Plus Size Workwear for the Stylish Professional

This page collects all of our recent picks for plus size workwear -- as well as some of our more recent stories of interest to plus size women. For example, don't miss:

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Pleated Dress

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This Eloquii dress looks great. I like the look of the asymmetrical pleating, and although the neckline is not my favorite (I’ve never been a fan of crewnecks), it looks lovely on the model. It has a lot more going for it: It has a hidden back zip, is machine washable, and is getting great reviews. The dress comes in the pictured purple as well as black, yellow, and a dark coral. It’s $89.90 full price, but right now you can get 50% off with the code ITSAWRAP. Asymmetrical Pleated Dress

An option in straight sizes is at Nordstrom.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Midi Dress with Elastic Waist Detail

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Thursday! This midi dress with an inset elastic waist has a stylish look to it — and I love that deep teal color and its perfect midi length. The dress also comes in regular and tall sizes, but the teal color is only in plus sizes 12–24. Nice. Also really nice: It’s only $60 at ASOS and is machine washable.  ASOS CURVE Midi Dress with Elastic Waist Detail

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Four-Way Convertible Cardigan

Nic + Zoe Four Way Convertible Cardigan | CorporetteThis is an interesting little sweater that, I think, would be great to keep at the office or take with you on a trip. Not only is it highly rated, but several reviewers talk about buying multiple colors, they like it so much. It comes in regular, petite and plus sizes, in a zillion different colors (some on sale, including the mint, pictured). It apparently has hidden buttons to help you wear it multiple ways — wear it wrapped as a sweater (as shown) for a sleek look by itself, as an open cardigan when you want a lightweight top layer, or as a knotted or twisted shrunken sweater when you want more of a shrug (such as with an empire waist or pretty much any dress). It’s $64-$144 at Nordstrom (most colors $98). Nic + Zoe Four-Way Convertible Cardigan

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Professional Image, Outfit “Compliments,” and Confidence at Any Size

Self-Confidence | CorporetteWhen you get an unexpected comment on an outfit, does it make you question bigger things, like your judgment? Do plus-sized women need to be particularly wary of such office outfit comments? We’ve talked about when you can tell interns their outfits are inappropriate, and how to react when your male boss tells you you “dress too well,” but we haven’t really talked about a casual comment from a friendly coworker. A big welcome back to today’s guest poster, my old friend Kathryn Rubino, who’s written previously about the perfect plus-sized blazer and DIY options for gaping blouses. – Kat. (And I’m sure she looked FABULOUS in the blouse she’s talking about.)

“What a great top — I mean, I could never wear it, but it looks great on you!”

I heard those words and my blood ran cold, and I stuck a smile on my face and mumbled my thanks. Was this a genuine compliment or was I the victim of workplace shade?  Disturbing though it may be, most professional women have dealt with this sort of thing (Kat has even written about the back-handed compliment phenomenon before). But it is such a ubiquitous problem that for my guest post I wanted to discuss that moment that has you questioning every fashion decision you’ve ever made.

First, a little background  this is a workplace where jeans are appropriate on more than just Fridays. The general guidance is that you shouldn’t look “sloppy” but there is quite a range that is considered perfectly acceptable office wear.

Second, I felt great in the outfit. You know how some looks just put a little bounce in your step? That was this outfit. Yes, the shirt was a bold pattern (shades of taupe mixed with a bright yellow and pink), but I had it paired with a dark rinse jean, a reliable black stretch blazer, and nude wedges. So there wasn’t a lot of the pattern showing, just enough to make me feel like spring had really sprung after this interminable winter.

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How to Find The Perfect Plus-Size Blazer

the perfect plus-size blazer2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to get the perfect plus-size blazer, but you may also want to check out our more recent post on where to find stylish plus-size suits for work. You may also want to sign up for CorporettePlus, our newsletter just for plus-size workwear! 

The perfect fit for a plus-size blazer can be elusive, so I’m thrilled to introduce today’s guest poster, Kathryn Rubino.  In addition to being a plus-sized lawyer and overachieving chick, I’m proud to count her among my most fashionable friends. Pictured at top. – Kat

The search for the perfect blazer is age old, and for those of us on the plus-size side the issue can be compounded. (This writer has clothes between sizes 16 and 22 in her closet, though, at the moment, I’m lucky enough to be on the lower end of my personal spectrum.) So what’s a girl to do? Tailoring is a great way to turn an unflattering, boxy jacket into a noteworthy wardrobe staple. Below are some tips to get the best fit out of your blazer.

– Darts are your friends! Darts are tapered tucks that can be sewn into your jacket to adjust the fit, and are particularly useful if you are going up a size to get better coverage up top if your body still nips in at the waist.

– The shoulder is key. One of the most difficult alterations (read: expensive) is changing the shoulder seam, so make sure that a jacket hits you on the shoulder–not on your arm. You may not consciously realize it, but a proper shoulder makes a jacket look polished and professional.

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Reader Mailbag Part II: Suggestions for Suits If You’re Not Size 2-14

Update 2016: Check out our updated discussion on the most stylish plus size suits — and please do sign up for our new Plus-Size Workwear newsletter if you’re interested in more plus-size content from Corporette!

Now, by your question, we’re guessing you’re a hard size to find, either because you’re above or below the normal (2-14) range. Some suggestions for places to look:

If you’re bigger:

If you’re smaller, these brands run small and offer small sizes:

  • Theory
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Check out the more expensive brands — anything worn by an actress or model or someone who is professionally thin. In our experience, sizes in those brands can run several sizes below those in normal stores you’d find at the mall.