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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: March 2, 2017

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Soft Cable Cardigan, Size S - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cable Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 

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Sweater Jacket
Size XS - 3X
Avg - Petite
 
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Size
12 - 34W
 

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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Scallop Edge Shrug, Size S - 5X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Size S - 5X

 

Knit Duster Vest
Size 1X - 3X

 
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Size S - 3X
Petite to XL

 
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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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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.   Bedford Fair and Old Pueblo Traders offer a mixture of classic and romantic styles at moderate price points including crochet pullovers, cardigans, and short sleeve and sleeveless sweater shells for size S to 3X.   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.  

 

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Short Sleeve Pullover

Size S - 3X

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Floral Print Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X

 
Off-the-Shoulder Sweater
Size 14 - 28W
 
 

Striped Cotton Pullover
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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Cotton Shrug
Size S - 3X

 

Fine Gauge Knit
Short Sleeve Shell
Size S - 3X 
 
Striped Sweater Set
Size S - 3X
 

Floral Crochet Tunic
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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Crochet Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 
Light Kimono Topper
Size XL - 5X

 
Eileen Fisher
Organic Linen Cardigan
Size S - 3X
 

Nic + Zoe
Prism Stitch Striped Cardi
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, wool, 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 fact, this is one of the best resources for extremely good quality sweaters that don't pill available for plus-size women at price points that are still reasonable.

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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CHAPS, Ruffle Hem, Polka Dot Pull Over, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Pointelle Stitch Cardigan
Size 14 - 28W

 

Fringed Open Knit Tunic
Size 6 - 26W

 

Crochet Cardigan
Size
S - 3X

 

CHAPS Ralph Lauren
Ruffle Hem Polka Dot Pullover

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.  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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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.