Shopping for specialty sizes can often be a challenge, especially in brick-and-mortar stores. Finding fashionable clothing among straight sizes can feel like a game of hide and seek at times, with tall sizes buried within the racks and plus sizes hidden in the backs of stores.
But online retailers have stepped up their game, with exclusive offerings for tall and plus size customers. We’ve gathered the latest offerings from some well (and not so well) known stores that offer fashionable clothing for specialty sizes to take the guesswork out of shopping for your next special occasion, day at the office or afternoon by the pool.
And don’t forget to shop through Splender to earn cash back on every single purchase so those dollars go a little farther!
Plus Size Online Shopping
Lane Bryant is a staple for many plus-size shoppers. The company currently boasts collections from designers like Melissa McCarthy for Seven7, Lela Rose and Sophie Theallet, among regular store offerings. Shoppers can find casual wear like this sleeveless cardigan and skinny white cropped jeans from the Melissa McCarthy collection (both in sizes 14-28).
And with the weather warming up, it will soon be time to hit the pool. Lane Bryant’s Lela Rose collection has a number of suits to choose from, including this colorful high-neck one-piece in a signature Lela Rose floral print (in sizes 14-28). Sophie Theallet also offers shoppers fun, sensual swimwear options such as this plunging one-piece and bikini top in a bright floral design (in sizes 18-28). Don’t forget the sunscreen!
On April 28th, Lane Bryant will launch a collaboration with Christian Siriano, winner of season four of Project Runway, and the news even has mainstream media agog. The collection previews feature bright, summery colors, fun silhouettes and separates that can be worn at work or at play. All purchases through Lane Bryant earn 4% cash back for Splender members.
Fashion to Figure (FTF)
Fashion to Figure (FTF) was created by the great grandsons of Lane Bryant’s founder to continue her legacy of bringing “fashion to the figure.” The company offers fashionable – and affordable – plus-sized clothes for a variety of settings, from the office to festivals to nights on the town, ensuring that no matter where you go, you look your best.
FTF is the perfect site to find new trends like this keyhole halter romper. Or maybe you want to try the exposed shoulder trend? If so, the Maggie cold shoulder dress in a stunning red is for you. Color blocking is huge right now, and you can take it for a spin in the Edie color block dress. All items are available in sizes 0-3, and Splender members receive 9% cash back from Fashion to Figure.
Torrid has emerged as a plus-size store that offers more options for trend-focused shoppers. The store has current collections that subtly pay homage to The Little Mermaid, Doctor Who and Barbie, among other pop culture references. With linen blazers, baby doll dresses, floral print leggings and a to-die-for swim collection, there is something for every girl at Torrid.
The company recently launched a Star Wars collection that is equally girly and geeky – the best of both worlds. Channel Phasma in this faux leather moto jacket with a metallic finish (there are Phasma leggings, too). Or opt for this ivory BB-8 skater dress with orange trim. Don’t forget to pick up your gear in time for Star Wars day on May 4th – this “May the force be with you” t-shirt would be the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Splender members receive 6% cash back when shopping at Torrid.
Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor has a great selection of well-known designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors in its plus-sized collection, both online and in stores. But when shopping online, you can find more variety across the board, from designers to colors to clothing options (plus, there’s the lure of 8% cash back).
For example, you can find this keyhole front floral dress from Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7 line (available in sizes 1X-3X). Or this Lauren by Ralph Lauren orange stretch cotton fit-and-flare dress (in sizes 14W-22W). Also from Lauren by Ralph Lauren is a brightly colored striped georgette ruffle-trimmed wrap dress (in sizes 14W-22W). Purchases made through Lord & Taylor earn Splender members 8% cash back.
Additional Online Plus-size Shopping
Several other online stores have a wonderful variety of plus-size clothing, some of which might be a surprise for shoppers. For those looking for more conservative options that don’t sacrifice on color or style, Talbots delivers. With gingham-print blazers and floral-print skirts, Talbots’ plus-size line has something that’s sure to flip your skirt (plus, you can earn 3% cash back on purchases).
Neiman Marcus has an entire category devoted to extended sizes that includes professional wear, swimwear, casual separates, special occasion dresses and intimates (as well as 6% cash back on purchases). Nordstrom Rack also has a special section of its site devoted to plus-size fashion, with various dresses, shirts, pants, jeans and more at deep discounts off regular store prices (and 2% cash back for Splender members).
