When I was designing plus size focused clothing lines, one of the most common requests that I received to make gender neutral plus size clothing for larger sizes. I remember hearing folks bemoan suits that never fit right or wanting to wear a button down shirt but not finding one that fit over their chest. As feminine leaning plus size clothing options have continued to increase ten fold, clothing that is more masculine in style but accommodates for a larger body are still hard to find.
But do not fear! There are few brands and designers out there making androgynous and gender neutral plus size clothing in varying sizes. These designers make everything from leather harnesses and statement tee to custom suits and vintage-inspired swimwear so there’s a little something for everybody.
Brands To Shop For Androgynous and Gender Neutral Plus Size Clothing
1. BeefCake Swimwear
Beefcake Swimwear is one of J’s fat masculine summer essentials as you can see pictured above! If you’re looking for a 1920’s wool swimsuit – they have you covered! The brand got their from a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal by 300% in Spring of 2017. Everything is handmade and sewn right in Portland.
2. Dapper Boi
I first learned about Dapper Boi from a Facebook ad so the algorithm finally got me right. The brand was founded by Vicky Pasche and her wife Charisse in response to Vicky’s challenge to find androgynous clothing that fit a curvier body. They launched on Kickstarter in 2015 and exceeded their funding goal. They currently carry up to a size 4XL in tops and sizes 26-48 (waist size) in jeans with plans to expand as they grow.
3. Bindle & Keep
If you spend way too much time looking at queer wedding photos (guilty as charged) you’ve probably already seen Bindle & Keep’s work. They make bespoke suits for all genders creating a 30-point fit profile. Learn more about their story in the HBO documentary, Suited.
4. Kidd Bell
Kidd Bell is the feminist driven e-commerce site stocking pieces from 70 independent artists & markers including the site’s founder, Whitney Bell. She described certain pieces on her site as “exclusive femme-powered pieces” to Refinery29. The shop is a favorite of Buzzfeed’s Jazzmyne Jay. She released an exclusive line of berets with the brand earlier this year.
5. Steer Queer
Steer Queer is a Pittsburgh-based accessory brand that recently teamed up with queer sewist Glitter Grandpa to create custom gender-neutral boxers. Because they are made to order based on your measurements, they can be made for any size and body type. I personally got to try their gender neutral boxers for myself and found the fit to be amazing!
6. Haute Butch
Haute Butch is a brand that offers masculine-leaning fashion for studs, androgynous, butch and trans individuals. They carry everything from “The Lesbian Suit” to the ultimate button-down white shirt that fits up to a 6XL. Search their plus size offerings under the category “XX Haute Butch”.
7. Green Box Shop
When Kayla Robinson couldn’t find any social justice tees that were bold enough for her, she started making her own. Green Box Shop has grown leaps and bounds thanks to one of her designs being worn by Frank Ocean at Panorama Music Fest last year. You can shop tees by categories that include feminism, race, nature and LGBTQ+ and most tees are available up to a 3XL.
Like many of the brands on this list, TomboyX was created based on a need that co-owners Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez couldn’t fill elsewhere. They wanted to make underwear that wasn’t limited by size or gender. TomboyX now offers boxers, sports bras, t-shirts, loungewear, and gender neutral swimwear up to a size 4X. Their new neutrals line features five shades of nude and was modeled by a range of models falling into the brand’s full size range.
J Aprileo Weighs in On Accessibility of Gender Neutral Plus Size Clothing
J Aprileo of Comfy Fat is a blogger who knows all about this struggle. I interviewed J (who uses they/them pronouns) about what it’s like shopping as a nonbinary size 28/30 babe. J says their size isn’t carried in any store which makes shopping online the only option.
And that presents another challenge: J splits their shopping experience evenly between “mens” and “womens” stores. Women’s clothing works best for pants and shorts while the mens section is better for shirts and jackets.
“I find it strange now to think that people actually believe all bodies should be shaped one certain way if you’re a man or a woman… Bodies are all so different, how can we assume one type of cut of clothing will fit or FEEL the best?” J Aprileo of Comfy Fat
J points out that gender neutral often leans more masculine than neutral and many of these options are not available in plus sizes. Brands like Wildfang and Androgynous Fox are two such brands that J says wish made their pieces above a size 2X.
During my research, I discovered the UK-based brand Gender Free World. They design based on body type. This is such a cool concept but they only make pieces up to the equivalent of a size US 18. And personally, I’m waiting for STUZO to extend their designs beyond a XL.
This list is not only meant to be informational in terms of what already exists but hopefully a call to action for more designers to expand their sizes ranges. If there’s a designer or brand we missed, definitely let us know in the comments below!
And don’t forget if you are looking for LGBTQ-owned brands to support (many of who are also gender neutral), we’ve got you covered for that too!
Alysse Dalessandro is a plus size fashion blogger, writer, social influencer, designer, and professional speaker. After graduating with a double-major in Journalism and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, this entrepreneur is best known as the owner/designer for body positive fashion brand and personal style blog Ready to Stare. Her brand has become a haven for those whom fashion has otherwise ignored. It's a space where individual style is celebrated and breaking the rules is encouraged. Alysse has been featured on Good Morning America, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and more. She recently walked in dapperQ's fourth annual queer fashion show during New York Fashion Week.