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.
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.
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.