Winter Plus-Size Clothing Report
Winter is the season for cozy fashion that wraps
your curves in a soft hug. Many fabrics
popular at this time of year, such as
flannel, and (faux) fur, are as plush and
luxurious as they are warm.
Winter coats in
wool, down, and (faux) furs and suedes make
classic, chic style statements. Day
dresses and skirts are frequently paired with
boots which can
be hard-to-find for women with wide-calves.
snow boots with good
treads for ice can be even more
challenging to find. Tights and
leggings are also popular winter layering
The shopping season for winter clothes begins
much earlier than the official calendar date of
the start of winter on December 21. In
fact, by the time late December rolls around
much of what is considered winter fashion is
already marked down on clearance. Many
hard-to-find sizes sell out early and are even
more scarce as the snow begins to fly.
begin arriving in stores in early October, while
winter coats can begin to arrive as early as
late August or early September.
Leather and faux leather
styles are generally the first to
come into stock, but wool and down are not far
behind. While the Christmas
shopping season sees many sales on winter items.
This is also the season when apparel gift giving can
be an important part of family traditions.
holiday office party
New Year's Eve parties
kick off the demand for more formal looks such
as cocktail dresses and evening separates.
But the season lasts right through Valentine's
Day, after a short lull in January.
Shoppers start looking for the right party
outfit as early as late October with the run up
to Thanksgiving, with
more formal fabrics such as
velvet, and silk, and
classic cocktail dresses
more in demand as we move closer to Christmas
and New Years and into Valentine's Day.
Full length formalwear
is also a popular choice for charity galas,
opera openings, and other black-tie events that
make up part of the winter social calendar.
January sees a rise in interest in
women's work out clothes which
are becoming increasingly available in larger
sizes in both high tech fabrics and trendier
styles beyond basic black.
Complementing this demand is also an interest in
winter getaway, cruise and
resort wear for warm weather
beach vacation destinations. Searches for
hard-to-find items such as lighter weight tops,
summer style maxi dresses,
bathing suits and swim
cover ups, and
cropped pants and shorts
begins to rise around Thanksgiving and stretches
through Spring Break and early school vacations.
Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Winter Clothes
Outerwear may be the important shopping category
when we think about cold weather. Winter
coats can range the gamut from classic peacoats
to sporty down jackets, with trendier and longer
styles also available. Many designers with
limited availability in plus sizes do offer
winter coats through the major department stores
in size 0 to 24W.
Macy's has one of the deepest and
most diverse style collection.
has more upscale and luxury winter coat labels.
Along with the department stores, down jackets
and coats are reliably stocked by
Lands End in
size 0 to 26W, in addition to styles good for
Wool coats are also frequently available here.
Meanwhile, those looking for faux-fur will find
an especially good collection in a wide variety
of styles, colors, and looks at
QVC in size 0 to
Women looking for extended plus-size winter
coats larger than size 3X will have the largest
selection available from
Amazon. Meanwhile both
have good selections in size 14 to 34W.
are generally lined with treaded soles (often
lug soles) to give the best traction in icy and
snowy conditions. Most are also
waterproof. It's not unusual for ankles
and calves to be wider in winter boot styles,
than in more fashion conscious styles.
Shaft heights range from ankle to tall.
Most have laces or zippers for ease of putting
on and taking off, and extra room for socks and
One of the best
which specializes in footwear with a practical,
although many times stylish, style. They
are especially good for wide widths, with
options from many well-known national brands.
the other must visit shopping resource.
With thousands of shoe styles in stock and one
of the most diverse inventories of sizes,
widths, and brands available on the internet,
the customer feedback section is especially rich
and helpful for ordering here.
Dresses and special
occasion separates are especially in demand for
the winter holiday season beginning at
Thanksgiving and extending all the way through
Valentine's Day. Particularly
plentiful prior to Christmas, especially more
formal evening gown
cocktail dresses styles, some of
the best plus-size shopping resources are the
major upscale department stores, especially
Dillard's has one of the best
inventories of more sophisticated styles with
sleeves and jackets in size 0 to 24W. The
other department store that carries an
especially good inventory is
More youthful and more moderately priced styles
while the most luxurious and upscale designer
options are available at
More moderate prices
are available at
with a good assortment ranging from special
occasion dresses and separates modestly priced
cocktail dresses and full-length games in size 0
Meanwhile, women who
wear extended sizes will find a nice selection
of cocktail dresses and evening pant sets in
size 12 to 38W at
Those looking for styles with vintage or retro
flair will find an extensive collection of
dresses and skirts in party appropriate styles
size 0 to 34W. A slightly more upscale
flavor is available from
Igigi in size 12 to 32W.
Lace and velvet styles are a specialty at
Kiyonna in size 10 to 32W.
Sleepwear of several
different types is important
during the winter season. Many families
have comfy pajama traditions surrounding the
Christmas holidays, sometimes as gift giving.
Plaid flannel is especially popular, along with
novelty knit sleep shirts and pajamas.
Meanwhile, Valentine's Day is the season for
sexy lingerie, baby dolls, and sleep chemise.
carries a very good inventory for both types
in size size 14 to 28W.
Amazon has one of the best
extended size collections for more practical
sleepwear in sizes up to 34W. Those
looking for sexier looks will want to stop in at
Hips & Curves
which offers stylishly tasteful lingerie looks
in size 1X to 6X.
vacations to beach locations or tropical cruise
destinations often require hard-to-find items
during colder months.
can be particularly difficult to find, along
with things like shorts and light weight skirts
and dresses. There are several on-line
retailers that specialize in swimwear all year
that have extended sizes available. One of
the best selections is available at
Swimsuits for All,
including an extensive collection of swim cover
ups, designer swimwear, sporty one piece styles,
and the popular two piece tankini and fatkini
often has artier, boho style options in stock
suitable for beach vacations in size 12 to 34W.
Options include mainly tops and casual and maxi
dress styles. Good resources for shorts at
low to moderate prices include
Blair for classic styles, and
Torrid for denim and trendy short
styles in size XL to 5X.
Always for Me
carries both an excellent selection of classic
to trendy swimwear in one and two piece styles,
but also a good collection of swim cover ups in
size 14 to 26W.
a wide variety of styles, sizes and widths are a
good bet at
Those looking for
upscale, designer styles will find gorgeous silk
tunic tops, palazzo pants, and flowing maxi
dresses styles at
in size 0 to 24W.