Holigay Gift Guide: Fat, Plus Size, Chubby and Thick Fashion for You or a Friend

I love clothes, and I’d love to get clothes as gifts for the holidays, but it can be hard trusting your friends to buy you stuff that will fit and will look good. It can especially be really fucking frustrating finding awesome, fashionable and comfortable plus size clothes. I’m so used to seeing “plus size fashion” guides that only cover up to a size 10 or 12, and although I love my chubby, curvy and slightly fat sisters and siblings, y’all aren’t the only ones who want to look good. With that in mind, everything in this list comes in at least a size 3X (at least at the time I’m writing this).


Now, most of my wardrobe is made up of dresses. I’ve worn pants in public like three times since the last A-Camp. Finding dresses that are both stylish and fit me in stores here in the town I live is basically impossible, so I end up buying most of mine online.


Like a Lucky Lady Dress in Damask

This dress is so gorgeous; with its elegant black and white design, you’ll stand out at any christmas party.

Notable Newbie Dress

I love the super cute retro feel that this dress has to it. Just put on some cat-eye glasses and you’re totally on your way to cultivating that sexy librarian look.

Rad to the Bone Dress

Or maybe you want to send the message that you’re not really full of holiday cheer. If that’s the case, this dress with its skeleton print is perfect for you.

Floral Print Bodycon Dress

I’m always a huge fan of florals, and this is a pretty cute dress if you’re looking for something that will show off your curves.


High-Low Sweater Dress or Floral Lace Bodycon Dress

If you’re the type of person who wears dresses, the little black dress is a necessity, and fat people shouldn’t be left out of that. Here are two simple options for a great LBD, depending on if you want something more fun or slightly more conservative.


Of course, not every plus size shopper is looking for dresses. Maybe you’re more the shirts-and-pants type of person.

Mew Aint Seen Nothing Yet Top

Who doesn’t want a collar with cute cat faces on it?

Hedgehogs and Kisses Sweater

It took me a really long time to figure out  how emoji work, so I would just make up my own, often involving hedgehogs (hedgehog hugging a grasshoper emoji, hedgehog doing a secret handshake emoji, etc.), so I’m a big fan of this sweater. It’s just as adorable as the cat shirts we see all the time, only this one has a Hedgehog.

Wine Appreciation Sweater in Goldenrod

Obviously, wearing a sweater over a collared shirt is a great look. This sweater does all the busy work for you and still gives you that same classic look in one great top.

Gather, Rinse, Repeat Top in Stone

If you want a simple top that you can wear on those days you don’t want to spend an hour getting ready, this is a great choice. It’s perfect for lounging around the house or going on a casual date.

From What I Can Galaxy Top

Everybody loves outer space, right? Here’s a cool space-themed t-shirt.


Jem Sleigh Faux Ugly Christmas Sweater

Jem and the Holograms are awesome, and if you want to show that you’re a sweet fashion icon/rock star/superhero who also loves the holidays, this is perfect for you.

Autostraddle T-Shirts


These two amazing Autostraddle-brand shirts come in sizes up to 2XL, how great is that? So whether you identify as a fat misandrist or a fat Tomboy Femme, you really should check out the Autostraddle store. Seriously, if I can’t wear a dress, you can make sure that I’ll be wearing an Autostraddle shirt.


A plaid button up is a great look, and it’s a total queer classic. Us bigger girls shouldn’t feel left out.


Photo Exhibit Top and Bonfire Stories Tunic in Scarlet Plaid from Modcloth and Studded Collar Plaid Shirt and Plaid Shirt from Torrid

Here are four great options for plaid button ups. This is one of the most versatile options if you’re a queer lady looking for a top.


Tenure Track Star Blazer

Blazers are great, plaid is great, why not combine the two? Plus it’s got those cute patches on the elbows!


Tartan Plaid Bodycon Dress

Or maybe you’re a femme looking for a cute plaid dress.

Pants and Skirts


Dark Rinse High Waisted Skinny Jean

Here are a few options for skinny jeans from Lane Bryant depending on if you like them black, coated or if you prefer high waisted. You do You.


There’s also slim boot jeans if you don’t do the whole skinny thing or the 6th & Lane Moto Skinny Pant and these Faux Leather Pants if you want a non-jeans option.


Essential Elegance Skirt in Purple

This double tiered circle skirt to give you that great silhouette.

Ikebana for all Skirt in Floral

Go for this one if you’re looking for a brighter, more floral option.



Black Illusion Bra and Panty Set

If you’re looking for bras, you couldn’t find a better place than Big Girls Bras, which has bras going all the way up to size 58J. They’ve got sports bras, lingerie, underwire, strapless bras and any other type of bra you’re looking for. Another good option is Lane Bryant, who carries Cacique Intimates in bra sizes all the way up to 54d and underwear up to size 5X.

Other stuff

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Sometimes, though, you don’t just want clothes that will make your body look awesome, you also want to see other awesome fat ladies doing their thing. That’s where this category comes in. As far as movies go, check out Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson (along with a whole bunch of other super funny and talented ladies) in Bridesmaids, the non-stop fun musical Hairspray, and the documentary I Am Divine about the legendary drag queen. For music, go back a few years and check out Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly. Or, if reading’s more your thing, you can check out the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion edited by Virgie Tovar.


If you want to decorate your room with fictional fat icons, you couldn’t go wrong with this Ursula doll from The Little Mermaid, or you could go with the only modern day fat cartoon icon who could possibly begin to fill her plus-size shoes, Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time.

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Mey Rude is a fat, trans, Latina lesbian living in LA. She's a writer, journalist, and a trans consultant and sensitivity reader. You can follow her on twitter, or go to her website if you want to hire her.

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  1. Dear Krampus, For Solstice I want somebody to take me to the Morbid Anatomy museum while I’m wearing that skeleton dress, please and thank you.

  2. I love you all and I love all these clothes. Dammit Modcloth with their expensive international shipping, though.

  3. This is awesome! Would you consider doing one on cute lounging/comfy clothes? I struggle with this b/c when I get home, I just put on my pjs – but then i feel like a big slob. Part of the problem is that i wear dresses/skirts all the time – so i don’t really own cute pants, which are easier to lounge about in.

  4. This is so awesome, Mey! Thank you. I actually just bought myself both of those AS shirts and I’m super excited to wear them! :D

    Also, Bare Necessities is a good place to shop online for plus-size bras! They sell non-plus-size as well, and I’m not sure how high up they go, size-wise, but I’ve been pretty happy with the 40Ds I’ve gotten there.

  5. You have SUCH good style, I’m bookmarking this for later so I can style thief the hell out of it. Thank you, Mey!

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