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Size 1X - 3X
Size 14 - 28W
Petite to 24P
Faux Suede Vest
16 - 24W
The structured look of blazers or jackets can
work just as well over a pair of trendy or
classic jeans to give a casual, polished look
as when worn to office. Consequently, plus-size
jackets and blazers are in demand across every
age group, price point, and taste level.
During the spring and fall seasons and in milder climates,
blazers can also double as
Classic, tailored looks are still favored for
interviews, more conservative work environments,
and with many more mature women. It is a common
choice in many fields to wear blazers as
separates instead of as part of pant suits in the
modern office. Furthermore, many better
quality pant suits are offered as a matching or
coordinating top and bottom to be purchased
separately. This makes it possible for
those who do not need the more formal look to
find even more jacket options.
fitted styles, brighter colors, and patterns are
also appropriate in many
environments for those who want to amp up their
look. Softer, less structured toppers are
easy-to-wear options and sometimes come in a
Contemporary and even
BoHo or Art-to-Wear styles for less formal work
places. Furthermore, the lines between
jackets and cardigan sweaters
is blurring with the rise in popularity of
structured knit jacket styles. This is a
particularly good change for women who have
upper arm fit issues.
Vintage and retro style jackets are favored by
romantic dressers, and those who enjoy playing
with Victorian inspired fashion styles such as
Steampunk and Goth. Some of these styles
also make good evening jacket options in velvet
Natural fibers used in jackets and blazers
include wool, linen,
cotton, and silk, with leather and suede
trending in and out of fashion, depending upon
Shopping Resources for
Plus-Size Blazers, Jackets & Vests
One of the most popular and
in-demand items, plus-size blazers and jackets
are available at a wide range of retailers on
the internet. Inventories in plus-sizes
are often deeper on-line than in many
Department stores have
traditionally offered women's sizes from 14W to
24W. For those who wear what are
frequently referred to as "in between" sizes (12
-18 misses) it is often worth browsing the
regular sizing categories where some labels in
size XL may fit.
Upscale, career looks in classic
to contemporary styles are a specialty of
Lafayette 148 which uses fine fabrics often of
natural fibers such as silk, linen, and cotton.
A particularly good selection of this luxury
designer label is regularly stocked at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
Other labels often here include the equally
luxurious Marina Rinaldi, Italian luxury knits
from Stizzoli, German classic designer Basler, and eco-fashion designer label
begun stocking both it's own classic to
contemporary suiting coordinates and options
from labels such as Louben, Ellen Tracy, Basler,
and Ralph Lauren. Trendier options
are also available from the Australian City Chic
Those that appreciate natural fibers will find
that Eileen Fisher has a growing collection of
career appropriate separates including blazers,
jackets and toppers.
Lord & Taylor
often has steep mark downs available
directly on the main website from brands such as
Tahari, Nipon Boutique, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein.
One of the deepest selections of plus-size
styles available on the internet, looks range
from classically tailored to contemporary with
the latest colors, patterns, and cuts available
along side more traditional black, white, and
navy options in size 0 to 24W.
offers more contemporary designer, but equally
upscale, options from Misook which works in
heavy gauge knits to 3X. One of the deepest
collections of designer blazers and jackets,
this is a must stop for professionals looking to
update their wardrobes with high quality and
luxury designs in classic to contemporary, and
even bohemian styles. Regularly available
such as Berek, Lafayette 148, Marina Rinaldi,
Michael Simon, and Caroline Rose in size 14 to
24W. They also often offer cashmere options in
the winter months from their in-house label.
Artier and bohemian looks with less structure
than tailored styles are also frequently
available here, including flowing kimono toppers
in both prints and solids from labels such as
Johnny Was and Eileen Fisher.
carries designer jackets and blazers from Ming
Wang who also works in heavy gauge career knits
with a classic designer ethos. ZoZo woman
is a designer with more contemporary flair
regularly offered. More moderately priced
tailored bridge career brands such as Tahari and
Peter Nygard are also regularly offered. Ralph
Lauren is frequently well represented at
Dillard's in sizes up to 24W. Classic black
interview options are reliably available, in
addition to more diverse cuts, colors, and
styles. Those who appreciate contemporary
prints and cuts will also find a good selection,
in among the more tailored styles.
For the very popular Calvin
Klein, Michael Kors, and Vince Camuto
contemporary bridge brands shop
Macy's also has several in house labels with a
more contemporary to trendy vibe. The
Jones New York line is frequently available from
both, for those who appreciate the classic
quality and tailored lines of the brand. Both
have frequent sales that can bring otherwise
moderately priced brands down into more more
shopping budgets for size 0 to 24W.
Tahari is well represented in the major
department stores, but it's also well worth a
stop in at the company website for tailored
looks in the latest color palettes and patterns
for size 14 to 24W. Modern classic
Talbots has a much wider and diverse
range of sizes available on-line than in most of
their brick-and-mortar locations.
Excellent fabrics and tailoring is a hallmark
with sizing available on-line from 2 to 24W in
both women's and petite sizes.
Budget friendly designs from Jones New York
are available from
Dress Barn which also carries its own line of work
Internet and catalog retailers
also offer plenty of options.
offers classic options in natural fibers, while
as the name suggests is a source for silk
blazers and jackets.
carries more moderately priced options form well
known brands such as Vickie Wayne and Alfred
New York & Co
offers one of the best budget friendly, yet
chic, tailored work separates in sizes to 18.
