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Last Update: August 12, 2017
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Long Layering Sweater Vest
Size XL - 3X
Size XS - 3X
Bird Embroidered Pullover
10 - 28W
The trendiest sweater looks are often the least
expensive, but not always. Appealing to
both younger women and more whimsical or trend
conscious older fashionistas, these are the
looks that often include cute animal motifs, pop
culture references, graphical print sayings, and
light hearted detailing. Ugly holiday sweaters
are having a fashion moment currently,
exemplifying many of these ideas.
Other times what makes a sweater trendy is the
silhouette or detailing. It wasn't very
long ago that more voluptuously proportioned
women were unable to participate in more body
baring trends such as cut outs, tighter looks,
and skin baring crop styles. The
Curvy Revolution of recent years has pushed back
at such attitudes as old fashioned, and
encouraged savvy retailers to cater to changing
demands and tastes.
Likewise, patterns such as stripes and
silhouettes that add volume to a figure were
also mainly unavailable in larger sizes and
deemed unflattering. So, when trends swing
to include those looks trend conscious,
curvaceous women were often unable to
participate. Today retailers and
fashionistas alike are pushing style boundaries
for all body shapes and sizes with all the
latest colors, patterns, and silhouettes
available to the entire marketplace, if still
with some hunting. Freedom of fashion
expression is becoming less exclusive to the
ultra thin, and instead is allowing all to
Several of the department stores are expanded
their on-line selections to include trendier
is also well worth a stop for well priced, fun
and whimsical sweaters, in addition to BoHo
style cardigans, toppers and vests.
Those looking for low cost, trendy styles will
have the best luck at some of the fast fashion
teen retailers. Sizing is often junior
sizing, so expect to need to size up one size
Rue 21 has
recently expanded sizing to include a full range
from XS to 3X, and along with
ModCloth (XS to 4X) can be one of
the best spots to find cute, youthful trends.
one of the best sources for looks the reference
popular culture from television to movies to
music to gaming for size XL to 6X.
Fashion to Figure
offers more body conscious trends
exclusively for size XL to 3X. Those who
appreciate a more urban, body conscious style
will also find a good selection appropriate for
both casual and work wear at
in size 12 to 26W. Sweater detailing can include
cut outs, figure baring proportions and drape,
and bold prints and patterns.
offers the latest runway trends translated to
fit larger sizes and creates styles that are
both contemporary and flattering for sizes 14 to
28W. Looks here will often go to work with
ease and panache. For fun, casual
sweaters including long-line dusters, whimsical
motifs, and the latest patterns and silhouettes
stop in at
Chic exclusively for size 14 to 24W.
Sweaters with a western touch or horse motifs
are available at
Back in the Saddle for size S to 3X,
while retailers such as
Coldwater Creek provide more upscale,
natural fibers but with fun and on trend designs
for women up to size 3X.
Northstyle is the place to stop for
holiday motifs such as hearts, reindeer, and
Americana flags. Those looking for
romantic, goth, and bohemian inspired trends
will have good luck at
Pyramid Collection for size 2 to 28W.