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Last Update: August 23, 2017
Rayon Silk Velvet Tee
Size 1X - 3X
Laser Cut High Low Tunic
Size 1X - 3X
Matte Sequin Jacket
Size XL - 3X
in larger sizes is remarkably difficult to find
in most cities and towns, with specialty
boutiques few and far between.
tend to offer more diverse and higher end option
on-line than in most of their stores. Lower
priced, designer capsule collections are also
beginning to turn up at plus-specialty
retailers, in keeping with broader national
shopping trends. Home shopping television channels have
long been a resource for lower priced designer
More expensive blouses and tops from well-known
designers are mainly
edge or more
artistic art-to-wear BoHo type pieces,
although trendier looks are beginning to turn
Consequently, they are still mainly
work appropriate investment pieces.
However, more youthful shoppers and bloggers are
driving a demand for lifestyle inspired
designers and styles with more casual vibes
which is beginning to have an influence. Smaller
designers are also adding diversity to the
More and more designer clothes are available in
natural fibers such as
silk, linen, cotton, and leather, but synthetics are still
the norm in plus-size lines. Very few designers
offer above the usual plus-size 14 to 24W
women's range, although a few plus
specialty designers do and the capsule
collections offered through retailers such as
Lane Bryant can sometimes extend up to size 28W.
Natural fibers such as linen and silk are
available from designers such as Eileen Fisher,
Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, and Johnny Was. All
are regularly carried by the more upscale
department stores such as
Saks Fifth Avenue
is particularly good for fall and
winter outerwear from luxury labels such as
Cinzia Rocca, Jane Post, and Basler with options
in fine wools, genuine fur, and leather
is carried even more widely with it's
minimalist, modern lines. Tops are available in
both natural fiber knits and woven shirts.
If you are looking for the luxury of a knit silk
t-shirt or a clean, organic linen shirt this is
the label to look for.
which is often particularly well stocked with
Eileen Fisher, also carries the linen, long easy
tunics of designer Bryn Walker. Other more
unusual labels here include the placed print
tunics in premium, travel ready knits from
and the upscale heavy gauge executive knits of
Ming Wang's jackets.
Macy's focuses mainly on
well-known diffusion designer lines including
DKNY, Vince Camuto, and Ralph
Lauren. While much of their inventory is
trendy to contemporary, the designer options
lean towards those appropriate for work, classic
and contemporary styles in size 14 to 24W.
in contrast, has a more vintage bohemian flavor
with many floral prints, lace trims, and
embroidery adorning easy tunics, kimonos, and
toppers. Those with a more bohemian
sensibility can often find designer options at
Nordstrom which carries labels such as
which works in hand painted silks. Work
appropriate designer tops and blouses are also
starting to appear from Marina Rinaldi's more
moderately priced Persona line, along with
labels such as
Tolani, another BoHo designer working exclusively in silk
prints, is exclusive to
Contemporary style, premium heavy gauge knit
jackets from Misook popular with upscale
executives are also here in size 1X to 3X.
Look for the easy, flowing tops and jackets from
Caroline Rose, and knits from Michael Simon
here, as well.
is the spot to look for classic and
contemporary designers such as Eileen Fisher,
Ralph Lauren, and Vince Camuto. The
edgier looks from MYNT 1792 (available in size
12 to 28W) and DKNYC can also turn up here. This
is one of the only spots to find BoHo designers
such as Citron.
They also carry one of the best luxury designer
plus-size outerwear collections with leather, cashmere,
genuine fur, down, and wool available during the
fall and winter shopping seasons.
Lord & Taylor
is especially good for Ralph Lauren in both the
sportswear and work appropriate styles, while
adding trendier labels such as Jessica Simpson,
Junarose, and Melissa McCarthy, as well as contemporary work appropriate looks from Tahari, Vince Camuto, and Calvin
Super size shoe
has a growing plus-size clothes section that
regularly stocks the most popular designer
diffusion labels, including
and Vince Camuto while adding some of the indie
designers with extended sizes such as Kiyonna
(size 1X to 5X).
is particularly well known for their solid color
lace tops and butter soft knits in contemporary
can be found at many of the upscale department
stores, but their entire collection is available
from their own website in sizes XS to 3X.
Styles range from modern classics to tops with a
slightly artsier or bohemian look appropriate
for casual to office environments.
has opened her own brand site featuring her
slick contemporary curvy collection for sizes up
to 3X, and
lists her entire size range of quirky and
slightly boho styles on her brand website from
size 4 to 28W.
offers Ralph Lauren's less expensive CHAPS line
with the same contemporary Americana sportswear
vibe, along with trendier options from names
such as Jennifer Lopez in size 16 to 24W.
Occasionally Dana Buchman can also be found here
in larger sizes.
has also begun offering designer capsule
collections from luxury designers who usually
are much more expensive and available in smaller
sizes only. The debut designer capsule
collection, including tops and tunics from
Isabel Toledo were quite popular. Then
followed by Sophie Theallet who focused in swim,
lingerie, and resortwear for early 2015, and the
collaboration with Lela Rose features soft,
romantic styles in size 12 to 28W for 2015.
offered popular designs for 2016, and Prabal
Gurung is debuting for Spring 2017. They
also regularly offer designs from Melissa