Sara Laughed

Plus Size Ethical Clothing: The Updated Ultimate Guide

March 14, 2017 21 Comments 25 Photos

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For years, plus size ethical clothing felt impossible to find. Fair trade clothes are already a niche market; asking ethical fashion companies that barely break even to add new patterns and models to their collections just didn't seem realistic. I know this from personal experience; when I became interested in ethical fashion a few years ago, it felt like there were virtually no plus-size collections on the market. I wrote a post featuring five plus size ethical clothing brands in 2015, and two days after I published it, one of them closed their plus-size line. But that post stayed one of the highest-ranked articles on Google for “plus size ethical fashion,” because there just wasn't much else out there.

Or so I thought.

In the two years since I wrote that post, dozens more plus size ethical clothing collections have sprung up online — at different price points, and in different styles. Thanks to the work and help of many other plus size ethical fashion hunters, I've compiled a list of as many fair trade plus size companies and collections as I can. I've even organized them into a spreadsheet by price and style, because you can take the girl out of college, but you can't take college out of the girl.

Spreadsheet - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate Guide - Sara Laughed

How These Plus Size Ethical Fashion Companies Were Compiled

To write this post, I first dug through the internet to find as many fair trade plus size companies as I could. However, there will always be companies that I haven't heard of or that operate in countries outside my own, which is where other bloggers come in. I've done my best to find and go through every round up of plus size ethical clothing companies online, and compile the stores listed into a single post. I found the following blogs and bloggers especially helpful; you can check out their posts by clicking on their names:

I then narrowed down the list primarily based on 3 criteria: ethics, availability, and sizing. If a company was not an “ethical” brand or collection in a traditional sense (for example, if it was a multi-level marketing brand, or used unethical practices in sourcing or production), I did not include them. Any lines or companies that are no longer available are also, obviously, not included. Lastly, any plus-size company needs to go above an XL/14 to be listed in this post. Because ethical fashion is so hard to find in plus sizes, I wanted to make sure that any companies listed were truly available to plus sized people, and not just going to an XL, which is available in most lines.

A Note on Activewear and Intimates

I'm currently working on two posts on ethical plus size activewear and fair trade intimates, which is why companies that exclusively sell activewear or intimates are not included on this list. Once those posts are up, I will share them here.

With that said, let's take a look at the collections!

Key to Plus Size Ethical Clothing Chart

  • Sizes go by the sizes listed on the website, with a link to the size chart so you can compare to your own measurements.
  • Model refers to the sources or production method that makes this company ethical, organic, or fair trade, with a link to their mission statement or “about us.”
  • Price is grades from one dollar sign ($) to four dollar signs ($$$$) with four being the most expensive. This is the approximate breakdown:
    • $ = most pieces $20 USD or less
    • $$ = most pieces $20-50
    • $$$ = most pieces $50-100
    • $$$$ = most pieces $100+
  • Style refers to the basic aesthetic of the brand. Obviously, all brands differ in their style and aesthetic, so these are just very general terms used to generally categorize the many companies below. The style names I'm using for this post are:
    • Bohemian, referring to loose-fitting, artistic-inspired, or hippie-style clothing
    • Classic, meaning more traditional or feminine style
    • Modern, meaning dramatic, sleeker, or edgier clothing
    • Retro, meaning vintage-style clothing
    • Sophisticated, meaning clothing that leans more mature, elegant, or office-appropriate
    • Staples, referring to essential camisoles, tank tops, or other basics

01. ALTERNATIVE APPAREL - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Alternative Apparel

This USA-based brand focuses on primarily sustainable staples like tank-tops, tee shirts, and leggings.

Location: USA

Sizes: XS to 2X (3X in Mens) — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers and Ethical Production Standards — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Staples


02. BETH DITTO - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Beth Ditto

This designer collection is exclusive to plus sizes and features edgy, modern pieces.

Location: USA

Sizes: to a 3X / 38 — Size Chart available on individual product pages

Model: Ethical Production Standards — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$$

Style: Modern


03. BLUE SKY CLOTHING CO - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Blue Sky Clothing Co.

Blue Sky Clothing Co. is a Canadian brand featuring classic, eco-friendly pieces in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes.

Location: Canada

Sizes: XS to 4X — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers and Ethical Production Standards — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$

Style: Classic


04. CHERRY VELVET PLUS - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Cherry Velvet

A Canadian brand specializing in vintage-inspired plus sized clothes.

Location: Canada

Sizes: XS to 4X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in Canada — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$

Style: Retro


 05. DECENT EXPOSURES - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Decent Exposures

This Seattle-based company makes clothes, bras, and underwear in organic cotton. Their “un-bra” is made to your measurements.

