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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: July 27, 2016

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Marina Rinaldi
Hand Sewn Belted Coat
Size 14 - 22W 

 

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Size 0 - 28W

Open Front Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

A favorite of women with upscale and luxury tastes for both casual and polished professional wear, especially in northern cities such as Boston, New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis where temperatures dip significantly in winter months, 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.

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Cashmere Peplum Sweater
Size 1X - 3X
 

V-Neck Pullover
Size XL - 3X
 

Cashmere Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X
 

Cinzia Rocca
Wool Blend Coat

Size 16 - 22W
 

 

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.

 

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V-Neck Pullover
Size 14 - 24W
 

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Size 12 - 26W
 

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Size XL - 3X
 

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

 

Shopping Resources for
Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters, Coats, Dresses and Clothing

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, pants, 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.

 

Cashmere Coats

Marina Rinaldi is one of the best known labels for plus-size cashmere coats.  These high end designer pieces are often offered at Saks Fifth Avenue with pre-orders available as early as late July.  Other designer coat labels such as Cinzia Rocca and Flouerette will also often become available here, along with both Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

End of season and off-season deep discounts on these luxury coats in extended sizes can often be scored at Last Call and Saks Off Fifth.

Less expensive cashmere blend coats are often more other types of wool, although selections from Eileen Fisher can have a higher cashmere content, while other classic retailers such as Talbots and Lands End will often stock options in extended sizes up to 24W.  Occasionally Ulla Popken may offer a cashmere blend coat, jacket, or blazer for more extended sizes up to 30W.

Capes in both pure cashmere and high percentage cashmere blends to fit up to 5X are available in fall and winter months from long-established eBay shop Maya Boutique in an assortment of colors.
 

 
 

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, with cashmere often stocked all year.  Isaac Mizrahi is the most popular designer, but other brands will also pop up.  Sizing here is more generous with 3X equaling a 28W. 

Classic retailers that offer many natural fibers such as Coldwater Creek and Talbots stock good quality sweaters and cardigans in the fall and winter months for sizes XS to 3X.  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 in season 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. 

 

 

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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