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Probably the first ones to effectively move into the internet shopping space, catalogs frequently have the most offerings in the same styles in a wide variety of sizes. Better known to those living outside traditional urban and suburban areas served by department stores and large retail chains, these shopping resources can be a treasure of unusual styles for plus-size women. Prices tend to be value to moderate, leaving the luxury market mainly to the department stores, several of which also have companion paper catalogs. The trendiest styles also rarely show up in catalogs, since that market moves faster than print mailings and large warehoused supply chain models are effective addressing. Omni-channel retailers often include mailings in their mix, but rarely have an emphasis on the paper catalog model as the core of their business.
Some of the best known value to moderate priced catalogs work primarily in classic styles. Blair has long been a favorite with value price driven market. Mainly casual, with a few day dress styles appropriate for less formal work environments, this spot is especially good for plus petites up to 2X. The women's plus sizes extend further to a 3X, and every once in awhile a 5X. Cotton and easy-care synthetic blends are the norm, with dresses ranging from preppy chic to more middle of the road classic looks. Lands' End is another well known classic catalog. This is one of the best spots to find classic sheaths, tipped polo dresses, knit fit and flare styles, and shirtdresses that are mainly in natural fibers. Color palettes and patterns are up-to-date while styles range from casual to professionally polished day dresses. Prices are moderate, with sizing ranging from 0 to 26W, and petite and tall sizes to 18. Although the dress selection in extended sizes is limited, those looking for more upscale, yet very classic look, will find natural fiber shirtdresses and other classic day dress styles at Appleseed's. Size XL is an 18/20 here, so smaller plus-sizes will have more options available in the main collection, with further options in the women's collection up to size 24W.
Also moderately priced, the selection at NorthStyle is carefully curated with dresses ranging from classic sheaths to fit and flare styles, occasionally with matching shrugs or jackets. Classic patterns such as polka dots, plaids, stripes, color blocks, and florals are often a part of the designs, with both knits and wovens available in the main misses and petite collections to size 18, and the women's plus collection extending sizes further to 24W. Popular brick-and-mortar retailer Coldwater Creek closed its doors to become exclusively a catalog and e-commerce entity. Like many classic style counterparts, natural fiber options are abundant here. In addition to day dress styles, including maxi dresses that travel well and can dress up or down, they've added a special occasion and evening wear collection from classic brands such as Alex Evenings and Komarov.
Talbots is a must stop for those who appreciate more upscale looks and natural fibers. Their preppy dress collection ranges from casual cruise wear to silk dresses around the holidays, and an excellent selection of tailored work styles for sizes 2 to 24W for both regular and petites.
trendy are the day dress styles from
Inventory shifts more rapidly here than with
most cataloguers and has a more youthful vibe.
Sizes for 14 to 24W are available, although some
styles are only available to size 20.
has taken a more contemporary turn in recent
years and is a real boon for those wearing
extended plus-sizes up to 38W. More
classic styles are available suitable for work,
but contemporary detailing for a variety of
occasions is becoming more the norm.
is turning into one of the leading cataloguers
for contemporary style dresses in sizes up to
28W. Even with an extensive selection and
deep inventory, this popular shopping spot can
sell out of sizes reasonably quickly from the
hottest labels and styles.
Going mainstream the last few years, the BoHo style has been in demand with all age groups, especially for weekend casual and resort wear. Full-figured fashionistas have long known that the Pyramid Collection catalog is a go to source for unique, unusual, and fab bohemian looks that fit sizes 2 to 28W. Smaller plus-size women can shop the main collection, while those over size 18 will have plenty to choose from in the Goddess Size collection. Pay careful attention to size descriptions here as this catalog is very careful to give numerical size equivalents tailored to each garment. For example a 3X in one dress might be a 20, while in another it equals a size 28W. Romantic maxi dresses, vintage inspired shifts, wild tie dyes, floaty fairy slip dresses, vampy gothic velvets, and arty mixed media and patchwork prints are all available to suit women who love to express their individuality. Serengeti catalog can be a good resource for crinkle broomstick dresses, multi-media patchwork styles, woodblock prints, and soutache trim acid wash styles that are staples of classic BoHo wardrobes in size S to 3X.
is value priced and particularly appealing to
classic, older shoppers. Many dresses with
sleeves for all occasions are available from
casual to formal. Labels here include
Anthony Richards and Alfred Dunner with some
styles available not just in plus-sizes but also
petite plus. Classic cataloguer,
Draper's & Damon's
is also a go-to spot for those looking for
cocktail and formalwear for occasions such as
mother-of-the-bride, cruises, and work related
affairs for sizes up to 24W. Along with
dresses, they also carry skirt and jacket or
twinset coordinates that can be purchased
separately, but work together to look like a
dress. Much of what they carry comes from
the very popular, and reasonably priced, Alex
Evenings special occasion label.
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