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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Full-Figured Premium Label Fashion in Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: October 19, 2015




Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Marina Rinaldi @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Designer Plus-Size Fashion @ Saks Fifth Avenue

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Luxury Designer Clothing in Extended Misses Sizes @ Nordstrom

Cinzia Rocca, Fur Trim Wool Coat, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick
Designer: Cinzia Rocca
Fur Trim Wool Coat
Size 14 - 22W

Designer: Marina Rinaldi, Printed Organza  Coat, Size 14 -24W | Editor's Pick

Ralph Lauren, Genuine Suede Dress, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick, Sizes 12 +

St. John Collection, Plisse Knit Skirt Suit, Size 0-16| Editor's Pick
Jacket & Skirt Sold Separately

Marina Rinaldi
Printed Organza Coat

Size 14 - 24W

Ralph Lauren
Genuine Suede Dress

Size 14 - 22W

  St. John Collection
Plisse Knit Skirt Suit
Size 0 - 16

Luxury Fashion Report for Size 12 +

 The public is becoming more aware of attitudes within high-end fashion through the plights of popular full-figured celebrities such as Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson who regularly have difficulty finding suitable labels on par with their peers for red carpet and other public appearances. Yet, designer clothing in larger sizes is becoming increasingly available at all levels and price points from lower priced diffusion and capsule collections to better label bridge wear from well known designers.  Some of this is spurred by the celebrities, themselves, although many times the public declaration of designing a plus-size collection to solve the problem never materializes into reality.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Evening Wear @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Dresses @ Dillards

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: eskandar @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Luxury Designer Fashion @ Luisa via Roma

Designer: Brunello Cucinelli, Black Silk Evening Gown, Size XS - XXL | Editor's Pick

Designer: Terani Couture, Beaded Illusion Bodice Gown, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Designer: Eskandar, Lambskin Suede Vest, One Size - Generous | Editor's Pick

Designer: Etro, Patchwork Print Dress, Italian Size 40 - 46 | Editor's Pick

Brunello  Cucinelli
Black Silk Evening Gown

Size XS - XXL

Terani Couture
Beaded Illusion Bodice Gown
Size 14 - 24W

Lambskin Vest

One Size Generous

Patchwork Print
& Brocade Dress
Italian Size 40 - 46

The lack of fashion for larger celebrities has, however, provided the opportunity for some size-positive, upscale designers to make names for themselves.  Some of the best examples include Tadashi Shoji dressing Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer and, most recently, Theia stepping in to design for Gabourey Sidibe at the 2014 Oscars.  Luxury labels such as Burberry have increased sales through high-profile dressing of the immensely popular, full-figured singer Adele with signature style shoes and accessories the most accessible to fashionistas of all sizes.  Christina Hendricks also had trouble earlier in her career finding appropriately high level fashion in her size for red carpet events. Now considered a fashion trend-setter in her break-out Mad Men role, she is able to regularly find fashion from top level names such as Alberta Ferretti,  Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, and Badgley Mischka.

Dresses and formalwear appropriate for red carpet events and black tie affairs, upscale career wear, and casual resort wear are all available in this category, suiting lifestyles of executives, socialites, and well-heeled celebrities. Natural fibers such as silk, linen, cashmere, and leather along with other fine fabrics  combine with quality craftsmanship and design to provide distinctive fashion that makes a statement.  Fit is generally exceptional. Price points can range in the hundreds to thousands in the category.  For those with more limited budgets, investing in designer shoes, accessories and bags can upgrade a look.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Bloomingdale's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Clothes @ Dillard's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Clothing @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Clothes @ Rachel Pally

Designer: Lafayette 148, Pintuck City Pants, Size 16 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Tahari, Metallic Lace Skirt Suit, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Fleurette, Cashmere Wrap Coat, Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black

Designer: Rachel Pally, Jersey Resort Separates, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Lafayette 148 New York
Pintuck City Pants
Size 16 - 24W

Metallic Lace Skirt Suit
Size 14 - 24W

Cashmere Wrap Coat
Size 14 - 24W

Rachel Pally
Jersey Resort Separates
Size 1X - 3X
Runs Long

Misses Extended Sizes

A limited number of very high-end, famous designers have also extended sizes beyond 10 or 12 to Misses 14 - 16 - 18 and XXL in premium collections, but these can be extremely difficult to find. Specialty websites that are authorized to offer collections straight off the prestigious global fashion week runways are some of the best resources and, while scarce, the on-line sorting and search functions makes the shopping process easier.  These include high end European designer website Luisa Via Roma. Designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens have made size inclusivity a part of their high fashion runway shows, mixing larger models with the more common ultra-skinny.

Luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue,  Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom also regularly offer premium labels in larger, extended styles on-line. Size 14's in recent years have been increasingly difficult to find, but certain designers such as Michael Kors regularly still top out at a fourteen. Labels such as Akris, St. John, Armani, Theia, Lela Rose, Gaultier, Gucci, Acne, and Ralph Lauren consistently offer up to a size 16 which are found racked in the main collections. Harder to find, but still available, are options from names such as Escada, Max Mara, Valentino, and Burberry.  A few size 18 and 20's can be found here and there.

Dillard's has an especially deep collection of dresses in the size 12 to 18 range.  The most upscale labels are available for formal events and include names such as Mac Duggal, Kay Unger, and Terani Couture.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Designer Evening Wear @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Formalwear @ Unique Vintage

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Luxury Designer Fashion @ Neiman Marcus Last Call

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Outerwear @ Wilson Leather

Designer:Caroline Rose, Devore Caftan, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Designer: Madison James, Strapless Tulle Mermaid Gown, Size 24 - 32W | Editor's Pick

Cable Knit Cashmere Poncho, One Size Plus | Editor's Pick

Ellen Tracy, Leather Coat, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Caroline Rose
Devore Caftan

Size 1X - 3X

Madison James
Tulle Strapless Mermaid Gown
Size 20 - 32W

Cable Knit Cashmere Poncho
Size 1X - 3X

Ellen Tracy
Leather Coat

Size 1X - 3X

Women's Plus-Sizes

Some of these department stores also have separate plus collections where women's sizing to 22 or 24W is more the norm and both plus-exclusive and mixed sizing designers are available. Particularly deep and unusual premium plus-size collections are available from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, with more bridge and mid-tier designers mixed in at other on-line shopping destinations such as Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom

Upscale formalwear and cocktail dress designers such as Mac Duggal, Tadashi Shoji, and Terani Couture can be readily found on-line from Dillard's in size 14 to 28W.  Unique Vintage can also carry some of these luxury formalwear labels in sizes as large as 30W.  Meanwhile Kay Unger and Carmen Marc Valvo are often available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in size 0 to 24W.

Equally pricy, and custom designed for larger bodies, popular premium plus designer labels include Marina Rinaldi, Anna Scholz, and Lafayette 148 New York in sizes up to 24W. 

Department store buyers are also more pro-actively searching out designers who might be willing to design in larger sizes exclusively for them. Some find success, while others struggle with the transition from designing for more stereo-typical fashion bodies and only stay in the plus market for a season or two. 

Consult the growing Elegant Plus Designer Database for information on where to shop for specific designers.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Nordstrom

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Premium Designer Collections @ Neiman Marcus

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Kay Unger @ Saks Fifth Avenue

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Ming Wang @ Dillards

Tadashi Shoji, Rose Embroidered  Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Lela Rose, Floral Ikat Dress, Size 2 - 16| Editor's Pick

Kay Unger, Sequin Lace Gown, Size 2 - 18 | Editor's Pick

Designer: Ming Wang, Knit Jacket, Size 1X - 3X| Editor's Pick

Tadashi Shoji
Gilt Rose Embroidered
Cocktail Dress

Size 14 - 24W

Lela Rose
Floral Ikat Print Dress

Size 2 - 16

Kay Unger
Sequin Lace Gown
Size 2 - 18

Ming Wang
Knit Jacket
Size 1X - 3X


European sizing is also common.  For reference a European 46 - 48 = US 16.  U.K. and Australian labels run one size smaller than U.S. and Canadian labels.  Italian labels run smaller than other European sizes with the same numbers.

More than almost any other category, sizing can both run small or generous, depending on the label.  Tailoring for the perfect fit is well worth the investment at these price points, and considered the norm.  Fine fabrics, original designs, in addition to quality craftsmanship are the hallmarks of the top tier of ready-to-wear in fashion. While natural fibers are common, synthetics of exceptional hand and quality are also used.



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