Tall Women’s Online Shopping
Again, online retailers are coming to the rescue of millions of frustrated shoppers with diverse tall women’s clothing options. Ann Taylor LOFT offers a complete collection for tall women, with tops, jackets, pants, dresses and more, all designed so every inch of you looks incredible – and let’s face it, few things are worse than a shirt that rides up on your midriff or has sleeves that are too short.
Try this online-exclusive Verano maxi dress (yes, it will be long enough!) in a summer-ready floral print. Or perhaps a chic black jumpsuit is more your style. A doubleweave blazer is just the finishing touch for a casual jeans and t-shirt ensemble, or throw it over a dress for an easy office look. And don’t forget the pants – from pencil pants to cropped chinos to jeans, LOFT has a variety of tall styles for any taste. Splender members can earn 4% cash back when shopping the LOFT.
Gap devotes a section of its website to tall women 5’9” and above with “perfectly proportioned sleeves, knees and hems.” There, you’ll find anything in Gap’s signature style from dresses and button-down shirts to skirts and the company’s famous pants and jeans.
Evoke the current denim on denim trend by pairing Gap’s 1969 best girlfriend jeans or the online-exclusive 1969 long & lean jeans with the 1969 chambray western shirt. Top off the ensemble with the most important piece – the 1969 denim jacket that’s been making a comeback for the past few years.
If denim isn’t your thing, check out the twill stripe girlfriend chinos, which come in a variety of spring colors sure to find a home in any wardrobe. The linen blend v-neck sweater also comes in several colors and would be a great accompaniment. When Splender members buy online at Gap, purchases earn you 3% cash back.
J.Crew has already done the tailoring for you with a number of its most popular wardrobe items in its online tall store. Designed for women between 5’9” and 6’, the items feature longer sleeves, inseams and torsos to help make trips to the tailor less frequent.
Try these sweet persimmon gazebo pants paired with a striped boatneck t-shirt for a fresh spring look for either work or play. For a more professional work look, opt for a sleeveless tweed dress in pastel colors. Cover up on cooler mornings (or AC-blasting offices) with a navy linen blazer with contrasting piping. You’re sure to turn heads during a special occasion or a night on the town in a silk chiffon dress available in a variety of colors, making it perfect for wedding parties. Splender shoppers receive 2% cash back on J.Crew purchases.
Lands’ End is well known for its variety of sizes (especially for swimsuits), and the company offers a number of options for tall women, as well. And while there are plenty of tall swimsuits to choose from, fun in the sun isn’t the only thing the retailer offers for women of stature (we aren’t the only ones who think this paisley print cover-up could be worn as a regular dress, right?).
For example, these fun blue floral print chino shorts or cobalt botanical print chino crop pants are ideal for running errands on a busy weekend. Pair them with a crisp, sleeveless cotton button down or a carefree scoopneck t-shirt. Tall shoppers can also find easy-to-care-for dresses at Lands’ End, including this striped fit-and-flare option, which can be dressed up or down. And when you’re out and about in the spring weather, be prepared for any sudden downpours with a water-resistant trench coat in a bright spring green. Lands’ End purchases are eligible for 5% cash back.
Additional Tall Women’s Online Shopping
Of course, we’re barely scratching the surface with online retailers that feature clothing lines for tall women. Alloy Apparel is well-known for its tall selection, which includes long inseam denim for women taller than 6’ and specialty shoes like tall gladiator sandals. The site also features a wide array of dresses, shirts and pants for tall women, as well as a plus size section (everyone wins!). Alloy Apparel purchases earn 4% cash back.
New York & Company also offers online shopping for tall women, with a more diverse selection than you might find in stores. Here you’ll find button down shirts, dress pants and fun, summery dresses that can go from office to happy hour with just a few adjustments to your accessories (all with 8% cash back).
Also expanding on its in-store selection is Old Navy, with an entire online section dedicated to women 5’9” and taller. There, you can shop for affordable clothes with longer sleeves, longer torsos, longer rises and even lower knees – key for proper fit. Of note, Old Navy also has a great online plus section, with sizes not featured in their stores. Splender members can earn 3% cash back at Old Navy.
Shopping for specialty sizes doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. Online retailers are stepping up in a major way with sites dedicated to plus size and tall women shoppers. With collaborations with well-known designers on the horizon, shopping has never been more exciting – or accessible – for both plus-size and tall women.
Surf your way over to the sites above to discover new favorite brands in your size – and share your other favorites in the comments below. And don’t forget to shop through Splender to earn cash back on every purchase. Sign up today!