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Your Favorite Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Women's Plus-Size Clothes in Size 12 +

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Contemporary Style Plus-size Clothing

Misses extended sizes larger than 14 (up to 20) are increasingly available in this shopping category.  This cut  provides more options for pears and hour glass figures, while apple figure types will do best sticking with classic women's plus-sizes. 
See the Elegant Plus Sizing Report for the explanation of various cuts and sizing.

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Modern Classics

Romantic Style
Resort Wear
BoHo Fashion
Classic Tops
Designer Tops
Embellished Tops
Evening Tops
Jackets & Blazers
Cashmere Sweaters
Seasonal Outerwear
Designer Jeans
Trendy Pants
Evening Pants
Palazzo Pants
Classic Skirts
Designer Skirts
Casual Skirts
Vintage & Retro Style Skirts
Designer Dresses
Vintage Style Dresses
Maxi Dresses
Casual Dresses
Red Dresses
White Dresses
Floral Dresses
Skirt Suits
Desk-to-Dinner Dresses
Special Occasion Dresses
Cocktail Dresses
Evening Gowns
One Piece Swimsuits
Two Piece Bathing Suits
Sleep Chemise & Babydolls
Socks & Hosiery
Heels & Dress Shoes
Flats & Skimmers
Boots & Booties
Leather, Suede, Fur
Designer Clothes
Eileen Fisher Eco-Fashion
Bryn Walker
Karen Kane
Ralph Lauren
Nic + Zoe
MYNT 1792

Avenue is a long time favorite that's been upping its style game in recent months.  Still a go to for core basics, the growing collection of contemporary tops and dresses is worth the stop.  Prices are moderate with frequent sales available directly from the website bringing these pieces into most style budgets. Size 14 to 32W.

Bon Ton department store carries an excellent selection of contemporary labels like Anne Klein, Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Frequent sales and deep discounts can bring otherwise upscale labels into bargain price territory. 
Size 0
to 24W.

Catherine's Good selection of career suits, dresses, separates and casual wear specifically designed for the plus-size body. The new Black Label line has a more upscale, contemporary feel to it. Also carries petite sizes. Prices are moderate. Remember to check out their outlet for bargains. Petites XL to 5X. Women's size 16 to 34W.

Coldwater Creek specializes in clean modern style clothes that are appreciated by busy women who like to look chic without the fuss.   They have an especially good collection of travel knits, no iron shirts, and classic day dresses, along with cardigans, tailored blazers, and  Lots of natural fibers and well-priced, striking jewelry that completes looks with panache. Petite to 16P.  Size 4 to 24W.

Dillard's offers some unusual and hard-to-find contemporary designers and labels with styles generally appealing to working, professional women whether for the office, more casual weekend time, and special events. Especially well known for their sophisticated special occasion jacket dress collection, and career separates and suiting, they also have a deep inventory in most other categories, including swim and outerwear in season. Prices run the gamut from moderate to upscale with sales and mark downs bringing quality, department store offerings into more limited budgets. Size 0 to 24W.

Draper's & Damon's has a variety of classic to contemporary styles from labels such as Foxcroft, Alex Evenings, and Brownstone Studio. A spot more appealing to more mature shoppers options include casual, career and occasion wear. Especially good collection of jacket dresses and special occasion separates.  Prices are moderate. Some petites available in size 2 to 20. Size 4 to 26/28W.

Dress Barn carries an extensive collection of contemporary clothing with fashion forward, modern classic lines.  Choose from work, weekend and occasion apparel. Dresses, as the name implies, are a specialty but this is also a good spot for tops, suiting separates, and bottoms. Prices are moderate with sales & offers available directly from the website. Flat rate shipping. Size 4 to 24W.

Eloquii is a stylish, new contemporary label designed exclusively for fuller figures. Many youthful and fashion forward looks appropriate for work and weekend casual wear.   Choose from tops, bottoms, dresses, and blazers. Prices are moderate with coupons and free shipping offers available directly from the website.  Sizes 14 to 24W.

