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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.


Last Update: August 28 , 2017

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Size XS - 3X
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Career tops and blouses come in a variety of sleeve lengths, cuts, and fabrics all year.  Crisp tailored styles, soft jersey knits, and flowing chiffons all make good work choices. Natural fibers such as silk, linen and cotton are becoming progressively more available in larger sizes. Necklines are often higher than on other top types. Modern classic styles are common choices in this category, although more creative office environments can leave room for trendier styles. Price points range from budget conscious to upscale designer.

While color palettes are frequently conservative in work and career wear, blouses are an opportunity to spice up the look of an outfit. Even tailored, classic black pants or skirt suits can be brightened up and updated with the right colored or patterned blouse.  

Because tops are often layered under jackets and cardigans the visual impact can be more subtle than a bold color or patterned blouse worn alone.   Use shirts and blouses to express your personal style, along with accessories such as bags, shoes, and jewelry.

 

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Ruffled
Cherry Print Blouse
Size L - 5X
 

 

Leopard Print Shell
Size
S - 3X
Petite to XL

 

Floral Chiffon Blouse
Size
14 - 32W

 

Lafayette 148
Print Bell Sleeve Silk Blouse

Size S - 2XL


 
 

 

Shopping Resources for
Plus Size TOPS, SHIRTS, BLOUSES & TUNICS for WORK

With a majority of women in America working outside the home, it's not surprising that work clothes are some of the most in demand styles in all sizes and price points.

Luxury Labels and Designers

Working women who can spend on upscale, designer labels will find the largest depth of inventory in the major department stores, many of which only offer women's sizes on-line.   Neiman Marcus regularly carries the hard-to-find heavy gauge, luxury knit label Misook popular with executives who travel, along with similarly simple silhouetted Eileen Fisher in natural luxury fibers.  Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 are both premium, luxury labels favored by upscale, full-figured women with generous budgets.  Rounding out their offerings are other unusual labels including Carolyn Rose which is more appropriate for creative office environments with its relaxed sophistication, and Joan Vass. Sizing here is available up to 24W.

Nordstrom carries an especially good selection of upscale designer labels for smaller plus women in the 12 to 16 size range out in their main selling section.  Look for classic to contemporary designs from Akris Punto, St. John, and Armani Collezioni appealing to busy, well heeled and fashionable executives.

 

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Puff Sleeve Sweater, Plus-Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Lace Top with a Crochet Hem, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Paisley Knit Border Tunics, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Purple Leopard Print Blouse, Size 12 - 34W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Fine Gauge
Puff Sleeve Sweater
Size 14 - 28W

Lace Top with Crochet Hem
Size
S - 3X

 

Paisley Knit Tunic
Size
S - 3X

 

Purple Leopard Print Blouse
Size
12 - 34W 

 

Moderate Priced Designer Plus-Size Career Tops Shopping Options

Nordstrom carries a mixture of classic to contemporary styles appropriate for work in the women's collection from a few in house labels which are more moderately priced, in addition to designers such as Eileen Fisher, Melissa McCarthy, MYNT 1792, and Vince Camuto for size 14 to 24W.

Dillard's and Macy's both offer more moderately priced career collections worth shopping.  Dillard's tends to be slightly more conservative with an especially good selection from Lauren Ralph Lauren, ZoZo Woman, and Canadian label Peter Naygard in size 14 to 24W.  Macy's has several in house labels well worth shopping for contemporary to trendy career women, in addition to regularly stocking designers such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.   Lord & Taylor also carries these, in addition brands such as Jessica Simpson, Albert Nipon and Chelsea and Theodore.

Upscale shoppers will also appreciate the fine quality of work appropriate blouses at contemporary designers such as  Karen Kane  and Nic + Zoe.  Both offer tops and blouses that are better worn as separates in less formal offices is size S to 3X.   The Bon Ton department store group can be an excellent spot for well known, national brands with deep sales and discounts regularly available for size 14 to 24W.

Foxcroft has one of the best collections of 100% cotton no-iron shirts in classic, tailored styles in both traditional and contemporary trend conscious prints and colors in size 4 to 24W.  If you are looking for the quintessential, tailored white shirt this is the place to look.  Meanwhile, classic retailer Talbots is an especially reliable spot for quality work apparel for size 4 to 24W, including petites.

 

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Chiffon Peacock Print
Dolman Blouse
Size S - 3X

Ruffled Knit Shell
Size
1X - 3X

 

High Low
Shirt Tail Hem Blouse
Size XL - 5X
Petite to 3X

Tahari
Bell Sleeve Chiffon Blouse

Size 1X - 2X

 

 

Newcomer Eloquii is plus exclusive in size 14 to 28W, with a body conscious, trendy vibe appealing to urban working professional women. Long-time plus specialty retailer Lane Bryant has been upping their style game in recent years, especially for contemporary career wear.  A combination of designer collaborations and a special, more upscale in house label, 6th & Lane, has greatly expanded their stylish working options in size 14 to 28W.   Many styles are available exclusively on-line or only at a handful of retail outlets in more urban centers.   Their sister retailer, Catherine's, expands work appropriate options further from size XL to 5X, with petite plus styles available.

