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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Designer Clothes Trends Report
October 31, 2014

You've seen the articles: there's no designer fashion for anyone wearing larger than size 2, or Hollywood stars who wear larger than size 12 can't find anything to wear, etc. While choices are more limited for those who wear larger sizes, women with discerning tastes and pocket books large enough to indulge them can find quality, well made clothing from labels ranging from well known designers to boutique labels.  Some design exclusively for plus-size women, while others have extended their size ranges beyond size 12.

As we move into the winter season, fashion is all about holiday parties, winter cruises and resort vacations, and colder weather needing warmth and layers.  It's also a fabulous time of year for luxury fashion made from the finest materials ranging from genuine leather to the softest silk.  Fine wools and cashmere, fur, and down are fashioned into high quality toppers, capes, sweaters, and outerwear.

Click here for plus-size designer clothing shopping resources.   The most recent Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks are listed below.


Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Designer Clothes in Sizes 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected from the latest style trends 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.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report  Truly upscale, luxury fashion for women who can afford the finer things in life has been historically difficult to find in plus-sizes.  We've selected styles from top shelf designers for those with discerning palettes and high end budgets.

Let's Shop! Rachel Pally

Designer: Rachel Pally, Wide Leg Jumpsuit, Plus-Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick

Jersey Jumpsuit

This versatile modal knit jersey jumpsuit is the perfect piece to pack for a winter resort vacation or cruise. Easy pop on and go styling dresses up or down with a simple change of accessories. Flattering night blue is a stylish alternative to classic black.

Designer: Rachel Pally White Label

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $299.00

Available from: RACHEL PALLY


Let's Shop! Dillard's

Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Plus-Size Red Silk Evening Gown, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Red Silk Evening Gown

Beautiful scallop lace cap sleeves and back complement a stunning red silk evening dress with sweetheart neckline for a gala look. Whether it's opening night at the opera or a Christmas charity event, this floor length gown skims and flatters your curves to perfection.

Designer: Tadashi Shoji

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $618.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

Let's Shop! Bloomingdale's

Ralph Lauren, Genuine Leather Sleeve Blazer, Size 14 -22W | Editor's Pick

Genuine Leather Sleeve Blazer

Keep it modern and sleek with this black, mixed texture blazer.  Genuine leather sleeves, one button styling, slim lapel, and faux flap pockets takes a modern classic and gives it edge for the office. Or, wear with jeans for weekend casual chic.

Designer: Lauren Ralph Lauren

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail:  $466.00

Available from: BLOOMINGDALE'S

$150 +

Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus

Lafayette 148, Genuine Black Leather Pants, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Black Lambskin Leather Pants

Supple lambskin leather makes this slim leg pant an impeccably chic and modern choice.   Pair with a cashmere sweater, and booties for an upscale, casual weekend look.

Designer: Lafayette 148

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $898.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS


Let's Shop! Bergdorf Goodman

Lela Rose, Organza Silk Cocktail Dress, Size 0 - 16 | Editor's Pick

Tiered Metallic Floral Silk Cocktail Dress

This stunning party dress hits all the right notes in creamy silk organza worked in a metallic floral design. Flattering v-neck and fitted bodice flares out into a tiered bell skirt with asymmetric hem. 

Designer: Lela Rose

Size: 0 - 16

Retail: $1995.00

Available from:  BERGDORF GOODMAN


Let's Shop! Saks Fifth Avenue

Designer: Stizzoli, Knit Vintage Style Crop Jacket, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Three Quarter Sleeve Knit Cropped Jacket

Add a little holiday sparkle with this metallic embroidered red knit crop jacket. Upscale Italian design in fine wool blend has a chic, vintage flavor.  Wear with the coordinating sheath dress (sold separately) or mix and match with sleek black separates.

Designer: Stizzoli

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $620.00

Available from: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE


Let's Shop! Barneys

Moncler, Quilted Down Jacket, Size XS - XXL | Editor's Pick

Quilted Down Jacket

Whether you're hitting Aspen for the holidays or the streets of New York in January this stylish, down filled, quilted jacket is on point. Oversized drawstring hood can be worn up or down.

