Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus-sized Coats

*In this new late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I’ll get the ball rolling myself, but would LOVE suggestions. Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Actually, this’ll be the last for this week, since tomorrow is a holiday here in the U.S., but we’ll pick up next Tuesday again.

Jen requested a few picks for plus-sized coats, so here we go:

DKNY Hooded Single Breasted A-Line Wool Coat – was $360, now $189.99

Now I love belts, as you all know, but it drives me nuts that nearly all plus-sized coats feature belts. Crikey, don’t designers know that plus-sized bodies come in a wide variety of shapes? OK, end rant. I thought this style had fabulous details – the mock turtleneck, a-line hem, and darling hood – and DKNY is a trustworthy brand. Since it has Designated Boob Room, it won’t work for all figures, but it’s a great non-belted option for those who like a high waistline.

Woman Within A-line 3/4-length peacoat – was $149.99, now $89.99

The vendor is calling this a peacoat, but it looks more like a swing coat to me – exaggerated a-line and very little shaping from the shoulders down. Regardless, I love that it comes in this brilliant cobalt, bright red, and purple in addition to camel, herringbone, black, and heather gray. Goes up to size 34, too.

Calvin Klein Quilted Faux Fur Hooded Down Coat – was $300, now $159.99

Most of the plus-sized coats I’ve seen are lined wool, a fabric that generally makes for some lovely draping, but if you live in a truly frigid climate you’ve gotta upgrade to real down! This coat comes in black as well as this warm, taupe-y gray. I totally dig the waistline shaping within the quilting – accentuates the waist you’ve got, or creates the illusion of one if you’re not super waist-i-fied on your own.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for great plus-sized coats:

  1. Torrid – Tons of cute, on-trend options most of which are buy one, get the second for 50% off right now!
  2. Old Navy – They’ve only got four coat styles for sale right now but ach, are they ever lovely. Classic, stylish, and sophisticated.
  3. Roaman’s – The focus seems to be on leather, lightweight, and toppers, but there are a few marvelous lined wool coats mixed in there, too.

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17 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Plus-sized Coats”

  1. KL

    Oh, the petite reminds me to throw another suggestion into the hat: 29″ inseam pants, especially non-skinny denim (which is hard to hem).

    • Caro

      Torrid sells denim and trousers by length, including short and extra short, which is helpful if you’re wearing a plus size.

  2. Devon

    I don’t know how I feel about hoods on coats. I LOVE the front of that first jacket, but the hood really kills it for me! I don’t know why…

    • Jen

      See, I was just thinking the opposite. But I have to be outside with pre-school kids, and we go out even in the cold. I have had lots of trouble finding a nice looking coat with a hood, but this one doesn’t scream hoody from the front.

      I just bought a nice peacoat from Old Navy’s plus line last year, but man, that first one. Oh the color! The buttons! The waist detail! The hood! And I agree–my peacoat has a belt, which is okay, but I don’t really see the point. Maybe if I was out on a hot date, it would create more of a waist, but for the kids, I don’t really care, as long as it keeps me warm and I don’t look like a giant marshmallow. (Those second and third options, while nice, would make me look about 2 times bigger.)

  3. lisa

    off topic, but I’d love to hear whether (or not) Husband Mike has acclimatised to the short hair. Also, can you do a radical side part or do you suffer from double cowlicks? I think you’d look fantastic with a very pronounced sde part and hair sweeped low. Disclaimer: I rock a radical side part myself and LOVE it: it has transformed my relationship with my barnet. After years of suffering my kinky cowlick, I discovered my hair only ‘licked one way…despite my joy at new short, sharp hair, other half still wants the longer locks back. tsk!

    • Sal

      He likes it better now that I’ve gone even shorter – and actually suggested that I go for the Michelle Williams cut. We’ll see what my stylist says! Not sure about cowlicks, honestly.

  4. Mel

    I love your idea of insomnia! Notice the time on my post….

    Yesterday’s gloves were great! One thought….you might reflect the reviews in your comments. The grey coat whiile looking appealimg…all 3 reviews said thr arms were too skinmy….requiring them to wear lighter clothing.