Contemporary indie designers specializing in plus sizes tend to focus on career dresses, but also carry work appropriate tops in more fashion forward styles.  One of the best known is Kiyonna which offers options in size 10 to 32W.  Younger, trendier women who like a little vintage modern vibe to their work clothing will find cute tops at ModCloth in size XS to 4X.  Small production runs of each style mean popular looks will sell out quickly here, so grab what you like while it's still in stock.

 

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Ruffle Sleeve Cotton Shirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Cotton Silk Shirt,  Plus-Size 1X-3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Polka Dot Puff Sleeve Blouse,  Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Calvin Klein, Print Cami, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ruffle Sleeve Cotton Shirt
Size 1X - 3X

 

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Cotton Silk Shirt
Size 1X - 3X

Polka Dot
Puff Sleeve Blouse
Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

Calvin Klein
Print Cami

Size
1X - 3X

 

Catalogs with Work Appropriate Plus-Size Tops and Blouses

In addition to being one of the best spots for solid, classic menswear prints, and contemporary prints in cotton broadcloth shirts, Lands End has a growing collection of more contemporary blouses and tops that are excellent work options.  Sizing here is among the most extensive with average, petite, and tall proportions available in size 2 to 26W.  

Career tops are plentiful in plus-size options from an entire catalog group including Blair, Old Pueblo Traders, and Bedford Fair.  Styles range from classic to contemporary. Some are in easy care synthetics, and others in natural fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen, especially at sister site Appleseed's.  Prices are moderate with sizing ranging from 2 to 28W, and petite sizes up to 20P. 

North Style is more classic with natural fibers such as cotton and linen frequently available.  Styles are appropriate for contemporary and more casual offices with most shirts and blouses available in their full size range of S o 3X. Coldwater Creek is back in catalog and e-commerce form only and offers a range of styles appropriate for contemporary offices, including many choices in natural fibers.  Options include not only shirts and blouses, but a good selection of knits and jackets for size 2 to 24W.

 

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Striped Bell Sleeve Shirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Paisley Bell Sleeve Top
Size S - 3X

Solid Scoop Neck Tee
Size
S - 3X

Classic Twill Shirt
Size
S - 5X

Striped Bell Sleeve Shirt
Size 1X - 3X

 

Value Priced Career Tops

Those on tighter budgets will find a number of options available.   Kohls has the lower priced CHAPS diffusion line from Ralph Lauren bringing contemporary modern classic American style into tighter budgets in size 14 to 24W.

Ashley Stewart has a trendy, urban style that offers more body conscious, yet still work appropriate looks in size 12 to 26W.  Asos, the trendy British retailer taking the plus blogging community by storm, carries Fast Fashion at a wide variety of price points.  Youthful, yet many still work appropriate, styles inspired by high end runways are the norm here in size 14 to 24W. 

 

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Scallop Hem Embroidered Shirt, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tuxedo Front Chiffon Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Pleat High Neck Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

Crepe Utility Shirt
Size XL - 3X

Scallop Hem
Embroidered Shirt
Size 2 - 24W

Tuxedo Front Chiffon Blouse
Size 1X - 3X

 

Mall chain retailer New York & Co specializes in on-trend, contemporary work pieces at budget friendly prices. Home to the Eva Mendes celebrity capsule collection, looks are both stylish and affordable.  Sizing is 0 to 18. Target's designer capsule collections often provide another stylish, budget friendly option for working women who like to look their very best.  Most collaborations are available up to size 16/18 with a few extending sizes up to 4X. 

Along with dresses for which they are best known, Dress Barn has an extensive on-line inventory of career tops at budget friendly prices.  Styles can be either knit tunics or woven shirts, with a few dressier blouse and layering shell options also available.  Some are more tailored and suited to wearing with blazers or cardigans, while other are more appropriately worn alone for more casual working environments. Sizes range from 0 to 24W, with petites available up to 16P.  

Bargain Shopping

Flash sale sites can also be good resources for bargain hunters who like little prices for better quality fashion.  One of the best for plus-size work clothes is 6PM which often has labels such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Vince Camuto in their offerings for size 0 to 24W.  Several of the major department stores also have off-price counterparts that offer a mixture of labels you'll find in their flagship e-commerce sites marked down, and a number of brands only on offer at their off-price outlet.   The best for designer shoppers looking for upscale, classic labels such as  Eileen Fisher and Lafayette 148 are Saks Off 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call.   Contemporary and trendier labels are more numerous at Nordstrom Rack.

 

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Size
12 - 26W

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Pussy Bow Blouse
Size 6 - 29W

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Size XL - 5X

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Size
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