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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide &  Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Winter Fashion

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. Cold winds and snow in much of the country require cozy, warm clothing styles that look good while being practical. 


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Plus-Size Down Winter Coat, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick
Down Jacket: XL - 3X
More Colors Available

Mock Neck Sweater, Sizes 1X-3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Designer: MYNT 1792, Belted Wool Blend Coat, Size XL - 4X | Editor's Pick

Winter Floral Peplum Top, Sizes 12-32W | Editor's Pick


Mock Neck Sweater
Size 1X - 3X

MYNT 1792
Belted Wool Blend Coat
Size XL - 4X

  Winter Floral Peplum Top
Size 12 - 32W

Winter Plus-Size Clothing Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

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 velvet, cashmere, 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 tall boots which can be hard-to-find for women with wide-calves.  Tights and leggings are also popular winter layering pieces.

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. 

Cashmere sweaters 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.  Sweaters and sleepwear are particularly popular holiday gifts


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Garnet Red Tie Dye Top, Size 6 - 28W  | Editor's Pick

Wide Width Winter Boots: Faux Fur Lined Ankle Boots, Sizes 6-11 M, W| Editor's Pick
More Colors Available 

Aztec Print Sweater Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Love at First Sight, Intarsia Sweater, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Garnet Red Tie Dye Top
Size 6 - 28W

Faux Fur Lined Ankle Boots
Size 6 - 11 M, W

Aztec Print Sweater Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Love at First Sight
Intarsia Knit Sweater
Size 14 - 28W


The holiday office party season and 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 red dresses, more formal fabrics such as lace, 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.


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Sporty Pullover, Sizes XL-5X | Editor's Pick

Bomber Sweater Jacket, Sizes XL-5X | Editor's Pick

Flannel Pajama Bottoms, Sizes S-3X | Editor's Pick

Fisherman Knit Sweater, Sizes S-3X | Editor's Pick
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Sporty Pullover
Size XL - 5X

Bomber Sweater Jacket
Size XL - 5X

Flannel Pajama Bottoms
Size S - 3X

Fisherman Knit Sweater
Size S - 3X


Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Winter Clothes

Coats, Jackets & Outerwear

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.  Nordstrom 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, along with sportier styles.  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 28W.

Women looking for extended plus-size winter coats larger than size 3X will have the largest selection available from Amazon.  Meanwhile both Catherine's and Avenue also have good selections in size 14 to 34W.


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Faux Fur Collar, Wool Blend Coat, Plus-Size XL - 6X | Editor's Pick

Red Ruched Dress, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Tipped Striped Sweater, Size S - 3X  | Editor's Pick

Dark Wash Skinny Ankle Jeans, Sizes 14-32W | Editor's Pick

Faux Fur Collar
Wool Blend Coat
Size XL - 6X

Red Ruched Dress
Size 10 - 32W

Tipped Striped Sweater
Size S - 3X

Skinny Dark Wash Ankle Jeans
Size 14 - 32W


Winter boots 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 liners.

One of the best sources is Footsmart 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.  Zappos is 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.


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Leopard Print Velour Jacket, Size S - 3X| Editor's Pick

Metallic Jacquard Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick
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Plus Size Wool Peacoat, Size 1X - 2X | Editor's Pick
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Plus Size Jewel Shoulder Velvet Top, Sizes S-3X | Editor's Pick
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Leopard Print Velour Jacket
Size S - 3X

Metallic Jacquard Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Wool Pea Coat
Size 1X - 2X

Jewel Shoulder Velvet Top
Size S - 3X

Special Occasion Holiday Fashion

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 and cocktail dresses styles, some of the best plus-size shopping resources are the major upscale department stores, especially on-line.

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 Nordstrom.  More youthful and more moderately priced styles are at Macy's, while the most luxurious and upscale designer options are available at Neiman Marcus.

Those looking for sophisticated evening separates will find an especially good collection of Alex Evenings separates at alight, including chiffon palazzo pants, evening twin sets, and cocktail dresses.  This is also an especially good spot for evening gowns in size 14 to 30W.

More moderate prices are available at Dress Barn with a good assortment ranging from special occasion dresses and separates modestly priced cocktail dresses and full-length games in size 0 to 24W. 

Meanwhile, women who wear extended sizes will find a nice selection of cocktail dresses and evening pant sets in size 12 to 38W at Ulla Popken.  Those looking for styles with vintage or retro flair will find an extensive collection of dresses and skirts in party appropriate styles at eShakti in size 0 to 34W.  A slightly more upscale flavor is available from Igigi in size 12 to 32W.


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Faux Fur Crop Jacket, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Trotters, Snowflakes Winter Boots, Wide Widths Available | Editor's Pick
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Cashmere Turtleneck, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Cardigan Sweater, Plus Size 12-38W | Editor's Pick
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Faux Fur Crop Jacket
Size S - 3X

Snowflakes Winter Boots
Shoe Size 5 - 12 N, M , W, WW

Cashmere Turtleneck
Size 1X - 3X

Size 12 - 38W

Sleep Wear

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.

Lane Bryant 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.


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Pajama Separates, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
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Underwire Support, Floral Print Swimsuit, Plus-Size 12 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Convertible Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Caftan Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Pajama Separates
Size 1X - 6X

Underwire Support Swimsuit
Size 12 - 24W

Convertible Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Caftan Dress
Size S - 3X

Resort Wear

Winter getaway vacations to beach locations or tropical cruise destinations often require hard-to-find items during colder months.  Plus-size swimwear can be particularly difficult to find, along with things like shorts and light weight skirts and dresses.

Ulla Popken 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.  Meanwhile, JC Penney is one of the best spots for classic cotton tees and vacation separates in sizes up 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.  Sandals in a wide variety of styles, sizes and widths are a good bet at Footsmart.

Those looking for upscale, designer styles will find gorgeous silk tunic tops, palazzo pants, and flowing maxi dresses styles at Neiman Marcus in size 0 to 24W.


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