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Elegant Plus Holiday Plus-Size Fashion Trends Report
Mad for Plaid: Classic Holiday Style with Panache
Dec 3, 2014

Plaid is a winter holiday favorite.  From classic tartan print pajamas under the Christmas tree to soft, plaid flannel shirts it's an old friend that makes us feel the warm traditions of the season.

This year classic Scottish tartans are being worked into everything from shoes to dresses.  Diamond plaids, and multi-directional pieced plaid pieces are among the most fashion forward looks. 

Leggings and tights in muted tone-on-tone plaids are adding trendier edges to solid colored ensembles, while plaid accents are also turning up in scarves, boots, and other accessories.

Classic red plaids are dominating in celebration of the season.  Large buffalo plaids and small checked patterns are both currently in demand.  Charcoal grey is a subtler option that is especially popular for outerwear such as capes and peacoats.


Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Designer Fashion, Size 12 +

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Let's Shop! eShakti

Cotton Plaid Dress

A fitted bodice flares into a figure flattering skirt in a feminine dress that plays with a traditional tartan pattern.  Add your favorite black, red, or green cashmere cardigan and tall boots for a contemporary holiday look.

Size: 0 - 36W

Retail: $74.95

Available from: eSHAKTI

Cotton Plaid Shirt Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus Last Call

Plaid Cashmere Scarf

Give the gift of luxury with this soft, plush fringed cashmere scarf. Fashion forward purple plaid gives a stylish pop of color to dark winter jackets and coats, brightening up even the dreariest of winter days.

Size: 67" x 11"

Retail: $115.00


$75 +


Plaid Cashmere Scarf | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! North Style

Double Breasted Plaid Coat

A fully lined, tailored coat in a mid weight poly-wool blend combines a classic red plaid with chic black contrast collar and cuffs.  A fit and flare style subtly skims and shapes body lines for a stylish look.  This versatile jacket works well over classic career trousers, skirts, dresses, and jeans with with equal ease.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $129.00 - $139.00

Available from: NORTH STYLE

Double Breasted Red Plaid Coat, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Avenue

Graphic Plaid Shirt

This tunic design sports a bold black and white plaid with contrast trim.  Roll tab, three quarter sleeves are the perfect length.  Pair with jeans for a casual look.  Or, go graphic for a work look by combining with a lean black midi pencil skirt.

Size: 14 - 32W

Retail: $54.00

Available from: AVENUE

Graphic Black & White Shirt, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Buffalo Plaid Sweater Duster

Slouchy, oversized styling is in perfect proportion with a large buffalo plaid pattern in this cozy sweater topper.  Toss on over your favorite comfy boyfriend jeans or leggings for laid back, casual weekend style.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $149.00

Available from: NORDSTROM



Over Sized Buffalo Plaid Cardigan Topper, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Ashley Stewart

Plaid Leggings

Wear these diamond plaid leggings with faux leather side panels with a stylish poncho and booties for the most fashion forward look. Plaid leggings are flying off store shelves this season, so grab these in your size while you still can!

Size: 12 - 24W

Retail: $26.50

Available from: ASHLEY STEWART


Plaid Leggings, Plus-Size 12 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Bedford Fair

Pleated Plaid Skirt

This midi-length skirt has stitched down pleats at the hip that release to a gentle a-line shape.  Add sweater tights and a cute animal motif sweater for a trendy look.  Or, choose a classic cardigan with pearls for a classic style.

Size: 8 - 28W; Petite 4 - 20P

Retail: $44.99 - $51.99

Colors: Black Plaid, Royal Blue Plaid, Grey Plaid, Solid Black

Available from:  BEDFORD FAIR

Plaid Pleated Skirt, Size 8 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! QVC

Tartan Plaid Sweater Dress

A beefy cotton blend makes this sweater dress an easy-to-wear, contemporary day look.  Falling just to the knee, wear bare legged or with tights. Find the plaid a little too bold?  The dress proportions are sleek enough without being tight to work under an over sized sweater duster, giving just a playful visual hint of the pattern underneath. 

