20 Plus-Size Career Blouses & Tops, November 2014  @ Elegant Plus, Sizes 12 +

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Elegant Plus Plus-Size Work Clothes Trends Report
20 Career Blouses and Tops
November 4, 2014

Blouses and tops are one of the places professional women can most easily express personal style and individual personality in working wardrobes. The fall to winter 2014 winter season is seeing a deepening of colors to cool, rich jewel tones in blue, teal, and purple.  Black and white are extending from earlier seasons, while dashes of spicy red are especially popular in the period leading into the holiday season.

Texture is an important part of fashion this season.  Along with lace, tone-on-tone burnout patterns, mixed fabric weights, and plays of opacity and sheerness in the same top are adding dimension and depth to looks.  Feminine chiffons and silk charmeuse blouses are being mixed with (faux) leather pants and skirts this year for a tough and tender aesthetic.  The softness of cashmere cardigans can add another textural layer to the mix.

Menswear prints such as houndstooth and plaid are also playing important roles this year, in addition to vintage and classic scarf print patterns.  Victorian details including peplums, slightly puffed full sleeves, lace insert high necklines, and neck ties are trending in adding to Art Deco, structural color blocking that has been in play for several seasons.

Click here for plus-size career tops, blouses and shirts shopping resources.   The most recent Elegant Plus Style Editor's Picks are listed below.

 

Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Career 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  Plus-size shirts, tops, blouses, and tunics at a wide variety of price points for working women in professional office environments who need to look stylish and polished are selected from top retailers that you can trust to provide top level customer service.

Let's Shop! Lord & Taylor

Ralph Lauren, Stretch Satin Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Stretch Satin Blouse

This stylish stretch satin blouse comes in luscious, on trend hues that work perfectly under classic black cardigans and jackets.  Or wear alone for a bold office style statement.

Designer: Lauren Ralph Lauren

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $89.50

Available from: LORD & TAYLOR

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$99 +

Let's Shop! Kiyonna

Illusion Lace Bodice Peplum Top, Size 10-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Illusion Bodice Peplum Top

Dazzling yet demure, curves are show cased in this vintage influenced desk-to-dinner top with an illusion lace bodice and sleeves.  Peplum styling looks stunning over a slim pencil skirt.   You can take this one to the office Christmas party with just a few changes of accessories.

Size: 10 - 32W

Retail: $68.00

Available from: KIYONNA

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$150 +

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Foxcroft, Tailored Vintage Print Shirt, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vintage Print Shirt

Classic, button down shirt styling is revved up with a gorgeous vintage print. Hidden button placket keeps the looks clean and tailored. Coordinate with a pair of slim black trousers and loafers for a contemporary office perfect look.

Designer: Foxcroft

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $93.00

Available from: NORDSTROM

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Let's Shop! Neiman Marcus

Pure Silk Blouse, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Pure Silk Charmeuse Blouse

The luxury of rich silk charmeuse contrasts with the simplicity of this gorgeous blouse.  Available in black, teal blue, or rouge red, the rich color palette mixes with the color palette of the Fall 2014 season with ease.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $200.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS

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Let's Shop! Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes, Surplice Body Suit, Size XS - XL (16/18) | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Surplice Body Suit

Feminine, sophisticated style is the hallmark of Eva Mendes which she shares with you in this beautifully designed body suit. The neckline is perfect for showing off a bold statement necklace.  Mix and match with skirts and trousers.

Designer: Eva Mendes Collection

Size: XS - XL (16/18)

Retail:  $49.95

Available from: NEW YORK & CO

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Let's Shop! QVC

Baroque Print Knit Top, Size 0-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Baroque Print Top

A classic scarf print in rich jewel tones in an easy knit can brighten up an office casual look, or layer under more formal jackets.  Pair with (faux) leather pants for a trendy, upscale look.

Designer: Bob Mackie

Size: 0 - 24W

Retail: $42.75

Available from: QVC

Let's Shop! Ulla Popken

Contrast Trim Crepe Blouse, Plus-Size 12 - 38W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Contrast Trim Shirt

A crisp black and white contrast is sleek and modern.  For a chic, fashion forward look pair with (faux) leather pants or skirt and cut out booties.

Size: 12 - 38W

Retail: $59.95 - $69.95

Available from: ULLA POPKEN

Let's Shop! North Style

Holiday Plaid Pintuck Blouse, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Plaid Chiffon Blouse

Plaid is the pattern of the moment, and this chiffon blouse with delicate pintuck details is the perfect mix of feminine and masculine for a fresh take on a classic.  Vibrant holiday red will have you humming carols as you work.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $59.95 - $64.95

Available from: NORTH STYLE

Let's Shop! Christopher & Banks

Burnout Dot Blouse, Size 4 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Burnout Dot Blouse

Tone-on-tone burnout pattern adds texture and visual interest to a gorgeous, vibrant blue blouse. Lined body with illusion sleeves provides optimum coverage for most work environments.

