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Last Update: July 28, 2016
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Hooded Plaid Vest
Size 4 - 26W
Pima Cotton Tee
Size XS - 3X
Size 12 - 30W
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 fibers, but the growing interest
by the public means other labels are beginning
to experiment with offering it. The most
notable is the more moderately priced PURE
available in size 12 to 30W.
Those who prefer
cotton often also enjoy other
such as linen,
wool, cashmere, and silk.
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
Shopping Resources for
Natural Cotton Fiber Clothing
No iron shirts from
however, are often 100% pure cotton in size 0 to
24W for those who want synthetic free clothing.
Other classic retailers such as
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
Basic cotton solid tee shirts in feminine cuts
and cardigan sweaters are especially good here
in size S to 3X. Meanwhile,
offers classic tailored styles for both work and
sportswear in natural fibers including a good
selection in cotton. Noteworthy is their
sizing which is available in both average and
petites for women extended plus-sizes.
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
Of the designers the most popular working in
natural fibers include
Ralph Lauren and
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
which is beginning to carry more extended sizes
to 3X, as well as
which has recently returned as an e-commerce and
catalog retailer only.
In recent years
vintage modern dress
trend has also produced more cotton styles for
the trendy market. These can be purchased from
sizes up to 6X.
Denims and chambrays have been trending over the
last couple of years, not only for jeans but
also for shirts, dresses, and skirts. Most
are cotton and high cotton blends with a touch
of spandex for stretch. Weights can be
light for summer and warmer climates and heavier
for winter use. These more casual fabrics,
along with cotton knits and lightweight wovens
are regularly available from moderately priced
catalogs such as
Styles at both these retailers tend to be a
mixture of classic and romantic casuals in sizes
up to 28W. Those with a little more money
to spend will find the collection at
Surroundings enticing. More
upscale bohemian in flavor the artisanal and
worldly aesthetic is complimented by the use of
a wide variety of natural fibers for sizes 2 to
24W, with petite and tall sizes available to 18.
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.
always carries a few cotton t-shirt bras, many
times in both solids and prints. Cotton
panties and briefs are regularly available from
their sister retailer
One of the best spots for moderately priced
cotton yoga pants, leggings, and bike shorts is
the Just My
Size collection with most styles
available from 1X to 4X, with the occasional
selection available larger. Cotton socks are a
little trickier with
often having diabetic socks with non binding
tops that come in cotton.