The first taste of fall fashion
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
upscale leather jackets to the
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
About the same time home shopping network
begins rolling out their fall inventory, in
addition to their famous Christmas in July sale.
Almost all of their inventory is available in
the full size 0 to 28W size range, in addition
to an especially good selection of plus petite
fashion. Specializing in moderately priced
diffusion lines from celebrities, stylists,
television personalities and designers this is
an especially popular shopping spot.
Collection has a bohemian, romantic and
flavor in sizes 2 to 28W. Meanwhile
more contemporary looks are available from
NorthStyle in sizes 4 to 24W.
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. Meanwhile, specialty
retailers such as
Leather can prove to be one of the best
shopping destinations for
plus-size outerwear in sizes to 3X.
By late August
popular with the back-to-school shoppers have
stocked the latest looks for fall.
romantic, boho chic in junior size XS to XXXL.
Forever 21 and
Asos have the latest
fast fashion looks in size S to 3X.
who appreciate a more urban vibe will want to
Dr. Jay's collection including brands such
as Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, and Fashion Lab in
sizes S to 3X. Stepping up its game in the
last year has been plus specialty retailer
with both trendy back-to-school and work pieces
at value to moderate prices in bold colors and
patterns for size 12 to 26W. Also
appealing to those who prefer body conscious,
trendy styles at value prices is East Coast plus
Fashion to Figure
for size XL to 3X.
Particularly popular with the
fatshion blogging crowd is British trend-setter
size 0 to 20/22.
is joining the American trendy offerings for
2015 for size 0 to 28, while both
Rue 21 and
have extended their sizes to include
full-figured 1X to 3X options for the 2015
Back-to-School shopping season.
Of the moderately priced department stores
Maurice's have the best selection
appealing to younger shoppers heading back to
college or high school.
Target is also actively
increasing its appeal at value prices and is a
good spot for dorm room needs, as well.
Sizing has been quietly extending on-line up to
4X at many of them.
Super-size teens will want to check out
Sealed with a Kiss and
Avenue, both of which are
moderately priced with extensive collections
available in size 14 to 32W. Meanwhile,
most looks at
available in size XL to 5X, but sizing is
extending further in some styles to 6X for 2015.
Late Summer Clearance Sales and
Early Fall Arrivals
Other luxury department
stores such as
Saks Fifth Avenue and
Marcus offer pre-orders of
plus-size fashion by the first week in August,
given stylish shoppers the advantage on
must-have looks in size 14 to 24W. Labels
include Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, Stizzoli,
Caroline Rose, Fuzzi, Joan Vass, Misook, Eileen
Fisher and many more high quality designer
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.
has a trendier, urban vibe with body conscious
styles, bold colors and patterns characterizing
their look in sizes 12 to 26W.
Plus specialty cataloguer
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 to 34W.
Other cataloguers are not too far behind giving
plenty of time to order.
Professional Work Wardrobe
Those looking for suiting in both classic and
more contemporary styles will find the best
selection at some of the more upscale department
carries both an excellent classic suit selection
in coordinated tailored styles, and contemporary
jackets, blazers and separates at moderate to
slightly upscale prices from well known national
brands in size 14 to 24W.
Lord & Taylor
also has an exceptionally good tailored suit
selection from labels such as Calvin Klein,
Nipon Boutique, Tahari, and their in house
designs for size 14 to 24W. Those
with the largest budgets will find the best
selection of work appropriate jackets and
separates from labels such as Lafayette 148,
Misook, and Marina Rinaldi at
Cashmere is also reliably available in plus
sizes by mid fall, in addition to other luxury
fabrics such as leather and suede.
In addition to the department stores some
cataloguers have excellent working wardrobe
options at more moderate pricing. Tailored
and contemporary style suiting, dresses, and
separates are well represented at
Monroe & Main
with their entire collection available in size 6
Draper's & Damon's
is a good bet for slightly less formal offices
that still have a contemporary or tailored vibe
for size 4 to 26W. Meanwhile,
has a mixture of well-priced casual and career
pieces for size 14 to 28W .
one of the best spots for both classic no-iron
shirts popular with modern working women, and
more contemporary style tops available in size 0
to 24W. Those looking to stock up on high
quality basic black knit career trousers and
coordinating separates will find one of the best
for size XS to 3X.
Specialty plus designer
Kiyonna is a must stop for those
looking for well made contemporary style career
dresses in knits for size 10 to 32W.
another plus-specialty indie designer usually
offers a small collection of coordinating
jackets, skirts, and pants for custom suiting,
in addition to their deep selection of dresses
for size 12 to 32W.
Eloquii has a
younger, body conscious aesthetic designed
especially for fuller figures in sizes 14 to 24W
appealing to young, urban professionals.
Their suiting, skirts, blouses, and dresses are
modern and tailored.
Fall Holiday and Occasion Fashion
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 size 0 to 26W. The formalwear
is particularly upscale with designers such as
Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, Terani Couture,
Adrianna Papell, and Mori Lee regularly
has a more youthful and contemporary selection
in size 0 to 24W, while
Lord & Taylor
is one of the best places for full-figured
Those on tighter budgets will find the deepest
selection of special occasion dresses available
for size 4 to 24W, in addition to evening
has begun carrying an extensive collection of
party dresses, especially in the months leading
up to the holidays. Styles here have a
vintage feel while remaining contemporary and
youthful. The plus inventory is growing
daily and well worth the stop for size 0 to 28.
Igigi is one of the best spots on
the net for full-figured dresses for size 12 to
32W. Cocktail and full length evening
gowns are regularly available in unique,
Kiyonna is best known for their
lace cocktail dress styles, but also offer
jersey maxi dresses that are popular options
with many full-figured women in size XL to 5X.
The lace evening tops are also worth checking
out for those looking for party separates.
Those looking for beaded evening chiffon pant
suits will like the selection at
in size S to 3X, and
for size 12 to 38W.
Draper's & Damon's
also regularly carries evening separates from
brands such as Alex Evenings that can be easily
mixed and matched for special occasion dressing
in size 4 to 26W.
Shoes, Boots & Booties
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
Upscale department store
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.
By mid October
begin to appear. The best shopping spots for
plus-size women XL to 3X are at
where basic pullover and cardigan styles are the
most budget friendly,
where quality is reliably high with both classic
and more fashion-forward and contemporary styles
often has payment plans that can spread out
costs over several months has the most generous
size range form 0 to 28W.
is where to find mark downs from last year's
cashmere offerings in size S to 3X.