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Last Update: October 12, 2017
Striped Sweater Dress
Size 14 - 28W
Open Front Cardigan
Size XL - 5X
Square Button Blouse
S - 3X
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
market. Appealing to
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
This is an area in which
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
may be offered with this look.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Of the more moderately priced department stores
look for CHAPS Ralph Lauren at
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
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
Tailored career wear including
jackets, suiting separates, and dresses are a
must stop for
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
which carries plus petites to 3XP and women's
sizes to 5X. Sister catalogs
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
in size 6 to 24W. Meanwhile,
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.
Working women will want
to check-out the extensive on-line inventory at
and both the tailored jackets and
sportswear separates at
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.
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
Super size women, especially,
will want to check out the amazing dress
which bases many of its designs on mid-20th
century vintage patterns in size 0 to 36W.
is the best source for more casual looks in size
16 to 34W, with petite plus size XL to 5X
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
Neiman Marcus Last Call
in size 0 to 24W.
Flash sale sites such as
can also have deep discounts on top name brand
clothes with a classic style in size S to 3X.
A hidden gem is the selection at
Sierra Trading Post
which specializes in outdoor and sportswear, but
also often has discounted high quality classic
suiting, tops and pants for work, and dresses
from brands such as Columbia, Pendleton, Austin
Reed and many others.