Specialty Size Resource Bonanza

Where to buy specialty sizes, including petites, plus sizes, tall sizes, wide and narrow shoes, and more!
When it comes to shopping, I’m the first to acknowledge that I’ve got it pretty easy. I’m a 10/12, or medium/large in just about everything and a size 8M shoe, which means my biggest woe is that my size is often sold out. But I’m not petite or plus-sized or tall, my feet aren’t small or large, my calves aren’t wide or narrow … I’m shaped more or less how manufacturers want me to be shaped.

But I know that many, many, MANY women are challenged to find quality, stylish clothing that fits their marvelously unique forms. Many of you are petite or plus-sized or tall, or have feet that are small or large, or calves that are wide or narrow … and while I can’t help you out with brick-and-mortar recommendations in your hometowns, I can certainly round up a few online resources for those who require specialty sized clothing and shoes. (The Insomniac Sale Picks series also includes specialty sizes as often as I can possibly find them!)

Before we dive in, a couple of caveats:

  • I have shopped with clients at a few of these places – both in person and online – but I haven’t road-tested them all. I’ve done my best to scope them out for variety, styling, and pricing.
  • This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but instead a roundup of the brands I gravitate toward and recommend to others.
  • I have also done my best to represent as many specialty size categories as possible. If you are not represented here, keep two things in mind:
    1. I did NOT leave you out on purpose.
    2. If you are a member of a group that was not mentioned in this post and would like it revised, please contact me.

So! Let’s get this party started, eh?


  • Barefoot Tess – Now a part of Long Tall Sally, with a fun selection of larger-sized women’s shoes
  • Pretty Small Shoes – Great selection at this UK retailer, and they do ship worldwide
  • Footsmart, Online Shoes, and Shoebuy have good selections of orthotic-friendly shoes.
  • Stuart Weitzman – Designer, so spendy, but many styles are available in U.S. sizes 4 – 12, as well as wide and narrow widths.
  • Nordstrom carries everything from 4A to 2xW widths, but only a few. Larger selection of N and W widths.
  • Zappos Wide Shoe Section – Several online shoe retailers have wide width sections, but Zappos has great variety and is easy to search.
  • Zappos Narrow Shoe Section – Ditto above
  • Naturalizer, Cole Haan, and Bella Vita are some of my faves for narrow widths.
  • Fitzwell, Naturalizer, and Ros Hommerson – Of all the wide calf boots available out there, these three brands consistently design my favorite styles. Sleek, simple, and classic.
  • Ted and Muffy – A great resource for both narrow- and wide-calf boots
  • Wide Widths – Offers wide, extra wide, and super wide-calf tall boots.


  • Nordstrom – Highest marks for variety, including some great suiting and eco-friendly options.
  • Modcloth – Literally thousands of whimsical, retro-influenced designs.
  • Igigi – Stunning dresses for work and formal occasions. A relatively small selection and not cheap, but worth it.
  • Kiyonna – Runner up for plus size workwear. Not quite as awesome as Igigi and a similarly small selection, but definitely good duds.
  • Eloquii – My absolute favorite source for plus size workwear with personality.
  • Talbots Woman – Plus size conservative workwear, including suits. It’s great quality stuff, my friends.
  • eShakti offers customizable dresses and tops through 36W
  • Torrid – Edgy styles for badass plus-sized women
  • ASOS Curve – Affordable and trendy options, as well as some more conservative tops, skirts, and pants.
  • Land’s End – Office, casual, swim, and activewear!
  • Athleta – Activewear and casualwear
  • Bare Necessities – Bras from 36C to 54 H.


  • I had a reeeeeally tough time locating petite-specific shops that pleased me. However, retailers Ann Taylor and LOFT, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Talbots, Macy’s, J.Jill, Land’s End, and Kohl’s all have petites sections.
  • Nordstrom gets an extra shout-out for stocking more than 1,000 gorgeous petite-friendly items.
  • Anthropologie – Not all items are available in petite sizes, but the website typically offers more than 500 garments.
  • Boden – about 40% of each Boden catalog is also available in petites.
  • ASOS – Affordable and trendy options, as well as some more conservative tops, skirts, and pants.
  • eShakti offers customizable dresses and tops – including bodice and hem lengths – through 36W
  • White House Black Market – Office-friendly separates and dresses
  • J.Crew – Preppy staples and suiting in petite sizes
  • Athleta – Activewear and casualwear
  • The Little Bra Company – Small bras and panties for the petite woman
  • Alterations Needed Forum – This lively forum has user reviews of dozens of products and shops. A great resource!


