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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides &  Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Cardigans & Sweaters 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 28, 2016
 

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Eileen Fisher, Organic Linen Cardigan, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Striped Cardigan
Size S - 3X

 

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Size S - 3X

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Crossover Sweater

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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Lace Inset Bolero, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tassel Tie Cardigan, Size 12 - 34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mixed Floral Print Cardigan, Size XS - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Eileen Fisher, Organic Linen Cardigan, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Inset Bolero
Size 1X - 3X

 

Tassel Tie Cardigan
Size 12 - 34W

 

Mixed Floral Print Cardi
Size XS - 3X
Avg & Petite

Eileen Fisher
Organic Linen Cardigan
Size S - 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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Open Front Long Cardigan, Size 1X- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Pointelle Shrug, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Short Sleeve Crochet Duster, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crochet Shrug, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Open Front Long Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

 

Pointelle Shrug
Size S - 3X

Short Sleeve
Crochet Duster
Size 12 - 32W

Crochet Shrug
Size S - 3X

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.

Christopher & Banks is an excellent spot for classic to contemporary looks, many times in natural fibers such as cotton for size 4 to 32W.  Another natural fiber spot, Coldwater Creek has also returned with their slightly more upscale modern classic to contemporary looks.  Plus-size styles sell out quickly here and are extremely popular for their style and quality.  Wools, including cashmere, in addition silk, linen, and cotton are not unusual fins for size S to 3X.

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Classic Supima Cotton Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Long Striped Cardigan, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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High Low Cardi, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Ruffled Shrug, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Supima Cotton Cardigan
Size S - 3X
Petite & Tall to XL (18)

 

Long Striped Cardigan
Size 14 - 28W

High Low Cardigan
Size S - 3X

 

Ruffled Shrug
Size S - 3X

 

North Style is a particularly good spot for cotton sweaters with classic, contemporary, and traditional folk patterns.  Other fibers such as wool and synthetics will also appear here at moderate prices for size S to 3X. Meanwhile, classic cardigans in an assortment of seasonal colors are regularly stocked in both cotton and wool at Appleseed's for size S to 3X.

Classic to contemporary styles in both women's and women's petite size up to size 3X are available from Talbots.  Meanwhile, those with a more artistic to bohemian flavor can be purchased from Soft Surroundings for sizes XS to 3X, with many styles also available up to XL (18) for petites and talls.

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.
 

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

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

Ink Blue Kimono Cardigan, Size 1X- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
 

Floral Embroidered Cardigan, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lacy Crochet Cardigan
Size S - 3X

 

Crochet Cardi
Size S - 3X

Kimono Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

Floral Embroidered
Cardigan
Size S - 3X

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.

Several designers in the Designer & Brand Database specialize in knits, including cardigans and sweater jackets popular with professional women.  Look for organic natural fibers from Eileen Fisher, contemporary styles from Nic + Zoe, and heavy gauge knit jackets from Ming Wang and Misook.  Ralph Lauren is especially well known for heritage patterned knits and a Town & Country aesthetic. Those with ample budgets will want to look at the luxury knits from St. John, many of which can be easily blocked by your dry cleaner up to size 20. 

 

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Calvin Klein, Lace Up Pullover, Size XL - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Short Sleeve Shrug, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Misook, Graphic Duster, Size 16 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Short Sleeve Shell, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Calvin Klein
Lace Up Pullover
Size XL - 3X

 

Short Sleeve Shrug
Size XL - 5X
 

Misook
Graphic Duster
Size 16 - 30W

Cotton Short Sleeve Shell
Size S - 3X

Extended & Specialty Sizes

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. 

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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Striped Pullover, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Daisy Print Pullover, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Stizzoli, Floral Print Cardigan, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Polka Dot Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cocoon Shrug
Size 14 - 32W

 

Daisy Print Pullover
Size S - 3X

 

Stizzoli
Floral Print Cardigan
Size 14 - 24W
 

Polka Dot Cardi
Size S - 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.  Saks Off Fifth is less well stocked in plus-sizes, but can still turn up some good designer bargains for sizes S to 3X.

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  in size 0 to 24W.

 

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LOGO Lori Goldstein, Maxi Kimono Topper, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Striped Cardigan, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Floral Kimono Sleeve Pullover, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

LOGO Lori Goldstein
Maxi Kimono Cardi

Size 0 - 28W

 

Bold Striped Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 

Color Block Cardigan
Size S - 4X

Floral Kimono Sleeve
Pullover
Size 12 - 26W

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