Plus-Size Career Tops & Blouses for Professional Business Women, A Shopping Guide @ Elegant Plus, Size 12 +

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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Career Blouses, Shells, Tunics & Tops in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report  Professional tops and blouses for stylish, plus size  business women to layer with tailored career outfits are hand selected by the Elegant Plus Style Editor especially for full figured women sizes 12+.  Plus size career blouses, tops, tunics, shells and shirts for professional business women can be difficult to find. This collection brings together hand selected styles that combine with business suits, pants and skirts for polished office looks.

 

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Plus-Size Work Tops, Shirts & Blouses for Professional Career Women: Trends & Editor's Picks

Plus-Size Career Blouses, Tunics, Shirts & Tops Report
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Career tops and blouses come in a variety of sleeve lengths, cuts, and fabrics all year.  Crisp tailored styles, soft jersey knits, and flowing chiffons all make good work choices. Natural fibers such as silk, linen and cotton are becoming progressively more available in larger sizes. Necklines are often higher than on other top types. Modern classic styles are common choices in this category, although more creative office environments can leave room for trendier styles. Price points range from budget conscious to upscale designer.

 While color palettes are frequently conservative in work and career wear, blouses are an opportunity to spice up the look of an outfit. Even tailored, classic black pants or skirt suits can be brightened up and updated with the right colored or patterned blouse.   Because tops are often layered under jackets and cardigans the visual impact can be more subtle than a bold color or patterned blouse worn alone.   Use shirts and blouses to express your personal style, along with accessories such as bags, shoes, and jewelry.

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Work Appropriate Blouses, Shirts, Tunics & Tops

With a majority of women in America working outside the home, it's not surprising that work clothes are some of the most in demand styles in all sizes and price points.

Luxury Labels and Designers

Working women who can spend on upscale, designer labels will find the largest depth of inventory in the major department stores, many of which only offer women's sizes on-line.   Neiman Marcus regularly carries the hard-to-find heavy gauge, luxury knit label Misook popular with executives who travel, along with similarly simple silhouetted Eileen Fisher in natural luxury fibers.  Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 are both premium, luxury labels favored by upscale, full-figured women with generous budgets.  Rounding out their offerings are other unusual labels including Carolyn Rose which is more appropriate for creative office environments with its relaxed sophistication, and Joan Vass. Sizing here is available up to 24W.

Nordstrom carries an especially good selection of upscale designer labels for smaller plus women in the 12 to 16 size range out in their main selling section.  Look for classic to contemporary designs from Akris Punto, St. John, and Armani Collezioni appealing to busy, well heeled and fashionable executives.

Bloomingdale's, in addition to several of the labels already mentioned, adds looks from contemporary designers such as Melissa Masse and Anna Scholz in size 14 to 24W.  Furthermore, they tend to stock some of the more luxurious, upscale parts of the Lauren Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and DKNYC lines in plus-size.

Moderate Priced Designer Plus-Size Career Tops Shopping Options

Those on tighter budgets who still want some of the labels already mentioned will find previous seasons lines available at Last Call and Saks Off Fifth at significant discounts.

Dillard's and Macy's both offer more moderately priced career collections worth shopping.  Dillard's tends to be slightly more conservative with an especially good selection from Lauren Ralph Lauren, ZoZo Woman, and Canadian label Peter Naygard in size 14 to 24W.  Macy's has several in house labels well worth shopping for contemporary to trendy career women, in addition to regularly stocking designers such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.   Lord & Taylor also carries these, in addition brands such as Jessica Simpson, Albert Nipon and Chelsea and Theodore.

Upscale shoppers will also appreciate the fine quality of work appropriate blouses at Pendleton which works in fine fabrics, including genuine silk.  All of their clothing is available to size 18, with selected styles extended up to women's size 24W.  Slightly less pricy is the modern classic career and sportswear label Jones New York which carries a good selection of shells, blouses, and button down shirts that work well with tailored suits and separates in size 0 to 24W.  Contemporary designer Karen Kane is similarly priced with tops and blouses that are better worn as separates in less formal offices is size S to 3X.

Those who wear smaller plus will find contemporary work separates available on-line in size 0 to 18 at well known retailer Ann Taylor Loft, while The Gap offers on-line sizing to XXL (22).  Both offer modern contemporary tops in quality fabrics and details that coordinate well with both more casual work outfits and blazers and suits. Newcomer Eloquii is plus exclusive in size 14 to 24W, with a body conscious, trendy vibe appealing to urban working professional women.