  • Many mall stores offer pants and skirts in tall lengths, but fail to provide tops or dresses. Check Ann Taylor and LOFT, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Talbots, J.Jill, Land’s End, as well as many department stores.
  • Amalli Talli – Denim up to 38″ inseams and lots of cute basics.
  • The Limited – Recently expanded their tall collection of suiting, button-fronts, and other office staples.
  • Long Tall Sally – Covers the gamut, including  handful of darling tops.
  • ASOS – Affordable and trendy options, as well as some more conservative tops, skirts, and pants.
  • eShakti offers customizable dresses and tops – including bodice and hem lengths – through 36W
  • Eddie Bauer – Mostly casualwear, it’s true, but some office-appropriate dress pants and sweaters are in the mix.
  • J.Crew – Mostly suiting in tall sizes, but also denim and a few dresses.
  • New York & Co. – Mainly pants
  • Athleta – Activewear and casualwear


  • Avenue – Pants, jeans and boots for tall plus gals.
  • I have sent my plus clients to both Full Beauty and Woman Within for basics.
  • Lane Bryant – Pants and leggings
  • eShakti offers customizable dresses and tops – including bodice and hem lengths – through 36W
  • Talbots has a few dress pant options through size 24W
  • Long Tall Sally – many styles through size 24
  • Amalli Talli has a handful of tall plus styles, though mostly for in-betweenies as 18 or 20 is the largest they go.


  • Talbots –  REALLY great selection of office-appropriate and casual pieces.
  • Land’s End – Tiny selection, but the only place I’ve ever seen that offers petite plus swimwear.
  • Lee – Terrific jeans and dress pants, all super affordable
  • eShakti offers customizable dresses and tops – including bodice and hem lengths – through 36W
  • Avenue – Mainly pants and jeans
  • Catherine’s – Tops, bottoms, and dresses!

Hope this is helpful! Looking for more resources and input? Here are some great blogs to check out:


Barking Dog Shoes – More focus on shoes for problem feet than specialty sizing, but this is my absolute favorite shoe blog for actual, pragmatic shopping advice. (No Louboutins here!)
Alterations Needed – I cannot say this enough: This blog is the most fantastic resource for petite women I’ve ever found. Ever!
The Curvy Fashionista – Advice and resources for curvy and plus-sized women.
Fashion for Giants – Gracey focuses on outfits, but also gives great tips for dressing tall figures.
Style Cassentials – Cassie is a fabulously stylish petite plus woman who runs a very body positive blog.
Pretty Tall Style – Tanasha is amazing. Period.

Image courtesy Zappos

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Originally posted 2010-11-17 06:36:00.

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52 Responses to “Specialty Size Resource Bonanza”

  1. Donna

    Igigi is wonderful for plus-sized clothing. I♥them, for sure!

    I've actually scored some more "edgy" separates and dresses from Torrid. Quality was surprisingly good on some pieces, but others not so much. It's somewhat hit or miss and similar to what you'd find at onestopplus.

  2. Cat

    My mother is very tall, and she buys quite a few things from Tall Girl. When I needed to shop for plus sizes, my go to stores were Addition Elle. These links may be helpful to other Canadian ladies!

  3. Cat

    For ladies with larger busts, UK store Bravissimo (www.bravissimo.com) stocks a great range of bras ranging from 28 to 40 backs and D to KK cups.

    They do ship internationally, but I'd advise any UK readers who can and may stand in need to visit a shop as their fitting service is excellent in my experience.

  4. Nicole

    We Love Colors has the BEST plus sized tights (and fishnets) and I always find that sockdreams.com does a good job cataloging, with measurements, how a sock will fit my calf or my thigh. Highly recommend both 🙂

  5. Th budget babe

    Excellent post. I'd add eshakti.com as they do custom alterations in addition to a wide range of sizes.

