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!