15 Plus-Size Brands Making Sustainable & Ethical Fashion Available To Every Woman

Fair Trade Plus Size Clothing

For sustainable fashion to transition from niche to normal, it’s vital that fair fashion be accessible to everyone who wants to engage in it—and that it include thoughtfully made plus size clothing. For many women, the path to adopting the slow fashion movement is blocked as brands fail to offer inclusive sizes. 

Looking into the issue further, the problem often lies with the fact that so many sustainable brands are sole ventures or small, independent companies. But as the demand from conscious consumers has grown, so has the ethical fashion industry and its ability to offer broader and more inclusive product ranges. 

We were thrilled to find 15 sustainable brands offering ethically made plus size clothing for the curvy woman, from everyday basics to fabulous formalwear.

1. Hackwith Design House

Ethics | Made in the USA
Best For | One-of-a-kind plus size wardrobe staples
Price Range | $$–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 4XL

Hackwith Design House, or HDH, treads the line between trend-led and timeless; fusing classic silhouettes with current season details. Determined to support local industry and reduce waste, all HDH products are made in-house in their Minnesota studio by their own seamstresses. Looking for a statement jumpsuit or minimalist dresses you can wear in any season? Their extensive plus line has what you're looking for in sizes up to 4XL.

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Ethics | Fair Trade Certified collections, sustainable materials & practices
Best For | Natural & organic clothing
Price Range | $$$–$$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 3X

From Fair Trade and sustainable and organic fibers to a squeaky clean supply chain and a focus on human rights, EILEEN FISHER’s ethical approach is multi-faceted. In terms of aesthetics, expect effortless staples in muted tones. Not content with simply scaling up their size range a few notches, they have a dedicated Plus section, which is designed to be flawlessly proportioned for the perfect fit. The range runs up to a 3X.


3. Girlfriend Collective

Ethics | Uses recycled materials, SA8000 certified fair production practices
Best For | Plus size activewear
Price Range | $–$$
Sizes Available | Up to 6XL

Girlfriend Collective is a revolutionary activewear brand that’s using recycled plastic to create comfortable and durable leggings, sports bras, and tees that you’ll rewear time and time again. Their dedication to transparency is clear on their about page, where you can learn about the entire production process and read about the factory they partner with (and it’s fair labor initiatives and certifications). With sizes that go up to 6XL, this brand is designed to easily go with you wherever your next adventure calls you.

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4. Universal Standard

Ethics | Quality materials, fair labor standards, upcycling/recycling, gives back
Best For | Simple, effortless dresses
Price Range | $–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 40

Universal Standard knows that oftentimes, the world isn’t made for women above a certain size—they also know that’s outdated. So they’ve teamed up to craft the world’s most inclusive apparel brand for sizes 00 through 40. And you might need to see it to believe it, but they offer a “See It In Your Fit” option for each piece so you have more than just the one frame of reference. Change sizes? No problem. They offer a one-year warranty to swap and upcycle your clothes, no questions asked.

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5. Karen Kane

Ethics | Ethical production process, supply chain transparency
Best For | Plus size workwear
Price Range | $$–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 3X

‘Sustainability through longevity’ is a mantra of the family-run Karen Kane brand. Since launching in 1979, they’ve shown their commitment to creating a Made in the USA collections with almost all of their clothes being cut and sewn in LA. Boasting an “effortless style with a laid-back luxe California vibe,” Karen Kane’s clothing is feminine and versatile. In sizes up to a 3X, their Plus Apparel line covers everything from work wear to comfy bamboo basics.

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6. Kirrin Finch

Ethics | Uses sustainable & natural materials, made responsibly in the USA, gives back
Best For | Menswear-inspired, androgynous and tomboy style
Price Range | $$$
Sizes Available | Up to 24

If you’re on the hunt for menswear-inspired style with women’s fit, look no further than Kirrin Finch! Kirrin Finch creates dapper, androgynous button down shirts and pants that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. They make all of their products from sustainable materials in New York and support LGBTQ+ organizations through donations and events. Plus, as an LGBTQ+ owned company, they advocate for all gender identities and have a blog where they feature “Dapper Scouts”—stylish people who are also outstanding community ambassadors.

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7. Sotela

Ethics | Ethically-made, natural fabrics, recycled materials
Best For | Jumpsuits & bottoms
Price Range | $$$–$$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 30

Our bodies change on a daily basis, and the team behind Sotela wants us to champion that. Instead of feeling restricted or too loose, Sotela crafts stunning apparel that’s both size-inclusive and flexible for whenever we fluctuate. Ethically handmade in California using natural fabrics like tencel and linen, they use non-traditional sizing to promote inclusivity and comfort, rather than complicating our feelings with body image. Forgiving, flattering, and fairly made: a win-win for everyone.