  6. bubu

    YOu have most of my petites resources, I would just add Lord and Taylor, which usually has a subset of their regular collection in the petites section

  7. pigtailgirl

    I thought I had probably found most of the plus size sources, but clearly I need to go and look at Igigi!! Thanks!!

  8. Frankincensy

    I don't think of myself as specialty sized – and I certainly don't kid myself that I have the same difficulty in shopping that a plus-sized woman might – but one glance at the Alterations Needed forum shows that many women around my size (I measure about 31-23-32) have trouble finding brands that cater to them. Thus, I hope it's okay for me to add my two cents on finding very small sizes. Living in the UK, it's not too difficult for me to find clothes that fit; this also means I can only recommend British and European brands, but maybe my tips will be useful to anyone who lives in the UK or feels like ordering internationally.

    My top recommendation for small sizes, seeing as they have stores in North America: H&M. The quality isn't great, stock levels vary and the sizing can be inconsistent, but I can pretty much always find clothes small enough – the UK 6 / US 2 can sometimes be too small, and I've heard on petite blogs that the fit is comparable to US 00 or smaller. Divided (young fashion) tends to fit smaller than their main range. I am loath to suggest the kids' department, not least because the fit is awkward on most adult women regardless of size, but their jeans have been well-reviewed by petite bloggers and I have a few items from there myself.

    There's also Topshop, which carries down to UK 6 (roughly 31-24-33) in regular lengths and UK 4 (30-23-32) in petite, and Miss Selfridge, which carries down to UK 4 across the board, though their fit is inconsistent. I've had a good experience with Uniqlo so far – their XS fits true to size, they carry a 24 in jeans and they stock size 4 trousers and skirts, though I've not tried those. Zara fits small, though the XXS listed on their size chart does not appear to be a size they actually make. Finally, I have no experience of ASOS yet but they seem to stock UK 4s and a lot of UK 6s.

    On a related note, bras. I'm a 28DD, and I can recommend the Livejournal community Thirty-Two D (community.livejournal.com/thirty_twod) to anyone with a small band / large cup size combination wondering where they're going to find their size. In terms of UK brands, both Marks and Spencer and John Lewis carry 28s and 30s in cup sizes AA to F, G or GG. I've not been to Bravissimo, but many people swear by them and they're known for their bra fitting service. They also make clothes cut for larger busts in a range of standard dress sizes.

    Sorry for the novel-length comment, but I hope somebody finds it useful!

  9. accidentalseamstress

    This is a somewhat unusual thing, but Nordstroms will sell you a pair of shoes with two different sizes. I have a friend with a disability that has resulted in her feet being a size 6 and a size 8. Normally she would have to buy two pairs of shoes and have two shoes left over that she couldn't wear. It got rather expensive. However, Nordstrom's will let her pay for one pair, get the sizes she needs, and then they donate the others. What a nice idea, isn't it?

  10. Sal

    accidentalseamstress: That is AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing that tip. Nordstrom really has top-notch customer service, don't they?

  11. Adrienne


    Thank you for doing this post. I am 6'2" with a size 11 foot. I checked Barefoot Tess and will be buying a pair of booties from them asap.. And I had never heard of MetroStyle for tall clothing.

    Thanks again!

  12. Ashe Mischief

    Oh boy! For online plus-sized clothing, I hit up:
    ASOS Curve
    B & Lu
    Lucie Lu
    Carmen Korma

    For lingerie and bras I hit up Hips & Curves, along with One Stop Plus (who has LOTS of plus-sized options overall, but they really please my bra needs).

    I'm sure that I'm forgetting a ton… but I do most of my shopping online just because there are so many more options.

  13. appletwo

    I love figleaves.com for bras – I'm a 30C, and it's very difficult to find those in person.

    Figleaves carries bras from 28 – 54 band sizes and AA – J cup sizes. They have really pretty bras in most sizes, and some inexpensive options too.

