps women look stellar for any occasion. His gorgeous creations help women to seamlessly transition from day to night. Almost all of the designs within his collection have been created in Canada. Women who wear sizes 12-22, who want to add vibrant hues, silhouettes, and prints to their wardrobes for runway-inspired modern looks will love Joseph Ribkoff.

Tops cost about $120-$220, and dresses cost about $130-$270. Joseph Ribkoff is sold at Canadian boutiques such as SexyPlus Clothing and in the United States. Breakfast Television Montreal featured a line-up of fierce black dresses by the designer.

Endless Fashion Choices

For the Canadian plus size fashionista looking to only update her wardrobe with modern pieces, Canada has a plethora of stylish clothing store choices. Whether looking for items for the office, casual additions for the weekend, or transitional items throughout the year, this list will keep your curvy looks flattering and on point.

Best Plus Size Clothing Stores in Canada