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17 Sites For Plus-Size Jeans And Shorts That Are Stylish And Affordable

A reminder that the average American woman wears between a size 16 and 18.
07/25/2017 02:28pm ET | Updated October 18, 2017
Levi's is one of several retailers creating quality denim jeans and shorts for plus-size shoppers. Check out their selection

Clothing sizes are basically pointless. Case in point, this fitness Instagrammer recently shared photos of herself in two pairs of pants in the same size from the same store. The takeaway? The number that’s stitched into our clothing is completely meaningless.

The fact that clothing sizes are B.S. isn’t news to plus-size shoppers, who find their fashion choices limited by the power of a size tag. The fact that there are still fashion retailers out there ― fashionable, affordable and highly-popular retailers ― that don’t carry clothing above a size XL or 14 is completely mind-blowing, especially considering that most American women wear between a size 16 and 18. (We’re looking at you, Madewell).

Thankfully, there are dozens of more inclusive retailers out there crafting quality clothing for plus-size bodies. And, because jeans are a wardrobe staple that’s as wildly styled as it is sized, we’ve created an exhaustive list of all of the best plus-size shopping destinations for denim. Check out our favorite sites for plus-size jeans, shorts and more below.

1
Violeta
Violeta is the lesser-known sister site to fashion retailer Mango. Violeta specializes in delicately designed plus-size clothing, from jeans and skirts to blouses and swimwear. Shop Violeta's collection.
Pictured: Straight-fit Theresa jeans
2
Eloquii
Eloquii's name is a hybrid of "eloquent" and "soliloquy" -- two words that define the brand's mission to create stylish clothing for a wider range of bodies (sizes 14 to 28, to be exact). Shop Eloquii's collection.
Pictured: Ruffle Hem Jeans
3
Nordstrom
Nordstrom carries a wide variety of designer denim in plus sizes -- up to 28W! Bonus: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on until Aug. 7, so take advantage of deep discounts while they last. Check out Nordstrom's selection. Pictured: Frayed Hem Ripped Boyfriend Jeans
4
Simply Be
Simply Be specializes in plus-size fashion in sizes 8 to 28, carrying everything from clothing and swimwear to footwear and accessories. Check out Simply Be's selection.
Pictured: Rose Embroidered Skinny Jeans With Let-Down Hem
5
ASOS
ASOS is a good starting point for most when searching for a specific item of clothing. They carry a variety of styles and sizes (even high-waisted jeans and shorts!) -- up to a size 24 in their Curve clothing line. Shop ASOS's collection.
Pictured: ASOS Curve Denim Mom Shorts In Washed Black
6
Fashion To Figure
Fashion To Figure was founded by the great-grandsons of Lena Bryant, the founder of Lane Bryant. Bryant believed that you should bring "fashion to the figure," not the other way around. Fashion To Figure specializes in fashion for sizes 12 to 26. Shop FTF's collection. Pictured: Blow Out Knee Distressed Jeans
7
James Jeans
James Jeans crafts premium denim that's known worldwide for its fit and design -- and carries up to a size 28W. Shop James Jeans's collection.
Pictured: Straight Hunter Victory
8
Torrid
Torrid creates plus-size clothing for women sizes 10 to 30 and carries a diverse collection, from lingerie and swimwear to activewear and cosplay. Check out Torrid's collection.
Pictured: Torrid Insider Braided Detail Flared Jeans
9
H&M
It's great to see more mainstream fashion brands creating clothing with real bodies in mind. Case and point: H&M. The fast-fashion giant's Plus section caters to the sized 14 to 26 crowd. Check out H&M's selection. Pictured: H&M+ Slim Regular Jeans
10
City Chic
If you love a well-constructed pair of high-waisted jeans, City Chic is tailor-made for you. The Australian company specializes in bold and confidence clothing up to a size 24. Shop City Chic's collection.
Pictured: Corset Skinny Harley Jean
11
Kiyonna
Kiyonna offers a wide range of sizes and styles for the plus-size crowd, including bridesmaid dresses. Most jeans will run up to a size 24, but dresses are offered up to a 5X. Check out Kiyonna's collection.
Pictured: Ankle Slim Jegging In Summer Wash by Slink Jeans
12
Melissa McCarthy Seven7
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 is McCarthy's passion project, which brings designer fashion to the over-size-12 crowd. Her goal? To make getting dressed be fun again. Check out Melissa McCarthy Seven7's collection now.
Pictured: Wide Leg Gaucho Jean
13
Loralette
Loralette is the sister brand to Avenue. Both sites cater to the curvy crowd, but Loralette is geared toward a younger demo, offering rompers, jumpsuits and patched jeans in sizes 14 to 24. Check out Loralette's collection.
Pictured: Light Wash Girlfriend Jeans With Patches
14
Ashley Stewart
Ashley Stewart specializes in upscale fashion for the curvy crowd (and carries up to size 32!). Check out Ashley Stewart's collection.
Pictured: Girlfriend Jean
15
Levi's
Levi's crafts durable, well-made denim that's perfect for all occasions -- and up to a size 24L. Check out Levi's full collection of denim. Pictured: 711 Skinny Jeans (Plus)
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Avenue
Avenue is the sister site of Loralette, but caters to an older, more professional crowd with A-line skirts and wrap dresses. Check out Avenue's selection.
Pictured: Butter Denim Skinny Jean In Dark
17
NYDJ
NYDJ specializes in slimming jeans that are designed to make women look and feel one size smaller. Whether you're into that marketing or not, NYDJ carries up to sizes 28W in their wide variety of jeans and bottoms. Check out NYDJ's collection.
Pictured: Alina Legging In Super Sculpting Denim In Plus

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