This will be our shopping reference post. I am going to list all the clothing stores that sell plus size clothing with initial reactions/thoughts about the store. The list will never be complete, so as we shop more places - even if they are only regional- we will add them here. So, if you have any new stores be sure to share!
Lane Bryant - Great professional clothes and occasionally you can find a great "piece" for your wardrobe. Usually high quality and will last a while.
Torrid - Probably the most modern plus size store. Their seasonal collections can be unpredictable, and quality clothing is not always up to par. This is wear I buy all of my skinny jeans. Also, you can sign up for a free Dive Style card which give you 5% off every purchase.
Avenue - Very similar to Lane Bryant, but less variety - may be directed at an older demographic.
Fashion Bug - Basically a "bargain" Lane Bryant. I believe they are sister companies. Lower quality, but still variety.
Deb - They now have a plus size section. Their sizing runs small and quality is low - but great for low cost items and plus size teens. This is where I bought my formal dresses in high school. It is not easy to find a low cost prom dress in plus size.
Dress Barn - I have never found something to buy here as I feel it is not very modern but I always look because their clothes seem to have quality and sometimes you can get lucky!
Old Navy - Love their style, and affordable! Sometimes the clothes run small.
Catherine's - I have never shopped here, but it is a sister store to Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug.
Target - (Submitted by reader Lauren) Target is a store I'd like to add. Depending on your local store, the plus section can be a loaded with goodies or sparse- for me its the latter. Either way, target.com has been a great resource for a even bigger selection of plus items if you don’t mind paying a little extra for shipping. I totally agree. I checked out target the other day, fashionable items at a great cost.
Don't be afraid to go into stores that seem 'too old" or "too young" or "too whatever", because style and fashion is about creativity, what an article of clothing may look like on a hanger can transform into something completely different on you and if paired with accessories.
Okay - that is all I have for now. Make sure to share, so we can see this list grow.