Plus-size vintage clothing retailers will shop in 2021

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Over the past few years, more and more brands have joined the slow fashion movement by designing, creating and sourcing quality and longevity clothing. While these pieces made from recycled materials are better for the environment, not everyone can afford to drop more than $100 on jeans, especially during an ongoing global pandemic.

On the other hand, many of these sustainable fashion brands don’t sell anything beyond a size XL, which leaves out about 70% women in the United States who wear a size 14 or larger.

Due to this limitation, sustainable shopping has become a privilege that tall people do not always have access to. But all hope is not lost – there is always the possibility of second-hand shopping.

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Whether you’re a size 2 or a 20, you deserve to find the perfect places to buy the latest trends in an ethical way. These plus-size second-hand retailers are also available to buy online, helping you shop sustainably while staying socially distant. In addition, you save your wallet and the environment. It’s a win-win if you ask me.

Keep scrolling to explore some of the best plus size thrift stores where you can pick up some great bargains!

Luvsick Vintage Plus Size

Based in Chicago, IL | 2710 N. Sawyer Ave | www.luvsickplus.com

Fueled by her passion for finding vintage pieces that fit all shapes and sizes, Britteny Riordan founded Luvsick Plus Vintage to help plus-size fashionistas everywhere find their perfect fit. With unique, fashion-forward pieces that date back to the 60s and 70s, Luvsick offers sizes 14-26.

You can shop in person (with a mask, of course) at Vintage Lost Girls shop in Chicago or from the comfort of your couch in line.

Conscious Curve

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 2719, avenue W. Girard | www.curveconsciousphilly.com

Curve Conscious is a black-owned consignment store (think Plato’s Closet but specifically for plus sizes) based in Philadelphia. After dealing with endless frustration with the lack of plus sizes in local resale, consignment, and thrift stores, Adrienne Ray founded Curve Conscious, which offers sizes 12-28.

You can buy, trade or sell in-store at Curve Conscious. To buy or sell online, you can visit Curve Conscious at instagram and Facebook and purchase via PayPal invoice. Online orders can be picked up in-store for free or you can have them delivered directly to your door for an additional fee.

Ethics organizations

Based in St. Louis, MO | www.instagram.com/ethicalbodies

Maura Cosgrove started selling second-hand clothes on the Ethical Bodies Instagram account in August 2020. Cosgrove said she was inspired by Luvsick and decided to start her own sustainable clothing business because she noticed the lack of representation in durable options for large bodies. With pieces ranging from flashy gold leggings to a Gatsby-inspired beaded dress, you can’t go wrong with a dazzling selection from Ethical Bodies.

You can shop via DM on Ethical Bodies’ PageInstagram.

The Bus Shop Plus

Based in Highland Park, CA | 5031 1/2 boul. York | www.theplus-bus.com

Before The Plus Bus was a fabulous shop for plus sizes, it was a concept created in 2015 by best friends Jen Wilder and Marcy Guevara-Prete when they “found themselves drowning in clothes”. That’s when they took the initiative and hit the streets of LA, where they gained a loyal following and grew from there. Infused with funky patterns and bright colors, the Plus Bus has affordable options for everyone.

You can shop in person at The Plus Bus Boutique in Highland Park or have your “aha” moment in line.

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