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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
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 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
Favored by women who enjoy
modern classic styles,
and executive professional women, cashmere sweaters can be worn
both with jeans for
casual looks and over career skirts and
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.
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
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
both of which regularly stock upscale designer
labels with more extended size ranges.
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.
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
End of season and
off-season deep discounts on these luxury coats in
extended sizes can often be scored at
Saks Off 5TH.
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 will often stock options in extended sizes
up to 24W. Occasionally
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.
A little less luxurious but still
of very good quality, the plus-size cashmere
sweaters frequently available at
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 at deep
discounts during the holiday shopping season.
Classic and BoHo retailers that offer many natural fibers
Surroundings stock good quality sweaters and
cardigans in the fall and winter months for
sizes XS to 3X.
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.
for Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters
Last years overstocked inventory is
available from overstock and flash sale sites
Neiman Marcus Last Call,
It's generally advised to act quickly at all
these shopping spots as sizes and quantities are
often very limited.