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5 Best Plus Size Clothing Stores & Sites In New York City

With New York Fall Fashion Week in full swing, it's easy to want everything that walks down the runway. But what if you're not a sample size? Don't worry, we've narrowed down the five best places to shop for plus size clothing (starting at size 10). By Carly Petrone.

Ashley Stewart
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Those who have always loved the brand Ashley Stewart will be happy to know that it's back in business! This store celebrates the curvy girl and offers trend-savvy clothing for those sizes 12-26. From the perfect pair of jeans for fall to #DaretoBare intimates, Ashley Stewart knows how to dress to impress. It's also a great place to build your work wardrobe, whether you're looking to rock casual Friday or turn heads at your meeting on Monday. There's also great options for those going from work straight to a night out on the town. The Scuba Mesh Circle Skirt ($36.50) is a fun look paired with a Solid Rib Knit Cardigan ($29.50). Your feet with thank you too because a whole range of colorful booties, pumps, and flats are available in wide widths. Don't forget to share your look on social media using the hashtag #AshleyStewart. Check website for exclusive online deals.

Lane Bryant - Melissa McCarthy
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Lane Bryant is probably the most recognizable brand in plus size fashion. With New York Fashion Week in full swing, they're celebrating with a live runway show in Times Square on September 14th from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Funny lady Robyn Schall will be there to keep you laughing and TV host Wendy Williams will also be there headlining the show. Stop into one of their stores and stock up on colorful workout gear from their Livi Active line or step up your work wardrobe with a beautiful collection from designers like Lela Rose and Melissa McCarthy. Yep, actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy is adding designer to her resume. Shop her exclusive brand new Seven7 collection that includes hip hugging jeans and playful fringe cardigans. Treat yourself to Cacique intimates and feel your sexiest in full coverage panty and bra sets. Lane Bryant is definitely a one-stop shop that will always have the best styles stocked.

Gwynnie Bee
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Get in on the subscription box service game and check out Gwynnie Bee. This adorable site for those sizes 10-32 can enjoy an unlimited wardrobe (and exchanges) starting at just $35/month. Just create a free account and add clothes to your closet by choosing a plan and subscribing to bring home clothes from your personal collection. This includes everything from fun fall trends like biker jackets and distressed skinny jeans to ways to dress for your shape (we're loving the jumpsuits for triangular-shaped bodies). With great brands on board like INC, Isabel + Alice, Land's End, and Vince Camuto it's kind of hard not to love what you order. But if it isn't what you expected, returning your shipment is easy. Just return what you want, when you want to in order to get more clothing. Still not sure if this is for you? Check out their website and have a consultation with one of their professional stylists.

Courtney Washington
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The best part about Courtney Washington's designs is he incorporates fabrics that plus size women normally stay away from. He embraces the female form and creates beautiful clothing made out of linen, silk, and his own signature pucker-fabric. The collection is always fun and versatile making it a great way to build your wardrobe for both city and Hamptons living. Mix and match pieces from the collection with what's already in your closet – one of his fall boucle sweaters or jackets would pair perfectly with jeans and heels for a night out or a casual Friday at work. And who can say no to wearing linen on the weekends (why the weather is still somewhat warm, at least). Check out his store in Brooklyn or check website to see which department stores are carrying the Courtney Washington line.

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Avenue makes it easy to find the best trends of the season. Right now you can shop for 2FER Tops to create a sleek layered look without the bulk. Add a pair of jeans to the mix and you've got yourself a great everyday look that you can dress up or dress down. Speaking of denim, they have cool styles ranging from colored jeggings to flared jeans with a little bit of stretch for even more comfort. Make a statement by throwing on a fun Ruffle Poncho ($49) or patterned scarf ($25) and you'll definitely turn some heads. Don't forget to hit up the jewelry section either. Most items are buy one and get one 50% off. It's also a great place to shop if you need something specific like tall pants or petite jeans.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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