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2 - 34W
Petite to 16P
Striped Knit Tee
Size XS - 3X
Petite to XL
Size S - 5X
Classic style shirts can provide the simple base
around which other wardrobe looks are built with
the additions of jewelry, accessories, sweaters,
jackets, or more elaborate bottoms. Or they
can be integrated into a
modern classic style
that is simple, yet chic.
styles have taken over the plus-size shopping
space, core basic styles such as a simple white
button down shirt can be surprisingly difficult
to find sometimes. Sure bets include
Some classic top options are dressed down and casual,
perfectly styled with
a favorite pair of jeans.
Classic blouse styles are appropriate for work,
and even dressier
social occasions. Wovens
can come in classic button front shirt styles,
while common knits are tees, turtlenecks, and henleys.
Solids tend to dominate, although pattern
trends, particularly if they draw from classic
menswear such as plaids or stripes, do influence this style category.
Modern classic styles tend to be most sensitive
to prevailing color and pattern trends, with
fresh palettes offered seasonally.
Classic, staple hues include navy, black, white,
khaki, and red while pastels are more common in
spring and summer.
This is one of the most common styles
available in natural fibers such as
linen, cotton, and
many of the well-known, mainstream designers
that offer plus-sizes design classic pieces.
Price points can run the gamut from low, value
prices to high end designer wear, with something
available for everyone. Often seen as
investment pieces that will receive a lot of
wear, shoppers in this category are some of the
most sensitive to issues regarding fit and
quality, even those at the lower price points.
Of the department stores the best resources for
classic styles are
which regularly stocks plus-size designer brands
such as Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, and Eileen
Fisher in size S to 3X. Lord
& Taylor is particularly strong
in classic suit styles from labels such as
Tahari, Calvin Klein, and Nipon Boutique in size
14 to 24W that combine well with tops for work.
They also regularly offer a particularly deep
selection of shirts and blouses from labels such
as Ralph Lauren, Eileen Fisher, and Michael Kors
for casual, work, and occasions.
For those with true luxury budgets shop
Saks Fifth Avenue
for Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, and Eileen
Fisher tops and blouses in size 14 to 24W.
If you love the designer quality, but are on a
tighter budget, past season classic styles from
the same labels can frequently be purchased at
deep discounts from
Neiman Marcus Last Call
Saks Off Fifth.
offers all their well made, casually classic
styles in sizes up to XXL with some extended up
to women's plus 3X. Petite and tall sizes
in tops are also available. Natural fibers
are a staple here, in casual styles often with
menswear and unisex overtones. The preppy
makes it a must stop destination for women
looking for classic styles. Cotton, linen,
rayon modal, and occasionally silk are regularly
included here and it is one of the best shopping
resources for henley and polo knit tops, tees,
turtlenecks, and classic button down shirts.
Coordinating cardigans and pullovers in cotton
and wool make it a shopping mecca for good
quality, classic style basics. Sizing runs
from 2 to 26W, with petite and tall tops often
available up to size 18.
career blouses and casual tops, many in natural
fibers including silk, cotton, and linen are
both women's and petite size 4 to 24W. Meanwhile
contemporary classic casual looks with a
youthful vibe are available from
Sahalie in size 4 to 24W.
Creek offers well made, reasonably
priced options in natural fibers such as cotton,
linen, and rayon in both knits and wovens
updated for the latest color palettes in size XS
More value priced
another good shopping spot for casual classic
items such as plaid, striped, and chambray
shirts, polo tops, and knit tees in wrinkle free
synthetic blends size S to 3X. A small test
collection extends sizing further to 5X.
Also moderately priced,
mix classic styles for work and play in among
softer looks for size 6 to 28W, with selected
options available in petites up to 20P.
button down woven shirts in a rainbow assortment
of classic colors and patterns, knit henley
tops, tees with wide variety of different
necklines and both sleeveless and long sleeve
mock neck tops in traditional color palettes at
which offers mainly natural fibers. During
the summer linen is also frequently available
here in sizes up to 3X. Meanwhile,
Draper's and Damon's
provides more refined classic style blouses
suitable for work and special occasions.
carries moderately priced blouses and tops
suitable for work and casual wear in size 4 to
24W. Cotton, linen, and rayon are all
regularly well represented, in addition to easy
care synthetic blends.
offers a few classic casual, work appropriate,
and special occasion tops in sizes XL to 5X.