Long-time plus specialty retailer Lane Bryant has been upping their style game in recent years, especially for contemporary career wear.  A combination of designer collaborations and a special, more upscale in house label, 6th & Lane, has greatly expanded their stylish working options in size 14 to 28W.   Many styles are available exclusively on-line or only at a handful of retail outlets in more urban centers.   Their sister retailer, Catherine's, expands work appropriate options further from size XL to 5X, with petite plus styles available.

Contemporary indie designers specializing in plus sizes tend to focus on career dresses, but also carry work appropriate tops in more fashion forward styles.  Two of the best known are Igigi and Kiyonna, both of which offer options in size 12 to 32W.  Younger, trendier women who like a little vintage modern vibe to their work clothing will find cute tops at ModCloth in size 0 to 30.  Small production runs of each style mean popular looks will sell out quickly here, so grab what you like while it's still in stock.

Catalogs with Work Appropriate Plus-Size Tops and Blouses

In addition to being one of the best spots for solid, classic menswear prints, and contemporary prints in cotton broadcloth shirts, Lands End has a growing collection of more contemporary blouses and tops that are excellent work options.  Sizing here is among the most extensive with average, petite, and tall proportions available in size 2 to 26W.  

Willow Ridge Catalog brings together the plus-size options from an entire catalog group including Blair, Norm Thompson, Winter Silk, Appleseed's, Sahalie, and Bedford Fair.  Styles range from classic to contemporary, some in easy care synthetics, and others in natural fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen.  Prices are moderate with sizing ranging from 2 to 28W, and petite sizes up to 20P. 

Monroe and Main offers contemporary to trendy styles, some with a more feminine or vintage edge, in both knit and woven styles.  Everything they carry is available in their full size range for S to 3X.  Chadwick's of Boston is more classic, offering tailored tops that work well coordinated with jackets and cardigans, in addition to worn alone.  Misses, petite, and tall sizes are available to size 16/18, while women's sizes extend offering to size 24W.  Also budget to moderately priced, Metrostyle is mainly a resource for small plus women with size XL equaling a size 16/18.  A small women's collection extends sizes further to size 24W.  Styles here are trendy to contemporary in easy care synthetics.

North Style is more classic with natural fibers such as cotton and linen frequently available.  Styles are appropriate for contemporary and more casual offices with most shirts and blouses available in their full size range of S o 3X.

Value Priced Career Tops

Those on tighter budgets will find a number of options available.  JC Penney and Kohl's are the best of the department stores for career style tops larger sizes.  JC Penney carries the classic Liz Claiborne designer diffusion line in sizes up to 5X, along with some other labels such as Worthington which are particularly good for work style clothing.  Looks range from modern classic to more trend conscious.  Kohls has the lower priced CHAPS diffusion line from Ralph Lauren bringing contemporary modern classic American style into tighter budgets in size 14 to 24W.

Ashley Stewart has a trendy, urban style that offers more body conscious, yet still work appropriate looks in size 12 to 26W.  Meanwhile, Avenue offers a much deeper inventory on-line than in most retail locations, with an extended selection of tunics and blouses that are appropriate in modern, contemporary offices with a work casual vibe.  Many styles are available in their full size range of 14 to 32W, with frequent sales and coupons available directly from their website bringing price points down into most budgets. 

Asos, the trendy British retailer taking the plus blogging community by storm, carries Fast Fashion at a wide variety of price points.  Youthful, yet many still work appropriate, styles inspired by high end runways are the norm here in size 14 to 24W.

Mall chain retailer New York & Co specializes in on-trend, contemporary work pieces at budget friendly prices. Home to the Eva Mendes celebrity capsule collection, looks are both stylish and affordable.  Sizing is 0 to 18. Target's designer capsule collections often provide another stylish, budget friendly option for working women who like to look their very best.  Most collaborations are available up to size 16/18 with a few extending sizes up to 3X.  Old Navy offers their plus collection (Size 1X to 4X) only on-line, while their main misses selection available both in stores and on the internet is available up to XXL.   A good spot for core basics that layer well with other looks, they can also sometimes carry both knit and woven top styles with a contemporary office appeal at value driven price points.

Along with dresses for which they are best known, Dress Barn has an extensive on-line inventory of career tops at budget friendly prices.  Styles can be either knit tunics or woven shirts, with a few dressier blouse and layering shell options also available.  Some are more tailored and suited to wearing with blazers or cardigans, while other are more appropriately worn alone for more casual working environments. Sizes range from 0 to 24W, with petites available up to 16P.   Christopher and Banks is similarly priced with a classic to contemporary appeal, and natural fibers such as cotton and linen often part of the mix.  Most styles in the women's department are available up to 24W, with selected looks extended up to 32W.  Petite sizes here are 2 to 16P.

 

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