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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Silk Fashion in Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: April 10, 2016


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Silk Chiffon Hem Cardigan, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Hand Painted Silk Kimono Topper, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Dot Print Blouse, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Nic + Zoe
Silk Chiffon Hem Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

Hand Painted
Silk Kimono Topper
One Size Plus

Dot Print Blouse
Size 12 - 26W

Silk Plus-Size Fashion Report
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One of the premium natural fibers, silk is exceptionally strong and can be made into fine, thin fabrics.  Consequently, it is a popular choice for both special occasion and dressier career wear. It's unique properties of being lightweight and warmer in the winter and cooler in summer makes it useful in both hot and cold climates.

 Available in both wovens and knits, the latter are frequently winter items such as sweaters and long underwear.  Silk tees make exceptionally fine layering pieces adding warmth with very little bulk. Lustrous satins are made up into luxury lingerie and sleepwear, blouses and dresses.  Matte natural and shantung silks are more likely to be used for items such as blazers and jackets. Some velvets are also silk based.  Silk cocktail dresses are especially sought after for weddings both as bridesmaid dresses and for guests. Silk kimono toppers have become especially popular as bohemian looks have trended into mainstream fashion.


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Fringed Silk Burnout Tunic Caftan, One Size Plus to 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tolani, Print Tunic, Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Beaded Silk Evening Top, Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick


Designer: Lafayette 148, Silk Shift Dress, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Fringed Silk Burnout
Caftan Tunic
One Size Plus to 5X

Print Tunic
Size S - 3X

Beaded Silk Evening Top
Size 1X - 3X

Lafayette 148
Silk Shift Dress

Size 16 - 22W


Shopping Resources for Silk Plus-Size Fashion

Still fairly difficult to find in larger sizes, silk is most frequently available in modern classic and BoHo or art-to-wear style designer and luxury brand lines such as Johnny Was, Melissa Masse, Tolani, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, and, Eileen Fisher which are regularly carried by upscale department stores * such as Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Luxury formalwear from designers such as St. John, Theia, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina Herrera, and Teri Jon is more likely to be in silk than less pricey counterparts.  Although sizes larger than 12 are rare in upscale designer wear, Neiman Marcus regularly offers options in the size 12 to 18 range for those that do have extended sizing.  Marina Rinaldi, the full-figured line from Max Mara, also regularly offers both day dresses and evening wear in silk for size 14 to 24W.  The deepest selection is often at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bargain shoppers will also find options at Saks Off Fifth,  Neiman Marcus Last Call, and on eBay. For silk long underwear, sleepwear, in addition to other garment types  Amazon can be a surprisingly good resource.

* Upscale department stores mentioned in the text:


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H by Halston, Silk Cashmere Waffle Tunic, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Short Sleeve Silk Shirt, Size M - 2X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Johnny Was, Print Silk Tunic, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Stretch Silk Floral Dress, Size 14 -2 4W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

H by Halston
Silk Cashmere Waffle Tunic

Size 0 - 28W

Short Sleeve Shirt
Size M - 2X
Petite to XL

Johnny Was
Print Tunic Top
Size 14 - 22W

Stretch Silk
Floral Dress
Size 14 - 24W

The natural fiber collection at plus specialty retailer Ulla Popken will often include silk and silk blends in both wovens and knits for size 12 to 34W.  Styles range from career separates to more casual options, sometimes with a more BoHo flavor.  Meanwhile, contemporary plus specialty retailer Eloquii will sometimes include silk blouses in their tailored career options for size 12 to 28W.  Natural fibers, including silk and silk blends, continue to play an important role at the newly revamped Coldwater Creek for size 4 to 24W.

Soft Surroundings carries many natural fibers, including silk, with artisanal detailing that is perfect for both resort and more relaxed lifestyles.  Sizing is particularly diverse here with many styles available in their full size range of 0 to 24W, with petite and tall sizes to 18.  Those who prefer more classic or tailored styles both for work and weekend wear can find natural fibers at Talbots for size 0 to 24W for both average and petites.

Those looking for fringed silk kimono toppers will find plentiful high end, specialty boutique quality options for sizes S to 5X at the well established and respected eBay shop: Maya Boutique.

Specialty items such as silk pajamas are most easily found during the holiday shopping season at both the better department stores and specialty lingerie retailers such as Her Room and Hips & Curves.


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Eileen Fisher, Jersey Silk Tank Top, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Cream Slim Leg Pants, Size 14 - 22W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Marina Rinaldi, Yellow Floral Silk Tunic, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Anna Scholz
Stretch Silk Floral Dress

UK Size 16 - 28W
(US Size 12/14 - 24/26W)

Eileen Fisher
Jersey Silk Tank

Size 1X - 3X

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Slim Leg Pants

Size 14 - 22W

Marina Rinaldi
Floral Print Tunic

Size 14 - 22W



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