Plus-Size Coats, Jackets & Parkas Shopping Report
Outerwear is a
tricky category for e-tailers. On one
hand, parts of the country get exceedingly cold
to the point of throwing style out in favor of
warmth and practicality. On the other,
other parts of the country barely need more than
a light blazer at exactly the same time of year. The
fall shopping season
is when the most diverse types of outerwear
options are available.
That having been said, it is actually one of the
easier plus-size clothing categories to find
options larger than a size 24W.
As a higher priced ticket item, coats and
jackets are often viewed as investment pieces.
Consequently classic styles and colors that have
staying power from year-to-year tend to be
such as peacoats and trench coats are
particularly widely favored. Both
genuine leather and suede
is an annual fall favorite, especially with
urban dwellers. Funkier
BoHo or vintage
inspired styles can also be appealing to those
looking for something a little different.
Meanwhile, younger fashionistas often look for
simple denim, fleece, baseball jackets, or hoodie jackets during
back-to-school shopping season.
More casual, practical
styles such as rain coats, down jackets, anoraks, and ski
jackets are also popular with
sporty women or
those living in extreme weather climates.
accessories are also frequently in demand,
especially during the colder seasons.
A surprisingly good resource,
especially for women who need extended
plus-sizes, is on
Amazon. Brands and
labels are constantly changing but the inventory
is extensive with easy to use search tools
available in the side bar navigation. Sizes as
large as 40W are available.
offer the most diverse collections of better
label plus-size outerwear available on-line.
Styles frequently range from well-known designer
classics such as trench and pea coats to more
casual, urban looks in sizes up to 24W.
one of the few department stores that will offer
genuine fur trimmed and lined plus-size
outerwear during the colder seasons.
Luxury quality outerwear from top brands in the
finest fabrics is also regularly available during the
cooler months at
Saks Fifth Avenue
where labels such as Cinzia Rocca and Marina
Rinaldi are common.
offers their entire premium wool collection in
sizes up to 18 with more and more styles
available in extended sizes to 24W.
Those looking for either faux or
genuine leather jackets will also have good luck
sizes up to 28W.
Younger, and trendier women will
like the urban appeal of
casual street style.
are other good sources for inexpensive, trendy
looks to 3X.
offers the greatest size range with coats and
jackets in size XL to 5X.
offers the best selection of moderately priced
practical rain jackets, down parkas, and anoraks
in addition to sporty fleeces and classic wool
pea coats in sizes 2 to 26W, with some petite
and tall sizes available as well. Trendy colors
and prints are appearing here more and more
frequently as they continue to update their
Classic rain jackets and parkas in casual styles
at affordable prices are popular at
carries both women's sizes S to 3X, and petite
sizes to 2XL.
Bedford Fair and
Pueblo Traders have classic quilted styles, wool
coats, faux fur, and rain coats appropriate for
both work and casual wear in size 4 to 26W, with
select petite styles available as large as 20P.
Contemporary wool and work appropriate outerwear
Boston are moderately priced
options with most available up to a size 18, and
a few extended sizes up to 24W.
More eclectic, vintage inspired and BoHo coats
and jackets are available from
Collection in size 2 to 28W.
Extended Plus-Size Outerwear
For those on tighter budgets, super size women
will find a good selection of seasonal jackets
and coats at
Avenue which stocks up to size 32W.
has styles with a classic to contemporary style
in sizes up to 5X, with some plus petite styles
Ulla Popken carries a few wool coats in size 12
to 34W. Trendy women will find faux
leather and stylish seasonal coats and jackets
Torrid in size up to 5X.
offers one or two contemporary style wool coats
during the fall and winter season in size 12 to
frequently carries a few lighter weight, fashion
forward styles with a slight vintage twist in
sizes up to 36W. ModCloth is beginning to
become a trendier resource for women in sizes
over 3X, as well.