Elegant Plus

Serving Savvy Web Shoppers Since 2002

Fashion Flash &
 Weekly Trend Reports
 

Your Favorite Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Curvy Clothes: Size 12 +

Plus-Size Clothing Internet Shopping Guides
>>
Modern Classic Plus-size Clothing

 
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: October 12, 2017

RELATED
SHOPPING GUIDES

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Contemporary Women's Fashion @ Eloquii Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Tops @ Catherines Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Clothes @ Serengeti
Striped Sweater Dress, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Teal Open Front Cardigan, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Square Button Blouse, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Sweater Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Open Front Cardigan
Size XL - 5X

Square Button Blouse
Size
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 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.


 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Clothes @ Torrid Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus Size Clothing @ Macy's Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Clothing @ North Style Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Plus Size Clothing @ Bedford Fair
Herringbone Swing Coat, Size XL - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Wide Leg Crop Pants, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Quilted Barn Jacket, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lightweight Turtleneck Sweater, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Herringbone Swing Coat
Size
XL - 6X

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Wide Leg Crop Pants
Size
14 - 22W

Quilted Barn Jacket
Size
S - 3X

Lightweight
Turtleneck Sweater
Size
S - 3X

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.
 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Clothing @ Lane Bryant Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Nordstrom Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Classic Clothes @ Talbots Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Fashion @ Lands End
Sateen Bomber Jacket, Plus-Size 10 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Sporty Contrast Stripe, Bell Sleeve Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Cashmere Faux Wrap Sweater, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Windowpane Pencil Pants, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sateen Bomber Jacket
Size
10 - 28W

 Sporty Contrast Stripe
Bell Sleeve Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Cashmere
Faux Wrap Sweater
Size S - 3X

Windowpane Pencil Pants
Size
2 - 26W
Petite & Tall to 18

 

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

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Lord & Taylor Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Full Figured Fashion @ Ulla Poken Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Plus Size Clothing @ Dillard's Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Clothing @ Appleseed's
Leopard Print Mock Neck Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Modern Zip Pocket Pants, Size 12 - 34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Calvin Klein, Contrast Trim Bell Sleeve Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Velour Sweatshirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Leopard Print
Mock Neck Top
Size 1X - 3X

Zip Pocket Pants
Size 12 - 34W
Avg - Petite
 

Calvin Klein
Contrast Trim
Bell Sleeve Top
Size
1X - 3X

Velour Sweatshirt
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Soft Surroundings Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Plus Size Clothing @ Old Navy Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ eShakti Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Clothing @ Neiman Marcus
Print Velvet Shirt, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Faux Leather Moto Jacket, Size 1X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Faux Leather Trim Check Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lafayette 148, Tie Neck Velvet Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Print Velvet Shirt
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18

Faux Leather Moto Jacket
Size 1X - 4X

Faux Leather Trim
Check Dress
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Lafayette 148
Tie Neck Velvet 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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Clothing @ Bloomingdale's Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Coldwater Creek Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothes @ Drapers Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Zappos
Marina Rinaldi, Printed Jersey Pants, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick  Crushed Velvet Shirt Dress, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Jewel Cuff Black Cocktail Dress, Size 8 - 24W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Plaid Flannel Shirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Marina Rinaldi
Printed Jersey Pants
Size 14 - 24W

Crushed Velvet Shirtdress
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

Jewel Cuff
Black Cocktail Dress
Size 8 - 24W

Plaid Flannel Shirt
Size
1X - 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.

 

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Avenue Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Plus Size Clothing @ Last Call Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Clothing @ Neiman Marcus Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Classic Clothes @ Nic + Zoe
Striped French Terry Sweatshirt, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Lafayette 148, Tailored Straight Leg Pants, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Cashmere Cardigan, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Nic + Zoe, Reversible Cardigan Jacket, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped
French Terry Sweatshirt
Size
14 - 32W

Lafayette 148
Tailored Straight Leg Pants
Size 14 - 24W

 Cashmere Cardigan
Size
1X - 3X
 

Nic + Zoe
Reversible Cardigan Jacket
Size 1X - 3X

 

 

Advertisement:
 

 

 

ElegantPlus.com 2002-2017


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.