Fashion Advice: Plus Size Fashion in New York

Dear Budget Fashionista,

Where can I find great plus size fashion in New York City on a budget? Is that even possible?

A: The plus size budget pickin’ in New York City are few and far between.  You can try Century 21 (which has a so-so women’s department) and Daffy’s (which has an okay selection at its herald square location across the street from Macys), both of which can be hit or miss. Another shop to try is Ashley Stewart, an urban branded store along the lines of Lane Bryant, which is sort of like the Forever 21 of the plus size industry (cheap prices, cheaply made clothes).

There’s also a new consignment/resale shop called Redressnyc that has opened in a section of Brooklyn called Boerum Hill. This store is well worth the trip over the river (a quick trip from Manhattan on the F), as it is probably the best option for fashion forward plus size fashionistas. This spacious shop is filled with both low end pieces (OldNavy.com, Gap, Lane Bryant) and higher end/vintage items (Marina Rinaldi, etc), with prices in the $15-$600 price range. While things are always “cheap” at this store, you will find a large amount of unique pieces you don’t see in traditional plus size shops. Tell the owner, Deb, that we sent you.

On the higher-end (very high end) try Saks Fifth Avenue (10th floor), Bloomingdales (basement), Macys (on the 7th or 8th floor)  and Lord & Taylor (either 7th or 8th floor). All three have plus-size departments and a wide selection from designers like Ellen Tracy, Anne Klein, Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta and Inc. The best time to shop these stores is in July/August and January/Feb, otherwise expect to spend your mortgage.

Also try boutiques like Daphne’s Design House, Eileen Fisher (the best store is on 395 Broadway), and Lafayette 148.  All are pretty high end, but have a solid selection of plus size fashions.

Readers: If you have any suggestions for great plus size stores in NYC, post them below!

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Comments

  1. Lalon says

    Check out Century 21, located across the street from ground zero (twin towers).  On a good day, you will fine Donna Rico, Marina Rinaldi, Ann Klien, etc.  Sometimes they get new items that’s currently in department stores.  For Instance I got a Marina Rinald Jeans and Jacket for less than $60 bucks.  It would have cost over $600 at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Also, if you walk 6 blocks up on the same side of the street, there is large size shoe store.

    If you real adventurous, you can take the train 1 stop from Ground Zero to Newark Penn Station and take a taxi to the Garden City Outlet Mall.  There is store called Daff’y.  They get items from Saks Fifth Avenue.  Again, I purched Marinia Rinaldi very cheap.  Good Luck!

  2. Carolyn says

    You might also want to try Torrid, Monif C, and also the Sarah Jessica Parker line at Steve and Barry’s go up to size 22. If you’re in New Jersey try out Jersey Gardens they have a few stores with good plus size clothes. Also you can find really great clothes online from shops like http://www.abbyz.com , http://www.alight.com, and http://www.kiyonna.com.

  3. melissa says

    If ur in NJ at jersey gardens mall u can try fashion to figure they are a great plus size store and their prices run from 16-35 dollars. Also u can try the store rainbow.

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