Plus-Sized Clothing in Seoul
There are a few shops in Seoul that cater specifically for plus-sized patrons. The main foreigner neighborhood in Seoul, Itaewon, is chalk full of ‘Big and Tall’ and ‘Plus Sized’ clothing shops. Foreigner brand names in Myeongdong, Seoul also carry extra-large and up to a size 12 for women. Although larger sizes are hard to find in Korean shops or markets, there are definitely other options available!
Places to Buy
Itaewon is easily the best place in Korea to buy plus-sized clothing. Just a short walk along the main drag, and you’ll be bombarded with shops advertising “BIG SIZES” on the windows. Some will even custom-make clothing articles, like suits or shoes, for foreigner sizes. However, for those who don’t have that kind of dough, shopping off the rack it is!
Dongdaemun, for those who can fit into Korean sizes, is a shop-a-holic’s heaven. Like the nearby Myeongdong shopping district, this area is crawling with Chinese and Japanese tourists wanting to snag fashionable K-Style clothes for a cheap deal. While it’s unlikely that anyone over a US size 10 or 12 will be able to find clothes in the many malls that fill Dongdaemun, there are two places where you can pick up plus size fashions:
Want to try your luck in some other Seoul shopping districts? Visit WorknPlay’s article on Shopping Areas in Seoul for more information.
If you don’t have any luck in the stores, try shopping online on some of these websites.
Remember: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try ordering from foreign shops online. The Korean Post is efficient and it shouldn’t take more than a few weeks to have something shipped from overseas. Check out the Korean Customs Regulations article to see the regulations on duty in Korea.
Gabrielle interned as a Content Creator for Work'n'Play during her exchange trip to Chung-Ang University in 2012-2013. She graduated from Vancouver Island University in May 2014 with her BA in Global Studies. She is now a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. The things she misses most about her year in Korea are: going for makgeolli + jeon with friends, exploring Seoul's new and old hidden treasures and getting to practice Korean every day. You can connect with her on Twitter at @MsGabrielle or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.