Elvi is a fashion forward label that designs beautiful contemporary looks for office, occasions, and chic casual.  Dresses, separates, and outerwear in unusual styles that will  make you stand out from the crowd designed exclusively for curvy figures.  British based, they do ship internationally to the United States.  UK Size 14 to 26W.

eShakti has a growing collection of chic, affordable dresses, tops and skirts customizable to your measurements in vintage, retro and contemporary styles. Many natural fibers such as cotton and silk, in both knits and wovens.  Inventory changes quickly here, with most styles customizable by length, arm, and neck line for a nominal fee to suit individual tastes and body types. Prices are moderate. Petite, Tall, and Misses Size 0 to 36W.

H&M is known for its contemporary, European style influenced by the latest runway trends.  Committed to developing more sustainable and green business practices, this global retailing giant based in Sweden  is known for moderate prices in day, occasion, and leisure wear.  Size 0 to 26W.

Igigi was one of the early, contemporary plus specialty designers specializing in a collection of dresses for work and occasion wear.  Back and under new ownership in 2016, they plan to continue their Made in the USA commitment and California influenced aesthetic, including bold prints and superb full-figured fits. Price points are moderately upscale. Size 14 to 36W.

Karen Kane is an upscale designer with styles available for casual, work and less formal occasions. Carried by upscale department stores, their full plus-size line can be found directly from their brand website. Especially good for high quality black core basics, in addition to tops and dresses with flowing trapeze and figure skimming silhouettes.  Size 0 to 24W.

Kiyonna  has become one of the most successful of the indie, mid level plus designer labels and is now more widely available at a number of well known shopping retailers.  Particularly well known for their stylish dresses appropriate for work and occasions, the casual tops are also chic style options with jeans.  Shop directly from their website for their full line with free shipping offers frequently available directly from the website. Prices are moderate. Sizes 10 to 32W.

Kohl's carries an excellent selection of contemporary fashions for work, casual and occasions. Look for labels like CHAPS by Ralph Lauren, Elle, Simply Vera Wang, and Ellen Tracy for fashion forward contemporary styles. Prices are value to moderate. Misses size 0 to 18.  Petite size 0 to 16. Women's size 16 to 28W.


Lands' End known for classic basics like khakis, this shopping spot has taken on a more trend conscious edge in recent years.  Particularly good for hard to find items like plus-size cashmere sweaters and swimwear.  Selection of casual and work appropriate separates, dresses, outerwear and suiting. Many pants styles can be custom ordered to inseam length. Free shipping on orders $50 +.  Misses size 0 to 18. Petite and Tall size 0 to 18 or 26W, depending on style. Women's size 14 to 26W.

Lane Bryant  upping its style game in recent hears, look for the new Lane Collection that is being designed with a more upscale, fashion forward contemporary edge.  More is usually available on-line than in many mall locations. Swimwear, suiting, and special occasion wear is often available exclusively on-line. Sometimes carries select contemporary designer labels in addition to their own brands, in addition to exclusive designer collaboration capsule collections. Frequent offers and coupons available directly from the website brings offerings into the affordable, moderate price range.  Size 12 to 28W.

Lord & Taylor offers classic to contemporary styles from better and upscale labels such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors.   The offerings are especially good for work apparel and special occasion wear.  The in house label also provides some nice designs for contemporary women with items such as cashmere sweaters and chic shift dresses part of the inventory.  Size 0 to 24W.

Last Call is a designer bargain hot spot, and the past season outlet for Neiman Marcus. Upscale contemporary labels such as David Meister, Joan Vass, Lafayette 148, and Misook. Great spot for cashmere sweaters in season. Prices moderately upscale to upscale. Size 0 to 24W.

Macy's has a mix of trendy and contemporary fashion available on-line.  Contemporary labels such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors can be found among the increasingly younger, trendier options.  Deeper inventory available on-line than in most department store locations. Prices are moderate with frequent sales, discounts and shipping offers available directly from the website for the more budget conscious who don't want to skimp on quality or style.  Free shipping on $99+.  Size 0 to 24W.

Melissa McCarthy Seven7 takes the contemporary denim label in new directions under the care of Hollywood curvy darling, Melissa McCarthy.  Jeans are still an important part of the line, offering up-to-the-minute styles, but tunics, toppers, and dresses in bold prints and fashion forward color palettes and silhouettes have been added to the line with rave reviews.  A growing loyal following makes this a curvy conscious favorite to watch. Prices are moderate to moderately upscale.  Size 6 to 28W.

