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Last Update: September 25, 2017
Rayon Silk Velvet
Size 1X - 3X
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Size XL - 3X
Nic + Zoe
Knit Feel Good Palazzos
Size 1X - 3X
in plus sizes is mainly limited to small, indie
designers that can be hard to locate and
mid-priced, diffusion lines from well-known
high-end designers. A few higher end plus
specialist designers do exist, and can sometimes
be found in
better department stores.
in style, plus size designer pants and trousers
are popular with business women. In fact, well
black career trousers
are considered a core wardrobe investment staple
by most women executives who will pay premium
prices for quality design, fabrics and
impeccable fit. Most understand the need for
tailors for final tweaking.
with a trendier edge are also beginning to
make an appearance in this category, appealing
for casual weekend wear and younger fashionistas. Plus size designer jeans
are more popular in trendier styles.
Some higher income women also shop for aspects
like natural fibers and fabrics for which they
look to designer labels, even in more casual
major department stores are still the main
resource for designer clothes for full-figured
women. The most upscale labels with price points
mainly ranging from $300 to $500 in premium
fabrics and natural fibers such as wool, silk,
and linen come from labels such as
Marina Rinaldi which are regularly available
from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and
in their on-line shops only in size 14 to 24W.
also carries some of the luxury designers such
as Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher, in
addition to upscale knitwear and travel designer Misook. Other slightly less
expensive, but equally popular for fit, quality,
and style designers at Neiman Marcus include
Joan Vass and
Saks Fifth Avenue
exclusively carries some premium Italian
designer labels at similar price points
including Basler, Marina Rinaldi, and Stizzoli.
most luxurious brands and labels tend towards
more tailored and conservative styles appealing
to women working in traditional industries such
as law and banking, although resort collections
and more contemporary looks are beginning to
become available at these higher price points
for plus-size women.
Lord & Taylor
focus on mid-range, diffusion designer
collections with price points in the $89
to $200 range that are frequently well
stocked. Options mainly include
Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Vince Camuto. Edgier labels
with a more modern and youthful vibe are
also well represented with brands such
as DKNYC and MYNT 1792 among the current
favorites. Nordstrom is also
especially good for those looking for
plus-size designer jeans, and is
experimenting with sizing extending
beyond 24W/3X to 4X in select styles and
and Not Your Daughters Jeans are two of
the most popular designer pants and
jeans labels carried by all of the
department stores already mentioned.
Brands such as Ralph
Lauren and Calvin Klein are well
which also offers more moderately priced
designer pants in the $50 to $100 price
range from names such as eco-fashion
designer Bryn Walker, Canadian
designer Peter Nygard, ZoZo Woman, and American
designer Karen Kane. Occasionally
labels such as Ming Wang, Tommy
Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Vince Camuto
are available here as well.
is the trendiest of the better
department stores, but also includes
many of the more moderately designer
labels already mentioned for
full-figured women. Recently adding new
lines from Rachel Roy, Nanette Lepore,
and Melissa McCarthy they are quickly
becoming a go-to hot spot for women
looking for more moderately priced
trend-conscious designer options.
On-line super shopping sites such as
can be surprisingly good resources for
the more moderately priced designers.
Extended sizes beyond 24W will turn up
both places with designers that make
not all, of the designers carry their
extended size lines on their own
is one of the best places for classic
black trousers for work in heavy gauge
knits. Available in a variety of
leg styles from skinny to wide leg
palazzo pants sizing ranges for S to 3X.
Also working in knits is
Nic + Zoe,
but with a more contemporary style in
size 0 to 24W.
are used by resort wear designer
Solid black, extra wide palazzo pants
are one her her customer favorites, but
she is also well know for her use of
patterns. Inseam lengths tend to
be extra long, especially good for tall
women. Shorter women should expect
to have them hemmed at the tailor.
The White Label line is specially
designed for size 1X to 3X.
Daughter's Jean (NYDJ)
are best known and extremely popular for
their tummy tucking and butt lifting
jeans, but they also offer pants and
trousers of other materials such as
linen and premium quality knits.
Theses harder to find styles are
frequently available through their own
Extended Plus-Size Designers, Size 26 +
fashionistas who wear larger than size
24W, two indie designers better known
for their dress selections often have a
few styles or pants and trousers
available directly from their website.
will offer wide leg, palazzo pant styles
from time to time in a variety of
neutral colors for size 10 to 32W.
is worth noting for her extension of
sizing to 4X, sometimes available
exclusively through the brand website.
Bargain Designer Shopping
For those who look for past season's
designer looks at prices well below full
retail, a few websites reliably offer
larger sizes. Some of the
best are connected to the major upscale
department stores and regularly carry
labels such as Eileen Fisher, Johnny
Was, and Lafayette 148 at steep
Saks Off Fifth
Neiman Marcus Last
The more moderately priced designers are
often available on mark down directly
from the department stores and sources
listed above as room needs to be made
for new styles, with the deepest
discounts on limited sizes left at the
end of a season. However, flash
sale sites can also be another deal
regularly offer designers at
larger sizes. Sizing is mainly
available up to 3X, but
occasionally something larger will turn