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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters & Cardigans in Size 12 +

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.  Subscribe to the Newsletter to receive weekly notification of updates.

Last Update: August 26, 2015

 

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Cashmere Lace Trim Sweater, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size 1X - 3X

Cashmere Duster Cardigan, Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Isaac Mizrahi, Cashmere Cardigan, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Eileen Fisher, Bateau Neck Pullover, Size 1X - 2X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Duster Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

Isaac Mizrahi
Cashmere Cardigan
Size 0 - 28W

Eileen Fisher
Bateau Neck Pullover
Size 1X - 2X

Plus-Size Cashmere Sweater Report

It wasn't that long ago that cashmere sweaters were 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. It is also not unusual to see cashmere as part of a wool blend, and sometimes with other fibers such as silk or cotton.  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 fall and winter seasons.

The luxury qualities of cashmere sweaters make them a much sought after 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 fashion.

Favored by women who enjoy designer clothing, modern classic styles, and executive professional women, cashmere sweaters can be worn both with jeans for casual looks and over career skirts and trousers.

 

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Marina Rinaldi, Silk Cashmere Ombre Turtleneck, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Curved Hem Pullover, Plus-Size XL-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Open Front Cardigan, Plus-Size XL-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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eskandar, Cashmere Pullover Tunic, One Size | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Marina Rinaldi
Silk Cashmere Blend
Ombre Turtleneck

Size 1X - 3X
 

Curved Hem Pullover Sweater
Size XL - 3X

Open Front Cardigan
Size XL - 3X

eskandar
Cashmere Tunic
Over Sized -
One Size

Internet Shopping 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 highest 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.  Neiman Marcus offers the deepest and most diverse in house collection and frequently expands options out beyond classic cashmere cardigans and pullovers to include cashmere ponchos, dresses, and blazers. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, which carries some premium Italian labels in larger sizes, can also be a resource in the fall and winter for cashmere knits and outerwear, but unlike Neiman's does not currently offer their own label consistently stocked.

Smaller full-figured women in the size 12 to 18 range will have more luxury selections available to them on the main racks at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, both of which regularly stock upscale designer labels with more extended size ranges. For those with a truly refined, luxury budget look for eskandar knits at Nordstrom 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.

Eileen Fisher is among the most popular eco-fashion designer brands that uses fine wools such as alpaca, merino and cashmere in simple, modern chic silhouettes.  Dresses, sweater coats, cardigans, and pullovers are all frequently well represented in their cashmere offerings found in boutiques and better department stores.

 

Moderately Priced Cashmere

A little less luxurious but still of very good quality, the plus-size cashmere sweaters frequently available at Macy's, and Nordstrom 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 cashmere options for sizes up to 3X.

QVC not 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.

Lands End 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. 

Discount Resources for Plus-Size Cashmere Sweaters

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 available from Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Saks Off Fifth. It's generally advised to act quickly at all these shopping spots as sizes and quantities are often very limited.

 

 

 

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