Women who have worn plus size clothing most of their lives know that shopping for clothes can be a frustrating experience. Generally speaking, when you go to town to visit the one store that exclusively carries clothing in larger sizes, you do not like many of the styles that are available to you, or worse, you find something you like, but they do not have it in your size. With that being the only store in the town that stocks clothes of these sizes, you have no other options to find that piece of clothing anywhere else, meaning shopping for this size clothing can be an exercise in aggravation.
Furthermore, whilst these stores may appear to carry a lot of items, you have to take into account the fact that each item is displayed multiple times and you really do not have as many options as it would first appear. If you go to a large, chain store, then your options are reduced even further, with only a small selection of the clothes usually being available in plus sizes.
To make matters worse, many of these stores often put the plus size clothing section right next to the maternity section, which can seem offensive considering that not all pregnant women where larger sized clothing or are overweight, which brings up the next subject that more retailers should consider that women who wear larger sized clothes normally get pregnant, too. Very few retailers carry maternity clothing for this eventuality, meaning that you have to go to a store that specializes in plus size maternity clothing to find anything remotely stylish. Simply putting the maternity section next to the plus size section does not increase the variety, only customer anger.
The solution to this problem, though, is to shop online, where you can get a whole lot more variety. There are more stores, more items, many more sizes and you can shop from the comfort of your own home. Since online retailers do not have the same space restrictions and general overheads as traditional stores, they can have a much larger selection and often offer it at cheaper prices.
However, that can be easier said than done. If you are attached to a particular brand of plus size clothing, you may find an online shop that does not carry it. Thus, you may have to shop at multiple online stores to get what you really want. It is difficult to find an online store that offers everything, but they generally have a better selection than your traditional store.
The other issue that you may have is with sizing, which tends to vary greatly in womens clothing. Some online stores offer interactive photos so you can try the clothes on and get an idea of how you will look in them, however, you should still look at an online stores sizing chart so that you can understand how their clothing will fit you. Also, be sure to verify the online shops return policy, as the only thing worse than getting sent an ill fitting piece of clothing is not being able to send it back.
With more variety and options than traditional brick-and-mortar stores, online shopping is by far the best way to go in your search for plus size clothing.