That’s why supporting small businesses is essential right now. This is especially true for shops that cater toward plus-size shoppers, a major segment of the population — plus-size shoppers represent 68% of the Canadian market — that is rarely the fashion industry’s focus of attention. That said, finding independent, plus-size clothing retailers to shop from can be a daunting task, leading many to default to fast fashion instead.
One look at Twitter confirms this, with many people asking their followers this question: Where are all the plus-size clothing brands that aren’t fast fashion? It's a question that has had increasingly relevance since the pandemic began, as more and more people are choosing to re-evaluate their consumption habits and educate themselves on the environmental waste and unethical practices that are tied to fast fashion corporations. But given how few brands cater to plus-size women, giving up fast fashion, which is also affordable, is not easy for anyone above a size 14.
With that in mind, we compiled a list of our go-to indie shops — some that sell new items, others vintage. Ahead, 26 plus-size brands and retailers across Canada and the U.S. to support now.
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