Plus-Size Sweaters, Trend Report October 6, 2014 @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +


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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Sweater Trends Report
15 Plus-Size Cardigans for Fall 2014
October 6, 2014

Patterns are still trending strongly this fall, and print cardigans are an easy way to add some to your style.  More classic style women will wear a patterned cardigan as an accent and conversation piece.  Trendier women may choose to mix it with other prints in a shirt, skirt, pants, or accessories to create a unique look.

Folkloric patterns and those derived from ethnic traditions are some of the strongest pattern trends in sweaters this year.  Look for Scottish Fair Isle knits, Irish Fisherman sweaters, and Southwest inspired blanket patterns. BoHo style fashionistas will especially want to pick some of these up, but they are attractive patterns to other style groups, as well. 

Some of the patterns coming off the high end runways that translate particularly well into sweaters include trellis or lattice patterns, and window pane patterns.  Classic to contemporary style women will find these easy work-wear options.

The Seinfeld inspired "Normcore" trend takes classic style, slouchy and masculine or unisex sweaters and mixes them with khakis, boyfriend jeans, and knit denim leggings.  Longer cardigan lengths, often with pockets, are perfect examples of this dressed down, non-style look.

Classic cardigans are an important part of the mid-20th century inspired vintage modern trend.  Worn together with full "New Look" midi length skirts, pencil skirts, and slim legged ankle pants, trendy fashionistas are snapping them up in every hue imaginable.  Some sport whimsical motifs, birds particularly popular, while others are patterned or solid.

Capelet styles are evolving out of dolman sweaters and ruana styles and are one of the newest cardigan silhouettes.  Characterized by a free flowing drape, and generous kimono sleeves they work best worn over slimmer, body conscious silhouettes as the under layer.

(Faux) leather details and trims lend an edgier and/or more luxurious feel. This material is used in both the current Equestrian Town and Country trend which frequently combines long, lean cardigans with buckle hardware and tall boots, and the tougher, urban biker trend that prefers studded lace up combat boots or Doc Martens to make a style statement. 

Natural fibers are becoming easier to find in plus-size cardigan styles.  Higher end supima cotton is softer with longer and stronger fibers making for an especially fine finish.  As the cooler temperatures of fall become more pronounced, wool cardigans and sweaters become more popular.  A variety of fine quality wools from the British Isles are available in larger sizes, in addition to the ever-popular luxury of the wonderfully soft cashmere.

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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Sweaters, Cardigans and Shrugs, Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.

Let's Shop! Lands End

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Polka Dot Cardigan

Luxuriously soft supima cotton make this cardigan a dream to wear.  Classic polka dot pattern instantly adds flair to simple sheath dresses or jeans, or go trendy and bold as part of a pattern mixing outfit.

Size: 2 - 26W, Petite & Tall to 18

Retail: $89.00

Available from: LANDS' END


Let's Shop! Saks Fifth Avenue

Eileen Fisher, Metallic Finish Contour Hem Cardigan, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick

Contour Hem Cardigan

A slight metallic finish adds sophistication and a little holiday shine to this contour hem cardigan.  High-lo styling combined with v-neck subtly sculpts curves into perfectly balanced proportions.

Designer: Eileen Fisher

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $298.00

Available from: SAKS FIFTH AVENUE


Let's Shop! Soft Surroundings

Cashmere Sweater Topper, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Cashmere Sweater Topper

Wear this ultra soft cashmere topper open and loose for a free flowing look, or tie the ends for a figure enhancing shrug.  Available in an assortment of colors to suit any mood or outfit.

Size: 2 - 24W

Retail: $98.95 - $108.95


Let's Shop! Macy's

Window Pane Print Cardigan

Fashionable longer length, cotton cardigan with leather detail fastener trim, uses the fresh window pane pattern in navy and white for a style that is career perfect.  Softer, and more feminine than a jacket but with masculine overtones, this look is right on trend.