ModCloth is carrying more contemporary pieces as it expands it's size range to include larger sizes.  Many looks still have vintage and retro appeal, but with a modern twist.  Dresses are a strength but outerwear, tops, and bottoms are a growing part of the collection. Free shipping on $50+. Size XS to 4X.

Neiman Marcus carries a deep selection of upscale designer labels with a contemporary aesthetic.  Look for brands such as Marina Rinaldi, Joan Vass, Caroline Rose, Melissa Masse, Michael Kors and many more.  Styles range from casual chic to work appropriate and occasion wear.  Many natural fibers including linen, cotton, silk, leather, suede and cashmere. Prices moderately upscale to luxury. Sizes to 24W.

Nordstrom  icon upscale department store offering contemporary full-figured clothing from designers such as Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein and other fine labels. Increasing number of higher end end designers and more moderately priced contemporary labels are also regularly turning up here. Prices moderate to upscale. Free shipping and returns on all orders. Size 0 to 26W.

Norm Thompson carries an assortment of casual to career contemporary apparel, much of which is in natural fibers.  This is a great spot for more relaxed, yet slightly upscale styles appropriate for weekends and resort vacation wear, in addition to separates, jackets, and dresses with a dressier daytime appeal.  Choose for modern classics and pieces with an artisan twist in well made, moderate to moderately upscale price points.  Size 6 to 24W.

North Style has an unusual collection of classic to contemporary styles.  Options include more tailored blazers and pants, and softer knit tops, dresses, and skirts.  Casual weekend style is mixed with pieces that can go to more work.  Many natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and wool.  Outerwear and sleepwear round out their inventory.  Usually can find vacation and cruise appropriate warm weather styles during the winter months, as well.  Prices are moderate. Size XS to 3X.

Rachel Roy is a well known celebrity designer who really knows how to make an outfit pop.  Get a taste of her bold contemporary style with pieces meant for busy modern lifestyles.  Wearable, fashion forward, and easy to integrate into your own wardrobe.  Price points are moderately upscale. Size 6 to 24W.

Sahalie is a Portland, Oregon based retailer with a kicked back, contemporary feel that is a great source for unique casual wear.  Plenty of natural fibers, especially cotton. The extended size collection is growing with more offered every season.  Size S to 3X.

Simply Be is a contemporary style mecca with thousands of options available for well dressed curvy fashionistas who enjoy fashion forward British and European style without breaking the bank.  Options include casual, work, and occasion wear with deep selection of specialty items such as wide width shoes, lingerie, outerwear and swimwear also available.  Moderate prices and low cost, fast shipping. Size 8 to 28W.

Ulla Popken offers a collection of well-made, often in natural fibers, fashion with a classic to contemporary edge.  Particularly good resource for those needing clothing appropriate out of season or for such things as winter warm weather destinations when it can be difficult to shop in local retail stores.  Generally debuts new collections half to a full season ahead (eg. spring styles in Dec/Jan).  Options are mainly casual with some appropriate for more relaxed business environments, and hard-to-find special occasion wear in super sizes.  Prices are moderate.  Size 12 to 38W.

Zappos ,in addition to one of the best shoe selections on the internet, now carries an extensive selection of plus-size clothing in contemporary and designer styles.  They carry sports and activewear, swimwear, separates, and dresses for a variety of occasions. Labels are similar to the major department stores, in addition to some smaller, harder-of-find brands and designers.  Free shipping, free returns.  Size S to 5X.


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Contemporary clothing is characterized by fashion forward details without being too trendy, grown-up stylish looks favored by women not teenagers.  Professional women particularly like this fashion style when shopping for pieces to update their working wardrobes and supplementing more classic pieces like black career pants and crisp white shirts. Items such as tailored jackets and blazers can be worn both to work and more casually over jeans on weekends.

Better quality fabrics, some in
natural fibers,  tend to be more available in contemporary plus-size clothing,
in addition to selections from
more upscale designers.  Options include dresses, jackets, trousers, tops and skirts.  Contemporary styles in outerwear are some of the most prevalent. Meanwhile, classic winter items such as plus-size cashmere sweaters are taking a more updated edge in recent years.



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Elegant Plus modern classic to contemporary clothing for stylish full-figured women sizes 12 +

Contemporary, fashion forward style clothing available for plus-size women who appreciate modern lines, cuts, and fabrics.  More natural fibers are becoming available
in this style category along with increasing numbers of retailers available in extended misses sizes.