  14. Tabithia

    I was prepared when I clicked on the metro style link to be hit with ridiculous prices and they were! Ridiculously low! I'm really looking forward to getting dresses and not have to worry about if they're gonna be long enough or not! So many dresses are made short for shorter people and when I put them on I just look…hoochie…haha.

    However, their tall jeans go up to a 35 inch inseam, for the ladies like me that that's still too short try American Eagle. You can order x-tall jeans on their website (unfortunately no skinnies for us) but they're affordable and pretty good quality. I've had the pair I'm wearing now since March and they still look newish. No frayed bottoms, etc.

  15. Tabithia

    Sorry, just checked the AE website and they do have skinny jeans in x-long now!

  16. Alterations Needed

    Thank you for the shout out Sal! I'm going through all your wonderful links right now!

    accidentalseamstress – I've also heard of Nordstrom doing this! Amazing customer service!

  17. GlamaRuth

    My sister-in-law and I have opposite shoe problems – I'm a 4 1/2 or 5, she's a 12. I will be directing her to Barefoot Tess! For tiny shoes that aren't sneakers, my best brand is Tsubo – their 5s run small, and narrow in the heel. Endless will usually get only a handful of any style in a 5, which sucks if you miss one of their sales, but 5s are almost always available in all styles, albeit always full price, on the Tsubo site. I used to love Clarks, but their 5s are really a bit big on me. Nine Wests 5s are huge, but Aldo makes some 5s I can get away with. Fluevog occasionally carries 5s, but they also tend to run small in general, so I can sometimes get away with a 6, with extra innersoles (which they will give you), in boots, in a few styles – their salespeople are very helpful with determining which styles run smaller. J Crew and Banana Republic make true size 5s – J Crew run slightly smaller – but only online so you can't try on first. Nordstrom has a decent selction of 4 1/2 and 5s, but wait for a sale! Cole Hann also makes true-to-slightly-small size 5s, with narrow heels,and frequently shows up on Gilt for a steep discount. For companies that make identical adult and kid shoes – like Converse, Dansko or Tessa Clogs, the biggest kids size (3 for Converse, which is like a womens' 5, and 34 for Dansko and Tessa Clogs) are nearly half-off the adult sizes in the same or similar styles! And I always check the kids selection (better on Zappos than Endless, though Endless is better for adult 5s), particularly A Line by Anne Klein, whose kids shoes are pretty sophisticated. If you want to get spendy, Chie Mihara makes a 35 in most styles, but some run big – their site is pretty good about saying which – but buy them from Endless or Twig. Coclico sometimes has 5s as well. Camper carries 5's, but tend to fit more like a 5 1/2. And check Off 5th (better than Nordstrom rack for this) or DSW (but only in major cities)for hig-end shoes, often in slightly more out there styles or colors. Designer shoes tend to run a bit big – I absolutley need a 34 1/2 in Miu Miu, Prada, Louboutin, etc, though I still almost always find them to pricy to buy. And Marni broke my heart at Century 21 in New York by proving way too big even in a 35! Yoox, the Italy-based discount site, also always has a good range in 4 1/2 and 5; your best bet is small Italian brands you've never heard of, for amazing boots, than any of the big name designers, price-wise. Exhaustive list, I know, but gleaned from years of experience apologizing to shoe sales people who feel terrible for not being able to find anything to fit my Cinderella feet after brigning out box after box, and urging me to just try the 6!

  18. Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous

    For true tall sizes (Gap, Old Navy, etc. are often hit or miss on the proportions), check out Long Tall Sally and Long Legs. Both are much more current than Long Elegant Legs and have clothing that's proportionally tall – not just with extended arms and legs.

  19. Anonymous

    J Crew has some blouses, tops, dresses, coats and jackets in tall sizes and most pants.

    Eddie Bauer offers just about everything with a tall option.

    Land's End rarely offers tall but they do have the option of choosing your own inseam up to 34" which is long enough for some tall women.

