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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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.
 


Last Update: February 24, 2018

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Size 14 - 28W

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Size XL - 5X
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Size
S - 4X

 

Classic. Timeless. Quality. These are words that come to mind when describing the sorts of pieces in which most women will invest.  Lines tend to be clean and tailored.  This is stylish clothing without being trendy.  The kind that can be worth a heftier price tag because it's both versatile and won't go out of fashion in a blink. 

Classics in plus-sizes used to be euphemistic of old and dowdy. Now that retailers have addressed the trendy, Fast Fashion market in larger sizes, attention is beginning to turn to the contemporary clothing market. Appealing to working women who need professional attire in every age bracket, price points range from moderate to upscale. Fabric qualities tend to be at least slightly better than Fast Fashion counterparts, although the plus segment of the market has plenty of room for improvement on that score. 

This is an area in which big name designers are beginning to contribute diffusion lines and capsule collections accessible to more people. It's also the style that most frequently sees a misses size retailer quietly extending their size range upwards.  Natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and cashmere are most likely to come in more classic styles.

Options include versatile pieces that can dress up or down, with a simple change of shoes and accessories, fitting easily into a modern woman's lifestyle. Equally, sophisticated cocktail dresses or simple jeans may be offered with this look.


 

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LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Gingham Cotton Shirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Balloon Sleeve Shift Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Wrinkle Resistant, Fitted Cotton Poplin Shirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Gingham Cotton Shirt
Size
1X - 3X

Balloon Sleeve
Shift Dress
Size
14 - 24W
 

Wrinkle Resistant
Fitted Cotton Shirt
Size
S - 3X

Noir Collection
Power Knit Tailored Trousers
Size
12 - 30W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Outerwear, as a large investment piece, is often offered in more classic styles such as trench coats, leather moto jackets, and wool peacoats.

Natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and linen are more common in classic styles than others in plus-sizes. More upscale designs in classic styles can also be found in luxury fibers such as silk and cashmere.

Shopping Resources for CLASSIC EXTENDED & PLUS-SIZE CLOTHES

Many of the department stores stock a good selection of classic styles for a wide variety of occasions, with much deeper inventories and selections available on-line than in most retail locations.  Items such as cocktail dresses will be available from the more upscale stores, while more casual apparel is available from all at a wide variety of price points.

The most upscale classic designer labels include Lafayette 148 New York and Marina Rinaldi in women's size 14 to 24W at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Meanwhile, equally luxurious retailer Neiman Marcus carries hard-to-find contemporary and classic labels such as Caroline Rose, Misook, and Eileen Fisher in size 14 to 24W.  Women who are smaller plus will especially enjoy the St. John Collection in size 0 to 16 at Nordstrom, which also has a women's 14 to 24W section with more moderately priced classic labels in size 14 to 24W. Classic cocktail dress styles and quality outerwear are both especially good here.
 

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Navy Floral Chiffon
Wrap Midi Dress
Size
12 - 28W

Eyelet Peplum
Denim Jacket
Size XS - 3X
Avg - Petite

Button Front Denim Skirt
Size
2 - 26W
Petite to 16

 Crinkle
Rayon Dot Shirt
Size XS - 3X

 

Ralph Lauren is available from many of the better department stores in women's sizes to 22W, and is known for both the quality and classic American designs including sportswear, career wear, and occasion wear. 

Of the more moderately priced department stores look for CHAPS Ralph Lauren at Bon Ton and labels such as Vince Camuto at Macy's in size 0 to 24W. 

Core, casual basics such as plain cotton tees, twill pants, button down shirts, and cardigan sweaters are especially good at Lands End which offers a wide variety of sizes including petites, talls, women's in sizes to 26W, and even a few super sizes here and there.  Those who appreciate tailored classics in natural fibers will want to stop in at  Appleseed's

 

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Stretch Linen Blend
Slim Leg Pants
Size 12 - 30W

Tommy Hilfiger
Tipped Oversized Sweater
Size 1X - 3X

Three Quarter Sleeve
Cotton Tee
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

Ming Wang
Striped Knit Blazer
Size
1X - 3X

 

Tailored career wear including jackets, suiting separates, and dresses are a must stop for Talbots, in addition to their sportswear and weekend casual styles in natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk, and cashmere.  Both the women's plus and women's plus petite lines are well stocked to size 24W. 

Value priced shoppers stock up on classics from Blair which carries plus petites to 3XP and women's sizes to 5X.  Sister catalogs Old Pueblo Traders and Bedford Fair offer moderately priced options for casual, work and less dressy occasions including jackets, sweaters, tees, dresses, shorts, pants and separates for sizes 6 to 28W with petites available up to 20P.  Christopher & Banks focuses mainly on well made classics, many of which are natural fibers with cotton the main staple.  Styles range from casual pieces, including a good selection of denim, to options for working women in more relaxed office environments in sizes 4 to 26W, with a few extended into the super size range to 32W.

Draper's & Damon's offers moderately priced contemporary and classic styles appealing to more mature women with options for casual, cruise, occasions and  work in size 6 to 24W.

More polished, but still classic looks good for both casual and work are at North Style in size 6 to 24W.  Meanwhile, Lane Bryant has been getting a more classic to contemporary make over under new direction with some upscale offerings available exclusively on-line in size 14 to 28W.

 

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Long Line
Utility Jacket
Size 1
X - 4X

Lemon Print
Cotton Shirt Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Striped Hoody
Size S - 3X

Eileen Fisher
Organic Linen Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Working women will want to check-out the extensive on-line inventory at Dress Barn, and both the tailored jackets and sportswear separates at Coldwater Creek.  Classic, upscale no-iron button down shirts and blouses are a specialty at Foxcroft which is a label found at many of the better and luxury department stores and retailers in size 0 to 24W. 

Karen Kane offers many core basic black knit pieces that mix and match with many other kinds of wardrobes in size S to 3X,  as does the more upscale label specializing in natural fibers and eco fashion, Eileen Fisher.

Super size women, especially, will want to check out the amazing dress collection at eShakti which bases many of its designs on mid-20th century vintage patterns in size 0 to 36W.  Catherine's is the best source for more casual looks in size 16 to 34W, with petite plus size XL to 5X available.

 

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Striped Pintuck Shirt
Size
14 - 32W

Knit T-Shirt Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Short Sleeve
Pointelle Cardigan
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

Cargo Pants
Size 6 - 28W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

Bargain & Discount Shopping

Meanwhile, those who enjoy designer clothes but have tighter budgets will find the same labels available at the main flagship stores, but in past season styles at Saks OFF 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call in size 0 to 24W.

Flash sale sites such as 6PM  can also have deep discounts on top name brand clothes with a classic style in size S to 3X. 

 

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Essential Tank Top
Size
S - 3X

Lace Cocktail Dress
Size
10 - 32W

Belted Trench Coat
Size
1X - 3X

 Nic + Zoe
Knit Seasonless
Wide Leg Pants
Size
1X - 3X
 

 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.