Being big and tall can make cloth shopping difficult. Not only is it hard to find clothes that fit, but it is also more difficult to find clothes that are fashionable. There are options out there. You just need to know where to shop. If you’re looking for plus size clothing for women, be sure to check out our other post on the best places to shop plus size for women.
What We'll Cover
In this article, a list of 14 stores with the best big and tall sections will be revealed. The list is broken down into clothing categories to help you find exactly what you need. Learning where to shop can save you time, money, and frustration, so read on to learn more.
Who’s considered Big and Tall?
In the fashion industry, If an XL Shirt feels too tight for you, and you are over 6’3”, then you may be a great candidate to shop at Big and Tall stores. Big and Tall stores and sections offer sizes greater than XL with longer sleeves, rise, and pants.
The 14 Best Big and Tall Stores
There are more and more options for big and tall shoppers these days. To make shopping easier, 14 of the best stores with big and tall offerings have been identified. The list is broken down into specific categories to guide your search:
- Department Stores
- Brand Name Stores
- Sportswear and Outdoor Wear Stores
- Online Only Stores
- Big and Tall Only Stores
There are more options than most people think. After all, even brand name retailers are beginning to expand their offerings to include clothes for big and tall individuals.
Some department stores have responded better to the needs of the big and tall shopper. The options listed below tend to have the most offerings. Some may not always have many options in-store but will online. In general, it will always be easier to shop online for specialty measurements.
The following department stores are known for their big and tall options:
Department stores are a great option when you need whole outfits or are looking for brand names. They will also have accessories like belts and shoes. The options provided vary in cost and clothing categories available.
The big and tall offerings at Macy’s are expansive if you shop online. Searching on Macy’s website for big and tall options will lead you directly to a big and tall page. Any of the items shown on that page are available in big and tall sizes. You will not have to click on items only to be disappointed by the size options.
There are over 1,500 big and tall options on Macy’s online store. You can find essentials like socks, belts, and underwear, but Macy’s also carries some options for almost all your wardrobe needs. Searching through their catalog will allow you to choose from all sorts of clothing, including:
- Dress Clothes
- Casual Wear
- Formal Wear
- Jackets and Coats
Macy’s is a good place to find all the stylish name brands like Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Kenneth Cole, Micheal Kors, and many more. That being said, not all of the items these brands offer will come in big and tall sizes, so make sure to stay on the big and tall page.
Macy’s is a good place to shop for almost all your needs because they have clothes for every situation. Macy’s prices are also moderately affordable, and their offerings are often stylish and modern.
Nordstrom is often considered one of the more fashion-forward department stores. Their prices can be the highest of the department stores, but the quality of their offerings is worth the added cost if you can afford it. Your best bet with Nordstrom is to use their online store.
If you search for big and tall options on Nordstrom’s website, you will find over 3,500 results. Every article of clothing that Nordstrom carries is a brand name, and some of the brand names that have big and tall offerings might even be new to you. Nordstrom is known for quality and luxury, so it may be worth it to check out new brands.
Nordstrom’s offering of big and tall clothing, like their other offerings, mostly focus on the fitted fashion trends. If you prefer more casual fit items, you might want to look at one of the other department stores.
Walmart is, of course, the most affordable of the department stores. They have some formal and semi-formal offerings, but their claim to fame is affordable essentials, which includes:
- Casual Wear
As in most cases, you will want to use their online shop to see the most options for your big and tall needs.
Once on Walmart’s big and tall webpage, you will be able to filter the products by what you are looking for. Choose from jeans, casual shirts, activewear, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, pants, jackets, outerwear, sleepwear, robes, sweatshirts, hoodies, occupational apparel, underwear, socks, and even swimwear.
Walmart is known for its affordability. If you are looking for certain brand names or formalwear, you will need to search elsewhere. Walmart is a great option to stock up on essentials without breaking the bank.
Brand Name Stores
Brand Name stores are, for the most part, new to the big and tall market. You may be pleasantly surprised by some of the brand names that offer stylish and affordable options.
