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Last Update: March 2, 2017
Plus-size sweaters are in demand all year. Worn
for warmth in the cooler months over casual,
and even occasion wear, they play an important
role in many plus wardrobes in warmer months
too. Full-figured women frequently like
extra arm coverage. Since arm-holes are
still a major fit issue in many woven tops, the
combination of sleeveless tops, shells and dresses,
layered under a knit sweater topper, cardigan,
or shrug is a common fashion solution for many
women. Cardigan sweaters, in particular,
are popular with working women as an alternative
to blazers and jackets.
Cardigans and shrugs are the most popular
sweater category in all age groups with more
classic to modern contemporary styles still
favored by career women who sometime wear them
instead of a blazer or jacket. Some can be as
structured as a blazer, but in a sweater knit. Classic, cashmere
sweaters are particularly popular with this
group in fall or winter offices. Trendier
and more style specific sweaters are more often
used in casual looks with jeans, although moving
into the workplace in younger generations and
within some social groups that trend
towards more body conscious and trendy styles.
Shorter shrug styles are worn most commonly with
dresses, with some younger trend-setters pairing
them with casual jeans. Tunic length
sweaters are popular with leggings, flowing
BoHo sweater and topper styles,
and with women who like extra coverage.
Cashmere is considered one of the most luxurious
natural fibers, and sweaters made of this
ultra-soft wool are much in demand, in addition
to a popular gift during the Christmas season.
sweaters can still be difficult
to find, but are slowly becoming more available
in a wider variety of styles in sizes up to 3X.
Other more unusual natural fibers such as linen,
silk, and pima cotton are increasingly available
in larger sizes, as well.
are a Christmas gift-giving classic in many
families. Some are cute with novelty
motifs and many sparkles and sequins, while
others have more subtle.
Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size
Sweaters and cardigans are available from a
majority of the retailers listed throughout our
depending on your needs, style, and budget.
Some of the deepest and most diverse inventories
of plus-size sweaters available all year can be
found with some of the cataloguers.
Pueblo Traders offer a mixture of
classic and romantic styles at moderate price
points including crochet pullovers, cardigans,
and short sleeve and sleeveless sweater shells
for size S to 3X.
Monroe & Main
carries trendy, BoHo, and contemporary looks all
year in some particularly hard-to-find styles in
plus. Their entire inventory is offered in sizes
S to 3X.
A reliable natural
has also returned with their slightly
more upscale modern classic to contemporary
looks. Plus-size styles sell out quickly
here and are extremely popular for their style
and quality. Wools, including cashmere, in
addition silk, linen, and cotton are not unusual
fins for size S to 3X.
is a particularly good spot for cotton sweaters
with classic, contemporary, and traditional folk
patterns. Other fibers such as wool and
synthetics will also appear here at moderate
prices for size S to 3X. Meanwhile, classic
cardigans in an assortment of seasonal colors
are regularly stocked in both cotton and wool at
for size S to 3X.
Classic to contemporary styles in both women's
and women's petite size up to size 3X are
Meanwhile, those with a more artistic to
bohemian flavor can be purchased from
for sizes XS to 3X, with many styles also
available up to XL (18) for petites and talls.
The home shopping channel
one of the largest and most diverse collections
of sweaters available on-line. Choices
range from high end natural fibers such as
cashmere and fine, Irish wool to trendy and
novelty styles. Many selections are
available on payment plans, bringing options
down into more budgets. For holiday
sweaters ranging from Valentine's Day to
Christmas, look for the Quacker Factory brand.
Most of the styles and brands at QVC are
available through size 3X which is a generous
Of the department stores the best all year
around plus-size collections in size 14 to 24W can be found at
where prices are moderate and sales frequent,
where labels tend to be slightly more upscale
but not luxury level.
Lord & Taylor
often has a more unique and striking collection
of sweaters designed for full-figured women by
their in-house label.
Several designers in the
Designer & Brand Database
specialize in knits, including cardigans and
sweater jackets popular with professional women.
Look for organic natural fibers from
Fisher, contemporary styles from
Nic + Zoe, and
heavy gauge knit jackets from Ming Wang and Misook. Ralph Lauren is especially well
known for heritage patterned knits and a Town &
Country aesthetic. Those with ample budgets will
want to look at the luxury knits from St. John,
many of which can be easily blocked by your dry
cleaner up to size 20.
Extended & Specialty Sizes
carries trendier options from XL to 6X, along
with other plus specialty retailers such as
(14 to 32W). Quality natural fibers such
as eco-cottons, linen, wool, and cashmere are
regularly available from
Ulla Popken in contemporary styles
appealing to both fashion conscious shoppers and
those looking for classic, professional clothes
for size 12 to 34W. In fact, this is one
of the best resources for extremely good quality
sweaters that don't pill available for plus-size
women at price points that are still reasonable.
In addition to
specialty shops such as
Long Tall Sally,
tall women will find sweater options available
with longer sleeves and bodies in sizes up to
Petite plus women will also have good
luck at both these retailers up to size 18.
includes many styles in women's petite sizes to 22W,
including natural fiber sweaters and cardigans in
cotton, wool, linen, and silk.
More petite sweater styles with shorter arms and
body lengths are available from
Blair in sizes XS to 2XL.
will also sometimes offer petite plus sizes in
selected styles in size XL to 5X.
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Size 14 -
Fringed Open Knit Tunic
Size 6 - 26W
CHAPS Ralph Lauren
Ruffle Hem Polka Dot Pullover
Size 1X - 3X
Neiman Marcus Last Call
is often a particularly good resource for luxury
and designer sweaters, especially cashmere, at a
fraction of full retail price in size 0 to 24W. Labels
here can include Eileen Fisher, Misook, and
Saks Off Fifth
is less well stocked in plus-sizes, but can
still turn up some fantastic designer bargains for
sizes S to 3X.
Trendier looks are available from
with a good selection in extended sizes,
with the occasion piece turning up from
designers such as Eileen Fisher.
Sweaters and cardigans from
designers such as Michael Kors, Calvin Klein,
Ralph Lauren, Jessica Simpson and many more can
frequently be scored at a fraction of retail
from Flash Sale sites such as
size 0 to 24W.