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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: April 29, 2016



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Stonewashed Denim Dress, Size 4 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Organic Cotton Lace Trim Tank Top, Size 12 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Supima Cotton Striped Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Stonewashed Denim Dress
Size 4 - 24W

Organic Cotton
Lace Trim Tank Top

Size 12 - 30W

  Supima Cotton
Striped Cardigan
Size 2 - 26W
Petite & 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 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 collection at Ulla Popken available in size 12 to 30W.

Those who prefer cotton often also enjoy other natural fibers 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 rayon.

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Cotton Bra & Panty Set, Plus-Size | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tile Print Top, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Floral Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

White Eyelet Skirt, Sizes S-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Bra & Panty Set
Bra Size 38 - 50 C - H
Panty Size 12 - 28W

Tile Print Top
Sizes 2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

Cotton Floral Dress
Size 14 - 24W

White Eyelet Skirt
Sizes S - 3X


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.  Meanwhile, Talbots 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.


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Pintuck Gingham Shift Dress, Sizes 0-36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Embroidered Tunic, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher, White Organic Cotton Skinny Jeans, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Gingham Shirt, Sizes 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Pintuck Gingham Shift
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Embroidered Tunic
Size S - 3X

Eileen Fisher
Organic Cotton Skinny Jeans

Size 16 - 24W

Gingham 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.  Of the designers the most popular working in natural fibers include Ralph Lauren and Eileen Fisher.

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.


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White Fringed Open Weave Duster, Size 1X - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chambray Shirtdress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Print Skirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Eyelet Jean Jacket, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Fringed Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

Chambray Shirtdress
Size 1X - 3X

Cotton Print Skirt
Size S - 3X

Eyelet Jean Jacket
Size S - 3X


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 Bedford Fair and Serengeti.  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 Soft 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.

Lane Bryant 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 Catherine's.  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 Footsmart often having diabetic socks with non binding tops that come in cotton.


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Crinkle Cotton Double Layer Maxi Dress, Size 2 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Pullover Sweater, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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100% Cotton Layering Tee, Size 1X - 5X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chambray Shorts, Size 4 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crinkle Cotton
Double Layer Maxi Dress
Size 2 - 28W

Crochet Pullover Sweater
Size S - 3X

100% Cotton
Layering Tee
Size 1X - 5X

Chambray Shorts
Size 4 - 24W
Petite to 16P

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