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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Career Blouses, Shells, Tunics & Tops in Sizes 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: September 30, 2015




Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Clothing @ Dress Barn

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Career Tops @ Lane Bryant

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Career Clothing @ Dillard's

Wrinkle Free Cotton Shirt, Size 6 - 24W| Editor's Pick
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Paisley Blouse, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Zebra  Print Chiffon Blouse, Plus Sizes 14- 28W | Editor's Pick

Calvin Klein, Jersey Shell, Plus-Size 1X-3X| Editor's Pick


Paisley Blouse
Size S - 3X

Zebra Print Chiffon Blouse
Size 14 - 28W

 Jersey Shell
Size 1X - 3X

Plus-Size Career Blouses, Tunics, Shirts & Tops Report
[Editor's Picks & Shopping Resources Below]

Career tops and blouses come in a variety of sleeve lengths, cuts, and fabrics all year.  Crisp tailored styles, soft jersey knits, and flowing chiffons all make good work choices. Natural fibers such as silk, linen and cotton are becoming progressively more available in larger sizes. Necklines are often higher than on other top types. Modern classic styles are common choices in this category, although more creative office environments can leave room for trendier styles. Price points range from budget conscious to upscale designer.

 While color palettes are frequently conservative in work and career wear, blouses are an opportunity to spice up the look of an outfit. Even tailored, classic black pants or skirt suits can be brightened up and updated with the right colored or patterned blouse.   Because tops are often layered under jackets and cardigans the visual impact can be more subtle than a bold color or patterned blouse worn alone.   Use shirts and blouses to express your personal style, along with accessories such as bags, shoes, and jewelry.

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Work Appropriate Blouses, Shirts, Tunics & Tops

With a majority of women in America working outside the home, it's not surprising that work clothes are some of the most in demand styles in all sizes and price points.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Clothes @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Clothes @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Clothes @ Karen Kane

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Career Clothing @ Ulla Popken

Designer: Misook, Color Block Tunic, Size XL - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Bow Neck Blouse, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Karen Kane, Print Poncho, Size S - 2X | Editor's Pick

Silk Blouse, Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Color Block Tunic
Size XL - 3X

Bow Tie Blouse
Size 14 - 24W

Karen Kane
Print Poncho
Size S - 2X

  Silk Blouse
Size 12 - 26W


Luxury Labels and Designers

Working women who can spend on upscale, designer labels will find the largest depth of inventory in the major department stores, many of which only offer women's sizes on-line.   Neiman Marcus regularly carries the hard-to-find heavy gauge, luxury knit label Misook popular with executives who travel, along with similarly simple silhouetted Eileen Fisher in natural luxury fibers.  Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 are both premium, luxury labels favored by upscale, full-figured women with generous budgets.  Rounding out their offerings are other unusual labels including Carolyn Rose which is more appropriate for creative office environments with its relaxed sophistication, and Joan Vass. Sizing here is available up to 24W.

Nordstrom carries an especially good selection of upscale designer labels for smaller plus women in the 12 to 16 size range out in their main selling section.  Look for classic to contemporary designs from Akris Punto, St. John, and Armani Collezioni appealing to busy, well heeled and fashionable executives.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Blair

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Plus-Size Clothes @ Kiyonna

Mosaic Print Blouse, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Plaid Flared Sleeve Top, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick
More Patterns Available

Princess Seam Shirt, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Faux Wrap Top, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

 Mosaic Print Blouse
Size S - 3X

Plaid Flared Sleeve Top
Size 14 - 28W

Princess Seam Shirt
Size S - 3X

  Faux Wrap Top
Size 10 - 32W


Moderate Priced Designer Plus-Size Career Tops Shopping Options

Those on tighter budgets who still want some of the labels already mentioned will find previous seasons lines available at Last Call and Saks Off Fifth at significant discounts.

Dillard's and Macy's both offer more moderately priced career collections worth shopping.  Dillard's tends to be slightly more conservative with an especially good selection from Lauren Ralph Lauren, ZoZo Woman, and Canadian label Peter Naygard in size 14 to 24W.  Macy's has several in house labels well worth shopping for contemporary to trendy career women, in addition to regularly stocking designers such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.   Lord & Taylor also carries these, in addition brands such as Jessica Simpson, Albert Nipon and Chelsea and Theodore.

Upscale shoppers will also appreciate the fine quality of work appropriate blouses at contemporary designers Karen Kane  and Nic + Zoe.  Both offer tops and blouses that are better worn as separates in less formal offices is size S to 3X.   The Bon Ton department store group can be an excellent spot for well known, national brands with deep sales and discounts regularly available for size 14 to 24W.

