Before you decide to cart away your unwanted plus-size clothing to the nearest donation drop-off, consider seeking out an organization that can help those who need it most.
Where to Donate Your Plus-Size Clothing
It’s spring cleaning season—which means you may have a pile of items sitting in your house that no longer spark joy. Many charities report a particular need for plus-size clothing donations, so it’s a great time to both clean out your closet and do some good. Plus-size women from all walks of life deserve gorgeous clothing and the confidence boost that comes from a cute new outfit, so consider these options before you complete your closet purge this season.
1. Bottomless Closet
Bottomless Closet is a charity that helps empower New York City women enter the workforce and achieve success, providing them with the tools and resources they need to get back on their feet. They’re on the lookout for any and all donations of plus-size women’s professional clothing, specifically in sizes 18-30—that includes suits, separates, and dresses. They’re also in need of shoe sizes 7-10 (and up), and especially looking for half sizes. If you live in the tristate area, you may drop off your donations at their location during dropoff hours. If you’re not in NYC, you can pop your donations in the mail or organize a donation drive on their behalf.
2. Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes helps countless people throughout Southern California overcome difficult challenges, from alcohol and substance abuse to domestic violence, incarceration, homelessness, catastrophic illness, traumatic financial loss, and transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce. They help with workforce readiness and partner with corporations, educational programs, community agencies, and civic partners. Plus sizes are always their greatest needed items, so if you live in Southern California, drop off your gently used clothing on hangers to their offices. If you’re not local, feel free to mail your donations in.
3. Dress For Success
Dress For Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life. They have expressed a particular need for women’s plus-size clothing, business-appropriate footwear in sizes 9 and above, and handbags. Find your local Dress For Success affiliate on their website by clicking on “Find Your Local Affiliate” in the top right-hand corner, and choose your state and the nearest city to discover where to donate your professional clothing. They can also help you organize a corporate drive if you’re interested!
If none of those options are what you’re looking for, check out this great list full of local options to donate your plus-size clothing and anything else you might be looking to donate.