Sweaters & Shrugs Report
Plus-size sweaters are in demand all year. Worn
for warmth in the cooler months over casual,
work clothing, and even
occasion wear, they play an
important role in many plus wardrobes in
warmer months too. Full-figured women
frequently like extra arm coverage. Since
arm-holes are still a major fit issue in many
woven tops, the combination of sleeveless tops,
shells and dresses, layered under a knit sweater
topper, cardigan, or shrug is a common fashion solution
for many women.
Cardigans and shrugs are the most popular
sweater category in all age groups with more
modern contemporary styles still
favored by career women who sometime wear them
instead of a blazer or jacket. Classic,
are particularly popular with this group in
Trendier and more style
specific sweaters are more often used in casual
jeans, although moving into the workplace in
younger generations and within some ethnic
demographics that trend towards more body
Shorter shrug styles are worn most commonly with
dresses, with some younger trend-setters pairing
them with casual jeans. Tunic length
sweaters are popular with leggings, flowing
BoHo sweater and topper styles,
and with women who like extra coverage.
Cashmere is considered one of the most luxurious
natural fibers, and sweaters made of this
ultra-soft wool are much in demand, in addition
to a popular gift during the Christmas season.
sweaters can still be difficult
to find, but are slowly becoming more available
in a wider variety of styles in sizes up to 3X.
Other more unusual natural fibers such as linen,
silk, and pima cotton are increasingly available
in larger sizes, as well.
are a Christmas gift-giving classic in many
families. Some are cute with novelty
motifs and many sparkles and sequins, while
others have more subtle.
Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size
Sweaters and cardigans are available from a
majority of the retailers listed throughout our
depending on your needs, style, and budget.
Some of the deepest and most diverse inventories
of plus-size sweaters available all year can be
found with some of the cataloguers.
is particularly good for those who appreciate
quality, natural fibers in classic to
contemporary styles at moderate prices.
Sizes are available from 2 to 26W, with petite
and tall options many times available up to size
collates the plus-size collections from an
entire catalog group, and consequently offers a
large inventory, most of which is modestly
Monroe & Main
carries trendy, BoHo, and contemporary looks all
year in some particularly hard-to-find styles in
plus. Their entire inventory is offered in sizes
S to 3X.
The home shopping channel
one of the largest and most diverse collections
of sweaters available on-line. Choices
range from high end natural fibers such as
cashmere and fine, Irish wool to trendy and
novelty styles. Many selections are
available on payment plans, bringing options
down into more budgets. For holiday
sweaters ranging from Valentine's Day to
Christmas, look for the Quacker Factory brand.
Most of the styles and brands at QVC are
available through size 3X which is a generous
Of the department stores the best all year
around plus-size collections can be found at
where prices are moderate and sales frequent,
where labels tend to be slightly more upscale
but not luxury level.
Lord & Taylor
often has a more unique and striking collection
of sweaters designed for full-figured women by
their in-house label.
Neiman Marcus Last Call
is often a particularly good resource for luxury
and designer sweaters, especially cashmere, at a
fraction of full retail price. For
those with tighter budgets, the selection at
has a classic to contemporary feel and is
usually quite deep all year.
Super size women will find moderately priced
options with a large inventory from which to
which frequently offers sizes up to 32W.
carries trendier options to 5X. Meanwhile,
has an on-line only plus-size collection
available from 1X to 4X.