  20. angie

    Great post, Sal! I don’t think that there is a body type that I haven’t dressed so I can add a few more to your list! I have been road testing these retailers with clients for years and continue to do so with great results:

    For plus sizes – Lane Bryant is always worth a look. So are the plus size departments at Nordstrom (Encore), Macys and Dillards – especially for dresses and occasion wear. Lane Bryant does excellent underwear and workout wear AND footwear. If you have a 17 to 20 inch calf circumference, you’ll like their boots. Torrid is fun for plus sized juniors. Lane Bryant and Torrid offer fab price points and Macys is always on sale.

    For tall gals – try a Canadian store called Tall Girls. Very fab! 38 and 40 inch in leg seams! Eddie Bauer is worth a look too.

    Generally, premium denim inseams are longer at 34 and 35 inches.

    Nordstrom *will* sell you shoes in different sizes – another reason to love them.

  21. B. in the Know

    I love those shoes! Thanks for the post – I do not ever have a hard time finding the right size, but so many of my friends do and I only have a few go to places. I will be sure to pass this along to them!
    Much love,

  22. Megan Mae

    You've pretty much mentioned everywhere I have tried. I wanted to throw out for those who are small of calf: Miz Mooz and Fly London have been a godsend for my average width feet but skinny calves. The tall boots aren't skin tight but they fit slimmer than other brands I've tried.

  23. withacapitalz

    i mean this question with utmost sincerity, i am not trying to be snarky:

    I was under the impression that "petite" meant short, not "super skinny/slim." Am I wrong? Or is this an old understanding of the term and it has taken on new meaning?

    I say this because every time I hear about a new blog for "petite" women, it always focuses on this tiny, tiny girls. I am by no means an XXS but I am REALLY short – 5'0. I thought this qualified as petite, but if I'm not a size 0 then am I not petite?

    I saw you have a "petite plus" category but I don't fall into that either.

    So does anyone know of any resources where petite just means "short"?

    I know that I've had some luck with jeans from delia*s because they offer a 28" inseam, but as far as work-appropriate pants I am generally at a loss.

  24. Sal

    withacapitalz: Huh, that's true. Most of the petite blogs I know of are specific to women who are both very short and very slim – possibly because those two challenges, when paired, make for intense shopping frustration.

    My experience has been that mall retailers like Gap, Ann Taylor, etc. DO mean "short of stature" when they classify items as petite. But you've found those clothes to be cut generally small, too? I may hit up Kelly from Alterations Needed – she's super small all over, but she also knows the petite market far better than I.

  25. withacapitalz

    Sal: What I've found is that a petite size will be cut slimmer than it's corresponding "regular" size in most stores. So, for example, a Banana Republic size 10P will have slimmer proportions than a size 10R. However, it doesn't quite correspond to get the next size up – that one will be too big. I vaguely recall having the same problem at Ann Taylor, too.

    It's kind of hit or miss on which stores qualify petite as just short or being small overall.

    I guess really my frustration is that I love reading fashion blogs for inspiration, and I get excited every time someone mentions "petite" only to find out that all they blog about is XS clothing – this fills a need, sure, but not mine =/

  26. Nonprofit Lady

    Great resources, Sal! This is one of my favorite things about shopping with other women: realizing the incredible diversity in women's bodies. Recently I went shopping with a tall, skinny gorgeous friend of mine who revealed to me that she was incredibly self-conscious about her large feet and felt like she couldn't find shoes that didn't make them look bigger. Even though that's not my shopping issue, I couldn't help but commiserate with her.

    Isn't it a shame more retailers don't recognize this diversity?

    In any case, I'm looking for recommendations for where other in-betweenies shop. (In-betweenies: those who are at the larger end of straight size, smaller end of plus). My problem is many straight size clothes don't fit/flatter my larger hips and butt, but I'm always drowning in plus sizes because they're generally cut for larger shoulders and bust, which I don't have. Any tips, AP readers?

  27. Kimberly

    This is such a great resource!! Thanks so much for including me in the "further reading" section. You are the best!

  28. Frances Joy

    I am in the same boat as withacapitalz – the petite section does not seem to accommodate my bust, booty, or thighs, but "regular" sizes are too long. I end up just wearing skirts and dresses to avoid the headache of dealing with pants. I'd love to find something that's a happy medium.