Designer:  Isaac Mizrahi

Size: 0 - 28W

Retail: $59.00

Colors: Black Plaid, Green Plaid, Tulip Red Plaid

Available from: QVC

Tartan Plaid Sweater Dress, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Old Navy

Felt Smoking Flats

These super cute smoking slippers will jazz up everything from slim legged pixie pants and cardigan looks to lean midi skirts and tights.   Buy a pair as a gift, and a pair for yourself.

Women's Shoe Size: 6 - 10

Retail:  $24.95

Colors: Red Plaid, Grey Plaid, Green, Wine, Black, Grey, Camel

Available from:  OLD NAVY

$50 +


Plaid Smoking Flats, Women's Shoe Size 6 - 10 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Catherine's

Plaid Peacoat

A fully lined peacoat in stylish charcoal grey plaid is a classic that works as well over casual jeans as a dress for the office.  The notched lapel, tab cuffs, and double breast styling add stylish fashion forward flair.

Size: 1X - 5X

Retail: $179.00 - $194.00

Available from: CATHERINE'S

Plus-Size Plaid Peacoat, Size 1X - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Blair

Classic Plaid Flannel Pajamas

Soft, cotton flannel makes some of the most comfortable pajamas around, and this stylish plaid is perfect for Saturday morning lounging or a traditional Christmas with family.  Coordinating fleece tops are sold separately for a complete look.  Or mix and match with your favorite Henley tees.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $19.99 - $24.99

Colors: Red Plaid, Black Watch Plaid, Leaf Plaid, Dusty Blue Plaid, Pink Plaid, Jewel Plaid

Available from: BLAIR

Classic Plaid Flannel Pajamas, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Dillard's

Plaid Top

A substantial knit top in super soft cotton has the faux suede and zipper detailing that the designer is known for. Pair with faux leather or suede leggings and booties for a thoroughly modern look.

Designer: LAUREN Ralph Lauren

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail:  $54.50

Colors: Black Plaid, Red Plaid

Available from: DILLARD'S

Ralph Lauren, Plaid Top, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Eddie Bauer

Flannel Shirt

Nothing beats the feel of a dressed down, soft plaid flannel shirt when the temperatures turn chilly.  Wear with with everything from khakis to leggings, this winter classic is one you'll want in every color.

Size: S - 3X, Tall: M - XXL, Petite: XS - XL

Retail: $60.00 - $70.00

Colors: Red Check, Black Check, Plum Check, Black Plaid, Red Plaid, Loden Green Plaid, Teal Plaid

Available from: EDDIE BAUER

Plaid Flannel Shirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Lands End

Knit Flannel Pajama Set

Take the easy comfort of a knit and cross it with the classic style of a plaid, and the results are your favorite pjs.  Ahhh, bliss! Buy one for you, one for them.

Size: S - 3X, Petite: M - XL (18)

Retail: $55.00

Available from: LANDS' END

$50 +

Plaid Knit Pajamas, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Let's Shop! Amazon

Tartan Cape Jacket

Fashionable curvy girls are clamoring for capes this year. This one is given extra impact with a fashion forward tartan plaid. Faux fur trim at the neck adds panache. 

Size: One Size Plus

Retail: $33.56

Colors: Charcoal, Red, Black & White, Teal

Available from:  AMAZON

Plaid Cape, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Diamond Plaid Tights

Dress up simple skirts and dresses with a pair of stylish plaid tights and you're style IQ will instantly rise.  These make great stocking stuffers too!

Size: A - E/F fits up to 325 lbs

Retail: $18.95

Available from: LANE BRYANT


Diamond Plaid Tights, Plus-Size to 325 lbs | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Patterns Available

Let's Shop! Zappos

Plaid Winter Tall Boots

Stay warm, comfortable, and dry in these waterproof winter boots. Cushioned interior with traction soles make them the perfect choice for snowy weather.  Cute plaid guarantees compliments!

Brand: BOGS

Women's Shoe Size: 6 - 11 M , 15" Wide Calf

Retail: $124.00

Plaid Colors: Red, Black, Chocolate, Olive

Available from: ZAPPOS



Plaid Waterproof Winter Boots, Women's Size 6 - 11 M | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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