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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: February 5, 2016

 

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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.

 

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Designer: Eileen Fisher, Silk Jersey Tank Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Textured Striped Blouse, Size 12 - 38W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Flutter Sleeve Tunic, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Eileen Fisher
Silk Jersey Tank Top

Size 1X - 3X

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Size 12 - 38W

Flutter Sleeve Tunic
Size S - 3X

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Sheer Striped Blouse
Size 1X - 3X


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.

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.

 

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Ruffled Chiffon Blouse, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Pintuck Blouse, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Waterfall Twofer, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Peplum Blouse, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Chiffon Blouse
Size S - 3X

Ruffled Pintuck Blouse
Size 14 - 24W

Waterfall Twofer
Size S - 3X

  Peplum Top
Size 14 - 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 the department store outlets.  The best for plus-sizes include Nordstrom Rack 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 such as Anna Scholz 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.  Meanwhile, classic retailer Talbots is an especially reliable spot for quality work apparel for size 4 to 24W, including petites.

 

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Lace Sleeve Blouse, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Sleeve Blouse
Size S - 3X
Avg - Petite

Ruffled High Low Blouse
Size 12 - 26W

Tiered Lace Top
Size M - 3X

 Pleat Back Blouse
Size S - 3X

 

 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.

 

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Tahari, Ruffled Print Shell, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Nic + Zoe, Feather Print Tunic, Size XS - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Stizzoli, Floral Print Shell, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Polka Dot Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tahari
Ruffled Print Shell
Size 1X - 3X

Nic + Zoe
Feather Print Tunic
Size XS - 3X

Stizzoli
Floral Print Shell
Size 1X - 3X

 Polka Dot Blouse
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.

Coldwater Creek is back in catalog and e-commerce form only and offers a range of styles appropriate for contemporary offices, including many choices in natural fibers.  Options include not only shirts and blouses, but a good selection of knits and jackets for size 2 to 24W.

 

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Ruffled Pintuck Blouse, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tiered Crochet Shell, Plus-Size 14-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Shirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Ruffled Pintuck Blouse
Size S - 4X

Tiered Crochet Shell
Size 14 - 32W

Striped Shirt
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

Layered Ruffle Shell
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.

 

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Designer: Karen Kane, Poncho Blouse, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Blouse, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Poncho Blouse
Size S - 3X

Ruffled Blouse
Size 6 - 26W

Cotton Wrinkle Free Shirt
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P

 Ruffled Polka Dot Blouse
Size XL - 3X

 

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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Anna Scholz, Contrast Cuff Shirt, Size 16 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Cotton Windowpane Print Tunic, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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UK Size 16 - 28W

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Floral Chiffon Blouse
Size XL - 3X

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Print Tunic
Size 1X - 3X

 

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