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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 16, 2017

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Tahari
Bell Sleeve Shift Dress
Size 14 - 24W
 

Sophie Theallet
Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 28W

Elvi
Floral Velvet Pleated Top
Sizes 14 - 26W

Big name designers, both from the global Fashion Week circuit and the lower key lifestyle and television celebrity genres, are beginning to take notice of the untapped demand in the plus-size clothing market and are offering better, or bridge level designer collections.  Lower priced diffusion lines and capsule collections are also starting to become available from designers worn by celebrities and showing on the runways of major fashion capitals. 

Currently, some of the most successful names in fashion have extended offerings in size 14 to 24W including labels from Rachel Roy, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein with more affordable diffusion lines.  Premium designer clothes are available in extended sizes in the 12 to 16 range racked in the misses collections in on-line luxury emporiums, while those offering women's size 14 to 24W are still rare.

Jeans and denim, along with dresses, were the first offerings to extend into larger sizes.  Today, designer options are available for most types of clothing, with special occasion and work appropriate clothing some of the most plentiful. Contemporary, modern classic styles are among the most popular with summer, resort, and destination fashion being influenced by BoHo Chic.  Swimwear and lingerie are among the most recent areas to expand into plus-sizes at the designer level.

Styles can range from modern classics to more artsy and BoHo styles, particularly favored as resort and cruise wear.

 

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Designer: Joe Browns, Teal Brocade Coat, Size 8 - 28W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Nic + Zoe, Cut Linen Skirt, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Eileen Fisher, Organic Cotton Shift Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Basler
Floral Embroidered Sweater

Size 14 - 20W

Joe Browns
Teal Brocade Coat
Size 8 - 28W

Nic + Zoe
Cut Linen Skirt
Size
14 - 22W

Eileen Fisher
Organic Cotton Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

Plus Exclusive Retailers

One of the most exciting developments in recent years is the emergence of capsule collections with celebrities or well-known fashion week designers through plus-specialty retailers.  Lane Bryant  quickly became one of the leaders when they debuted a collaboration with Isabel Toledo who is perhaps best known for dressing  Michelle Obama, and a follow-up lingerie collaboration with Sophie Theallet.   Spring 2015 began a year long partnership with Lela Rose which was a perfect match for the more feminine styles favored at that time of year.  These collaborations marry the in-depth fit knowledge of Lane Bryant with some of the biggest talent in the fashion industry bringing styles at much more affordable price points than their main collections to full-figured women across the U.S.A.  Meanwhile, Project Runway darling Christian Siriano collaborated for 2016 and Prabal Gurung headlines 2017.

Full-figured actress Melissa McCarthy now designs curvy collections regularly available at both Lane Bryant and many of the major department store, in addition to her own brand website.  Styles are contemporary to bohemian in flavor with flowing lines, kimono sleeves, bold and quirky prints, and a trendy denim line to compliment for size S to 4X.

Simply Be is the home of the more affordably priced diffusion line of Anna Scholz for size 8 to 28W where her designs join other British designer lines from labels such as Joe Browns and Alice & You.  Eloquii joins the designer capsule collection offerings with a stunning resort style infused collection from Teresa Maccapani Missoni in 2017.

The on-line space has also provided the opportunity for several plus-exclusive specialty designers to build a following.  Labels such as Kiyonna have extended boutique designer sizing to as large as 32W at moderate to better price points.  Here dresses and tops are the mainstay with styles appropriate for work, casual, and occasion wear.  Soft jerseys and lace are customer favorites.   California plus-exclusive designer Igigi is back and under new ownership but keeping their signature high quality contemporary aesthetic and full-figured fit in dresses for work and occasions in size 14 to 36W.

 

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Print Dress, Size 14 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Print Crepe de Chine Satin Skirt, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Johnny Was, Embroidered Off-the-Shoulder Top, Size XS - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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IGIGI
Plum Print Dress
Size 14 - 36W

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Print Crepe de Chine
Satin Skirt

Size 1X - 3X

Johnny Was
Embroidered
Off-the-Shoulder Top

Size XS - 3X

Karen Kane
Layered Chiffon
Cold Shoulder Top

Size XL - 3X

 

Plus Celebrity Capsule Collections

Along with plus specialty retailers, full-figured celebrities have also been taking matters of fashion and style into their own hands to launch capsule collections designed for plus-size women by women who understand their curves.  These are available through a number of different kinds of retail outlets.

