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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Cotton Clothing 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: October 26, 2015



Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Christopher & Banks

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Tops @ Ulla Popken

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Women's Clothing @ Lands End

Pure Cotton, Argyle Sweater, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
Size S - 3X

Denim Skirt, Size 4 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Organic Cotton Roll Neck Dress, Size 12 - 30W | Editor's Pick

Pure Cotton Plaid Turtleneck, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick


Denim Skirt
Size 4 - 24W

Organic Cotton
Roll Neck Dress

Size 14 - 30W

  Plaid Turtleneck
Size 2 - 26W
Tall to 18

Cotton Clothing Report

Cotton has become harder to find in recent years, especially in value priced lines.  But, those who like natural fibers for either ethical or health reasons often prefer wearing it.  Pure cotton clothing is even less common with cotton blends for wear ability and fit being the norm. The rarest and most expensive is organic cotton clothing found in plus-sizes with only a few upscale designers interested in green and sustainable fashion. Eileen Fisher is the most widely available label in plus-sizes that uses organic fibersThose who prefer cotton often also enjoy other natural fibers such as linen, wool, cashmere, and silk.


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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ NorthStyle

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Amazon

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

Cotton T-Shirt Bra, Plus-Size | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Plaid Flannel Pajamas, Sizes S-3X | Editor's Pick

Organic Cotton Crew Socks | Editor's Pick

No Iron, 100% Cotton Shirt, Size 4 -24W| Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Cotton T-Shirt Bra
Bra Size 36 - 44 B - DDD

Plaid Flannel Pajamas
Sizes S - 3X

Organic Cotton Socks
Size 9 - 11, 10 -13

No Iron 100% Cotton Shirt

Size 4 - 24W


Plus-size clothing is often engineered with stretch to the fabric to help fit a variety of body shapes.  While pure cotton knits can achieve this, woven fabrics will add a touch of synthetic fibers such as spandex. Cotton can also be blended with other natural fibers, the most common of which include ramie, modal, and rayon.

No iron shirts from Foxcroft, however, are often 100% pure cotton in size 0 to 24W for those who want synthetic free clothing.  Other classic retailers such as NorthStyle and Lands End also stock many pure cotton styles.  Lands End is also one of the best places to find a wide variety of sizes, including petite and tall sizes to 18, and women's to 26W.

Christopher & Banks is another good spot for moderately priced cotton basics such as sweaters, tops, and twill pants.  Denim jackets and classic jeans are also regularly available in both regular and petite inseams.  Sizing here ranges from size S to 3X.   Slightly more expensive but excellent quality are the classic options available through Appleseed's.  Basic cotton solid tee shirts in feminine cuts and cardigan sweaters are especially good here in size S to 3X.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ eShakti

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Serengeti

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Eileen Fisher Plus-Size Clothing @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Zappos

Vintage Cotton Knit Dress, Sizes 0-36W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Cotton Gauze Elephant Print Top, Size S - 3X| Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher, Organic Cotton Long Coat, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

100% Cotton Plaid Flannel Shirt, Sizes 1X-3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Cotton Knit Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Cotton Gauze
Elephant Print Top
Size S - 3X

Eileen Fisher
Organic Cotton Long Coat

Size 1X - 3X

100% Cotton Flannel
Plaid Shirt
Sizes 1X - 3X


Classic plus-size clothing is the most common style available in cotton. Cotton knits lead the category, but classic woven cotton shirts and denim clothing are frequent.  BoHo styles, particularly those made from prints from India, can also come in pure cotton and are especially popular during the summer festival season and, cruise and resort season.

Those who prefer artsier style will find plenty of natural fibers at  Sahalie which is beginning to carry more extended sizes to 3X, as well as Coldwater Creek which has recently returned as an e-commerce and  catalog retailer only.

In recent years the vintage modern dress trend has also produced more cotton styles for the trendy market. These can be purchased from department stores, eShakti, and Modcloth in sizes up to 6X.


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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Bon Ton

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Womens Clothing @ Sahalie

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Appleseeds

Michael Kors, Black Fringed Cardigan, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Chaps, Green Plaid Twill Shirt, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Cotton Modal Knit Print Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors/Prints Available

Premium Cotton Scoop  Neck Tee, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Michael Kors
Fringed Cardigan
Size XL - 3X

CHAPS Ralph Lauren
Twill Plaid Shirt
Size 1X - 3X

Cotton Modal Knit
Print Dress
Size S - 3X

Premium Cotton
Scoop Neck Tee
Size S - 3X


Ulla Popken has just debuted an eco-cotton collection which is a boon for hard-to-fit extended sizes with options available in size 12 to 38W.  Included are casual tops, dresses, and bottoms.

Pajamas, sleep shirts, and nightgowns are particularly popular items in cotton.  Fine cotton lawns and voiles make particularly nice summer weight sleepwear, while cotton flannel is popular in the winter months.  Cotton knits are in demand all year.

Cotton bras and undergarments are located in the lingerie section.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Pyramid Collection

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

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Just My Size

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Plus-Size Clothing @ Coldwater Creek

Lace Hem Peasant Top, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Football Fan Tee, Plus-Size XL - 6X | Editor's Pick
More Sports Teams Available

Cotton Yoga Pants, Plus-Size 1X - 4X  | Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black

Plaid Flannel Sleep Shirt, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Lace Hem Peasant Top
Size S - 3X

Football Fan Tee
Size XL - 6X

Cotton Yoga Pants
Size 1X - 4X

Plaid Flannel Sleep Shirt
Size S - 3X


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