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Plus-Size Clothing Internet Shopping Guides
>> Plus-Size Solid, Print, Designer, Staple & Athletic Leggings

 
Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update:  August 5, 2017

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Nike Dri Fit Running Tights, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Solid Soft Knit Leggings, Size 1X  - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Dri-Fit Running Tights

Size 1X - 3X

Solid Soft Knit Leggings
Size 1X - 3X
 

Baroque Scroll Leggings
Size 2 - 28W

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Faux Leather Leggings
Size XL - 3X

 

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Floral Embroidered Leggings
Size S - 3X

 

Zip Pocket Ankle Leggings
Size 14 - 24W

Side Stripe Leggings
Size 1X - 3X
 

 

Plus-size leggings are worn by many different groups.  The first are by those following fashion trends who layer them under long tees, tunic tops, mini skirts, and BoHo dresses, much as tights are worn, but providing more coverage. Sleek, modern classic dressers usually choose dark neutrals in natural fibers, (faux) leather or suede paired with blazers and tunics. 

Leggings are also a popular summer option under skirts to prevent chaffing. Taking the skinny leg jeans and pants trend to the extreme, they can also sometimes be worn with shorter tops.  They can be paired with boots, heels, or skimmers and ballet flats.

The second group likes leggings for ease of movement while participating in active lifestyle including exercise classes, running, and biking.  These styles tend to be sportier, solid colored, and can be made of high performance materials with qualities like moisture wicking properties.

 

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Floral Appliqué Leggings
Size 6 - 22W

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Size
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Internet Shopping Resources for Leggings

Leggings have become a staple wardrobe item for many women from young trendy fashionistas on tight budgets to upscale designer shoppers, and everyone in between.  Consequently the diversity of styles and price points for this fashion item is extremely varied.

Upscale, Designer Leggings

For those looking for upscale, premium quality layering leggings the major department stores are the best resource with labels such as Karen Kane, DKNY, Johnny Was, and Eileen Fisher frequently offering natural fibers, (faux) leather looks, and sleek, heavy gauge black looks in sizes up to 3X.  Favored by upscale, classic style fashion mavens many of these options have a modern, edgy look with a hint of luxury. Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and Dillard's are the best bets for sizes up to 3X.

 

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Metro Leggings
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

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Skimmer Leggings
Size
S - 3X

Pima Cotton Capri Leggings
Size 14 - 28W

Active Capri Leggings
Size XL - 5X
Avg - Petite

 

Trendy Plus-Size Leggings

 

Trendy junior shopping spots that often have a good selection include Rue 21 in size XS to 3X.  Both solid basics and fun patterns are regularly stocked in both summer and winter weights, according to season.

Urban retailers such as Ashley Stewart are another excellent resource for faux leather, bolder prints and patterns in size 12 to 26W.   For those who appreciate a funkier edge in prints and patterns that often are not available elsewhere, Pyramid Collection often carries an unusual assortment in size 6 to 28W.  The go-to spot for trendy, curvy fashionistas who wear extended plus-sizes is Torrid with offerings in size XL to 6X.

 

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Performance High Rise Leggings
Size 1X - 3X

Herringbone Leggings
Size S - 4X

Space Dye Capri Leggings
Size 1X - 4X
 

Active Knee Shorts
Size 14 - 28W

 

Leggings for Layering

Especially popular when temperatures drop as an alternative to footless tights, leggings can also be a boon for larger women battling thigh rub under skirts and dresses.  Shorter bicycle short styles have been an open fashion secret in the plus community for years, but capri length and ankle length styles have gained popularity with all age and style groups in recent years.   Predominantly solid colors they can have feminine detailing such as lace cuffs (or are lace), a heavy gauge cable knit, or therma lined for extra warmth.  Available in natural fibers such as cotton and easy-care synthetics, the advantage leggings have over tights is that they are sturdier, don't run, and often hold up to many washings far better than finer hosiery and tights.   Crotch drop is less of an issue, as the footless styling solves the issue and socks can be added (or not) as the wearer chooses.

The plus specialty retailers such as Lane Bryant and Avenue can be some of the best resources for these legging styles in sizes that fit as larger as 6X.  Sometimes they are found in the "bottoms" tab, while other times they are under the "intimates" or "accessories" tabs of retailers, sometimes even at the same retailer.  Of the department stores, Macy's has one of the deepest and most diverse collections for sizes XL to 3X.  Blair usually has a rainbow assortment of solid colors available in size S to 5X, with some styles also available in plus petite and plus talls.

 

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Plaid Leggings
Size L - 6X

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Compression Leggings

Size 1X - 3X

 

Eco Cotton Leggings
Size 12 - 30W

Fleece Leggings
Plus-Size to 325 lbs

 

Athletic and Sporty Style Plus-Size Leggings

Athletic leggings for activities such as running, yoga, zumba, and working out often have a sleek, sporty look to them, in addition to high tech materials that offer moisture wicking qualities.   More and more of the top plus-size specialty retailers such as Lane Bryant are offering these types of leggings in their growing activewear sections in size 14 to 28W. 

Meanwhile, upscale labels such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Marc New York have sports tech fabric legging lines in fun patterns and prints regularly available at Bon Ton for size 1X to 3X.  Compression leggings are getting more common in the plus-size activewear section at Nordstrom from labels such as Nike and Zella.

For those looking for premium, top label athletic quality sports leggings brands such as Nike, Reebok, Adidas and others can frequently be found at Zappos and Sierra Trading Post in women's sizes up to 3X.

 

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Skirted Capri Leggings
Size XS - 2X

Supima Cotton Leggings
Size S - 3X
Petite & Tall to XL

 

Lysse
High Waist
Faux Leather Leggings
Size 1X - 3X

Mesh Inset Ponte Leggings
Size 1
2 - 32W 

 

 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.