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I sometimes wonder about buyers for department stores; it’s like they think anyone over a size 12 wants to wear only dark and dreary colors and waterfall cardigans. However, Nordstrom seems to be stepping up their plus size game. Recently perusing their New Arrivals, I saw so many stylish, pretty, professional, and downright fun plus sized options I just had to share!
- High Waist Belted Pants – On trend but so versatile, these pants from Leith with a tie waistband and flowing leg will look great at the office or for a night out. Three colors to choose from. $59
- Letter Print Blouse – This collarless blouse from Rachel Rachel Roy has a hidden placket and a witty pattern that is still polished enough for the workplace. Wear with the high waisted belted pants, your favorite black trousers, or untucked with skinny jeans or leggings. $95
- Full Flourish Flower Stud Earrings – Not too heavy, but plenty of impact. These hot pink earrings from Kate Spade would look amazing with the pieces in this collection that have pink touches, or just offer the perfect pop of color to most any ensemble. $68
- Sequined Short Kimono Jacket – Wondering what to wear to add some warmth to that sleeveless or strappy dress? Looking for a way to add a festive touch to a simple jeans and top look? This sequined short kimono jacket from Addition Elle Love and Legend is a great choice. It can easily go from watching the ball drop to your best friend’s bachelorette party to her evening wedding to seeing your favorite band live in concert. $119
- Smocked Shoulder Wrap Dress – I love having a dress like this at the ready in my closet. A color that works year round, day and night and a fabric that dresses up and down with ease. Wear to work, a day wedding, a funeral, a date, even a second interview. The gathering at the shoulders of this Eliza J dress adds interest and also a bit extra room for the bust, reducing the chance of needing a cami. $148
- Layered Chain Necklace – I have a necklace similar to this and it’s perfection for adding drama to simple wardrobe basics. With this necklace, a black t-shirt and pants are suddenly GNO-worthy. With a 3” extender, the shortest chain is 21” offering a bib of shine at the right place on the torso. $49
- Pink Draped Top – With a statement-making neckline, this is a great blouse to wear under a blazer, on its own, tucked in or bloused out. Wear with black coated jeans and the Kate Spade earrings for a night out, with a navy suit for the daytime. Heads up, it looks sheer in the photo but the blouse is lined (I’m guessing the lining was tucked in for the shoot). $85
- Power Lines Chiffon Wrap Maxi Dress – Make a statement without saying a word with this modern wrap dress from City Chic. A pattern that will look on trend even years from now, it’s an easy piece to put on with boots, flats, or heels for so many situations in life. With such a pattern, no need to overthink accessories. Simple black will work, as would a pop of your favorite color. $129
- Leopard Calfhair Low Pump – Such an elegant shoe from Cole Haan with an elongated toe, low heel, and leopard calfhair finish. This is the kind of shoe you’ll reach for day after day for work as well as weekend. $170
- Colorblock Faux Fur Scarf – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried scarves and fur stoles and found them to be too short for my neck and shoulders. At 80” in length, this gorgeous fur scarf from Heurueh has enough length for plenty of drama and style. Five colors to choose from. $118
- Puff Shoulder Shift Dress – This Vince Camuto dress comes in basic black and a gorgeous orangey red, but I had to highlight this gorgeous yellow color. A classic shift that can be worn to the office with tall boots and tights or a social event with statement earrings but the puffed sleeves adds style and drama. $134
- Faux Wrap Dot Dress – Michel Studio’s faux wrap dress with a delicately dotted chiffon overlay is a three-season dress that can glam up with sparkly earrings or even head to the office with a wide belt and cardigan. $129
- Adjustable Cigar Band Ring – Usually rings end at size 8; this rhodium-dipped ring is modern, chic, and adjustable to perfectly fit. $52
- Pink Leopard Top – I usually find a top like this to be a “trend salad” and steer clear, but this one calls to me. I love the mix of pink leopard and the striped collar, the juxtaposition of ruffles and an athletic trim, and can see this worn so many ways all year long. Wear under a suit for an unexpected edge to corporate wear, leave untucked with jeans or faux leather leggings, come summer pair with white jeans or a white suit, rock out with a black sequined pencil skirt. $95
- Knot Detail Tunic Top – Another type of garment I love having at the ready in my closet. Pair with faux leather leggings or skinny jeans for an instant going-out look. Pair with ankle pants and a sparkly shoe for the company holiday party. Velvet leggings and sparkly earrings for New Year’s Eve at a neighbor’s house. With the fabric and sleeve length it works all four seasons., Two colors to choose from. $69
- Bow Sleeve Midi Dress – This dress from Nordstrom’s in-house brand 1901 has a feminine and preppy vibe that won’t go out of style any time soon. The fit and flare shape and lack of sleeves makes it a piece that can work day or night every month of the year. $149
- Metallic Faux Wrap Dress – Rachel Rachel Roy always adds a slight twist to the pieces in their collection, and this dress with its blouson sleeves and tulip hem is unique while also being feminine and fashionable. This is the kind of dress that can be sexy and chic for New Year’s Eve or be more conservative with black tights for your company holiday cocktail party. Since it’s not full-on sequins, this can be worn beyond the holidays to an evening wedding or other social affair. $159
- Balloon Sleeve Jumpsuit – From Eliza J, this jumpsuit has the simplicity that reminds me of my versatile black jumpsuit. Add a scarf and wear to a creative office place, sparkly earrings and shoes for a holiday party, switch out the belt and pair with gold sandals for a cruise or night out, and hello pockets! Concerned about the back zipper? Consider a Zipper Genie, I have one and it’s a gamechanger! $178
- Kinsley Sandal – The ‘nudist’ style of shoe in a pretty holographic print that will go with everything in your closet. Made with Naturalizer’s N5 Contour Technology, these are a lightweight and comfortable shoe that will have you dancing all night. Medium and wide widths available. $89.95
- Paisley-print Blouse – In a chic color and pattern and silky fabric, this will be a stylish and well-loved wardrobe addition. Wear to the office with trousers or under your suit. Wear for drinks with faux leather leggings. Style with jeans and a leather jacket for the weekend. Button it up or open a few extra buttons to show a peek of a lace-trimmed camisole. $69
Thanks for focusing on plus sizes!
Alison Gary says
My pleasure, we all deserve awesome clothes and there’s far fewer options over size 14!
Nordstrom has become a go to for just about anything. I’m fortunate to have one near me but have more luck online. And if I see something “plus sized” that will be too big, I usually can find its counterparts in the size I need.
FYI…this post comes in my email and in the email only the numbers and pictures do not match. When I click the link to the blog, everything matches.
Alison Gary says
It’s easier for them to have more products and sizes online, I too fare better online than in my local store. And sorry about the number mishap!
I agree with the selection at Nordstrom. My only complaint is that it is really hard to find a plus department in their stores. The one I used in Phipps Plaza Atlanta shut down. Now it’s more of a drive up to another location. Free returns help, but sometimes it takes a lot of effort.
Alison Gary says
Stores have specific buyers that shop based on what they think will sell in the area. They also have far fewer space for sizes and brands than online. Online returns are a pain, but I’ve learned it’s worth it for the selection sadly.