Most fabrics are easy care.
has being upping its style quotient in
recent years with fashion forward, yet modern
classic jackets and blazers becoming a mainstay
in their on-line collection in size 14 to 28W.
With the softening
of office attire, more creative jacket styles
including bold prints, mixed fabrics, and easier
silhouettes are popular options for women who
enjoy expressing personal style with more
creative looks. The BoHo trend is adding
kimono styles and fabrics often reserved for
evening looks into day wear styles. Coldwater Creek
offers well made, contemporary styles in
tailored looks for size 6 to 24W that
mix-and-match over both more casual jeans and
office looks. Styles can include art-to-wear
detailing including embroidery, hand painting,
and patchwork fabrics.
A small collection, but well worth the stop, is
the contemporary looks at
in size 6 to 26W. Pieced art-to-wear and
boiled wool jackets are often stocked here.
& Damon's offers a similar style
collection, with the addition of softer hand
painted kimono styles popular for evening and
occasion looks in size S to 3X. Meanwhile, the
long flowing toppers and sweater jackets at
Surroundings have a European to bohemian
flavor in size 2 to 18 for petite and talls,
with women's sizing extended to 24W.
The IC Collection at
Dillard's is well worth a look for those
who enjoy innovative prints, and eclectic cuts
for size 1X to 3X. Also look for the
designer Ming Wang knit jackets in colorful and
bold prints, and the designs from Peter Nygard.
Those with larger
budgets won't want to miss the fine natural
fiber and contemporary designs from Caroline
Rose, Michael Simon, Misook, and Berek from
This is also one of the best selections of
Johnny Was and Eileen Fisher jackets in
plus-sizes available on the internet.
Zoe often has a selection of knit
jackets in both constructed and unconstructed
styles. The innovative patterns make these
very popular with women in the creative
professional fields, with sizing available from
S to 3X.
For the trendy woman who loves
the flair and structure of blazers over jeans
and leggings, options are increasingly
available, even in extended plus sizes larger
than 3X. It is here that you are most
likely to find the latest colors, more
interesting and diverse cuts, and in recent
years, pattern options at Fast Fashion prices.
Many of these can make light outerwear options
for back-to-school and collegiate fashion.
offers the widest selection of both styles and
sizes. Looks here can go from classically
tailored to edgy at moderate price points in
size XL to 6X.
ASOS translates runway looks at mass
market prices in size 14 to 24W. A Fast Fashion
hot spot turnover is rapid and popular styles
sell out of sizes quickly. Trend-conscious Australian retailer City Chic
offers both edgy styles and the
softer bohemian inspired kimono toppers, their
prices are moderate. The British retailer
now ships to the U.S. quickly and for free,
offering both designs available exclusively
through them in addition to harder-to-find
British trendy designers for size 10 to 28W.
The blazer selection here will often be ahead of
the American style curve giving fashion forward
trend-setters a place to shop.
Those looking for styles with
vintage overtones will want to check out the
ModCloth which combines the latest
trends with mid-twentieth century flair for size
XS to 4X.
Homegrown trendy retailers with
extended plus-size collections that offer
jackets and blazers include
They regularly carry trendy career
styles for curvaceous women with a collection
that changes frequently and sells out quickly in
size 12 to 26W. Pricier is the chic, new
line tailored exclusively for plus-size women in
on-trend body conscious designs in size 14 to
Macy's in house
brand INC is the most
trend-conscious of the department stores with
jackets and blazers available in sizes to 24W.
Trendier jackets and blazers can
also be found at the cataloguer
Monroe & Main
which offers their entire collection in size 6
to 24W. Also worth mentioning are the
jackets with a vintage, goth or steampunk flair
in size 2 to 28W.
Brands and retailers offering
sizes beyond 24W are the most likely to use
knits and softer silhouettes in jackets,
blurring the line between blazers and dusters or
toppers. Available in smaller plus-sizes
as well, many of these spots are good choices
for women with a more eclectic or bohemian
style, in addition to more contemporary or
Avenue carries styles
suitable for more casual offices and weekend
wear in size 14W to 32W.
has one of the best selections for extended
plus-size with a deep and diverse selection
ranging from tailored classics to contemporary
styles. Natural fibers including linen, leather,
and silk are well represented.
QVC offers most
designers and brands to 3X (28W), with a few
here and there available even larger. With
measurements listed for individual products,
super size women may find unusual options that
will work on their bodies here. Every now and
Kiyonna has well-tailored, chic suiting
separates and career jacket styles and are worth
checking, especially for super size women
needing interview clothing for size 10 to 32W.
Those shopping for
high quality on a tighter budget, such as
students looking for interview attire or newly
employed professionals in upscale and more
formal industries, can have remarkably good
success on-line in size 14 to 24W.
The sale racks of
the major department stores such as
can turn up some surprisingly good bargains of
in season, high end designer jacket options in
both conservative tailored and contemporary
For past season's
high end designer pieces at a considerable
discount from labels such as Misook, Marina
Rinaldi, Eileen Fisher, and Lafayette 148 check out
Saks Off Fifth.
Nordstrom Rack will often carry more
contemporary and trend conscious options for
sizes up to 24W.
Flash sale sites
are often a good resource for mid-tier and
diffusion designer collections such as Vince
Camuto, DKNYC, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and
is one of the best for extended sizes.