The 10 Best Plus-Size Sweaters, According to Fashion Experts

The best size-inclusive knitwear the internet has to offer.

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From luxe cashmere sweaters (opens in new tab) with thousands of rave reviews to turtlenecks that tend to go viral on TikTok (did your For You page also show you that one high-neck number from Zara?), there's no shortage of top-tier knitwear on the internet. And sorting through the seemingly never-ending stock to find a sweater that's best (opens in new tab) for you every winter is a challenging feat. But it's an ordeal that's all the more difficult for plus-size shoppers, who, despite making up the majority of U.S. shoppers, still often find themselves excluded from the greater fashion narrative. This space, however, honors those particular folks and spotlights the best plus-size sweaters on the market.

Marie Claire tapped Alissa Wilson (opens in new tab), Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stylish Curves (opens in new tab), an online plus-size fashion destination, and Katie Murphy (opens in new tab), Head of Fashion at 11 Honoré at Dia & Co, the luxury division of the leading marketplace for inclusive fashion, for their insight. Here, the experts shout out the best plus-size brands (opens in new tab) for knitwear, what to consider when shopping for women's plus-size sweaters, and the styles on their personal wishlists. Scroll on, and happy shopping!

What to Look For

  • Shape Retention

 "Make sure your sweaters have a balance of structure and stretch," says Wilson. "Some sweaters can be over-stretchy and lose their shape after one wear or wash, so you'll want to look for styles with shape retention."

  • Versatility

"Sweaters are a no-brainer for the colder months and heading into spring," Murphy states. "But you will get more life out of your sweater purchases if you can wear them throughout the year, too." She invites you to seek out options made of lighter-weight wools and yarns, so you don't overheat when it's no longer winter and you don't need your clothing to double as cozy armor.

  • Quality Materials

In a similar vein to year-round wearability, Wilson says you want to ensure your sweaters are designed for optimal longevity, which means knitwear made of top-quality materials. "Look for natural fibers like cotton and cashmere when it comes to sweaters because they'll last longer and feel amazing on your skin," she explains.

The Best Plus-Size Sweaters

Meet the Experts

Alissa Wilson
Alissa Wilson

Alissa Wilson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stylish Curves, an online fashion destination that offers the latest news in plus-size fashion, celebrity style, and beauty.

As a New York native and fashion lover, Alissa is passionate about advancing the plus-size fashion industry and creating a space for plus-size women to discover new plus-size designers, retailers, style tips, and celebrating the body positive movement.

Katie Murphy
Katie Murphy

Katie Murphy is the Head of Fashion at 11 Honoré at Dia & Co, the luxury division of the leading marketplace for inclusive fashion, providing style for sizes 10-32. As a founding member of 11 Honoré, she understands the nuance of size, shape, and helping each person discover their individual style. In addition to her role as Head of Fashion, Murphy also serves as Dia & Co’s VP of Sales, working to onboard new brands to the marketplace, allowing them to offer the largest style count in plus specialty retail.

Emma Childs
Style Editor

Emma Childs is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, where she researches up-and-coming trends, curates shopping guides, and gushes about the must-buy items she can't stop thinking about. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing up fashion deep-dives or finding the season's best pieces, you'll find her fiddling around in Photoshop and perusing HBO Max for the next show to base her personality on (currently, it's "Succession").