Designer: Moncler

Size: XS - XXL

Retail: $1550.00

Available from: BARNEYS NEW YORK


Let's Shop! eskandar at Nordstrom

Designer: eskandar, Wide Leg Culottes | Editor's Pick

Wool Silk Culottes

The latest pant look to take the fashion world by storm, this wide leg cropped silhouette is easy to wear and oh so chic. Premium natural fibers blend in easy pull on styling. Wear with a cropped top and flats for the trendiest look.

Designer: eskandar

Size: Unique Sizing, Extremely Generous: 3 = 16 +

Retail: $825.00

Available from: NORDSTROM


Let's Shop! Lord & Taylor

Long Wool Sweater Topper

This graceful, long sweater topper is the perfect layering piece over slim leg jeans or leggings.  Wide contrast collar frames face, drawing the eye upward. Pure wool blended with cotton and cashmere will make natural fiber enthusiasts happy.

Designer: Eileen Fisher

Size: 1X - 2X

Retail:  $378.00

Available from:  LORD & TAYLOR


Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Designer: Isabel Toledo, Jacquard Trench Coat, Plus-Size 12 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Jacquard Trench Coat

Lightweight evening holiday style for more moderate climates, this gorgeous jacquard trench coat is full of vintage glam.  A perfect topper for cocktail dresses when a coat is needed for getting to the party.

Designer: Isabel Toledo

Size: 12 - 24W

Retail: $298.00

Available from: LANE BRYANT


Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus Premier Designer Collections

Sequin Illusion Sheath Dress

This sparkling cocktail dress is a stunning addition to your holiday event wardrobe.  Silk chiffon and tulle is covered in sequins in a subtle illusion design that shimmers as you move. Fully lined in silk satin, this is an exquisite dress that is destined to become your go-to wardrobe classic.

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Size: 4 - 16

Retail: $3995.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS


Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Full-Figured Luxury Designer Clothes: Fleurette, Mink Trim Wool Coat, Plus-Size 14-22W | Editor's Pick

Genuine Mink Trim Wool Coat

The luxury of fine, Italian Loro Piana wool is styled into a high neck car coat trimmed in genuine Danish mink for a stunning look in cold, winter weather. Whether it's the winds of Chicago or deep freeze of Boston, this coat will keep you warm and stylish.

Designer: Fleurette

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $2095.00

Available from: NORDSTROM


Let's Shop! Bloomingdale's

Designer: Anna Scholz, Halter Neck Cocktail Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Twist Neck Black Cocktail Dress

From gallery openings to dinner on board holiday cruises, this twist neck black cocktail dress will guarantee compliments.  A sophisticated, tailored silhouette will enhance your curves without being too tight, creating a polished and sophisticated look.

Designer: Anna Scholz

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail:  $398.00

Available from: BLOOMINGDALE'S


Let's Shop! Bergdorf Goodman

Button Front Wool Cape

Gorgeous wool - angora felted cape with a spread collar and button front is perfectly proportioned to wear over slim pants and leggings. Easy swing silhouette in vibrant red is the perfect addition to your late fall wardrobe.

Designer: Armani Collezioni

Size: European 40 - 52 (US 4 - 16)

Retail:  $1725.00

Available from: BERGDORF GOODMAN


Let's Shop! Saks Fifth Avenue

Designer: Marina Rinaldi, Rose Jacquard Shift Dress, Plus-Size | Editor's Pick

Rose Jacquard Shift Dress

Embroidered metallic roses makes this mod, holiday party dress shimmer. A viscose silk blend, this shift dress is lined and every detail finished. Thirty six inch length falls mid thigh for a youthful, gam flashing length.

Designer: Marina Rinaldi

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail:  $1360.00

Available from: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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All Editor's Picks and plus-size clothing featured are hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our
extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships.



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