Shopping For That Perfect Plus Size Halloween Costume – The 2014 Edition

It’s that time of the year again where many of us are looking for a plus size Halloween costume.  And like last year’s report, we want to share what we know in regards to what’s out there as well as offer tips to make costume shopping as easy as possible.

plus size halloween costume

From left to right: Domino Dollhouse, Torrid, Yandy.com, OneStopPlus

Before you start shopping for that perfect plus size Halloween costume, here’s some tips to keep in mind:

Sizing/Fit:

– Many costumes run small, so beware. Always know your measurements and look at size charts carefully. KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS. Sizes run so inconsistently across the board so knowing your measurements is key in finding the correct size for yourself.

– Familiarize yourself with different costume brands out there such as Leg Avenue, Dreamgirls, Charades, and others, and do your research on how their sizing runs. Google is your friend on this one.

– While conducting research, a great thing to do is check customer reviews on product pages of costumes you come across. You’d be surprised at the wealth of information you can find there.

– Check out blogs and plus size fashion groups on Facebook as well as checking out Instagram via hashtags like #plussizehalloween and #plussizecostumes. In these forums, you can ask questions about sizing/fit and also read what others have said regarding brands and retailers.

Last year, I mentioned one blog that I found very helpful when putting this article together and she is back this year with her own plus size Halloween costume post this year – AffatshionistaHer blog post focuses mainly on costumes that are a size 4X and above, which is great, as many plus size women above a size 3X often feel ignored and frustrated at the lack of options available in their size. You can check out Affatshionista‘s post by clicking here.

Where to Look:

– Don’t be afraid to check websites like eBay and Etsy if you have no luck at the usual retailers. You never know what gem you can find.

– You can “build” your own costume (depending on what you would like to dress up as) by looking at regular retailers that sell gothic clothing, lingerie and other clothing that relates to the theme you’re trying to go for.

One great site to check out is Mystic Crypt. They specialize in plus size gothic clothing, dresses and rockabilly clothing. They also sell accessories including purses. They offer clothing in sizes 1X – 5X and if you’re a new customer, you get 5% off your order.

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SWAK Designs also has a Halloween inspired lookbook on their site that takes some of their clothing and shows how they can be used to create Halloween costume ideas. They offer up to a size 6X and their pieces are affordable. You can view the lookbook here.

SWAK Halloween lookbook

– Referencing Affatshionista‘s blog again, she has a section in her post about DIY costumes, which is another costume option, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. There are plenty of DIY sites out there and if you have the time and are feeling inspired, GO FOR IT. Just google “DIY plus size halloween costumes”. If you sew, even better!

– Check out thrift stores. They’re great places to find unique things and you may end up with a better costume than one that you would buy from a retailer.

With that said, there’s still time to find that perfect costume in your size – here’s a list of retailers online who offer plus size costumes:

Torrid – Offers costumes up to a 3/4, as well as t-shirts, shoes, accessories and hosiery.

Domino Dollhouse – offers costumes in up to a size 4X, as well as accessories including masks.

Yandy.com – offers costumes in up to a size 4X and there’s a big selection to choose from.

Party City – offers costumes up to a size 4X. They also have their costumes categorized in such a great, easy way. They even carry Men’s plus size costumes for that big and tall man in your life.

Spirit Halloween– some costumes go up to a size 4X and some are sized by one size called PLUS. According to their size chart, PLUS means a size 14-16.

One Stop Plus – offers costumes up to a size 4X and they have a huge assortment of costumes. They also offer accessories (including makeup), hosiery and shoes.

Walmart – offers some affordable options in Halloween costumes. However, they only offer up to a size 20W.

Hips & Curves – offers costume kits, accessories, bloomers, petticoats and great looks for Victorian themes, fairytales and more. Many up to a size 6X (including their corsets).

Frederick’s of Hollywood – offers a small selection up to a size 3X but worthy of a look.

Last tip: Don’t wait until the last minute! Most retailers need at least 2 weeks to process and ship your costume; unless you want to pay for express shipping, which may be costly. So have fun, rock your costume and enjoy Halloween!

Are you dressing up for Halloween? If yes, what is your costume going to be? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.