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Last Update: August 12, 2017
Floral Crushed Velvet
Size 1X - 3X
High Low Surplice Top
Size 12 - 36W
Bell Sleeve Bodysuit
Size 1X - 3X
Curvy fashion bloggers and fast fashion followers are
pushing the plus-size apparel market to offer
more trend conscious fashion, especially at
lower, fast fashion price points. Only a
fraction of the overall women's clothing market,
in spite of 60% of the shopping population
wearing sizes 14+, trendy style tops are still
mainly available on-line.
Trendy top and t-shirt styles move through at an
increasingly quick rate, often more fad than
trend with real staying power. Body
conscious styles are more frequent here, with
younger women less likely to want to hide arms,
and more likely to want to enhance bust lines
and show off their figures. Clubbing
styles for evening are especially so.
Sleek activewear styles are also trending into
style as street clothes.
That having been said, vintage and retro fashion
has a strong style influence on the market right
now, with styles getting less tight than in
recent years. Bold patterns and bright colors,
likewise, first make an appearance in this style
category as the trend-setting set wants the same
options as thinner sisters. The influence
of various style tribes can often be seen in
mainstream trendy fashion, especially in the
tops category. BoHo fashion influences are also
currently being felt in mainstream fashion.
Fashion conscious working women can also
style conscious career
tops and blouses in larger sizes
which is a vast improvement over the offerings
in plus a decade ago.
plus size tees
and tops often work best with
Many styles can also be layered under cardigan sweaters
and blazers. Sizing can
be either women's plus or junior plus so be sure
to check size charts before ordering.
Chiffon Flounce Sleeve
Size 8 - 28W
Size 1X - 3X
Size 2 - 24W
Asian Floral Kimono
1X - 3X
Trendy Plus-Size Top
Trendy teen oriented retailers are often some of
the best resources for low-cost top options,
with fast fashion price points the norm.
More and more are extending sizes into junior
one of the most well known, with sizing being
among some of the best at XL to 6X. Top
styles range from graphic print tees with pop
culture references, comic book super heroes, and
music influences to shirts and blouses in the
latest styles, prints, and patterns.
a low, value priced junior shop that has some of
the trendiest, young fashions available for size
XS to 3X.
uses bold patterns, cut outs, and body conscious
designs for both trendy career styles and more
casual shirts and blouses in size 12 to 36W.
Rue 21 has
an especially good collection of BoHo style
tops, kimonos, and jackets at low prices for
size S to 3X.
continues to be a leader in this space,
committing to expanding their collection further
with many web exclusives from guest labels also
available for sizes up to 3X. The shoe
collection here is also well worth the stop for
those who wear medium widths. Newcomer
Loralette is the younger, trendier
sister to the popular Avenue line with youthful
more body conscious cut styles from 1X to 3X.
Several British retailers have made waves in the
trendy U.S. plus market in recent years with
leading the pack. Price points range from value
to more moderately upscale, and the looks are
among the most trend conscious and fashion
forward. Styles do move quickly through
here so grab anything you like when you see it.
The curvy women's size section is U.S. size 14
to 24W. Smaller collections, but well
worth the stop are available from
River Island and
MissGuided for sizes up to 3X, while
to curvier sizes 12 to 20W.
Curvy Australian fashion retailer
has been making waves in the American market
with up-to-the-minute styles, many of which are
body conscious, in size 14W up to 24W.
British curvy fashion mega site,
Simply Be is
a must stop for trend setters with the latest
European styles from a variety of labels, most
available in size 8 to 28W.
Nordstrom Rack has turned into a trendy
top hot spot with labels at more modest price
points, and different from those available in
the flagship store. Those who like tie dye tunics, renaissance and gothy aesthetics, and steampunk references will
like the unusual top offerings at
in size 2 to 28W.
Modcloth has a growing inventory
of cute shirts, blouses, and knit tops with a
twee or vintage modern vibe in sizes S to 5X.
makes mixed print peasant tops a specialty in
size 12 to 38W. Another super size mecca,
a been becoming trendier in recent months with
plenty of sales to keep prices low for size 14
Those looking for free flowing maxis, palazzo
pants, and cute tops will want to check out
for its easy California style for sizes 1X to
recently upped and revamped it's plus-size style
game to include an extensive collection of looks
available mainly on-line for sizes XL to 4X.
Kohl's carries a sporty, high
tech active wear line that offers sleek
performance tops in size 1X to 3X.
Trendy looks are not always inexpensive.
Better quality labels at moderate to moderately
upscale price points are available through
for labels such as Melissa McCarthy, Vince
Camuto, Michael Kors, and Lucky Brand. Newcomer
beginning to make waves. Trendier looks
for both casual and work can be found here.
Those who appreciate sporty, modern classic
aesthetics from brands such as Ralph Lauren will
find a particularly well stocked inventory at
Lord & Taylor
in size 14 to 24W. They've been making
efforts recently to include younger and more
style conscious looks from labels such as
Jessica Simpson, Modamix, and Junarose, as well.
is becoming popular as simple, eco-chic at
premium price points in size 1X to 3X. Meanwhile,
is the place to look for Bohemian trends in
natural fibers such as linen, silk, and organic
cotton from designer labels such as Tolani and
Johnny Was in size 14 to 24W.
offers soft jersey knits and lace tops, some
with a more body conscious design in size 10 to
Trendy to contemporary designer
Rachel Roy has launched an affordable
diffusion collection available in sizes XS to
3X, while curvy Hollywood cutie
McCarthy has revamped the Seven7 denim
line to include more coordinating tops and
kimono toppers with her signature upbeat trendy
style for sizes S to 4X.