Earth, Wind & Fire’s 21st of September has officially passed, and Autumn is here! One of the best seasons, in my opinion, because the chill allows for stylish layers with gorgeous accessories. Sometimes it’s hard to find the jacket or coat that speaks to you. Here are some jackets and coats that are gorgeous and may whisper to you just in time for fall and that fire ensemble you have waiting.
As cities worldwide gather to celebrate Pride this month, there’s no reason why the celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community needs to end once July 1 rolls around. Raising up and supporting LGBTQIA+ folks is something that you can and should do year-round. If you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, one easy way to show support is to shop with LGBTQIA+-owned brands that offer plus sizes.
Money talks and investing your dollars back to LGBTQIA+ -owned brands and designers allows these businesses to grow, thrive, and serve their community, all while outfitting you with some killer threads. Since I know the frustration of finding the perfect queer fashion piece and seeing the largest size offered is only a medium, I wanted to shine a light specifically on the LGBTQIA+ -owned boutiques and designers that either offer plus sizes or cater specifically to larger-bodied babes.
Awesome LGBTQIA+ Owned Brands That Offer Plus Sizes
1. Peau de Loup
Founded by Vancouverites Adelle Renaud (she/her) and Erin McLeod (she/her), Peau De Loup “originally set out to redefine feminine etiquette in womenswear by creating functional, well-made, timeless apparel. In the years since the company started its mission, we have expanded to create androgynous-style clothing designed for all bodies with curves regardless of gender identity”.
Sizing options go up to a size 20 in shirts (52” chest, 50” waist, 55” hips). Shop their LGBTQIA+ styles here!
2. Gay Pride Apparel
Gay Pride Apparel is an LGBTQIA+ and Mexican-American-owned brand committed to “A mission to create a community of empowered, authentic, and proud humans all over the world, all year long. We achieve this mission via our high-quality & ethically-made products and by representing almost all identities within the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Chromat designs structural lingerie, swimwear, and sportswear for plus size LGBTQIA+ folks. They are known for being one of the most inclusive brands to show at New York Fashion Week, showcasing a line featuring models who are plus size, transgender, non-binary, over the age of 50, and 72% of their models are people of color. They offer pieces up to a 4X.
4. Queer Gear
Queer Gear’s mission, “Finding stylish queer-related clothing is a minor struggle compared to the discrimination and isolation that millions of LGBTQIA+ members continue to face. Queer Gear is about bringing representation and awareness to this tenacious fight without stereotyping and helping every person show that there is unity in diversity.“
5. Trans Figure Print Co
Trans Figure Printing Company is a Michigan-based queer-owned LGBTQIA+ and size-inclusive printing company. Founded in 2017, founder Bailey and employee Riley have worked to create incredible designs rooted in trans pride, including their iconic gothic design, “Protect Trans Kids.” Shop their collections here, which go up to 5x.
6. Pride by Sammy
Pride by Sammy was founded by Sammy (she/her) “to help spread LGBTQIA+ pride! All of these designs are custom made by me, so you won’t find them anywhere else online. I created these tees in response to people in my life who have told me, “you’re just going through a phase,” or, “being gay is a choice.” I know I’m not alone in these experiences.
I wanted to make sure that all tees are produced ethically. Before printing, the tees are purchased wholesale from a 100% no sweatshop and environmentally responsible (WRAP certified) production facility and are all printed here in the U.S.
Ultimately, my goal was to create pride apparel that you’d be proud to wear.”
Shop Sammy’s designs here, sizes go up to 5XL.
7. FLAVNT Streetwear
“FLAVNT Streetwear is an Austin-based independent clothing brand for everyone within and anyone who supports the LGBTQ+ community. Started with the goal of creating clothes that promote confidence and pride, FLAVNT is all about being comfortable with who you are and flaunting that to the world. We promote this message of self-love and confidence through our designs and actions by supporting the LGBTQ community as a whole, as well as impacting individual lives through our fundraising initiatives.” A queer-owned shop, they offer sizing up to 4X!
The brand gc2b is a trans-owned company that creates accessible, comfortable, and safe binding options for trans people. Their binders are available in five shades of nude AND come in sizes XXS-5XL. Their “Pride” collections are available up to 5XL
9. HS+ MW
MW + HS is described as “A psychedelic cyber clown clothing for a post gendered world! This multitasking collection is Hester’s answer to the lack of fun and quirky nonbinary clothing in fashion today. Inspired by her queer identity, her muse, and partner Honey T. and the queer community at large, Hester created this line to open doors to the fluidity of personal style, creating customizable pieces to be worn and styled in a multitude of ways.” With sizes available up to 6x! Shop this new line here.
10. Black Tie Bi
As a proud bisexual, I would be remiss not to plug “Black Tie Bi,” a shop owned by bisexual folks who are, in their own words: “Classy AF with alliteration, puns, finger guns, rhymes and good times. In seriousness, though, when you shop with us, you are helping to promote bi visibility for our entire community. Bi visibility is so important, and this shop was founded to create fun, unique, and interesting designs for bisexual people to show our pride. Whether you want subtle pride or loud and proud designs, there are plenty to choose from.” Their sizes go up to 4XL, and you can shop their awesome collection here!
This list is not exhaustive but hopefully it helps you discover some new brands and make you mindful of who you are supporting. Rainbow apparel is great but helping an LGBTQ-owned business thrive is BETTER.
Also, many of these brands are offering Pride month discounts and coupons so don’t forget to follow them on social media and show your support all year long!
Did we miss your favorite LGBTQ owned brand that offers plus sizes? Let us know in the comments below!