Plus model Ashley Graham who first turned heads modeling lingerie for Lane Bryant's Cacique collection, now has her own lingerie line at Nordstrom and designs a dress collection for Dress Barn.   Another ground breaking plus model Tess Holliday now offers her ultra trendy plus exclusive line (mlbm) through department stores such as Lord & Taylor for sizes XL to 4X. Meanwhile, Queen Latifah's affordable Curvation bra line has been available at Walmart for several years.

Rebel Wilson has launched her own rock-and-roll vibed label just in time for Fall 2017 available through several of the major department stores for sizes 1X to 3X.

 

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Designer: Melissa McCarthy, Patched Cargo Jacket, Size XL - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Designer: Tolani, Floral Burnout Velvet Tunic, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Rebel Wilson, Moto Jacket, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Melissa McCarthy
Patched Cargo Jacket

Size XL - 3X

Tolani
Floral Burnout
Velvet Tunic

Size S - 3X

Rebel Wilson
Moto Jacket
Size 1X - 3X

Frock & Frill
Embroidered Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

QVC is home to a large number of celebrity designers, stylist collections, and affordably priced diffusion collections for higher end designers with sizing on most lines available to 3X or 28W.  Among the most popular are Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, Dennis Basso, Luxe Rachel Zoe, H by Halston, LOGO by Lore Goldstein and many others.  Project Runway has had an ongoing relationship with designers from the show frequently launching affordable collections here.

Smaller plus-size women in sizes to 18/20 often have more options and are frequently included in specialty designer capsule collections and celebrity diffusion lines from budget friendly retailers such as the well-known Target designer capsule collections that often are available up to 16 - 20 (XL - XXL), and occasionally are extended into a full plus-size range up to 4X.  The Lilly Pulitzer collection sold out in a matter of hours in Spring 2015, which can only be good for encouraging Target to include plus-sizes more often.   New York & Company offers an affordable celebrity driven line from Eva Mendez, reflecting this actress's feminine, vintage romantic style in appropriate styles for work in sizes up to 18.

Macy's has begun offering exclusive collections from celebrity stylists and designers such as Rachel Roy and Nanette Lepore in sizes for curvy women 14 to 24W.  Rachel Roy has done so well with the collaboration she's launched her own brand website to focus on her contemporary fashion with a slightly BoHo twist that works as well in creative office environments as around town on the weekends or on resort vacations.

 

 

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Jessica Simpson
Embroidered Skinny Jeans
Size 14 - 24W

Vince Camuto
Leopard Print Top
Size 1X - 3X

RACHEL ROY
One Shoulder Top
Size XL - 3X

MICHAEL Michael Kors
Grommet Lace Up
Bell Sleeve Dress
Size XL - 3X

 

Contemporary Plus-Size Designer Fashion

Contemporary designers who are size inclusive are becoming more readily available.  Some have their own shopping websites, while other's are still mainly available through department stores and other large e-commerce emporiums. Along with the well known designer brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and DKNYC, Karen Kane has been gaining momentum at many of the major department stores.  An excellent resource for quality black core basics, other pieces have artisan detailing and a loose, easy silhouettes.

Nordstrom has been adding brands such as contemporary knitwear designer Nic + Zoe which has wearable styles for casual to office in better quality fibers and stylish designs. Designers such as Rachel Pally dominate the resort collection space with easy, versatile jersey knits and is available from a large number of better retailers.

The leading eco fashion designer, Eileen Fisher, is exceptionally popular and characterized by loose oversized shapes layered over slim silhouettes in organic cotton, fine wools, linen, hemp, and silk for size S to 3X.

 

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Designer: AX Paris, Ruffled Sleeve Floral Tunic Dress, Size 12 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Calvin Klein, Bell Sleeve Shrug, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Komarov
Hand Pleated Dress & Shawl
Size 1X - 3X
 

XCVI
Lace Overlay Top
Size 1X - 3X

AX Paris
Ruffled Sleeve
Floral Tunic Dress
Size
12 - 22W

Calvin Klein
Bell Sleeve Shrug

Size 1X - 3X

 

Department Stores and Internet Shopping Destinations

Department stores such as Kohl's  offered affordable, diffusion collections in extended sizes throughout the recession providing celebrity styles from names such as Jennifer Lopez and well-known career designers such as Dana Buchman and CHAPS from Ralph Lauren.