Size: 4 - 26W, Petite to 18P

Retail:  $59.95 - $64.95

Available from: CHRISTOPHER & BANKS

Let's Shop! Willow Ridge

Victorian High Neck Lace Inset Blouse, Size 6 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Victorian Lace Inset Blouse

High neck and lace panel inset at the bodice gives this blouse a Victoriana heirloom quality.  Wear with a lean pencil skirt and high boots for a fashion forward look.  Finish with a peplum style jacket.

Size: 6 - 28W

Retail: $29.99 - $34.99

Available from:  WILLOW RIDGE

Let's Shop! Dillard's

Vince Camuto, Faux Leather Trim Knit Top, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Faux Leather Trim Top

Contrast faux leather trim make this knit shirt a modern separate for the contemporary office. Dolman sleeves leave plenty of room for heavier  upper arms.

Designer: Vince Camuto

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail:  $69.00

Available from: DILLARD'S

Let's Shop! Jones New York

Tailored Tied Neck Blouse, Plus-Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Grid Pattern Tie Front Blouse

Sleeveless styling makes this blouse easy to layer under cardigans and tailored jackets. Menswear inspired pattern mixed with a high neck and bow tie is a fashion forward look with vintage references.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $74.00

Available from: JONES NEW YORK

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$125 +

Let's Shop! ModCloth

Vintage Bird Print Blouse, Size S - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vintage Bird Print Chiffon Top

A softly draped chiffon in a vintage bird silhouette print will flatter curvy figures. Pair with wide leg palazzo pants and wide belt. Top with a long cashmere cardigan for a graceful, luxe look.

Size: S - 4X

Retail:  $39.99

Available from: MODCLOTH

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$50 +

Let's Shop! Pendleton

Charmeuse Houndstooth Print Top, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Houndstooth Print Top

Luxurious, silky charmeuse is a classic in a houndstooth black and white print. Layer under a chic capelet cardigan for the latest look.

Size: 2 - 24W; Petite too 18P

Retail: $109.00 - $119.00

Available from: PENDLETON

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$200 +

Let's Shop! Avenue

Classic Crepe Career Blouse, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Crepe Blouse

Classic collarless styling with hidden placket button details make this crepe blouse a wardrobe staple that mixes and matches with a wide variety of professional pieces.  Choose classic white or on trend winter hues.

Size: 14 - 32W

Retail: $54.00

Available from: AVENUE

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$150 +

Let's Shop! MetroStyle

Sheer Chiffon Sleeve Top, Size S - XL | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Chiffon Sleeve Top

Billowing, slightly puffed sheer chiffon sleeves combine with a knit bodice to create a fashionable, Victoriana look for work.  Style with a form fitting vest to show of the sleeves, and a pair of wide leg palazzo pants.

Size: S - XL (18/20)

Retail: $39.99

Available from: METROSTYLE

Let's Shop! Ashley Stewart

Status Print Tunic Top, Plus-Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Status Print Tunic Top

This classic scarf print pops in a holiday palette of red, gold, and black.  Easy care knit, slightly flared three quarter sleeves, and sash are a flattering combination that you'll reach for all winter long.

Size: 12 - 26W

Retail: $34.50

Available from: ASHLEY STEWART

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$8.95

Let's Shop! JC Penney

Art Deco Color Block Top, Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Color Block Top

This striking architectural color block design has an Art Deco appeal that cleverly sculpts curves into the perfect hourglass proportions. With seasonless appeal, this top will coordinate with either black or white pants.  Wide leg styles or slim pencil legs will work equally well, depending on your figure type.

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $44.00

Available from: JC PENNEY

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$99 +

Let's Shop! Lands End

Silk Tunic Top, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Silk Tunic

Longer hip length tunic top with bracelet sleeves is dressed up in a beautiful crepe silk.  Moderate vee neck line with button details

Size: 2 - 26W, Petite to 18P

Retail: $89.00 - $109.00

Available from: LANDS END

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$50 +

Let's Shop! Igigi

Multi-Color Houndstooth Blouse, Plus-Size 12 -32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Multi-Color Houndstooth Blouse

A classic menswear houndstooth print is given a trendy, feminine edge with a kaleidoscope color palette and tie neck. Classy enough for the office, and pretty enough for a dinner date after work this blouse pairs easily with skirts and trousers, alike.

Size: 12 - 32W

Retail: $78.00

Available from: IGIGI

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