Macy Woman has sizes up to 3X. I think other department stores do too. I don't care for Woman Within. Their clothes seem to get cheaper looking every year. I wear larger than 3X and buy from Making It Big, a catalog company catering to plus size women. The clothes are simple but well constructed and of good quality fabric. They're not cheap but they wear well.
Here is something I am embarrassed to say I don't know. What is the difference between a junior size, a misses size, a woman's size, and those plus sizes lovingly designated by a W (clearly for "wide)? I mean, there are 14s in misses and then there are 14s in woman's, and I guess 14s in plus, right? And they must be all different but I don't know exactly how.
I work in retail, so I can only speak in general terms, but generally...
Juniors sizes are always odd numbers. They usually seem to stop at about a 15, but I do see 17s on occasion. Some stores might have larger junior's sizes available. A junior's cut is definitely narrower and slimmer, somewhat smaller, and sometimes shorter than a misses garment even if the size numbers are close.
Misses sizes are even numbers. In pants, they usually stop at 16, but I sometimes see 18s in that department depending on the brand. Tops usually stop at an XL. The garment cuts are are average.
Women's i.e Plus sizes are also even numbers. They do usually have a W after the size if the garment is pants (18w/20w, etc.) I usually see Women's pants start at a 16W or 18W on up. For tops, the smallest women's size I sometimes see is a 0x/2x/3x on up. Women's size garments are usually markedly wider and more generously cut, and seem to have roomier sleeves for example when it comes to tops. The necklines might even be a big lower to accommodate a larger figure silhouette.
We have extended sizes online that we don't stock in the stores, like XXL tops for junior's and misses. XXL indicates a junior's or misses extended size. Women's tops at our store is always "2XL" i.e they have a number in them.
I buy most of my clothes at Dress Barn ( the Jones NY line) and Kohls buy the Ralph Lauren Chaps brand.
I use to like Macy's but the past. Couple of years they have gone down hill. Most of their plus size clothing is a private lavel brand that doesn't fit me right at all. I'm very disapointed in Macys they got rid of all their designer brands which I would buy when they went on clearance.
What I am having problem aith is nice work out clothes. Have you seen how cute the workout clothes are in Kohls OMG. nothing in plus size. 3x
I agree…..fat I am but huge bright flowers make it worse! I have a Steinmart nearby and their sales are awesome. Florida loves prints and pastels…..not my style so I have to dig. My daughter is a great shopper and does well for me at Sacs and Lord &Taylor (the outlet stores) I think it's Off Sacs(sp?)
I recently went from a 26 to a 22-24. and have had good luck with the knock around cloths….at Wal-mart!
I've also bought a few things on ebay.
BTW this is my first post on this board! Thanks for having me!
I was looking for some black/ white print pants because these soft flowing pants are the trend this summer and I want a pair. As I WAS TROLLING THE internet I came across this plus size blogger. She shows great plus size fashions and list where they came from.