16 Independent Plus Size Designers You Should Know And Support

One of things that is amazing about plus size fashion now is that we actually have an array of designers who are creating pieces with plus size women in mind. Plus size designers are also stepping their game up. They’re creating unique pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.

In addition, they’re producing new collections faster than ever before. While we have more plus size designers than ever before, one of the things that the plus size community can work on is supporting these independent plus size designers.

Over the past few years I’ve spoken with independent plus size designers and have heard many of them say that they don’t get the support they wanted and/or needed from the plus size industry. It has even caused some designers to go out of business. Just this past weekend, budding independent designer Elann Zelie of Zelie For She posted a message on her Instagram. She said, “The plus size industry got me thinking! If Zelie For She was to disappear, would it be missed?”


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This message was followed by an Instagram stories conversation as to why the plus size industry doesn’t rally behind independent plus size designers. Here are some of the things Elann had to say, “The support for actual designers in the plus size industry are not celebrated like the bloggers or even the retailers. Why is that?”

She continues on by saying, “I’ve worked in the fashion industry for 10+ years. Worked with indie company’s (made in America) that had support fro their market (straight size), but when it comes to the plus size industry the support is not equal.”

I couldn’t help but to admit that she was right to a certain extent. The plus size industry supports select designers, retailers, and online boutiques. However, there are a multitude of designers that are not supported in a way for them to grow.

Elann went on to say, “Is it because the plus size industry has sold this idea of cheap mass production cloting for so long that it makes it hard for a plus size consumer to want to purchase a garment that cost more and has better quality?

Elann goes on and says, “I think there is also a mindset that some plus size women have. It’s the idea of losing weight so therefore I can’t buy that dress at the price because I’m going to lose weight.”

These are all valid questions and deserve a real and healthy conversation within the plus size community. Why aren’t we supporting independent plus size designers more?

To show our support to independent plus size designers, we decided to do a little roundup of plus size indie designers we think you should checkout and support.

We love designers like Monif C. and Jibri. They make on trend and quality plus size designs that will last for years. We just thought we would include a few more designers for you to fill your closet with. Some of these designers you may have heard of but we definitely wanted to show some support.

Checkout These Independent Plus Size Designers

Hannah Couture

Hannah Caroline Couture designs custom bridal and formal wear for modern women of all sizes. They offer customizable designs and bespoke gowns to make sure that no woman should ever have to compromise on the garments she wears to life’s most important events. Hannah Caroline Couture garments are imagined, designed, sketched, sewn, and tailored by Hannah Nodskov (Olson) in Omaha, Nebraska.

Courtney Noelle

Courtney Noelle is designed by Courtney Smith. They’re a fashion brand driven to empower women of all shapes and sizes.

Zelie For She

Zelie for She is a plus size designer brand with bohemian , travel inspired, trend setting fashions. Designed and made in  Los Angeles California by designer Elann Zelie , these one of a kind designs are made with with love. All designs are made in a limited run, making these designs that much more special!


Bella Rene

Designed by Kenyatta C. Jones. Bella Rene believes in the power of branding and believes full figured women deserve to have their own brand and mark in the fashion world. “I set out to make Bella Rene’ a lifestyle brand for full figured women. I’m a label shopper at times and I feel like plus size women should have that high end label just for them.”

Gwan By Charon

Through her fashion designs, Charon, the creator of G’wan inspires women to fall in love once more with their authentic selves – “G’wan ~ I dare you… to be you!” is her motto. No matter what size or ethnicity, Charon’s fashion designs reconnect women with their innermost beauty.

Kay Dupree

Kay Dupree is an American designer. She believes “In the fashion world we are normally rejected, pushed to the back and last to be noticed. We are beautiful and deserve to be dressed as such.”

Dear Curves

Founded in 2012, Dearcurves is the go to brand for contemporary, minimalistic plus size women’s wear.

Christian Omeshun

Lavenders Jungle

Lavender’s Jungle designer is La Krisha Joseph-Baker she is part owner along Sherry Baker. They are a cutting edge fashion line created with the full figured woman in mind. It is our belief that clothes should fit the woman, not the other way around.

Copper Union

This indie brand is designed by Claire Doody. Claire has focused her passion and drive into creating plus size separates that celebrate a woman’s curves with style and attitude.

Wendy S. Collection

The Wendy S. collection is about easy, uncomplicated style for plus size women.  The Wendy S collection woman desires luxury clothing with style and comfort.  Our brand has a love for color, glamour, and details. Inspired by the mixed culture of South Florida; as well as the urban chicness of Atlanta.  We intertwine the two to bring you vibrant colors, bold prints, modern chic shapes, and carefree glamour. 

Ply Apparel

Ply Apparel is designed by husband and wife duo Lamarr and Pamela. PLY makes clothing that is all about you.  Fashion relevant styles. Quality fabric. The right price.

Smart Glamour

Smart Glamour is designed by Mallorie Dunn. She launched Smart Glamour in 2014. Smart Glamour morphed into what it is today after many discussions about body image issues and the lack of accurate representation of women, femmes, and non binary folks in the media.

Ashley Nell Tipton

Most of you already know Ashley from Project Runway. However, Last year Ashley launched her namesake line and this year she debut her spring/summer collection. 

Bawdy Love Clothing

This line was created by Candace Frank and Gwendah Van Allan.They offer tops, bralettes, and harnesses. Their mission is clothing liberation for every Bawdy. Their goal is  to provide an extremely precise method of sizing for every body to deliver the best possible fit across a huge spectrum of body types.  Every piece is handmade locally, and directly overseen by us to ensure the best possible quality.

We know that there are many more independent plus size designers out there. So, if you’re one or know of one that was not mentioned, please leave a comment and we will add them to our list. 

Originally posted on July 23, 2018 and updated on December 4, 2020


  1. July 23, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I thank you for informing me of the beautiful independent fashion designers and I would love to support. But, I know one of the main reasons I do not shop with independent designers/boutiques is they are too expensive. As a plus side lady (size 16) & a single parent, I just don’t have the needed funds to pay upwards of $70 for one item of clothing. I don’t pay that much for one item in at the stores I do regular. I am able to still buy in the misses sections in retail stores and then I’m shopping during sales. I would love to support the designers- especially black owned companies, and maybe I will be able to in the future. But as of now, I have to get the most bang for my buck.

  2. July 23, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    I can only speak for myself, but it’s not that I don’t want lovely indie designer pieces. It’s that I don’t have the budget to support that. I have to rely on resale for that.

  3. July 26, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    I’ve bought items from Universal Standard and All 67, which I think of as higher end independent designers. The reason I don’t buy from most plus size shops is because I’m looking for 1) things I can wear to work and 2) quality items that will last. I’m too old to go clubbing so workwear is where I invest in.

    Most of the plus size brands I see sell items I can’t wear to work. Everything is super trendy and for special occasions. So, I don’t mind paying a little more for getting something that’s good quality.

    Having said that though, I don’t want to look like a grandma and I still want to wear items that are flattering and make me feel/look good.

  4. February 18, 2019 / 10:30 am

    A very good platform, and really great that girls are becoming more and more aware of new trends in the world of fashion plus sizes. This is one of my favorite clothing stores store.highfashionplus.com plus size sizes.

  5. Jules
    March 5, 2020 / 9:27 am

    I feel like what’s missing from plus size designers are styles geared for teens and college students. I realize that may be because that demographic desires lower priced clothing but they still want clothes that are stylish as well as fit and flatter their body. I applaud American Eagle for expanding their size range, but a girl needs more options. What designers are working with the younger crowd in mind and what stores will carry their clothes?

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