Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide

 

Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide   |  Fairly Southern

 

I’ll never forget the moment I realized that the ethical fashion movement is anything but plus size-friendly. A friend of mine had read one of my blog posts and was talking to me about how she thought fair trade was a really good idea. “But, what about plus size people like me?” she asked. “Is there stuff for us out there?”

I felt shame rising in my throat as I realized this was not something I had ever considered. My privilege and lack of awareness, however unintentional, was suddenly exposed. I frantically flipped back through every ethical fashion brand I could think of in my mind, realizing with disappointment that I had never seen any of them advertise plus size clothing. There were a grand total of ZERO brands that I knew of at the time that I could recommend to my friend.

Part of the problem was that there aren’t a ton of plus size ethical fashion options, and part of the problem was that I just hadn’t stumbled across any yet. If you’re a person who is plus sized and interested in transitioning to an ethical wardrobe, this post is for you! I have rounded up 26 stores and brands that sell ethically made plus size clothing–all gathered together in one convenient, alphabetized list!

I spent hours combing through the Internet and reviewing each brand’s website to confirm that they are manufacturing in an ethical manner. I reviewed many brands that did not make it onto this list, including brands that were recommended by other people as being “ethical” brands. However, if a brand was not transparent enough to publicly post their manufacturing practices on their website, they did not make this list. These are truly brands you can trust, because they have publicly shared what they are doing to manufacture their clothing ethically!

Alice Alexander.

Ethically made in Philadelphia, this colorful brand used to be exclusively for plus-size women. They then decided to offer options for women of all sizes so as not to further perpetuate a culture of size exclusivity (insert all the heart eye emojis here!). They go up to a size 28.

Alice Alexander - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Alternative Apparel.

Alternative Apparel specializes in affordable basics and offers sizes up to a 4X for women and a 3X for men. They are committed to fair labor practices: The majority of their factories are WRAP-certified, and all of their factories adhere to Fair Labor Association guidelines. They also demonstrate a concern for the environment through their use of organic and recycled materials, low-impact dyes, and eco-friendly packaging.

Alternative Apparel - from the Plus Size Ethical Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Blue Sky Clothing Co.

This fair trade Canadian company uses natural fibers and bamboo to make “bohemian chic” clothing in sizes up to 4X. They are offer a little bit of everything: underwear, dresses, tops…even coverups!

Blue Sky Clothing Co - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Coco Cooper.

This denim company goes up to a US size 22, and the jeans are ethically made in Los Angeles. They source their denim from European factories that are focused on reducing waste and using environmentally friendly dyes and materials.

Coco Cooper - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Decent Exposures.

Look no further for ethically made, plus size bras, undies, swimsuits, and dance wear/leotards (as well as other basics)! Decent Exposures offers bras up to a size 60J and clothing up to a size 4X. Their products are made in the USA from recycled materials and organic cotton with a focus on reducing waste.

Decent Exposures - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Dianne Kennedy.

Ethically made in Canada, Dianne Kennedy offers stylish business wear exclusively for curvy women. Their signature fabric is made from 100% organic bamboo.

Diane Kennedy - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Eileen Fisher.

This brand has a major focus on fair trade, supply chain transparency, sustainability, organic cotton, and natural dyes. They also have an extensive plus size line that features tops, pants, dresses, outerwear, jumpsuits, etc.!

Eileen Fisher - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Elizabeth Suzann.

Made in the USA with natural fibers, this clothing line promotes a minimal wardrobe and conscious consumption. And, the clothing goes up to a size 4XL.

Elizabeth Suzann - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

The Flourish Market.

One of my favorite ethical fashion boutiques, The Flourish Market, recently started stocking plus size tops and dresses. There are work-appropriate and casual options. (Use this link to score 15% off your first purchase!)

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Gaia Conceptions.

If you love a bohemian vibe, Gaia Conceptions is for you! Their pieces are handmade in the USA using organic fabrics and natural plant dyes. Their sizing goes up to 3X.

Gaia Conceptions - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Girlfriend Collective.

I’ve written before about my love for Girlfriend Collective leggings! My appreciation for them has only grown since I discovered that they carry leggings, shorts, tops, and bodysuits up to a size 3X!

Plus Size Ethical Fashion Guide | Fairly Southern

Hackwith Design House.

HDH clothing is made in the USA, and they have a plus-size line available. The company reduces waste by making most of their pieces after they’ve been ordered.