Foxcroft has one of the best collections of 100% cotton no-iron shirts in classic, tailored styles in both traditional and contemporary trend conscious prints and colors in size 4 to 24W.  If you are looking for the quintessential, tailored white shirt this is the place to look.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Clothing @ North Style

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Ashley Stewart

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Shirts @ Fox Croft

Plaid Blouse, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Animal Print Blouse, Size S - 5X | Editor's Pick

Status Print Blouse, Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick

No Iron Button Back Shirt, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Plaid Blouse
Size S - 3X

Animal Print Blouse
Size S - 5X

Status Print Blouse
Size 12 - 26W

  No Iron Button Back Shirt
Size 14 - 24W


 Newcomer Eloquii is plus exclusive in size 14 to 28W, with a body conscious, trendy vibe appealing to urban working professional women. Long-time plus specialty retailer Lane Bryant has been upping their style game in recent years, especially for contemporary career wear.  A combination of designer collaborations and a special, more upscale in house label, 6th & Lane, has greatly expanded their stylish working options in size 14 to 28W.   Many styles are available exclusively on-line or only at a handful of retail outlets in more urban centers.   Their sister retailer, Catherine's, expands work appropriate options further from size XL to 5X, with petite plus styles available.

Contemporary indie designers specializing in plus sizes tend to focus on career dresses, but also carry work appropriate tops in more fashion forward styles.  Two of the best known are Igigi and Kiyonna, both of which offer options in size 12 to 32W.  Younger, trendier women who like a little vintage modern vibe to their work clothing will find cute tops at ModCloth in size 0 to 30.  Small production runs of each style mean popular looks will sell out quickly here, so grab what you like while it's still in stock.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Clothing @ Lord & Taylor

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Nic + Zoe

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Career Tops @ Saks Fifth Avenue

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothes @ Lands' End

Ralph Lauren, Silk Blouse, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Nic + Zoe, Print Blouse, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Lafayette 148, Silk Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Roll Sleeve Tunic, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Silk Blouse
Size 14 - 22W

Nic + Zoe
Print Blouse
Size S - 3X

Lafayette 148
Silk Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

Roll Sleeve Tunic
Size 1X - 3X


Catalogs with Work Appropriate Plus-Size Tops and Blouses

In addition to being one of the best spots for solid, classic menswear prints, and contemporary prints in cotton broadcloth shirts, Lands End has a growing collection of more contemporary blouses and tops that are excellent work options.  Sizing here is among the most extensive with average, petite, and tall proportions available in size 2 to 26W.  

Willow Ridge Catalog brings together the plus-size options from an entire catalog group including Blair, Norm Thompson, Winter Silk, Appleseed's, Sahalie, and Bedford Fair.  Styles range from classic to contemporary, some in easy care synthetics, and others in natural fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen.  Prices are moderate with sizing ranging from 2 to 28W, and petite sizes up to 20P. 

Monroe and Main offers contemporary to trendy styles, some with a more feminine or vintage edge, in both knit and woven styles.  Everything they carry is available in their full size range for S to 3X.  North Style is more classic with natural fibers such as cotton and linen frequently available.  Styles are appropriate for contemporary and more casual offices with most shirts and blouses available in their full size range of S o 3X.


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Tika Print Shirt, Size S - 3X  | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Striped Work Shirt, Plus-Size 14-32W | Editor's Pick

Chiffon Blouse, Size XL -4X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Windowpane Shirt, Plus-Size 1X-3X| Editor's Pick

Tikka Print Shirt
Size S - 3X

Striped Shirt
Size 14 - 32W

Chiffon Blouse
Size XL - 4X

Windowpane Shirt
Size 1X - 3X


Value Priced Career Tops

Those on tighter budgets will find a number of options available.   Kohls has the lower priced CHAPS diffusion line from Ralph Lauren bringing contemporary modern classic American style into tighter budgets in size 14 to 24W.

Ashley Stewart has a trendy, urban style that offers more body conscious, yet still work appropriate looks in size 12 to 26W.  Asos, the trendy British retailer taking the plus blogging community by storm, carries Fast Fashion at a wide variety of price points.  Youthful, yet many still work appropriate, styles inspired by high end runways are the norm here in size 14 to 24W.  Fashion to Figure also has a growing collection of value priced, contemporary work style blouses appealing to young working women in size 12 to 24W.  Styles change rapidly at both these retailers, so grab looks that you like quickly.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Serengeti

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Women's Clothing @ QVC

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Trendy Women's Fashion @ Bedford Fair

Pintuck Tunic, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

H by Halston, Cityscape Blouse, Size 0 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Layered Chiffon Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Asymmetric Tunic, Plus-Size 8 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Pintuck Tunic
Size S - 3X

H by Halston
Cityscape Tunic
Size 0 - 28W

Layered Chiffon Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

  Asymmetric Tunic
Size 8 - 28W


Mall chain retailer New York & Co specializes in on-trend, contemporary work pieces at budget friendly prices. Home to the Eva Mendes celebrity capsule collection, looks are both stylish and affordable.  Sizing is 0 to 18. Target's designer capsule collections often provide another stylish, budget friendly option for working women who like to look their very best.  Most collaborations are available up to size 16/18 with a few extending sizes up to 4X. 

Along with dresses for which they are best known, Dress Barn has an extensive on-line inventory of career tops at budget friendly prices.  Styles can be either knit tunics or woven shirts, with a few dressier blouse and layering shell options also available.  Some are more tailored and suited to wearing with blazers or cardigans, while other are more appropriately worn alone for more casual working environments. Sizes range from 0 to 24W, with petites available up to 16P.  

Flash sale sites can also be good resources for bargain hunters who like little prices for better quality fashion.  One of the best for plus-size work clothes is 6PM which often has labels such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Vince Camuto in their offerings for size 0 to 24W.



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