I remember when I scoffed at people who thought that leggings were pants — jeans or bust for me! I was much younger and didn’t know much about the world, because I now live in comfortable clothing. I’ve worked from home for nearly two years and have lived in loungewear, especially during my pregnancies. But with 42 percent of people working from home, casual clothing is becoming the norm in a way that it wasn’t before.
Even though I love wearing loungewear, I’ve had a tough time finding it in my size. I’m a solid size 16 after giving birth to Nora, and I’m 5’2″. The average American woman is between a size 16 and size 18, but many stores still don’t carry plus sizes.
The stores that do carry plus sizes often have clothing that doesn’t work for short people — I can’t tell you how many pieces I’ve bought that are ridiculously long in both the sleeves and pant length. That’s why I decided to put together a roundup of plus size loungewear for short people, based on both my own experiences and reviews from other women who are in the same boat.
A caveat: Loungewear means different things to different people. For some, it may look like sweatpants and a baggy tee. For others, a matching sweatshirt + shorts set like the one I’m wearing at the top of this post. Or maybe you wear leggings and a tank top! I’ve tried to include a variety of items so that there’s truly something for everyone.
Best Ever Plus Size Loungewear For Short People
Not all loungewear has to be worn out of the house, and stylish plus-size pajama sets definitely count. My mom bought me two Stars Above nightdresses after giving birth, and I pretty much lived in them. Even if you aren’t pregnant or postpartum, you’ll love options from Target, like the tie-dye shirt pictured above. Thank me later. Sizes XS-4X, $19.99. Shop here.
I found ELOQUII in 2019 when they were kind enough to gift me a few items. I’ve shopped their website since then, and it’s a top plus-size brand for a reason. For someone like me who grew up shopping at Forever 21, the prices came as a shock — but you’re paying for high-quality items like this soft jersey romper. Sizes 14-28, $99.95. Shop here.
3. Beyond Yoga
I’m a new fan of Beyond Yoga after being influenced by a friend to try their high-waist boy shorts. I’ll be real with y’all — the cost was way higher than I’d usually spend on yoga shorts, but after trying them out, I was a convert. It’s truly a reminder that you get what you pay for, and you won’t recommend splurging a bit for quality. I haven’t tried this scoop-neck tank myself, but it’s on my list. Sizes 1X-4X, $66. Shop here.
4. Old Navy
I’ve shopped at Old Navy even before wearing plus sizes, so I think it’s awesome that I can still comfortably shop there. It’s become one of my favorite brands for petite plus-size clothing, and it’s a huge win that I can save money because of its affordability and still find clothing I feel good in. I’m a huge fan of their long sleeve options like this hoodie. Sizes 1X-4X, $42.99. Shop here.
5. Universal Standard
When I think of truly size-inclusive brands, Universal Standard comes to mind. They carry up to a U.S. size 40. Not to make a pun, but they’re setting the standard for other brands who say they’re friendly to plus-sized people without showing anything for it. There are so many athleisure and pajama options, like this cute bodysuit here. Sizes 00 to 40, $88. Shop here.
6. Girlfriend Collective
I first heard about Girlfriend Collective from my friend Olivia Muenter, who is always rocking matching sets on Instagram. It’s a sustainable brand with clothing made from old water bottles, which is about the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. You can buy sets from their site or mix and match, whichever is best for you. Sizes XXS-6X, $68. Shop here.
7. American Eagle
I searched for loungewear that I could wear throughout my pregnancy and continued to strike out, even with expensive brands. I tried American Eagle on a whim, and I was in love with the clothes that I got. The set that I’m wearing in the pictures in this post is tragically sold out, but I linked a very similar one above. Something else I want to mention: the sizing is more limited at AE than I remember, but I did want to include them on the list, given that I’m wearing an American Eagle set in this blog post’s photos. Sizes XXS-XXL. $31.46 for the top, $34.95 for the shorts (on sale). Shop here.
When I asked my followers for plus-size loungewear recommendations, Summersalt came up again and again. It’s not hard to see why. They offer incredibly soft french terry pieces, and you can wear items like this hoodie with joggers, shorts, or leggings from the brand. Sizes XS-2X, $95. Shop here.
9. Nasty Gal
This is probably the most cost-effective option on my roundup, but it does come with a few asterisks. Nasty Gal doesn’t have free returns (I’m not sure how much they cost, as the website only lists them as cost-effective). If you’ve shopped plus-size clothing in any capacity, you know that it can be hit-or-miss. Finding styles that work for short, curvy gals is also a gamble — I’d personally lean away from wide-leg sets. Now that my disclaimers are out of the way, I recommend Nasty Gal if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk and get a crazy deal. Sizes 12-24, $14. Shop here.