If you are curvy and taller than average or have long arms or legs, half the battle of building your wardrobe is locating stores that stock clothes for women who are both tall and plus size. Not many years ago, stylish clothes for women who need tall plus sizes were almost impossible to find. Now, though, the plus-size market is being explored by more retailers as they seek ways to expand offerings to their full-figured customers, including those who need tall sizes.
Women's Tall Plus Sizes Shopping Resources
Women who are both tall and curvy can find stylish, comfortable clothing that fits properly at a number of retailers. Good options include:
Lands' End features a small collection of tall plus sizes in outwear, tops, dresses and swimwear with the majority of the inventory concentrated in tops and swimwear.
- Tall plus tops are available in tunics, tanks and polos. Long plus sizes are available up to 3X, and most of the tops are polos. Most tops are under $25, with polo prices in the $17 to $20 range.
- Long plus sizes in swimwear range from 14W to 26W. Price points go from approximately $25 to $250, with most selections in the $25 to $75 range. Most of the tall plus size swimsuit line consists of one-piece suits with a few tankini and bikini options mixed in.
If issues like sustainability and environmental stewardship are important to you, shopping at Lands' End is a wise decision. They have received numerous sustainability awards. For example, they have received the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council's Green Masters Award four times and were among the 2011 winners of Apparel Magazine's apparel sustainability award.
Orders over $50 ship free. Lands' End offers one of the most generous, open-ended guarantees in the garment industry. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, simply return it for an exchange or refund. Shop their website, use the store locator link to find the stores nearest you, or order one of their free print catalogs so you can browse at home.
Roaman's is an excellent go-to source if you are looking for a good variety of tall plus size pants. Their stock includes leggings, jeans and pants in sizes 18 to 32T. Prices vary from around $20 to $80 and they carry one of the largest color selection ranges of bottoms in tall plus sizes for women. Roaman's is an online-only store with no brick and mortar locations, but they also sell through print catalogs, which you can request for free.
Shopping Perks and Policies
Shipping costs are determined by the dollar amount of your purchase. If you are in a hurry, you can pay extra for expedited services. If you are dissatisfied or your items do not fit, return them in like new condition within 90 days.
Simply Be, an online retailer, carries a compact line of tall plus sizes that are mostly dresses and pants with a few tops and skirts in the mix. Dress hem lengths are primarily short. though there are a few midi and maxi length versions to choose from. Sizes range from 18 to 32 tall plus. Prices vary from around $17 to under $40, with most dresses in the $25 to $30 range and most pants in the $35 to $45 range.
Shipping and Return Options
Purchase $100 or more to receive free shipping. Unworn items with attached tags can be returned within 30 days of purchase.
Simply Be's low flat rate shipping fee of $8.95 earned them a spot on College Fashion's list of the top stores for plus size clothing. In addition to their shipping rates, College Fashions highlights the retailer's incredible sale section and affordable prices.
WomanWithin carries a wide selection of affordably-priced pants in tall plus sizes ranging from 1X to 6X. Styles include jeans, slacks, pull-on jersey knit pants, exercise pants and more. Prices start around $12 per pair and go as high as $50, with most pant styles the $20 to $30 range. Shop their online store or order one of their free print catalogs, which you can browse at your leisure.
Shipping and Return Policies
The total dollar amount of your order determines the shipping cost. Return unworn garments that you don't want or items that are defective within 90 days to receive an exchange or refund.
Ratings and Reviews
Their reviews on BizRate are mostly positive with high marks for criteria like overall satisfaction, on-time delivery and order tracking.
Take Time to Find the Fit
If you're tall and curvy, you probably have a difficult time finding clothes to fit because you don't fall into the average range of standardized sizing used by most garment manufacturers, even those that specialize in extended sizes. However, more companies are beginning to design and manufacture garments for design specifically to flatter your shape and height. Patronize merchants offering specialized garments like these, and you'll gain access to sophisticated apparel that is flattering and stylish.