Plus-size designs is one of the fastest growing apparel industries in fashion, and Chicago is the proud home of exclusive plus size lines and clothing stores. Check out this best of list to discover what Chicago has to offer is plus-size fashions. – Renita S. Manley-Garrett
vive la femme
2048 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Vive la femme is a special boutique dedicated to the plus-size woman. This Bucktown boutique has been a premier destination for plus size women looking for hard to find comfortable and stylish apparel. Full of cozy wraps and other casual designs, this boutique appeals to the woman wanting a time-less look. vive la femme also caries designer dresses by the voguish London Times.
1704 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Facebook: Adelaide, Ltd. Chicago
Adelaide is an upscale, elegant boutique that’s luxurious with world-class haute couture. After having been on Michigan Avenue for 13 years, Adelaide moved to Old Town to take its place among other acclaimed boutiques. Their “one size” dictum makes them appealing to women of all sizes who are more interested in quality pieces such as 100% silk, cashmere, and genuine fur. The European ambiance of the store along with the personable customer service makes this boutique first class.
2150 South Canalport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
Kathryn McKechnie and Kristen Burger, creators of Crescendo Apparel, specialize in clothing particularly for women with small waists and fuller hips. Although many different sized women struggle with this physique, plus-size women, in particular, struggle with this prevalent issue frequently, especially when shopping for proper fitting clothing. Crescendo Apparel’s figure flattering, contemporary, designs are flexible, as one piece can be used for work attire, or evening wear.
The 900 Shops
900 North Michigan Avenue
Once located on Oak Street, Marina Rinaldi is now another exquisite 900 Shops destination on 900 North Michigan Avenue. This luxurious high fashion brand recognizes that fabulous styles, edgy designs, and cuts made to enhance one’s figure aren’t just for women under size 12. As a vanguard for plus-size fashion, Marina Rinaldi’s line caters to the confident plus-size fashionista looking to turn heads and gain admiration per her impeccable sense of style.
Sarah Simmons, Chicago based designer of Courbes Sera, is quickly reaping popularity for her plus size line. Her designs range from soft, structured, and drape curvy silhouettes elegantly, adding comfort and sensuality to style. Courbes Sera’s styles are vibrant with sizes ranging from 12-28. You can view her line at local trunk shows and various fashion events.
Rochester Big and Tall Men
840 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Rochester Big and Tall is a great store for tall and plus size men who want to knowingly shop at a location that carries apparel in their size. The styles and designers are endless, which makes Rochester Big and Tall a perfect location for all sized, plus-size men.
3940 North Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
Rasenicks is a casual and work wear clothing store that ranges in all sizes up to and past 4x. Their more casual brands include Wrangler, Dickies, and Converse. Work wear at Rasenicks includes high visibility clothing, waterproof attire, and name brand carpenter jeans. For the hardworking or laidback plus- size man, Rasenicks is dedicated to you.
Threads Big and Tall
9826 South Ridgeland Avenue
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
If you’re a plus size man looking for a massive and substantial selection of men clothing, check out Threads Big and Tall. This neighboring Chicago suburb offers its customers the best wide-spreading fashion including Chicago sports paraphernalia, sleepwear, accessories, and a variety of clothing styles.
Renita S. Manley-Garrett is a Chicago and Chicago-land based Image/Wardrobe Consultant and the owner of Revamped Image Consulting. She specializes in personal shopping, styling, and offers a variety of image and wardrobe based services. Visit her website at www.revampedimageconsulting.com.