Brand name clothing does tend to cost more. If you are trying to boost the style of your wardrobe, the added cost can be validated if you know you will find clothes that fit as well as they look. The following brand name stores made this list:
- Eddie Bauer
- Old Navy
There are many more brand name retailers with big and tall sections. Always check your favorite brands to see if they have expanded their offerings.
Eddie Bauer’s claim to fame is its ruggedness and the sense of adventure associated with its brand. They have a large variety of styles and colors to choose from. Their offerings range from casual wear to semi-formal clothing for work. Most of Eddie Bauer’s offerings are affordable, but they do have higher-end options available.
Eddie Bauer’s online store lists over 300 options for big and tall shoppers. Most of the items are available in different colors. You can not sort the items by the article of clothing, but you can use the built-in filters to sort items by:
- Customer Rating
Most of Eddie Bauer’s big and tall offerings are casual wear and athletic wear. They do not offer any dress clothes or formal wear, and they do not have many options for essentials and sleepwear.
Old Navy has been a leader in providing timeless and comfortable casual wear for a long time. While they take care to keep up with fashion trends, Old Navy clothing never goes out of style. The Old Navy is also known for its affordability.
Old Navy’s offerings are limited in that they do not offer much as far as dress clothing. They do offer a good selection of shoes, belts, and other essentials that are available in big and tall sizes. The retailer is also known for its sales.
Levis is known around the world for its jeans. One of the several brand names with big and tall options, Levis sets itself apart by solving the age-old issue of finding jeans that fit. You will pay a bit more for their jeans than some of the other stores on this list. However, many would argue that the value of a good pair of fitting jeans is priceless.
Levis does sell more than jeans. The retailer also has a wide selection of big and tall sizes for its jackets and t-shirts.
Sportswear and Outdoor Wear Stores
Finding sportswear and outdoor wear designed for big and tall shoppers is a challenge. Most department stores opted for only big and tall options, and many designers do not even make big and tall apparel.
For this list, three different brands with distinct offerings were selected:
- Duluth Trading Co.
There are many other sportswear, activewear, and outdoor wear retailers with big and tall offerings. If your favorite did not make this list, it is still worth it to check their online store. The brands chosen have a good amount of options, and each is known to specialize in either sportswear, activewear, or outdoor wear.
Columbia’s brand is centered on high-quality activewear that is also fashionable. This craftsmanship does come with a price, but you will not mind as much once you see how long Columbia apparel lasts.
Search for big and tall clothing on Columbia’s website, and you will be shown over 200 items. There is an option to sort and filter by size and by item. Columbia’s activewear selection includes jackets and vests, shirts, bottoms, and fishing clothes.
Columbia is the best option for durable and long-lasting outdoor wear available in big and tall sizes. Columbia’s clothing is also fashionable and designed to fit comfortably.
Champion has the most variety of big and tall athleticwear out of all the options mentioned in this list. Champion’s clothing ranges in price from affordable to medium-priced. Champion is your best bet for athletic-inspired casual wear, such as:
- Basketball Shorts
- Running Clothes
Champion has created a big and tall shop within its website, so you do not need to search around for items that are available in the right size. Once on that page, you can still filter by the type of fit, size, color, price, sleeve length, and neck design. There is also a “best for” option that allows you to search for leisure wear or sportswear.
Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Co. is a newer company whose advertising campaigns have been focused on comfort and fit. It is no surprise to find that they have an expansive big and tall section. Duluth Trading Co. clothing is geared towards the everyday blue-collar worker and outdoorsmen.
The other good news about Duluth Trading Co. is that all of its offerings are affordable. If you are really looking to cut costs, you can use their online shopping platform to find the cheapest options. While most of their offerings are geared towards function and utility, they also have a good selection of casual wear.
Duluth Trading Co.’s website also has its own big and tall page. As always, start your search here so you know the options you see will be available in your size. They have nearly 300 options for big and tall shoppers.