Size:  XL - 3X

Retail: $79.50

Available from: MACY'S

$99 +

Plus-Size Cotton Cardigan with Pockets, Size 12 - 38W | Editor's Pick
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Long Cotton Pocket Cardigan

Long, easy lines makes this casual cardigan the perfect career topper or wear over your favorite pair of jeans or leggings.  Dressed down normcore pocket styling is both practical and on-trend.

Size: 12 - 38W

Retail: $49.99 - $79.99

Available from: ULLA POPKEN

Let's Shop! Appleseed's

Wool Fair Isle Cardigan

Shetland wool blended with plush chenille make this sweater soft and cuddly.  Gorgeous traditional folk inspired fair isle pattern is enhanced with touches of embroidery and scroll pattern cuffs.

Size: S - 3X, Petite to XL

Retail: $99.95 - $109.95

Available from:  APPLESEED'S

Let's Shop! Karen Kane

Faux Leather Panel Cardigan, Plus-Size XL - 3X, Designer: Karen Kane | Editor's Pick

Faux Leather Front Cardigan

Edgy contemporary chic in sleek black, this topper works well over skinny jeans and slim leg pants.  Pair with faux leather, suede, metallicized gunmetal denim, or bold plaid leggings for a punk look.

Size: XL - 3X

Retail:  $148.00

Available from: KAREN KANE

$100 +

Let's Shop! ModCloth

Retro Bird Motif Cardigan Sweater, Size XS - 4X | Editor's Pick

Retro Bird Motif Cardigan Sweater

Whimsical swallow motif adorns this classic cardigan sweater. Go retro paired with a black plaid pencil skirt, or full poodle skirt.

Size: XS - 4X

Retail: $59.99

Available from: MODCLOTH

$50 +

Let's Shop! Serengeti

Elbow Length, Dolman Sweater, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick


Boucle Dolman Sweater

How do you create a chic look with a plain, long sleeved colored tee? Layer an elbow length dolman sweater over the top! This look is both stylish and upper arm friendly.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $59.95 - $69.95

Available from: SERENGETI

Let's Shop! Monroe & Main

Southwest Blanket Print Cardigan, Size S- 3X | Editor's Pick

Blanket Stripe Cardigan

Southwest inspired blanket print in a striking color combination for fall gives an Taos artisan flavor to any outfit.  Add fringed booties and Native American silver jewelry.

Size: S - 3X

Retail:  $79.95 - $89.95

Available from: MONROE & MAIN

Let's Shop! QVC

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Fisherman Knit Empire Cardigan

Stunning Irish Fisherman knit pattern is updated into a feminine empire silhouette with three quarter sleeves.  Fine merino wool is cozy and warm. Available in a wide assortment of colors.

Designer: Kilronan

Size: XS - XXL (0 - 24)

Retail: $104.00

Available from: QVC

Let's Shop! Woolovers

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Lambswool Pocket Cardigan

You'll reach for this ultra soft, machine washable lambswool cardigan again and again this fall.  Available directly from the world renowned British woolen mills, making the price a steal.  You'll want one in every color!

Size: XS - XXL (2 - 24)

Retail: $38.00

Available from: WOOLOVERS

$10 Flat Rate
$150 +

Plus-Size Lattice Print Cardigan, 1X - 4X | Editor's Pick

Lattice Print Cardigan

Black and white lattice print in a classic cotton cardigan silhouette gives a fashion forward punch to casual and work outfits, alike.

Size: 1X - 4X

Retail: $59.00 - $64.00

Available from: CATHERINE'S

Let's Shop! Tog Shop

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Classic Cardigan

Ultra-soft acrylic make this easy care cardigan a dream to wear.  Classic styling works with a wide variety of looks and occasions.  Toss on over a cute day dress or your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans. Available in a wide range of colors, so there is no need to choose just one!

Size: S - 3X, Petite to XL

Retail: $34.95 - $43.95

Available from: TOG SHOP

Let's Shop! Avenue

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One of the newest cardigan silhouettes, this softly draping capelet is a chic an versatile look.  Forgiving style for problem upper arms, this shape will also help to balance pear figure types.  Remember to keep the under layer body conscious, for a contemporary figure flattering look.

Size: 14 - 32W

Retail: $34.00

Available from: AVENUE © 2002-2017


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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