By late summer school bells are
beginning to ring, but many teens wait to see
what their friends are wearing before starting
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
Fall is the season of luxury fashion. Not
only are designers showing their latest
collections on runways, but fibers like lace,
and cashmere play prominent roles in the
Fall is also the season of investment shopping,
when wardrobes are updated with bigger ticket
leather jackets, and wool
It's a good time to update
working wardrobes with tailored suiting
in menswear inspired patterns frequently making
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
this time of year include
and handbags. Belts are an increasingly
important item in plus size looks, as women
become more confident and willing to show off
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
regularly featured. 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
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.
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. Upscale woolen
Pendleton has professional, tailored
options stocking by late summer for the fall
career separates, and
petite to 18P and women's size to 24W.
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. Those
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. 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.
has a trendier, urban vibe with body conscious
styles, bold colors and patterns characterizing
their look in sizes 12 to 26W.
maintaining a trendier vibe with retro vintage
and Goth overtones in size XL to 5X.
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
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
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
Leather can prove to be one of the best
shopping destinations for
plus-size outerwear in sizes to 3X.
By mid October
begin to appear. The best shopping spots for
plus-size women 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.