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14 - 32W
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
linen and cotton are becoming
progressively more available in larger sizes. Necklines are often higher than on other top
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
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
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
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
Caroline 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.
Moderate Priced Designer
Plus-Size Career Tops Shopping Options
carries a mixture of classic to contemporary
styles appropriate for work in the women's
collection from a few in house labels which are
more moderately priced, in addition to designers
such as Eileen Fisher, Melissa McCarthy, MYNT
1792, and Vince Camuto for size 14 to 24W.
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.
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.
& 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
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.
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
an especially reliable spot for quality work
apparel for size 4 to 24W, including petites.
Size S - 3X
1X - 3X
Animal Print Top
Size XL - 5X
Floral Print Blouse
S - 3X
Eloquii is plus exclusive in size
14 to 28W, with a body conscious, trendy vibe
appealing to urban working professional women.
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. One of the best known is
Kiyonna which offers options
in size 10 to 32W. Younger, trendier women
who like a little vintage modern vibe to their
work clothing will find cute tops at
ModCloth in size XS to 4X.
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.
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
Career tops are plentiful in plus-size options from an
entire catalog group including
Styles range from classic to contemporary. Some
in easy care synthetics, and others in natural
fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen,
especially at sister site
Prices are moderate with sizing ranging from 2
to 28W, and petite sizes up to 20P.
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.
Value Priced Career Tops
Those on tighter budgets will find a number of
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.
has a trendy, urban style that offers more body
conscious, yet still work appropriate looks in
size 12 to 26W.
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 24W.
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
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
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
which often has labels such as Michael Kors,
Calvin Klein, and Vince Camuto in their
offerings for size 0 to 24W. Several of
the major department stores also have off-price
counterparts that offer a mixture of labels
you'll find in their flagship e-commerce sites
marked down, and a number of brands only on
offer at their off-price outlet. The
best for designer shoppers looking for upscale,
classic labels such as Eileen Fisher and
Lafayette 148 are
Saks Off 5TH
Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Contemporary and trendier labels are more