Sure, lots of brands ship to Canada, but the importing taxes involved in that process can end up being outlandish. Recently I received a package sent to me from the UK which was valued at $175 and because of an error in labeling I had to pay $110 in taxes to accept six items. Even if the package had been properly labeled, I would have had to pay almost $60 in taxes and fees. The brand was able to fix this mistake but it was still an inconvenience that could have easily been avoided by shopping from within Canada. In fact, some international brands actually say they won’t help with duties and taxes so you’d be stuck sucking up that extra cost. Many brands label the package with the full price or value even if you bought the item on sale. For example, I ordered a dress that was originally around $70 but was on sale for $35 plus shipping. The cost for taxes ended up being $65 so if I had accepted the package I’d have paid $100 plus shipping for a $70 dress. That just doesn’t make sense and we as Canadian plus size shoppers need a better option.
Luckily we have many amazing mainstream and smaller indie brands we can shop at in Canada. The options have continued to grow over the years and have seen a few gain a massive following. I’ve combined my favourite smaller retailers offering local stores and larger brands with mall locations that most of us are familiar with. Both offer websites so you will be able to find something that works for you regardless of where you currently live. I’ve included some photos of and links to my favourite looks from each brand so you have an idea of what they are offering. Plus, I’ve got the Canadian source of the gorgeous Scantilly by Curvy Kate lingerie I’m wearing above further down this list. Did I miss any plus size or inbetweener stores that you love to shop at? Please put their website in the comments and if they fit the bill I’ll be sure to add them.
Addition Elle – Trendy Clothing, Outerwear, Rachel Roy designer collection, Lingerie by Ashley Graham, Swimwear, Accessories, & Athletic Gear
Penningtons – MBLM by Tess Holiday, Professional Clothing, Melissa McCarthy designer collection, Outerwear, Shoes, Accessories, Swimwear, & Activewear
Got Curves Lingerie – Bustiers, Teddies, Bra Sets, Robes, Nightgowns & other sexy costume lingerie items.
Voluptuous Inc. – Trendy Fashion that celebrates curves and never hides them. A focus on body con dresses and sexier items. Two Toronto-area locations.
Cherry Velvet Plus – Vintage looks with a modern vibe. Complete any outfit on their site with a crinoline for the perfect look, of course.
Forever Yours Lingerie – Quality lingerie from brands you love like Curvy Kate, Sculptresse by Panache, Playful Promises, & Ewa Michalak all shipped from Canada.
Navabi – Quality (and sometimes kind of pricey) on trend designer clothing that is appropriate for both work and fashion events.
Sexy Plus – Trendy Fashion that celebrates curves and never hides them. A focus on bodycon dresses and sexier items, including lingerie. Retail location in Mississauga.