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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.
 


Last Update: April 9, 2017

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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. 

As trendier 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 Foxcroft and Lands' End.

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 silk. Furthermore 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.

 

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Shopping Resources for Classic Shirts, Blouses, Tunics & Tops

Of the department stores the best resources for classic styles are Dillard's 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 and Saks Off Fifth.

 

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Size 1X - 3X
 

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Eddie Bauer 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 style of Lands' End 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. 
 

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Size 8 - 24W
Petite to 18P

 

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Size S - 3X
 
 

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Size 1X - 4X

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Size S - 3X

 

Quality classic career blouses and casual tops, many in natural fibers including silk, cotton, and linen are available from Talbots for 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.  Coldwater 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 to 3X.

More value priced Blair is 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, Old Pueblo Traders and Bedford Fair 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.

 

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Avg - Petite

 

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Size 1X - 3X

 

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Size S - 3X

 

Look for Foxcroft 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 Appleseed's 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.

Dress Barn 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.

Catherine's offers a few classic casual, work appropriate, and special occasion tops in sizes XL to 5X. 

 

 
 

 

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