  29. Julia

    withacapitalz: interesting, my mom has always had the same comments. She's short 5'0", but not super slim for her size (size 8ish). She'll try petite sizes at stores, but they're cut way to slim for her (even going up a size – things just don't fit right.) It's interesting, it DOES seem like petite refers to short and slim. But my mom will continually state that she's not petite…she's just short!

    angie: thank you for pointing me to Lane Bryant for wide-calf boots. I never thought to look there, but they look promising fit-wise AND they're reasonably priced. I wish they had the calf measurements on there (some of their boots do) so I might check out a store sometime.

  30. Anonymous

    "Petite" clothing is definitely for women who are short AND very slim. The proportions are overall smaller than regular Misses clothing (compare size charts — the bust is often up to 2" smaller in Petite sizes than in the comparable Misses size). That being said, I am short (5'1") but have full proportions — I am "curvy", although most people would say I am slender to average in my build. Petite clothing doesn't fit me AT ALL — cut way too small. I always buy regular Misses sizes and shorten the hem and sleeves. What I need is "short" clothing, not "petite" clothing. I'm pretty sure there are lots of women like me out there.

  31. Diana

    OneStopPlus is a good collection of plus and plus petite brands under one site header – the combination covers all style and budget preferences really well. I've also come to love stores like Ross and Marshall's/TJ Maxx for sizes across the board.

  32. Sue

    OK, Sal, I have a problem in that my bra size is 32 C and even really should be a smaller band size. It is slim pickings at stores. I'd love to locate a bra that fits.

  33. Anonymous

    Regarding petites being slim-fit: I've had better luck at Ann Taylor and Loft with their "curvy" petite pants (I think one of them is called Julie). Seems to me that Banana Republic has a "curvy" style too but I'm not sure.

  34. scimom1212

    My sense is that department stores are not considered "cool" any more but I find they are the only brick and mortar stores that offer petite selections in their stores. The other mall-based retailers mentioned tend to only carry petite sizes in their catalogs or online, and that simply does not work for me. I have to try on. And for me, petite means short. I am not quite 5'2", not a plus but definitely not slim or slight. I wish there were more stylish choices for short & curvy as they call it.

  35. Erin

    Thank you for describing Long Elegant Legs as staid. At 5'10" with a 36" inseam, I found them years ago, but I just can't seem to make myself buy much…the clothes are just so…polyester. If I'm going for polyester, I'll just buy from JCPenney.

    Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic have talls, as does Eddie Bauer.

  36. Alterations Needed

    Hi ladies!

    Chiming in the petite conversation. =)

    Petite, by fashion industry standards means "short" (under 5'4"). A woman who is short will have shorter body proportions all over, so regular garments will have necklines, waist details, arm holes, pant rises, knee breaks, etc, all in the wrong place for petite women.

    That being said, a lot of retailers do not only shorten, but also slim a size compared to its regular counterpart. I believe the thinking with this is a size 8 petite woman, because she is short, will have smaller proportions than her size 8 regular-sized sister, such as narrower shoulders and hips. This can make shopping difficult, if a woman is petite in proportion, but has fuller shoulders, chest, or hips, similar to a taller woman.

    As for petite resources on the web being mostly for size XS women, it's a very true phenomenon and I'd love to see other sizes join the community! I for one am 4'11" and slim, and found myself sized out of adult clothing brands, which is why I started my blog. When I started 2 years ago, there weren't any resources dedicated to solving the problems I was facing as an XS petite woman. At first my blog was like a personal echo chamber, but over time a community grew around it.

    With that said, I would love to see more petite ladies participate in the Alterations Needed Forum! I would love nothing more than to find more voices to join the conversation and share their stories. There are a few non-size 0 ladies in the forum already, so let's build those numbers! If you ever have any questions about petite fit, alterations, style, etc, feel free to ask. We're a resourceful bunch and I want the Forum to be useful for everyone!

  37. Stacy

    What a great list! I would like to add Cinderella of Boston for women's shoes in small sizes. Finding them was life-changing for me (or at least wardrobe-changing). No longer do I have to buy children's shoes to fit my size 3 feet!