Hackwith Design House - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Hope & Harvest.

Exclusively for curvy women, this fashion-forward, modern clothing company makes some of their clothing in Australia and some clothing overseas under fair trade agreements.

Hope & Harvest - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

IGIGI.

This line of dresses is offered in sizes 12-36 and is made in the USA under fair labor conditions. In addition to their regular line of dresses, they also offer a made-to-order option that allows you to customize a dress from various color/silhouette/neckline options. So awesome!

IGIGI - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Karen Kane.

Y’all, my ultimate dream is to be able to walk into a department store that exclusively carries ethically made fashion. It would be so nice to have that many ethically made options all in once place. But until then, it IS possible to find ethical fashion brands at large department stores…you just have to know what you’re looking for! Karen Kane has a plus size line that is available in popular department stores like Belk and Dillard’s. The majority of the clothing is made in the USA, and the company is very transparent about their fair labor standards.

Karen Kane - from the Plus Size Ethical Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Kirrin Finch.

This brand carries menswear-inspired clothing that fits a female-shaped body. Their clothing goes up to a size 20 and is made in the USA using sustainable fabrics. The company also gives to LGBTQ-related causes.

Kirrin Finch - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

KOBOMO.

This Australian brand sells clothing that is ethically produced in Thailand. Their plus size line features both casual and work-appropriate pieces.

Kobomo - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Lissa the Shop.

This carefully curated online boutique features clothing that is fair trade, ethically made, made in the USA, or made using sustainable business practices. The site has a plus size section that makes it easy to locate plus size options.

Lissa the Shop - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

lur Apparel.

This on-trend brand goes up to a size 2X. All of lur’s clothing and accessories are ethically made using 100% recycled materials. They also donate a generous portion of their proceeds to an economic development program for women in Guatemala.

lur Apparel - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Marketplace: Handiwork of India.

This nonprofit promotes economic development in India by employing artisans under a fair trade certified model. Their Indian-inspired clothing goes up to size 4X.

Marketplace: Handiwork of India - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

On the Plus Side.

This brand exclusively produces plus size pieces (including bras and underwear!!) up to a size 8X and is committed to fair labor practices. They also demonstrate a commitment to lowering their carbon footprint and utilize natural fibers in 90% of their clothing along with less toxic dyes.

On the Plus Side - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

PrAna.

This activewear brand makes clothing up to a size 3X for women and 2X for men. The plus size options are admittedly fewer than the smaller size options, but it’s a start!

PrAna - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

The Rainforest Site.

This website is a part of a larger umbrella organization called GreaterGood. GreaterGood has several online stores that follow a “give back” model, meaning a portion of each purchase is donated to a cause related to the site’s theme. Proceeds from The Rainforest Site fund preservation of endangered rainforest habitat. GreaterGood seems to be committed to ethical and sustainable production, and the plus size section of The Rainforest Site is robust!

The Rainforest Shop - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Reformation.

Reformation offers ethically made, trendy clothing in sizes up to 22. They are incredibly transparent about each and every measure they take to make sure their clothing is being produced ethically and sustainably, even acknowledging areas for future growth (very remarkable!).

Reformation - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

SmartGlamour.

SmartGlamour sells affordable, fashionable clothing, swimsuits, and formalwear up to a size 15X. This line is handmade in NYC from start to finish–including the making of the fabrics (that is a rarity, y’all!).

Reformation - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Sudara.

These pajamas and robes are made in India by women who are at risk of being trafficked into the sex trade. They call their pajama pants “Punjammies”–how cute and clever is that?? They offer sizes up to 2X.

Sudara - Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide | Fairly Southern

Friends, I hope this guide is helpful for you. If you know of any other ethically made plus size fashion brands that did not make it onto this list, please leave a comment on this post or contact me privately. I am happy to continue updating this post as I learn about new brands!

xoxo Laura

2 thoughts on “Plus Size Ethical Fashion Shopping Guide

  1. Laura, you have done it again. I love your blog!! You are correct that plus-sized ethical fashion is difficult to find (I keep searching!!) I bookmarked this page for me and then also pinned it to Pinterest and added it to my list of plus-size ethical fashion guides on my website so more people can find it too!! (If you want to see the list I have so far, scroll to the bottom of this page: https://www.changetheworldbyhowyoushop.com/women-s-clothing.html ) I am hoping to add a dedicated plus-sized page to my website soon and now I know where to go for ideas 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing this for all of us out there in plus-sizes!!

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