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8. Hours

Ethics | Ethically-made, natural & sustainable materials, eco-friendly practices
Best For | Outerwear 
Price Range
| $$–$$$
Sizes Available | 14 to 28

Hours is all about low-impact but high-quality with their NYC-based brand for women, exclusively for sizes 14–28. With a range of simple tees to knit cardigans, there’s all kinds of pieces for your ideal capsule wardrobe. What we’re most obsessed with? Their outerwear—it’s effortless, made to last, and exceptionally functional. Because as they remind us, clothes are meant to fit you, not the other way around.

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9. DL1961

Ethics | Eco-friendly fabrication and materials
Best For | Denim
Price Range | $$$
Sizes Available | Up to 26

Everyone should have a quality pair of denim that they can turn to at a moment’s notice. Enter: DL1961. Their expanded sizing includes sizes 14–26, and features striking skinny jeans in multiple washes. The brand uses only eco-friendly fibers and innovative technology like Promodal and Refibra™ lyocell to reduce their impact on the planet. Plus, they use solar power for all their manufacturing. We’re excited about this collection, and are hopeful that DL1961 will continue to add inclusive sizing across more of their styles.

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Ethics | Made-to-order in Europe, fair labor standards
Best For | Plus size special occasion dresses
Price Range | $$$
Sizes Available | 14 to 36

Named after an ancient goddess embodying vitality, charm, and intelligence, IGIGI designs contemporary clothing that celebrates curves. Their dresses range from casual to formal, and their patterns and florals truly make them perfect for all occasions. Made in Europe from high-quality materials, IGIGI dresses add radiance to any woman's wardrobe. We love the variety of silhouettes and styles in IGIGI's store—and the fact that it’s made-to-order means your favorite style or size will never be out of stock again!


11. Elizabeth Suzann

Ethics | Made in USA, uses natural fibers
Best For | Capsule wardrobe pieces for plus sizes
Price Range | $$$–$$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 4XL

Elizabeth Suzann’s timeless collection is the embodiment of slow fashion—thoughtfully designed from natural fibers and manufactured in the USA, these pieces transcend season. We love their neutral, minimalist palette and that each piece is designed for function and comfort. When you add a staple piece from Elizabeth Suzann to your wardrobe, you’ll cherish it for years to come and breathe a sigh of relief because these beauties are always in style. Elizabeth Suzann’s Harlow series features sizing up to 4XL, and they’re working to expand their sizing so that more women can enjoy their classic pieces.

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12. Hope & Harvest

Ethics | Made locally or in small fair trade factories
Best For | Capsule wardrobe layering pieces
Price Range | $$–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to US 22

Australian plus-size brand Hope & Harvest operates locally and manufactures through fair trade agreements with small factories in order to ensure their workers' (and their families) well-being. Their chic, on-trend clothes are perfect layering pieces for seasonal capsule wardrobes. Their amazing patterns and unique cuts give each piece a bespoke feel. Plus, Hope & Harvest offers custom pieces for weddings and other special occasions, and design consultations if you live near their studio in Melbourne or via Skype.

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13. Diane Kennedy

Ethics | Made in Canada, eco-friendly, organic materials
Best For | Bamboo knit tops & tunics
Price Range | $$–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 3X

Diane Kennedy's clothing line emerged when she personally realized a need for sustainable, comfortable and well-fitting clothing for the plus size woman. Her classic pieces are designed specifically for curvy women and aim to celebrate every woman's shape. Made in Canada with eco-friendly and organic knits that are also made in Canada, these clothes will be the ethical wardrobe staples that you'll love wearing daily. We love Diane Kennedy's bold & classic basics, modern silhouettes, and luxuriously soft, travel-friendly organic bamboo knits.

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14. Alice Alexander

Ethics | Made in USA, uses US-made sustainable materials when possible
Best For | Colorful statement pieces for all sizes
Price Range | $$–$$$
Sizes Available | Up to 30, additional sizes custom-made at no extra charge

Alice Alexander’s whole brand ethos centers around inclusivity—without sacrificing quality or working conditions of the people making their clothing. Originally started as a brand for just plus-size women, Alice Alexander pivoted to include sizes 0 through 28 for the sake of not perpetuating the cycle of exclusivity. We especially love their willingness to create a garment just for you at no additional cost if your size is not offered. Their print-driven, colorful designs are modern and body-aware, and are made-to-order in Philadelphia.

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15. On The Plus Side

Ethics | Fair labor standards, sustainable practices
Best For | Wide selection, including plus size undergarments
Price Range | $$
Sizes Available | US 20 through US 48

On The Plus Side is committed to changing the plus-size fashion industry by offering a wide range of sustainably-made, stylish clothing designed to fit perfectly. On The Plus Side is manufactured in fair labor environments and is committed to sustainable practices in their production and at their headquarters. Over 90% of their clothing is made from eco-friendly, natural fibers, so you can fill your wardrobe with clothing that looks good and feels good. We love their range of clothing—from undergarments to outerwear, from dresses to denim, On The Plus Side has exactly what you're looking for.

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