Plus Size Fall Fashion, A Curated Collection @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +
A hand selected collection of  fashion forward plus size women's clothing for Fall 2014 from the Elegant Plus Style Editor


 


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Fall 2014 Plus Size Clothing: Faux Leather Trim, Plaid Leggings, 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Plus-Size Fall Fashion 2014: Trends & Editor's Picks

Fall Plus-Size Fashion Report

By late summer school bells are beginning to ring, but many teens wait to see what their friends are wearing before starting the back-to-school shopping in earnest.  Demand starts in August and begins to taper off in later September. Demand for boots, jeans, leggings, blazers, and easy-to-wear tops mixes with trendy skirts and dresses.  Sleepwear and outerwear are also important shopping categories for college bound plus-size fashionistas.

Fall is the season of luxury fashion.  Not only are designers showing their latest collections on runways, but fibers like lace, leather, suede, and cashmere play prominent roles in the designs.

Fall is also the season of investment shopping, when wardrobes are updated with bigger ticket items like cashmere sweaters, leather jackets, and  wool outerwear.  It's a good time to update working wardrobes with tailored suiting in menswear inspired patterns frequently making an appearance. 

Fall is the beginning of the special occasion season.  High school and college women are shopping for homecoming dresses.  Meanwhile, cocktail dresses and special occasion separates in anticipation of holiday office parties begin to come into the stores in late September with options usually peaking in November just before the Thanksgiving weekend.  By mid to late November New Year's Eve gowns and dresses are in store.

Important accessories for this time of year include tights, boots, and handbags. Belts are an increasingly important item in plus size looks, as women become more confident and willing to show off their figure.

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The first taste of fall fashion happens at Nordstrom's famous pre-season Anniversary Sale in late July.  This is when buyers test out possible inventory for fall and mark it down for a short period of time to see what shoppers want.  Then prices go back up, and the most popular looks and items are re-stocked at full price.  If you like unusual finds, buying during this sale means scoring some looks that won't be re-stocked and worn by everyone else.  Otherwise, you get a jump on fall trends at post-season sale prices with plenty of time to wear and enjoy them for the entire season.  You'll find everything from upscale leather jackets to the latest jeans trends and holiday appropriate dresses and separates.  Well known plus-size designer brands such as Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, and Eileen Fisher are all regularly featured. Other luxury department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus offer pre-orders of fall designer plus-size fashion by the first week in August, given stylish shoppers the advantage on must-have looks. 

Plus specialty cataloguer Ulla Popken is much more moderately priced and is usually the first to get the following season's looks in.  Fall clothing usually begins to arrive in early August in size 12 - 34W.  Other cataloguers are not too far behind giving plenty of time to order.  Pyramid Collection has a bohemian, romantic and Goth flavor in sizes 2 to  28W.  Meanwhile more contemporary looks are available from NorthStyle in sizes 4 to 24W.  Classic looks in natural fibers in average, petite, tall and plus-sizes are popular at Lands End which is particular good for dresses, outerwear, and core basics in size 2 to 26W.  Upscale woolen mills Pendleton has professional, tailored options stocking by late summer for the fall season with suiting, career separates, and dresses in petite to 18P and women's size to 24W.

By late August trendy spots popular with the back-to-school shoppers have stocked the latest looks for fall.  Alloy has romantic, boho chic in junior size XS to XXXL.  Forever 21 and Asos have the latest fast fashion looks in size S to 3X.  Those who appreciate a more urban vibe will want to shop Dr. Jay's collection including brands such as Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, and Fashion Lab in sizes S to 3X.  Newcomer Violeta by Mango brings contemporary European style to the plus market in sizes up to 20.

Plus-specialty retailers will finish late summer clearance sales on Labor Day Weekend and fall fashion will come in during the first week in September.  Lane Bryant has been upping the style quotient with high-end designer collaborations adding chic work looks to shoppers in size 14 to 28W.  Ashley Stewart has a trendier, urban vibe with body conscious styles, bold colors and patterns characterizing their look in sizes 12 to 26W. Torrid is maintaining a trendier vibe with retro vintage and Goth overtones in size XL to 5X.  Meanwhile, Avenue extends sizes to those wearing up to 34W who are on a modest budget.

It is at this time that wide-calf boots and wide-width booties, both fashionable fall items in demand and difficult to find off-line begin to appear on-line.  Along with many of the plus-specialty retailers just mentioned,  other especially reliable boot resources include Naturalizer, Footsmart, and Zappos. Upscale department store Nordstrom began existence as a shoe specialist and has remained true to its roots in the shoe and boot department. Consequently the most luxurious wide-width and plus-calf options can often be found there, including in women's shoe sizes larger than 10.

Those shopping for work wear and special occasion looks for holiday office parties will find September arrivals for the fall season at Dillard's and Macy's, both of which stock up to size 24W.  Eloquii has a younger, body conscious aesthetic designed especially for fuller figures in sizes 14 to 24W appealing to young, urban professionals.  Meanwhile, specialty retailers such as Wilson Leather can prove to be one of the best shopping destinations for plus-size outerwear in sizes to 3X.

By mid October cashmere sweaters begin to appear. The best shopping spots for plus-size women to 3X are at Macy's where basic pullover and cardigan styles are the most budget friendly, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's where quality is reliably high with both classic and more fashion-forward and contemporary styles available, and QVC which often has payment plans that can spread out costs over several months.
 

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