    HAts for short hair
    Funky scarves:
    Plus size bras….(38h :O)
    Plus size colorful tights
    Wide shoes to wear with dresses
    Wide calf boots
    Chunky bracelets

    • Caro

      I have absolutely no affiliation with this company, but I’ve bought several Goddess bras (42G) at They have other brands as well. It’s helpful, I dare say, to know your size and if you vary in size between brands. Cacique (Lane Bryant) also has plus size bras, but I have never tried them.

    • Val C-MN


      Nordstrom’s has what you are looking for; they carry a large line of bras. I decided to look on, searched in the Search box for bras for women, clicked on Size, and there is an option for 38F – 38H bras. They had Wacoal and other bras. They seemed reasonably priced since I know some extended sizes can be much more expensive.

      If you search Macy’s website, you may find other bras as well.

    • Jen

      I second most of your suggestions, but I have a couple of sites for you. has a good selection of wide calf boots, and most are described well as to how wide they are. has almost any color under the rainbow you could want in plus-sized tights, although their patterned tights selection could be more, in my opinion. Consensus seems to be that the older, cheaper tights are crap, but the newer, more expensive ones are on target, but run tall. also has several options in plus sizes.

  5. Barb

    Land’s End has several styles of their awesome down coats available in plus sizes. LE usually has lots of sales and/or free shipping this time of year. (And full price is less than sale price on the CK example anyway.)

    Devon- hoods often button on, so although cant tell from photo, I suspect it’s removeable.

    • Jenny

      I bought my plus-size coat from Lands End this year. It’s calf-length red wool, but it’s lined with Thinsulate, so it’s as warm as toast. I love it.

  6. Kristen

    I have been looking for a puffer coat that isn’t black or white; that Calvin Klein fits the bill perfectly, thank you! Also, it is on sale down to $129.99 for Black Friday. I am scooping one up as we speak!

  7. Lindsie

    Thank you for saying that about belts. I’m petite and plus and everyone’s style solution is a belt, and no one believes how horrible they look on me until I put one on! I wish they looked good on me, but they just don’t and they have, to my dismay, saturated the style market. Rargh! Thanks for being the first person I’ve met who doesn’t have belt blinders!

  8. Annie

    I’d love to see a feature on wide-calf boots made of real leather. And, though it’s likely too much to ask, if they’d be available in a 9.5. . .
    My feet just seem to want to be impossible to shoe. :/

  9. Val C-MN

    I am plus-sized and I get my coats from I have bought beautiful Dennis Basso faux furs (short and long) , faux shearling, and rain coats; Bradley Bayou leather jackets; Centigrade wool coats; Dialogue leather jackets; and Denim & Company leather, suede, and denim jackets. (Rachel Zoe, Isaac Mizrahi, and Marc Bower also sell coats on there, but I haven’t tried out their lines.) There is normally a 30-day return policy (in which you can wear the item to see if you like it but can return it if you don’t like it); however, since it is holiday season, you have until Jan 31, 2012 to return it – plenty of time to wear the item and test it out for wearability, warmth, and durability. I have bought their coats for 15 years and have been very satisfied with having a variety of coats in all sorts of colors and fabrications. The prices are very reasonable.

    When you go on the website, play the video (above the item’s picture graphic) and you will get to see the item presented on a model and the host/vendor will describe the item so you can get a feel for how the coat moves and how it fits (fitted, boxy, swing, etc.).

    Happy shopping!

  10. MrsDragon

    Things I’d love to see featured:

    -Knee high leather stiletto boots with a BACK zipper, not a side one (All the ones I’ve found are $200+)
    -Leather jackets (NOT motorcycle jackets, more blazerish but not blazers)
    -Warm tights
    -Sparkly costume jewelry
    -Gloves for the long fingered (most gloves hit me 1/4″-1/2″ too short in the fingers : /
    -Silk scarfs!
    -Hair accessories
    -A line, knee length, black skirts

    I realize some of these may be too specific, but they are the ones at the top of my “to buy” list so any help is appreciated. : )