It wasn't that long ago that
impossible to find in plus-sizes. Now
full-figured women in sizes up to 3X can enjoy clothes made from
this gorgeous wool too!
Cashmere is a wonderfully
soft, luxurious fiber that is lightweight and
warm. The best quality cashmere is not only soft
to the touch, but also knit from the longest
fibers of the cashmere goat which inhibits
pilling. These sweaters often cost hundreds of
dollars apiece. Lower cost versions that
aren't mark downs, can often be less soft or
pill more easily. Another factor that
impacts expense is weight. Single ply is
best for spring and summer wear, while two or
three ply is not only more expensive, but also
warmer for the colder
The luxury qualities of cashmere
sweaters make them a much sought
gift during the holiday season, a
sophisticated winter layering piece, and a high
quality fabric for outerwear. 1 ply cashmere is
great for warmer months, while luxurious 2 and 3
ply cashmere brings quality and style to winter
Favored by women who enjoy
modern classic styles,
executive professional women, cashmere sweaters can be worn
both with jeans for
casual looks and over career skirts and
Resources for Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters
The first styles start to appear
on store shelves in September for the fall and
holiday shopping season. By October there more
options, and by Thanksgiving retailers are
stocking cashmere sweaters for gift-giving.
For the best quality, upscale
major department stores are some of the best
resources. Along with sweaters from well
known designers, several of these also offer
exclusive, in house branded styles of superior
quality exclusively for plus-size women during
the fall and winter shopping seasons.
usually carries classic styles in the latest
color palettes, ranging from turtle necks and
v-neck pullovers to cardigan styles. Premium
brands here frequently include Eileen Fisher,
Marina Rinaldi, and Lafayette 148.
Trendier patterns and styles have also been
appearing in recent years.
regularly offers an even deeper and more diverse
collection, at slightly better quality, and
frequently expands options out beyond classic
cashmere cardigans and pullovers to include
cashmere ponchos, dresses, and blazers.
For those with a truly refined,
luxury budget look for Eskandar knits at
or on eBay. This English, upscale designer label
works in over-sized generous proportions making
many XL size sweaters comfortable and flattering
even for super size divas.
Moderately Priced Cashmere
A little less luxurious but still
of very good quality, the plus-size cashmere
sweaters frequently available at
during the cooler months are worth the
investment. Generally more classic in
style, in season mark-downs especially during
the lead up to Christmas can bring these
sweaters into many more budgets.
Lord & Taylor
will also frequently offer in-house branded
only frequently allows monthly installment
payment plans, but also carries both pure
cashmere and cashmere blend sweaters in both
summer and winter weights. Isaac Mizrahi
is the most popular designer, but other brands
will also pop up. Sizing here is more
generous with 3X equaling a 28W.
often offers a small collection of cashmere
sweaters in size 2 to 26W of better than average
quality, often with some more unusual styles
such as argyle patterns or fisherman knits.
Meanwhile the English woolen mills ,
is a secret, in the know plus-size
shopping resource for women to size 18 with cashmere available all
year in summer and winter weights, sometimes
blended with other fibers such as silk.
Discount Resources for Plus-Size
Are you looking to score a
bargain, perhaps as a gift for yourself? eBay is
a resource all year, with deeper inventory
listings during the cooler months.
Meanwhile, last years overstocked inventory is
Neiman Marcus Last Call,
Saks Off Fifth.
It's generally advised to act quickly at all
these shopping spots as sizes and quantities are
often very limited.