Duluth Trading Co. has developed its apparel with comfort in mind. Their offerings are by no means slim or custom fit. They design everything with the assumption it will be worn to work or out in the yard. While their offerings are stylish, you will not find any clothes for a night at an upscale restaurant.
Online-only stores offer the largest variety of options and styles. Buyer beware. Always take your time when shopping with these large online retailers. Below are some tips for using these online mega marts:
- Know your measurements, and only buy items that list all of the measurements
- Verify the seller of items you are interested in
- Take your time and be patient to avoid spending too much or getting incorrect items
The benefit to online-only stores is the number of options, but always be sure to look at the product specifications closely. Be sure to read reviews from other customers as well, as this could save you the hassle and frustration of receiving something that is not what you wanted.
Amazon surely has the largest selection of all the retailers. Prices will always range on Amazon, but if you are looking to save money, Amazon is a good place to start. You will need to be patient, and it is not recommended to shop big and tall on Amazon without knowing your measurements.
Shopping on Amazon could lead you to some gems that are out of reach for most big and tall shoppers. You just have to take the time to search around. Amazon is a great place to find brand name options at lower prices.
Searching big and tall on Amazon’s website will yield you over six thousand options, making it a great option for more obscure items. What this means is accessories like belts and jewelry will be the easiest to find on Amazon.
Big and Tall Only Stores
Fortunately, there are already a few stores that specialize in big and tall clothing. You can be sure that they will understand the difference between big, tall, and big and tall.
More and more stores are expanding their big and tall options, but big and tall only stores will always be the best place to shop for most big and tall shopper needs.
We have selected three big and tall only stores for this list:
- Big and Tall Outlet
- Frank’s Big and Tall
- Westport Big & Tall
Westport Big & Tall
Big and tall only stores are great places to shop, not only because you know everything will fit, but because you know the sales associates will understand how big and tall sizing works.
Big and Tall Outlet
Big and Tall Outlet has been around for nearly fifty years. They are without a doubt the most comprehensive option for big and tall shoppers. It does not hurt that they are also very affordable.
Big and Tall Outlet has all your basics and essentials covered. Here are a few of the clothing items you can purchase from Big & Tall Outlet:
- Pants and Shorts
- Shirts, Jackets, Coats, and Sweaters
- Robes, Slippers, Pajamas, Socks, and Underwear
- Athletic Apparel
If your wardrobe is in need of almost everything except formalwear, Big and Tall Outlet is the place to shop. Their online shop allows you to search by department or narrow down exactly what you are looking for.
Frank’s Big and Tall
Frank’s Big and Tall is family-owned and has been around for over a century. They carry many brand name options. Frank’s Big and Tall is the second most comprehensive of the retailers that only cater to the big and tall market. Their options range from socks, shoes, and accessories to a wide variety of shorts, shirts, pants, and jackets.
Frank’s Big and Tall prices range from affordable to moderate. They also have in-house tailoring services. Their website also has links to a blog that can help keep you up to date on the latest fashions available in big and tall sizes. The easiest way to search on their website is by brand or by item.
Westport Big & Tall’s specialization in big and tall clothing makes it one of the best sources for big and tall clothing. The only drawback is that Westport’s prices border on medium to high-end. If you can afford the added expense, it is well worth it.
Westport Big & Tall sources from a variety of brands. Their offerings are mostly geared towards semi-formal professional clothing to formalwear. Their online store is a great tool for putting together a stylish wardrobe. You can search for individual items or shop for outfits. Westport Big & Tall is only available online.
Westport Big & Tall offers waist sizes from 36 to 60 and from size XL to 6XL. They have a great selection of jeans and outerwear. They offer a wide variety of brand names you may know, and many you may not. Rest assured knowing everything is designed for the big and tall shopper.
How to Take Your Big and Tall Measurements
Before you go shopping, it may be advantageous to take your exact measurements. Measuring yourself also comes in handy for when shopping for big and tall clothes online. Please see our graphic guide below to learn how to measure yourself: