Wondering where to find designer plus-size clothing for professional women?
As readers have noted in the past, trendy, fast-fashion spots abound for plus-size work attire — so finding quality fabrics and classic styles for polished looks can be difficult. We wanted to do a roundup of high-end brands and websites that include investment pieces made of high-quality fabrics to add to your everyday workwear collection.
We’ll also note a few options if you’re in the market for a date-night outfit or special occasion.
(Links are updated as of Nov. 2020!)
We recently rounded up where to find stylish plus-size suits for work, and we’ve done roundups in the past for the best workwear for plus sizes as well as workwear in size 16 and up — for more plus-size content, please sign up for for CorporettePlus, our newsletter! Signing up helps us gauge interest in the project, and we promise not to blast your email more than once a week at most. (Right now it’s more like once a month.)
We also want to hear from you: What are your go-to brands or fashion sites when seeking out designer plus-size clothing for professional women that’ll last, in terms of style and substance? Here are some of the interesting companies we know of in this space — we’d love to hear if you know of any others!
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11 Honore: With the tagline “The runway, edited,” 11 Honore was created last year to give women access to designer brands in sizes 10–20, including pieces exclusive to the company. Those on offer include Theory, Badgley Mischka, Black Halo, Zac Posen, and Christian Siriano. Just to look at one category, dresses right now start around $325 and go up to $1500.
And Comfort: One of the newest brands with plus-size fashion in mind has “custom milled [their] own premium organic and pima cotton,” which provides a high-quality, easy-to-wear line of basics up to size 28. Prices range from $45–$150.
Basler: The German company was placed into liquidation last year and acquired by TriStyle Group, whose brands include Long Tall Sally and others. Not surprisingly, it seems to be in a time of transition (and has closed its brick-and-mortar stores), but a few pieces can be found at Saks (all on sale) and a few dozen (tops, blazers, sheath dresses) at OFF5TH. Prices range from $45–$615.
Gravitas: Founded in 2012, Gravitas offers workwear basics in classic styles; many have a hidden shapewear component. Dresses are around $275.
Jibri: With sizes from 10–28, Jibri offers pieces that are handmade-to-order, including several wardrobe basics, a long-sleeved, mock-neck pencil dress, and full-sleeve satin flare dress. Celebrities who’ve worn this line include Jill Scott, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Tess Holiday, and Gabourey Sidibe. The yellow dress pictured is $230 and comes in a ton of colors, and is “made by hand in Atlanta.”
Kiyonna: Since 1996, American-made Kiyonna has been offering multiple colors, fabrics, and styles for plus-size fashions size 10–32, particularly their popular and flattering wrap dresses and cocktail dresses. (The brand also shows up in some of the high-end style boxes, as well as on Amazon!)
Lafayette 148 New York: Available online and in department stores including Nordstrom, and at their own locations around the U.S., the high-end retailer sells blouses, suits, skirts, dresses, and other must-haves made from the finest European fabrics, up to size 24.
Marina Rinaldi / Persona by Marina Rinaldi: Part of the Max Mara family, the brand has more traditional dresses and more whimsical, casual options as well. You can find the brand at Nordstrom, Saks, and other designer stores; prices range from around $210–$1000+. Red dress pictured.
MM.LaFleur: A Corporette reader favorite, the workwear company extended its sizing last year by remaking its core pieces from scratch in sizes +1, +2, and +3, which correspond to a range of 14–22 (with a goal to add more styles). You can find tops, dresses, sweaters, and more. Pictured polka-dot dress.
navabi: This retailer (based in Germany) offers several different brands — too many to list here — that offer sizes 10 and up, categorized by work dresses, trouser suits, and jackets and blazers. You can search by size, designer, or choose a trend that suits you.
Nic + Zoe: This brand is guilty of some… bold patterns, shall we say — but if that isn’t quite your style, some of their solids are great for workwear, including their popular Twirl dress and skirt, their four-way cardigan, the riding jacket, and the “Perfect” line of pants. You can find them at a bunch of retailers, including Nordstrom and Amazon.
Of Mercer: Specializing in workwear — as they put it, “your nine-to-five (and then some) wardrobe” — Of Mercer extends to size 20 and allows you to search the site not only by size, color, and price but also categories such as “hourglass shapes,” “hips,” and “tall.”
Rita Phil Custom Fashion: Like the name suggests, this skirt designer can do custom orders, and the site’s FAQ page states there is “no size limit.” (BuzzFeed’s Kristin Chirico also gave it her seal of approval.)
Stizzoli: This Italian brand offers bold prints and patterns along with neutral pieces — both a bit trendy and more classic. You can find many Stizzoli pieces at Saks.
Universal Standard: This line has been receiving high praise from fashion mags, blogs, and our own readers for its workwear options. They are offering an executive workwear kit that includes eight pieces where you can choose the color and size for each piece, and they do the rest. Pictured at top (in navy) and in red.
Other Possibilities for Designer Plus Size Clothing for Professional Women
- Style box options for high-end, plus-size items: You tell them what you want, and they will amake it so: Gwynnie Bee, Plvsh, Dia & Co, and Stitch Fix.
- Bespoke professional clothing — check out our previous roundups of where to get custom blouses, blazers, dresses and suiting!
Readers, have you tried any nicer options for plus-size designer clothes workwear lately? What’s the number one thing you look for when you seek out investment pieces from plus-size labels? Fit? Fabric? Style? Do tell…
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