  38. ekaren

    I love a website called hippychixshop.com. Although I am a size 4 generally, I've always noticed the number of offerings for 1x – 4x on this site. AND, I have received personal e-mails from the owner(?) Jeannette alerting me to size variations in a garment before she ships. The clothes are different, unique and always bring me compliments. Oh and if you get on their e-mail lists, you'll get sale notices periodically. Love it!

  39. Sal

    Chelsea: As I mentioned quite specifically in the post, no one was intentionally omitted. Can you share any resources?

  40. Anonymous

    figleaves.com has a wide range of bra sizes, and I think the prices are often better than bareneccesities.com. They also have interesting and attractive lingerie, not sure about hosiery.

  41. Chelsea

    Oh yes,
    I understand!

    I cannot.
    Any ladies out there that can??

    But really,
    it's a lovely post!

  42. Frankincensy

    Chelsea – further up the page I recommended the discussion community Thirty-Two D and a couple of brands that cater to ladies with small band and large cup sizes. 🙂

  43. five tomatoes

    Nonprofitlady, I'm in the same boat as you – I have good luck with Talbots because I can mix and match between straight sizes, plus, and plus petite as I need to so that things work.

    Fitzwell boots are FANTASTIC for the large of calf. I can't rave about mine enough. I wear them 2-3 days a week in the winter.

  44. L

    Nordstrom's has a nice selection of both narrow and wide shoes. Also, they list the calf circumference of every boot they sell–so it's a good place for women with either wide or narrow calves to check out. And thanks for recommending Endless–I hadn't been aware of their offerings!

    Long Tall Sally is another place tall women should check out. Especially really tall women–most of their pants offer inseams of 36", and a lot go to 38" (many brands tall sizes are 35"). I only bought one coat from there many years ago–but my impression is that their style, dressiness, and quality is fairly comparable to Banana Republic, but prices are slightly lower. I believe it's originally a UK store, so readers there may be more familiar with it, but they have a US website now as well.

  45. Brittany

    I think it might have been a good idea, for this post, to share some places where you can get clothing custom made- for example, a lot of Etsy sellers will custom make stuff for reasonable prices. When you get stuff custom made, you can work with any fit issues!

    My personal fit issues is large breasts/an hourglass figure. I've done a lot of research into where to find clothing that fits that body type. I have actually started a blog to try to share some of them, so instead of trying to sum it all up here, might I humbly suggest checking out my blog if you have these issues?

  46. JudyMom

    Dear Sally,

    What a great site this is! Like others I would add another plus size source – Junonia. I think its located in St Paul! Right in you neck of the woods. What sets it apart is that Junonia concentrates on plus size athletic wear – plus size swim suits, yoga pants,running clothes, clothes for golf. I think almost everything is designed by Junonia and made of special fabrics that wick sweat, keep you cool, provide support, and so on. And it has some flare. It is hell when you are big and you want to go to the beach with friends or go hiking or you want to run, or join a yoga class – very hard to find a good swim suit when you’re 4x. Junonia is a god send. I now have 3 of their bathing suits. And I feel so much better when summer comes around and I want to keep up with my husband and the kids. Know the clothing is not exactly about style and fashion but I think they try to add some flare and variety. Only place like it I can think of.

    Judy C

  47. Janet

    Thank you for the link to Barefoot Tess. It always disgusts me that retailers don’t carry shoes in a size twelve, nevermind in a narrow, or under $200.00. So i am preparing to place an order and going to town!

  48. Wendi

    I love Lands End for plus sized fashion. I would be a J. Crew shopper if my budget and waist size allowed. Lands End hits the basics with a pop of preppy that I adore.

  49. Megan

    Hey Sally! Just saw your article in today’s Strib, which led me here to find resources for wide-calf boots. Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

  50. Becky @ Becky's Kaleidoscope

    For women who are well-endowed (and especially for those who aren’t that big, I’m a 32G (UK size)), it can be very very difficult to find bras or clothes that fit – without being 2 sizes too big everywhere else.

    http://www.bravissimo.co.uk is the only place I’m aware of that has a good selection, and consistently caters to women like me – if you know of anywhere else please let me know!