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

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Sweaters and cardigans are worn all year from light summer crochet toppers to warm winter wool sweaters.  Cardigans are especially popular with working women all year, as an alternative to jackets in air conditioned office environments.
 

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White Crochet Cardigan, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Size 1X - 3X

Tie Front Shrug, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Rachel Pally, Batwing Jersey Topper, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Tie Front Shrug
Size S - 3X

 

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Batwing Jersey Topper
One Size Plus

Hand Crochet Cardigan
Size S - 3X

Plus-Size Sweater, Cardigan & Shrug Report
[Editor's Picks & Shopping Resources Below]

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.  Cardigan sweaters, in particular, are popular with working women as an alternative to blazers and jackets.

Cardigans and shrugs are the most popular sweater category in all age groups with more classic to modern contemporary styles still favored by career women who sometime wear them instead of a blazer or jacket. Classic, cashmere sweaters are particularly popular with this group in fall or winter offices.  Trendier and more style specific sweaters are more often used in casual looks with jeans, although moving into the workplace in younger generations and within some ethnic demographics that trend towards more body conscious and trendy styles.

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Elbow Sleeve Shrug, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Oversized Cotton Cardigan, Plus-Size 12 - 38W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mesh Tie Dye Topper, Size 12 - 26W ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Karen Kane, Linen Cardigan, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Elbow Sleeve Shrug
Size S - 3X

 

Oversized Cardigan
Size 12 - 38W

 

Mesh Tie Dye Topper
Size 12 - 26W

Karen Kane
Linen Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

 

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.  Plus-size cashmere 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.
Finally: holiday sweaters 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.
 

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Striped Open Weave Pullover, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Long Cardigan, Plus-Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Nic + Zoe, Striped Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Black Fringed Crochet Topper, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Open Weave Pullover
Size S - 3X

 

Long Open Weave Cardigan
Size XL - 3X

 

Nic + Zoe
Striped Cardi
Size S - 3X

Finged Crochet Topper
Size 14 - 32W

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Sweaters

Sweaters and cardigans are available from a majority of the retailers listed throughout our shopping directories, 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.  Lands' End 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 18.  Willow Ridge collates the plus-size collections from an entire catalog group, and consequently offers a large inventory, most of which is modestly priced for size 2 to 28W.   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.

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Crochet Peplum Top, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Hooded Cardigan, Plus-Size 1X - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Botanic Print Cardigan, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Knit Blazer, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crochet Peplum Top
Size S - 3X

 

Sporty Hooded Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

 

Botanic Print Cardi
Size S - 3X
Petite & Tall to XL (18)

Knit Blazer
Size S - 3X

 

The home shopping channel QVC offers 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 28W there.

Of the department stores the best all year around plus-size collections in size 14 to 24W can be found at Macy's where prices are moderate and sales frequent, and Nordstrom 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.
 

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Stars & Stripes Pullover, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Knit Shrug, Size S - 5X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lightweight Duster, Plus-Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Tunic, Plus-Size XL - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Stars & Stripes Pullover
Size S - 3X

 

Knit Shrug
Size S - 5X
 

Lightweight Duster
Size XL - 5X

Crochet Tunic
Size XL - 3X


Trendy Styles

Those looking for low cost, trendier styles will have the best luck at some of the teen retailers.  Sizing is often junior sizing, so expect to need to size up one size from usual.   Charlotte Russe and Rue 21 have both recently expanded sizing to include a full plus range from XS to 3X.   Very popular, and always on the leading style edge are the looks from Forever 21 in size XS to 3X.  Those who appreciate a more urban, body conscious style will find a good selection appropriate for both casual and work wear at Ashley Stewart in size 12 to 26W.

A little bit higher quality but in equally trend conscious styles are cardigans, sweaters, and toppers at ASOS .  One of the first spots to pick up on new trends coming from Europe (they are based in the U.K.), they have a mixture of European boutique labels and in-house designs adjusted to suit fuller figures size 14 to 24W.

 

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Navy Crochet Cardi, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crochet Bolero, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Fringed Americana Vest, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Bellini, Plus-Size XL - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Navy Crochet Topper
Size S - 3X

 

Crochet Bolero
Size S - 3X
 

Fringed Americana Vest
Size 1X - 3X

Crochet Bellini
Size XL - 3X

Extended & Specialty Sizes

Super size women will find moderately priced options with a large inventory from which to choose at Avenue which frequently offers size 14 to 32W.    Torrid carries trendier options from XL to 5X.  The selection at Amazon is constantly changing with a mix of classic to trendy styles from both well known name brands and boutique labels, but thousands of styles from which to choose in sizes up to 44W.  For those with tighter budgets, the selection at JC Penney has a classic to contemporary feel and is usually quite deep all year in size S to 5X.

In addition to specialty shops such as Long Tall Sally,  tall women will find sweater options available at Eddie Bauer and Lands' End with longer sleeves and bodies in sizes up to 20.  Petite plus women will also have good luck at both these retailers up to size 18.  More petite sweater styles with shorter arms and body lengths are available from Blair in sizes XS to 2XL.  Catherine's will also sometimes offer petite plus sizes in selected styles in size XL to 5X.

 

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Paisley Print Kimono, Plus-Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Duster, Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Classic Fine Gauge Cardigan, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Sheer Fringed Kimono Topper, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Paisley Print Kimono
Size XL - 5X

 

Crochet Duster
Size XL - 4X

 

Classic Cotton Cardigan
Size S - 3X

Sheer Fringed
Kimono Topper

Size 1X - 3X

Bargain Shopping

Neiman Marcus Last Call is often a particularly good resource for luxury and designer sweaters, especially cashmere, at a fraction of full retail price in size 0 to 24W.  Labels here can include Eileen Fisher, Misook, and Lafayette 148.  Sweaters and cardigans from designers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jessica Simpson and many more can frequently be scored at a fraction of retail from Flash Sale sites such as 6PM and My Habit in size 0 to 24W.

 

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Sheer Shrug, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Pullover, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffled Cardigan, Size M - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Eileen Fisher, Striped Linen Poncho, One Size Plus| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sheer Shrug
Size 1X - 3X

 

Crochet Pullover

 

Ruffled Bolero Cardigan
Size M - 5X

Eileen Fisher
Striped Linen Poncho

One Size Plus

 

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