photo: Mei Plus.

With the limited amount of brick and mortar stores that carry plus sizes, it's easy to fall into a rut of buying from the same brands over and over again. 

Big stores like Forever 21 and Lane Bryant are obviously staples in our lives, but sometimes it can take a bit longer for the trends of the moment to trickle onto their racks. 

That's where indie brands tend to be a step or two ahead. Here are 13 to keep your eye on.   

1

Based in Atlanta, Jibri is the ultimate source for #FuckFlattering designs. Get ready for noisy prints and interesting silhouettes.

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photo: jibri.com

Shop Jibri here

2

Love Yourz is a great source for straight size trends in larger sizes. (Think Khloe Kardashian's style at H&M prices.). However, the size range (1X to 3X) could be better.

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photo: shoploveyourz.com

Shop Love Yourz here

3

Rue 107 is the go-to destination for sexy bodycon dresses, swimsuits, and edgy fashion. If you're in the New York area, you can visit their showroom.

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photo: Instagram/Rue107

Shop Rue107 here or visit them here.

4

Zelie for She is one of the best-kept plus blogger secrets. The brand stays on the fashion calendar and releases a collection every season. No collection looks alike so get it while you can.

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photo: Instagram/Zelieforshe

Shope Zelie for She here.

5

Sexy lingerie is hard to find in larger sizes, which is why Hips and Curves is a godsend. Sizing goes up to 46F in bras and 6X in panties. Prices are about the same as Lane Bryant's Cacique. Bonus: plus-size bralettes!

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photo: Instagram/hipsandcurves

Shop Hips and Curves here.

6

Society Plus got famous for making plus-size tutu skirts. Now their inventory is huge! You'll find everything you need for work and play in sizes 14 to 32.

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photo: Instagram/SocietyPlus

Shop Society Plus here

7

When it comes to high end plus-size fashion, the pickings are slim. But Mei Smith is a refreshing exception. Prices are comparable to J. Crew and sizes go up to a 3XL or 24/26.

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photo: Instagram/Meismith

Shop Mei Smith here

8

NYC's Smart Glamour custom makes every ready to wear item in size XXS to 6X. And the clothing models — which represent a variety of shapes, sizes, and abilities — are amazing.

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photo: Instagram/Smartglamour

Shop Smart Glamour here

9

I love Your Big Sister's Closet for three reasons: 1.) The models look like you and me, 2.) It's run by a Canadian style blogger, Karen Ward, and 3.) The clothes are a mix of everyday staples and trendy going-out pieces. They also carry swimwear!

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photo: Instagram/bigsiscloset

Shop Your Big Sister's Closet here

10

Nakimuli is one of the most colorful and worldly clothing brands on the curve scene. Going up to a size 3X, it's basically all-prints all the time. And the swimwear is to die for!

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photo: Instagram/nakimuliinc

Shop Nakimuli here

11

If you like off-the-shoulder dresses, you need Ekineyo in your life — it's the go-to for form-fitting dresses and shoulder-baring crop tops.

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photo: Instagram/Ekineyo

Shop Ekineyo here

12

Poshtiqe's selection may be small, but its designs are bold AF. Here you'll find sexy bodycon dresses, fashion jeans, jumpsuits, and two-piece sets. You can also snatch yourself some Kim K-inspired heels.

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photo: Instagram/poshtiq

Shop Poshtiqe here

13

Pop Up Plus is the urban-chic brand that introduced me to this glorious red "naked dress." Though a lot of the clothes are super sexy, there are plenty of monochromatic staples — and sizes go up to 5X. Brava!

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photo: Revelist/BrittanyFowler

Shop Pop Up Plus here.