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 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 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, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stylish Curves, an online plus-size fashion destination, and Katie Murphy, 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 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
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes everything from trend reports to fashion featurettes and long-form profiles. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, writing shopping e-commerce guides, assisting with market for fashion photo shoots, and assigning and editing fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.