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

All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Cashmere is one of the most luxurious fibers available.  Soft, warm and lightweight it is the ultimate luxury for winter wear.  Plus-size cashmere sweaters are a popular Christmas gift, but why not get a gorgeous plus-size cashmere cardigan or pullover sweater for yourself  too?  Perfect for layering under jackets, over shells, and wearing alone.  Plus-size cashmere sweaters go as well with your favorite pair of  jeans as with a chic pencil skirt or dress at  the office.  The following is a hand-selected collection of plus-size sweaters chosen by the Elegant Plus Style Editor just for full-figured women who appreciate fine fabrics and luxury details.


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

Eileen Fisher, Cashmere Short Sleeve Tunic, Plus-Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick

Isaac Mizrahi, Cashmere Cardigan, Size 0 - 28W | Editor's Pick
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Fluerette, Wool Cashmere Wrap Coat, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

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Eileen Fisher
Short Sleeve Tunic
Size 1X - 3X

Isaac Mizrahi
Cashmere Cardigan
Size 0 - 28W

Wool Cashmere Wrap Coat
Size 1X - 3X

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.  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.

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.  Bloomingdale's 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.  Neiman Marcus regularly offers an even deeper and more diverse in house collection, at slightly better quality, and frequently expands options out beyond classic cashmere cardigans and pullovers to include cashmere ponchos, dresses, and blazers. 

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.

For those with a truly refined, luxury budget look for Eskandar knits at Bergdorf Goodman 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 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.

Contemporary fast fashion plus specialty retailer Eloquii is also testing out cashmere for the Holiday 2014 shopping season. 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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All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our
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