Location: USA

Sizes: to a 4X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in America, Organic — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Staples


06. DIANE KENNEDY - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Diane Kennedy

This Canadian company sells both basic tank tops and slacks, as well as more dramatic, asymmetrical tops.

Location: Canada

Sizes: XXS to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers, Organic — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$

Style: Classic, Modern


THE DRESS COLLECTIVE - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

The Dress Collective

Ethical, Australian-made classic clothing items.

Location: Australia

Sizes: 6 to 24 — Available on individual product pages

Model: Ethically Produced, Made in Australia — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic


07. EILEEN FISHER - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Eileen Fisher

An American brand that's been a leader in sustainable higher end fashion for years.

Location: USA

Sizes: XXS to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers, Ethical Production — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$$

Style: Sophisticated


08. FRESH PRODUCE CLOTHES - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Fresh Produce Clothes

This beachy American brand has a plus size line and a Made-in-America collection.

Location: USA

Sizes: XS to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in USA — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic


09. GAIA CONCEPTIONS - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Gaia Conceptions

Gaia Conceptions focuses on ethical production and natural fibers for their bohemian-inspired line of clothes and staples.

Location: USA

Sizes: XXS to XXL — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers, Ethical Production — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$$

Style: Staples, Bohemian


10. HACKWITH HOUSE - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Hackwith Design House

A young and modern brand that has both a straight size and a plus size line.

Location: USA

Sizes: 1 to 4 — Size chart available on individual product pages

Model: Made in America — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$-$$$

Style: Sophisticated


11. HOPE AND HARVEST - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Hope and Harvest

An Australian line of dresses and tops, ethically produced.

Location: Australia

Sizes: 12 to 26 — View Size Chart

Model: Ethical Production — Contact to Ask About Mission

Cost: $$-$$$

Style: Classic


12. IGIGI - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Igigi

This collection of dresses is great for special occasions and is made exclusively in the USA.

Location: USA

Sizes: 14 to 36 — View Size Chart

Model: Made in USA — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic


13. KAREN KANE - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Karen Kane

Classic and work-appropriate pieces made in the USA.

Location: USA

Sizes: XS to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in USA — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$-$$$

Style: Classic, Modern


14. KOBOMO - Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate

Kobomo

This Australian company produces beautiful classic and bohemian pieces with an ethical giving model.

Location: Australia

Sizes: XS to 3X — Size chart available on individual product pages

Model: Buy 1 Give 1 to Charity — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic, Sophisticated, Bohemian


15. LOVE YOUR PEACHES - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Love Your Peaches

These pieces are designed and made with love by a plus size woman in the USA.

Location: USA

Sizes: 1X to 6X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in USA — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$-$$$

Style: Classic


16. LUR - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Lur

Clean and classic pieces made of sustainable and recycled materials.

Location: USA

Sizes: 00-24 — Available on individual product pages

Model: Ethical Production, Recycled Materials — View Mission Statement

Cost: $-$$

Style: Staples


17. MARKETPLACE - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Marketplace Handwork of India

Beautiful bohemian pieces made with a model of economic development in India.

Location: India

Sizes: S-4W, 6-32 — View Size Chart

Model: Economic Development — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Bohemian


18. MATA TRADERS - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Mata Traders

Fun, patterned separates in straight sizes and plus sizes.

Location: USA

Sizes: XS to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Fair Trade — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic, Bohemian


19. ON THE PLUS SIDE- Plus Size Ethical Clothing

On the Plus Side

Vibrant separates made in the US and available exclusively in plus sizes.

Location: USA

Sizes: 1X to 8X — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers — View Mission Statement

Cost: $-$$

Style: Bohemian


20. SEASALT OF CORNWALL - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Seasalt of Cornwall

Beautiful classic pieces in fun prints and sturdy materials.

Location: UK

Sizes: 6 to 24 — View Size Chart

Model: Natural Fibers, Made in UK — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Classic


21. SMARTGLAMOUR - Plus Size Ethical Fashion

SmartGlamour

Modern pieces made in the US and available in a variety of sizes.

Location: USA

Sizes: XXS to 6X — View Size Chart

Model: Made in USA — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Modern


22. SUDARA - Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Sudara

Beautiful patterned pajama pants and basic tees, made with a fair trade model.

Location: USA

Sizes: XS to XXL — View Size Chart

Model: Fair Trade — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Bohemian


23. WINTER SUN - Fair Trade Plus Size Ethical Clothing

Winter Sun

Beautiful patterned pajama pants and basic tees, made with a fair trade model.

