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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Cashmere Fashion in Size 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:  November 9, 2015



Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Cashmere @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ QVC

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Nordstrom

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Size 1X - 3X

Eileen Fisher, Fine Gauge Dolman Box Top, Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black

Isaac Mizrahi, Cashmere Cowl Tunic, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crewneck Pullover, Size XL- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Eileen Fisher
Fine Gauge Dolman Box Top
Size 1X - 3X

Isaac Mizrahi
Cowl Tunic
Size 0 - 28W

Crewneck Pullover
Size XL - 3X

Plus-Size Cashmere Report

It wasn't that long ago that cashmere sweaters were impossible to find in plus-sizes. Now full-figured women in sizes up to 3X can enjoy clothes made from this gorgeous wool too!  Coats and woven separates are also becoming more available, mainly in blends to the full-figured market.

Cashmere is a wonderfully soft, luxurious fiber that is lightweight and warm. The best quality cashmere is not only soft to the touch, but also knit from the longest fibers of the cashmere goat which inhibits pilling. These sweaters often cost hundreds of dollars apiece.  Lower cost versions that aren't mark downs, can often be less soft or pill more easily. It is also not unusual to see cashmere as part of a wool blend, and sometimes with other fibers such as silk or cotton.  Another factor that impacts expense is weight.  Single ply is best for spring and summer wear, while two or three ply is not only more expensive, but also warmer for the colder fall and winter seasons.  These high quality garments will last for many seasons with the proper care, and are investment pieces for women who appreciate the warmth and tactile qualities of the fabric.

The luxury qualities of cashmere sweaters make them a much sought after gift during the holiday season, a sophisticated winter layering piece, and a high quality fabric for outerwear. 1 ply cashmere is great for warmer months, while luxurious 2 and 3 ply cashmere brings quality and style to winter fashion.

Favored by women who enjoy designer clothing, modern classic styles, and executive professional women, cashmere sweaters can be worn both with jeans for casual looks and over career skirts and trousers.


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

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @  Macy's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Nordstrom

Marina Rinaldi, Patch Pocket Cardigan, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Classic Cashmere Cardigan, Plus-Size XL-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cashmere Zip Front Hoodie, Size S-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cashmere Cardigan, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Marina Rinaldi
Patch Pocket Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X 

Classic Cardigan
Size XL - 3X

Cashmere Zip Front Hoodie
Size S - 3X

Open Front Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Cashmere

The first styles start to appear on store shelves in September for the fall and holiday shopping season. By October there are more options, and by Thanksgiving retailers are stocking cashmere sweaters for gift-giving.

For the highest quality, upscale major department stores are some of the best resources.  Along with sweaters from well known designers, several of these also offer exclusive, in house branded styles of superior quality exclusively for plus-size women during the fall and winter shopping seasons.  Neiman Marcus offers the deepest and most diverse in house collection and frequently expands options out beyond classic cashmere cardigans and pullovers to include cashmere ponchos, dresses, and blazers. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, which carries some premium Italian labels in larger sizes, can also be a resource in the fall and winter for cashmere knits and outerwear, but unlike Neiman's does not currently offer their own label consistently stocked.

Smaller full-figured women in the size 12 to 18 range will have more luxury selections available to them on the main racks at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, both of which regularly stock upscale designer labels with more extended size ranges. For those with a truly refined, luxury budget look for eskandar knits at Nordstrom or on eBay. This English, upscale designer label works in over-sized generous proportions making many XL size sweaters comfortable and flattering even for super size divas.

Eileen Fisher is among the most popular eco-fashion designer brands that uses fine wools such as alpaca, merino and cashmere in simple, modern chic silhouettes.  Dresses, sweater coats, cardigans, and pullovers are all frequently well represented in their cashmere offerings found in boutiques and better department stores.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Maya Boutique @ eBay

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Contemporary Plus-Size Fashion @ Eloquii

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @  Ulla Popken

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Saks Off Fifth

Wool Cashmere Cape, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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70/30 Wool Cashmere Blend V-Neck Sweater, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Open Front Cardigan, Plus-Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black

Lafayette 148, Wool Cashmere Blend Coat, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

60/40 Wool Cashmere Cape
One Size Plus
Fits to 4/5X

70/30 Wool Cashmere Blend
V-Neck Pullover
Size 14 - 24W

Open Front Cardigan
Size 12 - 26W

Lafayette 148
Wool Cashmere Coat

Size 16 - 22W

Moderately Priced Cashmere

A little less luxurious but still of very good quality, the plus-size cashmere sweaters frequently available at Macy's, and Nordstrom during the cooler months are worth the investment.  Generally more classic in style, in season mark-downs especially during the lead up to Christmas can bring these sweaters into many more budgets. Lord & Taylor will also frequently offer in-house branded cashmere options for sizes up to 3X.

QVC not only frequently allows monthly installment payment plans, but also carries both pure cashmere and cashmere blend sweaters in both summer and winter weights.  Isaac Mizrahi is the most popular designer, but other brands will also pop up.  Sizing here is more generous with 3X equaling a 28W. 

Contemporary plus label Eloquii also regularly offer cashmere and cashmere blends during the cooler months in size 14 to 28W.  European plus specialty retailer Ulla Popken has recently debuted its eco fashion collection in the American market with natural fibers in hard-to-find super sizes becoming available in size 12 to 38W.  As Lane Bryant has increased its more upscale designer offerings, they've also added higher quality pieces on-line in their in-house 6th & Lane collection which features more expensive luxury looks for curvier sizes, including cashmere for size 12 to 28W.

Lands End often offers a small collection of cashmere sweaters in size 2 to 26W of better than average quality, often with some more unusual styles such as argyle patterns or fisherman knits. 


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Fashion @ Lands End

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Cashmere @ Amazon

Argyle Cashmere Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cashmere V-Neck Boyfriend Sweater, Size 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Black Cashmere Sweater Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lark & Ro, Slim Fit Cashmere Turtleneck, Size XXL - XXXL | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Argyle Cardigan
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (18)

Cashmere V-Neck
Boyfriend Sweater
Size 12 - 28W

Cashmere Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Lark & Ro
Slim Fit Turtleneck
Size 2XL - 3XL

Discount Resources for Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters

Are you looking to score a bargain, perhaps as a gift for yourself? eBay is a resource all year, with deeper inventory listings during the cooler months.  Meanwhile, last years overstocked inventory is available from overstock and flash sale sites such as Nordstrom's Rack Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Saks Off Fifth. It's generally advised to act quickly at all these shopping spots as sizes and quantities are often very limited.




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