Plus Size, Online Only, No Problem


It’s a common complaint with plus sized shoppers – physical stores don’t cater to our needs. So many stores have reduced or altogether eliminated their in-store options, and frequently the plus size shopper’s best (or only) bet is to shop online. While it can be frustrating, not having the option to go to a store and try things on, every now and then there’s an online option that gets it right. An online store that goes above and beyond, to provide a service that a physical store simply cannot. Here are four plus size shopping portals that get the online experience right and take things to another level.

Rent The Runway Plus: Need a fabulous gown for a red carpet event or that high school reunion where you need to step in and slay effortlessly? Check out Rent the Runway, now they’ve got gorgeous plus sized gowns from designers like Badgley Mischka, Adrianna Papell and Carmen Marc Valvo.

Gwynnie Bee: For plus size fashion without the long term wardrobe commitment, get into Gwynnie Bee. You can customize your monthly pricing package – from $35 for one garment out at a time, to 10 garments for $159 a month. Designers range from Kiyonna and Igigi and Lands End, to ASOS Curve, TBags and Cherry Velvet.

E Shakti: is genius not just for plus shoppers, but for every woman who wants unique and extremely wearable garments. The online service allows you to customize your clothing to a tee, changing hemlines, sleeve lengths and necklines as you see fit. The quality is superb and the styles are as classic or as on trend as you want to be.

Abbey Post: is where the discerning plus size shopper goes to enjoy a curated experience of indie designers and quality boutique items. Brands like Vince Camuto, Lucky and Evans commingle with Queen Grace, Chinoo Designs, and Mynt 1792.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.