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Sweaters, Cardigans, Shrugs, Vests, Ponchos & Dusters

 
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.
 


Last Update: December 1, 2016

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Soft Knit Oversized Shrug, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cotton Christmas Caroler Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Cotton Pullover, Size 12 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Soft Knit
Oversized Shrug
Size S - 3X
 

Cotton Christmas Caroler
Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 
Cotton Pullover
Size
12 - 30W
 

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. Some can be as structured as a blazer, but in a sweater knit. 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 social groups that trend towards more body conscious and trendy styles.

 

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Button Trim Sweater, Size 14 - 24W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Button Trim Sweater
Size
14 - 24W

 

Striped Turtleneck Sweater
Size 1X - 3X

 
Americana Sweater
Size S - 3X
Avg - Petite


 

Holiday Birds
Intarsia Knit Sweater
Size S - 3X
Avg - Petite

 

 

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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Size 12 - 26W

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Size XL - 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.   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.

A reliable 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.  

Trendier looks are regularly available from British retailers such as Asos and Evans, and the Australian City Chic line.  All three ship to the United States and Canada quickly and inexpensively.
 

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Size S - 4X

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Size XL - 3X

 

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Size
S - 3X

 

Crochet Wrap
One Size Plus

 

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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Cable Knit Poncho, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Cable Knit Pullover
Size S - 3X

 

Color Block Sweater Coat
Size S - 3X

 
Sparkle Twofer Sweater
Size S - 3X

 

Cable Knit Poncho
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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Intarsia Pullover, Size XS - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Silk Blend Pullover
Size 1X - 3X
 

Owl Motif Sweater
Size 1X - 4X

 
Fair Isle Sweater
Size S - 3X
 

Nic + Zoe
Intarsia Pullover
Size XS - 3X 

 

Extended & Specialty Sizes

Torrid carries trendier options from XL to 6X, along with other plus specialty retailers such as Avenue (14 to 32W).  Quality natural fibers such as eco-cottons, linen, and cashmere are regularly available from Ulla Popken in contemporary styles appealing to both fashion conscious shoppers and those looking for classic, professional clothes for size 12 to 34W.

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.  Classic retailer Talbots includes many styles in women's petite sizes to 22W, including natural fiber sweaters and cardigans in cotton, wool, linen, and silk.

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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Lace Up Poncho
Size 14 - 28W

 

Santa Sweater
Size XL - 3X

 

Fair Isle
Heart Pocket Sweater

Size L - 6X

 

Sequin Sweater
Size 1
X - 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 fantastic designer bargains for sizes S to 3X.

Trendier looks are available from Nordstrom Rack with a good selection in extended sizes,  with the occasion piece turning up from designers such as Eileen Fisher.

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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Red Oversized Dolman Pullover, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Shawl Cardigan, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Intarsia Cat Sweater, Size S - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Belted Poncho, Size XS- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Oversized Dolman Sweater
Size S - 3X

 
Shawl Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 

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Size S - 3X

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Size XS - 3X

 

 

 

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