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Wanted: The best plus-size clothing brand
Angrakhaa: Quite a popular brand in the splainer fam, Angrakhaa offers dresses, coordinated sets, tops, skirts and pants in sizes running up to 5XL (fits waist 42 inches). Pooja loves their dresses and Indian wear. She uses the brand for formal wear and says “it always makes me feel great!” Mallika thinks it makes great party wear.
Gia Curves: This is Westside’s plus-size collection that has special sizes from XXS (fits waist 32 inches) to 2XL (fits waist 44 inches). Inderpreet has been wearing Gia for 14 years. Mohika found good stuff here without the usual “plus-size premium.”
Inji: This is an affordable brand that sells dresses, kurtis, tops and shrugs in gorgeous Indian prints. It has sizes running into XXXL (fits waist 42 inches). Sara loves it “because unlike other ‘plus-size’ brands that do clothes that do honestly plain boring designs, Inji doesn't shy away from being fun in its limited collection.”
Lakshita: If you’re looking for more Indian and fusion wear, Inderpreet found Lakshita a good fit for “its stylish, pretty designs and good fabric.” They have sizes running into 4XL (fits waist 49 inches).
Max Curves: Max Fashion’s plus-size brand has lots of options to choose from—Indian, Western and active-wear. Srihitha found their collection to be diverse and affordable. They have sizes up to 6XL (fits waist 52.8 inches).
Need more options? Here’s a longer list:
- Pooja suggested Femella for super comfortable and affordable casual wear offering sizes up to 5XL (fits waist 42 inches).
- Nivriti and Priyanka said Bliss Club has good activewear in sizes running up to XXXL (fits waist 47 inches).
- Priyanka also shops from Marks and Spencer, as does Inderpreet who says it has quality options and styles. Their top size is 24 (fits waist 43 inches).
- Vaishnavi suggested Amydus which offers kurtis, tops, dresses and general western wear in sizes up to 9XL (fits bust 54 inches).
As is the case with apparel shopping, there are far fewer options for men. So if you’re looking for a business idea…
John Pride: Sam likes John Pride for their shirts. The brand’s casual collection is bigger than formal shirts and trousers. They offer sizes up to 12XL (fits chest 68 inches). The brand also sells via Amazon, which is great in terms of customer support.
Indian Terrain: Hitesh shops for casual wear at Indian Terrain. Offering shirts, tees, trousers and outerwear, the brand offers clothes in sizes up to 6XL (fits chest 61 inches).
XMex Bandra: Deepto likes this brand for their colours and variety—but again for casual wear. The top size offered is 7XL that fits chest size 65 inches.
Big Banana: Sam prefers Big Banana for its many options in athleisure wear. The website also sells shirts and sweaters. Top size on offer is 7XL that fits chest size 62.4 inches.
Sztori: This is Myntra’s own affordable plus-size brand. They offer a wide range of products for men and women—featuring outerwear, innerwear, Indian, Western and fusion wear. Sam prefers to shop here because their designs are fresh. Sizes offered go up to 6XL for both men (fits chest 60 inches) and women (fits waist 44 inches).
Turn Black: This was a popular brand among our readers—and it has both Indian and Western options for men and women. The only wrinkle: it’s all black. Inderpreet suggests the brand for its amazing styles and quality fabrics. Avani suggests the brand for all things beautiful and black. They have sizes running into 4XL (fits chest 50 inches for men and waist 40 inches for women).
Pluss: This is a great website for both men and women offering both Indian and Western wear. Sam’s experience shows there is always a sale and a very simple return process. They have sizes up to 8 for women (fits waist 52 inches) and up to 10 for men (fits chest 66).
Redwolf: If you’re into merch tees, Aarthi finds lots of good options at this online store. A staple in her wardrobe, she swears by the fabric and the print quality both. They also have sweatshirts and pullovers in addition to tees in sizes up to 4XL (fits chest 56 inches).
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