I’ve been over 5’10” since I was 12. To say that I was a plus size teen is an understatement. I was tall, large and in varying stages of puppy fat between an Australian size 12 to 18 the entire time. I was thinking about that the other weekend when my nieces visited. Tall, slim girls they have the issue of length when it comes to buying clothes.
It made me think of the plus girls out there.
When I was a teenager there weren’t a lot of options shopping wise. I remember losing a bit of weight in my senior years and finding that I could fit back into the main stream stores who by this stage were regularly stocking a 14/16. What a relief! Bye bye peasant skirts and men’s board shorts.
Luckily teens these days (yay, I said that, I’ve become my mother) have lots more options. LOTS. And while I think you should get your staple items from the excellent Australian brands I listed in my post about minimalist plus size clothing, a teenage girl wants to be fashionable, to wear what her friends are wearing, to be cool. Aunty Suger has your back team, let’s shop.
With stores throughout the USA, this brand is established and can be counted on to deliver on trend basics for reasonable prices. The shopping to Australia can be a killer so subscribe to the newsletter for discounted shipping days or split an order with a friend. A shopping tip, I wear my standard Australian size in their denim and the majority of the range. Check out online reviews for more information. There are plenty!
Shop the range at Torrid online.
I love Forever 21+ for modern, on trend pieces. The pricing of the range puts it on par with the likes of Supre and such in Australia. Postage is reasonably fast and affordable. As a size 22/24 I find I’m at the very top of the size chart and would recommend this store for sizes 20 and below. Recently Australian stores have opened but the pricing isn’t on par with the online store and the range is better online. Shop by the look is another great online feature for those developing their own style.
Shop the Forever 21 Plus range here.
Myer – Youth Plus
Stocking some great Australian brands, MYER allows for trying on of items in store or ordering online when convenient. From t-shirts and basics to Levi Plus denim, MYER stocks a range of items that will top up the trend items with much-needed basics and cool one-off pieces.
Shop the MYER Youth Plus range here.
This store isn’t going to be for everyone, parents may want to scope it out first for those under-age shoppers with slogan t-shirts that are awesome, if not a little swear-jary. Plenty of options including the crop styles that are currently so on trend. The bodycon (the figure hugging styles) aren’t an immediate choice for most shopping for the self-conscience teen, but they make great layering pieces and shouldn’t be overlooked. Affordable items that are fun and on trend. You’ll love Rebdolls for that.
Shop Rebdolls here.
My fashion forward friends in blog world turned me on to Misguided Plus and they were so right. By all accounts the sizing is generous, especially in the styles designed to be oversized. Check out the charts and online reviews because you may find that you need to size down here on some items and up on others. I like to compare this range to the festival chic styling of Sportsgirl with the added punk you just can’t buy here. Loads of cool items that will raise your fashion game no matter your size.
Shop the Misguided Plus range on their site here.
A little note about your plus size teen if you’re a parent, guardian or concerned adult type person. Leave them alone. That’s my hot tip. Live well, be an example and leave them alone. I don’t know if you’ve ever been the fat kid, but when you remind them they’re different, you aren’t telling them anything they didn’t know. I speak from experience. We KNOW we don’t fit in and sometimes that hurts. So be cool, love us and let your ideas about what we ‘should be’ go.
Chief Blogger at Suger Coat It; An Australian lifestyle blog for women who work for themselves. Melissa is a social media consultant & lover of stripes. Most weekends you’ll find her at the beach or home on the veranda kicking back. Around here, they call her Suger. Feel free to do the same.