Location: USA

Sizes: S to 3X — View Size Chart

Model: Fair Trade — View Mission Statement

Cost: $$

Style: Bohemian


There are now more fair trade plus size clothing companies and plus size ethical fashion collections than ever before. The companies above include clothes in a variety of styles and at different price points. Size doesn't need to limit your ability to practice conscious consumerism.

If you know of other plus size ethical fashion companies or collections that aren't included here, please comment below and I'll add it to this list!

Which of these plus size ethical fashion companies is your favorite? Do you have any questions, comments, or feedback? Stores I should add? Please leave it in the comments below!

Plus Size Ethical Clothing - The Updated Ultimate Guide

21 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nicole Booz

    March 15, 2017

    This is so awesome! And so, so needed. Especially with ethical brands!

  2. Reply

    adriana

    March 15, 2017

    I’m so glad to see so many brands are expanding their horizons! Great post!!

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    Jenny

    March 15, 2017

    I didn’t know a few of these brands were ethical or included plus size. That’s awesome!

  4. Reply

    Anna

    March 15, 2017

    So cool how this market has grown so much! Amazing research!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

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    Alix Maza

    March 15, 2017

    Such great resources! What a fun post.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

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    Greta

    March 15, 2017

    Such a good idea for a post. I love that you’re making these resources available!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    bella

    March 16, 2017

    These are so great picks!! I love seeing brand tasking his scent step!

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    Silvia

    March 16, 2017

    I love the On the Plus Size one! There clothes seem really cute and colorful!

  9. Reply

    Ashley

    March 16, 2017

    What an awesome and thoughtful guide! Thank you for putting this together!

  10. Reply

    Katie

    March 16, 2017

    This post is so detailed and provides really great, useful information! It is so great to see all of these ethical companies.

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    March 17, 2017

    I’m 100% sharing this – what an AWESOME resource, Sara!!!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Rebecca Lindenbach

    March 18, 2017

    I love that you made this list, Sara!! I’ve been getting more and more interested in ethical clothing choices ever since watching a documentary on child workers in the garment industry. I definitely bookmarked some of these!!

    Becca

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    Assa

    March 19, 2017

    This is an amazing list. Thank you for linking to my post.

  14. Reply

    kenzie

    March 20, 2017

    Just read your post on ethical fashion, and then headed over here to check this post out. Seriously this is such a helpful, and informative post! I never knew about this type of clothing prior to reading these posts x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

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    Victoria Stacey

    March 20, 2017

    This is a great resource! All your picks are super cute 🙂

  16. Reply

    Lacey Carroll

    March 24, 2017

    Thank you so much for doing a write up on this! These lines are no only ethical but so on trend! I love it. This one is bookmarked!

  17. Reply

    Emmi

    March 25, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I found some new places to shop at, and I agree, ethnical plus size clothing isn’t that easy to find at all!

    You might want to add this shop to the list: http://www.excusemybonbon.com. Check if it’s of any interest! 🙂

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    Charlotte

    April 5, 2017

    This list is awesome and I’m so glad you made it, thank you! You list the location, but if I understand correctly that is where the business is located, not necessarily where the clothes are manufactured. For (a terrible) example, Old Navy is “in San Fancisco” but most of their clothes are made in Bangladesh. I see that some are made in America or Australia, and a couple in India, but not all the places are listed. Do you have a list or a way to link to where the clothes are made, not just where the company is headquartered?

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      Sara Laughed

      April 5, 2017

      Hey there Charlotte! Thanks for asking. To clarify, the stores’ location in the list above is where the clothes are sold, and the “model” lists what makes them “ethical” – so if a store’s location is USA and the model is “Made in USA,” that means that their clothes are both sold and produced in the USA. Companies that sell in the US and are ethical companies sometimes produce their clothes outside the US but maintain ethical production standards; a good example of this is Sudara, who sells pajama pants made in India, but give their workers fair pay, healthcare, childcare, and housing. I linked to the companies’ mission statements throughout the list, so if you would like to make sure that a company produces in a specific place, you can read the mission statement of that company. But I appreciate the suggestion of including the location of production, and I may go through the list next week and add that, for clarity’s sake! Thank you!

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    Dominique

    April 12, 2017

    dude! I just saw that I was included in this list. Thanks so much and I’m so pumped our blog was a good resource on your journey!!!!

  20. Reply

    Sara

    April 18, 2017

    Wow! This is a fabulous resource. Thank you for doing all of this research, and presenting it in such a thoughtful way!

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