There are plenty of retailers that offer plus-size clothing, but not all of them are getting it right. Finding plus-size fashion pieces that come in flexible sizes and are flattering on the figure isn't always easy, which is why we've been on the lookout for stylish clothing that complements a curvy figure, rather than extended sizes that are an afterthought and ill-fitting.
For an expert opinion, we spoke to stylist Helen Richardson, who specialises in helping real women to find their style and become their most confident selves. She told us: "The most important thing is to embrace and celebrate your body while focusing on highlighting your favourite features. Whether it's your womanly curves, shoulders, or legs, and find styles that accentuate and flatter you and your uniqueness."
When asked what the key things to look for when it comes to finding the best plus-size clothing brands, Helen said: "Inclusive sizing is important, stocking a wide range of sizes to cater for various body shapes, fashion-forward styles, quality, and fit and affordability, providing stylish and well-fitted clothing at reasonable prices."
Whether you're looking for a figure-flattering dress for the special event in your diary or the perfect pair of jeans to wear every day, we've searched high and low to find the stylish plus-size pieces that we think are truly worth shopping, along with expert styling tips on how to choose your clothing to make it work for you...
How we chose
- Style: I've selected a range of items for different occasions, from staple pieces to wear on repeat to workwear and occasionwear, so you should find inspiration for whatever style you're looking for.
- Inclusivity: All of the brands listed below are either dedicated to plus-size clothing or have an extensive plus-size range that's designed with inclusivity in mind, rather than just additional sizes added to regular styles. The sizes start from around a UK 16 and go up to size 32.
- Expert opinion: I've tried to pick out pieces that adhere to Helen's expert advice, from waist-enhancing styles to V-necklines and lightweight options for layering.
Meet the Expert
With a lifelong 'passion for fashion' and helping others, Helen has been styling friends since childhood. Family and friends urged her to leave her corporate career and start her own business to finally release the creative and compassionate version of herself. Her USP? "I understand the styling challenges that ‘real women’ face daily... using my skills and knowledge I have transformed the appearance of many ladies giving them the belief they can ‘Dress With Confidence’ everyday!" Find out more about Helen and follow her on Instagram.