Shopping is a love-hate relationship for a lot of women, especially those with more voluptuous figures. Clothes that are trendy often don't fit, hug curves the wrong way or are just plain uncomfortable. Most clothing stores only offer sizes up to 18, but lucky for the proud, plus-sized women of North Texas, there are shops specifically offering the latest fashions for curvier women.
12835 Preston Road, #320
Dallas, TX 75230
If the name isn't clear enough, walking into Bodacious Boutique will certainly confirm that this is a fun, funky shop for plus-sized fashionistas. Offering designer lines including FLAX, Tianello and Simply Silk, their collections clothe women sized 14-28. If you can't make it in, you can shop via their website, by color, designer or price. There's even a discount for ordering online and free return shipping if your item doesn't fit.
Hours: Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Larger than Life
10233 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 435
Dallas, TX 75238
For plus-sized beauties who don't want to break their budgets, Larger than Life is the only consignment shop in the area that offers clothing exclusively for women sized 12 and up. They have pieces from popular clothing lines and offer eveningwear, business casual, robes, shoes and accessories. Clean out your own closet and call ahead to make a consignment appointment before you shop. Not only will this make room in your closet, but give you a little extra spending money, too.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4p.m.
Boasting three different locations in the area, Ashley Stewart is a trendy clothing chain that offers a chance for urban, plus-sized women to express themselves through fashion. Despite being a chain store, the fashion lines offered follow trends closely, and you can find fashionable pieces at affordable prices. In addition to standard plus-sizes, Ashley Stewart offers items in extended sizes. With different locations in the area, you'll find just what you need for that special occasion.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Just because you aren't the size of a broomstick doesn't mean you don't want to look good. Lane Bryant, with well over 20 locations across North Texas, offers clothing for women size 14 to 32 both in their stores and online. With multiple sales, coupons and discounts throughout the year, looking good won't cost you as much either.
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