As someone who lives in a fat body, I am used to paying a fat tax for clothing. Generally speaking, larger sizes tend to cost more than standard sizes. There are several reasons for this – material, labour and also the fact they have a niche in the market so know that people are often willing to spend more money to get their hands on the items that they want. In general, I don’t usually mind paying a bit extra for clothing (within reason) because I do know that the costs for making items can be higher. However, this does mean that finding real budget pieces in plus sizes can be difficult.
That said, the task isn’t impossible – you just need to be a bit of a savvy shopper!
Shop The Sales
If your luck is anything like mine the sale will always come when you’re about 2 days away from pay day and living off the coins you have found down the back of the sofa. However, if you do have funds when a sale comes around it can be a great help! ASOS and New Look personally have some of the better sales I have found – I picked up 5 skater dresses from New Look for £45 which were delivered a few days ago. Yours Clothing, Simply Be and Lady V London are sales that I have been found to shop at on a regular basis to.
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Everything 5 Pounds is a really great find for budget shopping, although if you’re above a size 26 sometimes the items can be a bit lacking. I did pick up a size 32 grey skater dresses from here for £5 the other day. The website holds old stock from a number of different brands, so you don’t know which retailer you are buying from before it arrives. It can be hard to judge sizes, but for a fiver you can’t really go wrong! I’m also a fan of Crazy Clearance, which stocks old Simply Be and Fashion World items for cheap! Fair enough, you’re not going to get the newest fashions with any of these websites, but they come with purse friendly price tags, which is always a good thing!
I feel like the supermarkets are overlooked when it comes to plus size ranges. The websites have some good pieces but if you can visit an actual store you’ll often find loads. I have found that Asda sizes in particular are generous, so if you shop in store you may find something that you can make work, even if it technically has a smaller size label.
Where do you go for your bargain pieces?