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Last Update: December 14, 2017
Size 1X - 3X
Linen Crop Top
Size 12 - 26W
Wide Leg Pants
Size 1X - 3X
Linen is a natural plant based fiber that is
particularly cool and comfortable in hot
weather. It comes in a variety of weights
from fine, tissue linen to coarser weaves
appropriate for more substantial, casual
garments. It can be either knit or woven
and is sometimes blended with cotton.
Colors tend to be either natural, bleached
white, or earth tones, but more diverse color
palettes have become more widely available in
Plus-size linen clothing tends to be classic in
style and can be mixed with pieces to create
more BoHo or
looks. In the summer months it is often
possible to find
career clothing in linen such as dresses and
jackets, in addition to more casual items such
as capri pants. Office casual styles can
include simple shirts and tunics, while more
tailored looks work well in more formal
Price points can range from moderate to upscale,
designer pieces can be organic linen
or have specialty finishes. Organic
linens are much easier on the
environment to produce but lower in crop yield,
so tend to push prices up.
is one of the few designers available in
plus-sizes to work in organic linen.
designers such as Bryn Walker
work almost exclusively in linen, while small
artisan boutique designers such as Blue Fish
that work exclusively in a natural, hand-dyed
and painted aesthetics also frequently choose
it. A surprising entry to the organic
fiber space in recent months has been the PURE
a women's specialty retailer with styles
available in size 12 to 30W.
Mid to upscale designers such as
Lauren, Calvin Klein, Caroline Rose, Johnny Was,
Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 that are carried by many of
the better and upscale department stores such as
often have linen pieces available in the spring
Some of the plus
exclusive retailers have begun carrying linen
pieces in the warmer seasons.
can have both casual and career separates in
size 14 to 28W. Those who like a trendier
edge to career style can often find linen looks
at modest prices at
in size 12 to 32W.
Retailers such as
specialize in classic, moderately upscale clothes
in quality fabrics many of which are natural
fibers for size 2 to 24W, with a few selected
styles available in plus petites to 22W.
They will often carry career jackets, dresses,
and separates in addition to more casual weekend
Those looking for more casual styles such as
skirts and shorts can have good luck as
Sahalie with its youthful
contemporary vibe in size 4 to 24W.
contemporary style in travel knits and natural
fibers offers easy separates at moderate prices
with items such as knit tees and sweaters in
linen frequently on offer in size S to 3X.
The value priced
catalogue carries casual separates such as easy
shorts, pants, and tunics in linen, in addition
to work appropriate attire such as jackets and
dresses. Styles tend to be classic with
some taking on a preppie vibe.
Meanwhile retailers such as
which specializes in natural fibers are sure
bets all year.