Natural fibers are still mainly available at the higher price points in designer fashion from better, bridge labels and specialty boutique designers. While Eileen Fisher is perhaps the best known of the size-positive eco-fashion designers, department stores such as Dillard's and Nordstrom also regularly stock natural fiber designers such as Brynn Walker who works primarily in linen and Citron which is an art-to-wear silk designer. Neiman Marcus stocks silk, linen, and cotton with BoHo flavored designer brands such as Tolani, Johnny Was, and Rachel Pally, and contemporary resort and tailored career looks from labels such as Caroline Rose, Lafayette 148, Misook, and Joan Vass.   Look for the luxury Italian designer lines at Saks Fifth Avenue, along with contemporary designs from Single and Beyond Vintage which often work in silk.

 

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Alice & You
Crushed Velvet Dress
Size 14 - 24W

Simply Vera Vera Wang
Satin Shell
Size 1X - 2X

Rachel Pally
Floral Jersey Maxi Dress

Size 1X - 3X

 

Rebel Wilson
Striped Ruffled Hem Shirtdress
Size
1X - 3X 

 

Work appropriate styles from less well known designers are unique to each of the major upscale department stores.   Dillard's offers Ming Wang who works in premium, heavy gauge knits worked into jackets and blazers.  Meanwhile another label, Eva Varro, specializes in arty, mixed prints worked into tunics and dresses. Special occasion dresses are also a specialty here with more upscale designer evening labels regularly well represented, including names such as Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, and Terani Couture.  Bloomingdale's often offers labels such as Eileen Fisher, Vince Camuto, and Ralph Lauren with some more upscale brands such as Lafayette 148 also well represented.

Neiman Marcus is the only place to find designers such as Michael Simon, Misook, and Caroline Rose in larger sizes, in addition to particularly deep selections of Eileen Fisher, Lafayette 148, and Joan Vass.  Meanwhile, Lord & Taylor will turn up suit options from names such as Nipon and Tahari, and dresses from Gaby Skye, Anne Klein, and Jessica Simpson, in addition to a particularly deep selection of Ralph Lauren.  A growing number of more youthful, contemporary designers at moderate price points are starting to turn up in a noticeable inventory shift with labels such as Carmakoma, Junarose, and Modamix frequently well represented in addition to Nic + Zoe, Karen Kane, and MYNT 1792.

Saks Fifth Avenue is the place to stop when looking for full-figured sizes in James Jeans, and both day and occasion dresses from ABS by Allen Schwartz.   In addition to luxury European designers, more moderately priced yet still upscale contemporary labels are beginning to be regular staples, including Johnny Was and Eileen Fisher.

 

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Kiyonna
Kimono Sleeve Top
Size 10 - 32W

Mac Duggal
Beaded Shoulder Jersey Gown
Sizes 14 - 24W

LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 22W

Ming Wang
Reversible Tank Top
Size 1X - 3X
 

 

Boutique Labels

Shoptiques is an e-commerce platform that allows small, local brick and mortar boutiques all over the U.S.A. to have a store front in one easy to search location.  Representation in plus-sizes tends to be on the smaller end, with price points ranging from moderate to higher end luxury European labels, but a growing number of larger sizes are appearing and it's worth a stop for those who like the out of the ordinary.

 

 
 

Designer Plus-Size Clothing Bargain Shopping

In season and end of season mark downs are frequently available directly from the major department stores on-line and from the designers themselves. Often especially good are Macy's on-going weekend sales with temporary mark downs and discount coupons.   Lord & Taylor also discounts end of season merchandise with some exceptionally good bargains available on contemporary and mid tier designers.

Saks Fifth Avenue can have some astoundingly deep discounts available at the end of season on high end designers, while the main Neiman Marcus website does as well.  While some of the past season bargains go to both of these off-price sister retailers (noted below), many don't and are instead available only through the main website.  While not designer per se, this is one of the best spots for good quality cashmere sweaters which is frequently discounted in time for the holiday gift shopping season.

One of the most noteworthy and anticipated designer fashion events is the pre-season sale in mid to late July when upcoming Fall styles are marked down for a couple of weeks, and go back up in price at the end, which happens at Nordstrom.  Styles that sell particularly well will often be re-ordered and offered later, while others may be unique to the sale period only.  Also worth checking out is Nordstrom Rack which offers a combination of clearance items previously sold on the main website, and inventory from additional designers at deep discounts.

Saks Fifth Avenue sends some past season's inventory to its sister website Saks OFF 5TH, and Neiman Marcus has Last Call.  More and more often, however, designer labels on discount are different than the flagship sites.   Flash sale sites such as 6PM are also beginning to regularly include plus-size designer fashion up to 24W.  Many of these are good for getting luxury fibers such as cashmere, silk, and leather on discount, in addition to designer clothes, hand bags, shoes, accessories, and jewelry.

 

 
 

 

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