Plus-Size Jackets & Blazers Report
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The structured look of blazers or jackets can
work just as well over a pair of trendy or
designer jeans to give a casual, polished look
as worn to office. Consequently, plus-size
jackets and blazers are in demand across every
age group, price point, and taste level.
During the spring and fall seasons and in milder climates,
blazers can also double as
Classic, tailored looks are still favored for
interviews, more conservative work environments,
and with many more mature women. It is a common
choice in many fields to wear blazers as
separates instead of as part of
pant suits in the
modern office. Furthermore, many better
quality pant suits are offered as a matching or
coordinating top and bottom to be purchased
separately. This makes it possible for
those who do not need the more formal look to
find even more jacket options.
fitted styles, brighter colors, and patterns are
also appropriate in many
environments for those who want to amp up their
look. Softer, less structured toppers are
easy-to-wear options for less formal work places
as another option from
cardigans and sweaters.
Resources for Plus-Size Blazers & Jackets
One of the most popular and
in-demand items, plus-size blazers and jackets
are available at a wide range of retailers on
the internet. Inventories in plus-sizes
are often deeper on-line than in many
Department stores have
traditionally offered women's sizes from 14W to
24W. For those who wear what are
frequently referred to as "in between" sizes (12
-18 misses) it is often worth browsing the
regular sizing categories where some labels in
size XL may fit.
Upscale, career looks in classic
to contemporary styles are a specialty of
Lafayette 148 which uses fine fabrics often of
natural fibers such as silk, linen, and cotton.
A particularly good selection of this luxury
designer label is regularly stocked at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
For past season's pieces at a considerable
discount check out
Saks Off Fifth.
Those that appreciate natural fibers will find
that Eileen Fisher has a growing collection of
career appropriate separates including blazers,
jackets and toppers.
offers more contemporary designer, but equally
upscale, options from Misook which works in
heavy gauge knits to 3X. Other designers
to look for here include Marina Rinaldi, Michael
Simon, and Carolyn Rose. They also often offer
cashmere options in the winter months from their
carries designer jackets and blazers from Ming
Wang who also works in heavy gauge career knits
with a classic designer ethos. ZoZo woman
is a designer with more contemporary flair
regularly offered. More moderately priced
tailored bridge career brands such as Tahari and
Peter Nygard are also regularly offered. Ralph
Lauren is frequently well represented at
Dillard's in sizes up to 24W. Classic black
interview options are reliably available, in
addition to more diverse cuts, colors, and
is the most likely to carry edgier looks in
jackets and blazers from designers such as DKNYC,
MYNT, JET by John Eshaya ,
and BB Dakota, in addition to both high end
labels such as Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148,
and better, bridge wear from Vince Camuto and
For the very popular Calvin
Klein, Michael Kors, and Vince Camuto
contemporary bridge brands shop
Many of the brands already mentioned plus
upscale modern classic and tailored options
designed in-house are available at
Lord & Taylor.
Budget friendly, classic options
are available from
which carries Ralph Lauren's Chaps line among
other labels. Meanwhile,
offers both classic and contemporary styles at
In addition to the department
stores already mentioned, those who appreciate
extremely well made, tailored career blazers and
jackets in wool should stop in at
It is not unusual to find Harris tweeds,
menswear inspired patterns, and wool gabardines
in styles that work as well over a classic pair
of jeans for weekend casual as to the office.
Jones New York
specializes in clothing for the office and
consequently has one of the best inventories of
classic black and neutral options appropriate
for job interviews. More contemporary
styles are also available on the brand website,
while budget friendly designs from this company
are available from
Internet and catalog retailers
also offer plenty of options.
Chadwick's of Boston
is especially good for moderately priced,
tailored career separates including blazers.
Their misses collection is available up to size
18, and women's to size 24W with a few petite
and tall options.
has excellent quality and often offers natural
fibers in linen, cotton, wool and cashmere with
one of the largest ranges of sizes available
including petite plus, tall, and women's sizes
to 32W in jackets and blazers. Their
Outfitters business site offers
even more classic options.
offers classic options in natural fibers, while
as the name suggests is a source for silk
blazers and jackets.
carries more moderately priced options form well
known brands such as Vickie Wayne and Alfred
Dunner. A small collection, but well worth
the stop, is the contemporary looks at
New York & Co
offers one of the best budget friendly, yet
chic, tailored work separates in sizes to 18.
Most fabrics are easy care. Similarly
styled but with a few options available as large
as 24W, are the jackets and separates from
has being upping its style quotient in
recent years with fashion forward, yet modern
classic jackets and blazers becoming a mainstay
in their on-line collection in sizes to 28W.
For the trendy woman who loves
the flair and structure of blazers over jeans
and leggings, options are increasingly
available, even in extended plus sizes larger
than 3X. It is here that you are most
likely to find the latest colors, more
interesting and diverse cuts, and in recent
years, pattern options at Fast Fashion prices.
Many of these can make light outerwear options
for back-to-school and collegiate fashion.
The newest arrival is Spanish
fashionable retail giant
extending a large percentage of their collection
up to size 20 in the American market for
the Fall 2014 shopping season. Another
foreign retailer with lots of style that has
become available on the U.S. market recently is
ASOS which translates runway looks at mass
market prices in sizes to 24W. Rounding out the
offerings from trend-conscious international
retailers are the jackets and toppers from
Australian trendy plus retailer City Chic now
available on-line through Nordstrom in the U.S.
Homegrown trendy retailers with
extended plus-size collections that include
jackets and blazers include Forever 21 in junior
sizing to 3X and
Torrid in sizes to 5X.
Ashley Stewart regularly offers trendy career
styles for women with curves with a collection
that changes frequently and sells out quickly in
sizes to 26W. Meanwhile,
Macy's in house
brand INC is the most trend-conscious of the
department stores with jackets and blazers
available in sizes to 24W. The on-line
trendy plus fashion super retailer,
has a range of options, most of which are budget
Trendier jackets and blazers can
also be found at the cataloguer
Monroe & Main
which offers their entire collection in sizes up
to 24W. Also worth mentioning are the
jackets with a vintage, goth or steampunk flair
Pyramid Collection in sizes to
28W. Pricier is the chic, new
tailored exclusively for plus-size women in
on-trend body conscious designs.
Brands and retailers offering
sizes beyond 24W are the most likely to use
knits and softer silhouettes in jackets,
blurring the line between blazers and dusters or
toppers. Available in smaller plus-sizes
as well, many of these spots are good choices
for women with a more eclectic or bohemian
style, in addition to more contemporary or
Super size women will find the
most diverse collection of options on
both from well-known brands and smaller, indie
designers. Styles can range from classic
to trendy with artsier toppers in the mix in
sizes up to 44W.
Avenue carries styles
suitable for more casual offices and weekend
wear in sizes to 32W.
Ulla Popken often has a good
selection with more classic styles often
available to 38W, while prints and embellished
options usually finish at size 34W.
QVC offers most
designers and brands to 3X (28W), with a few
here and there available even larger. With
measurements listed for individual products,
super size women may find unusual options that
will work on their bodies here.
Every now and again both Igigi
Kiyonna have well-tailored, chic suiting
separates and career jacket styles and are worth
checking, especially for super size women
needing interview clothing. Both offer
sizes to 5X.