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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. 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: April 11, 2017

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Multi Stripe Shirt
Size S - 3X
 

Slim Ankle Pants
Size
XL - 5X

Silk Stripe
Button Front Maxi Tunic
Size 14 - 28W

 

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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Anne Klein
Striped Seersucker Pants
Size
14 - 24W

Dot Pleat Tunic Top
Size S - 3X

Paisley Maxi Skirt
Size 1
X - 3X

Pleated Fit & Flare Dress
Size
6 - 24W
Petite to 16P

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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Gingham Shirt
Size 14 - 28W

Herringbone Knit Blazer
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Melissa McCarthy
Striped Wrap Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Linen Crops
Size
12 - 30W

 

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. 

The designs from Isaac Mizrahi at QVC in sizes 0 to 28W are a best-kept plus-size shopping secret, along with many other hard-to-find classic diffusion collections from well known designers carried by the popular television shopping channel.

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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Wrinkle Resistant Shirt
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P


 

Polka Dot Shift Dress
Size
14 - 24W

White Eyelet Top
Size XL - 3X

Striped Knit Shift Dress
Size 2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18

 

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.  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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Eileen Fisher, Organic Linen Skirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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 Eileen Fisher
Organic Linen Skirt
Size
1X - 3X

Crochet Cardigan
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

Gauze Pants
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

Capri Pants
Size 8 - 24W
Petite to 18P

 

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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Supima Cotton Tee
Size S - 3X

Lafayette 148
Slim Leg Ankle Pants
Size 14 - 24W

Joan Vass
Striped Shift
Size 1X - 3X

Calvin Klein
Color Block Maxi Tunic
Size
XL - 3X

 

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.  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.

 

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Contrast Trim Skort, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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White Shift Dress
Size XS - 3X

Color Block Wrap Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

Pocket Cardigan
Size
S - 3X

 Contrast Trim Skort
Size 14 - 32W

 

 

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