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Top Plus Size Cool Weather Walking Shirts and Outerwear

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Updated February 21, 2014

Layering is essential to stay both warm and dry, but not hot and sweaty, when walking in cooler weather. From the base, you need a shirt that will draw away any moisture, a jacket or vest to insulate and cut the wind, and a waterproof layer if you are in a wet climate.

1. REI Rainwall Jacket

REI Rainwall Jacket
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This athletic jacket will work great for your cool weather walks, with waterproof and windproof protection. It is a single light layer that packs into its own pocket. You can layer it over a fleece vest in cold weather. It has pit zips to let the air flow in if you need it. It features handwarmer pockets and a chest pocket for your mobile device (with a cord port). It comes in plus sizes 1X to 3X.

2. L.L. Bean Fitness Fleece Quarter Zip

L.L. Bean Comfort Fleece Quarter Zip
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I love a fleece quarter-zip pullover to add a perfect layer under my waterproof jacket on cold days. And then I love just lounging around in one all day and evening! This lightweight fleece is easy to use for layering, and comfy to wear all by itself. It wicks away sweat so you won't end up cold and clammy after your winter exercise. Comes in plus sizes 1X-3X.

3. REI Fleet Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

REI Fleet Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
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I wear a long-sleeved sweat-wicking t-shirt on my winter walks. This shirt in a polyester/spandex blend is perfect for wearing by itself on cool days and layering on colder days. It has reflective piping for low-light safety. It has a mesh insert at the back so you can let off steam. It comes in sizes 1X to 3X.
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4. Reversible PerfecTemp Fleece Vest

Junonia Fleece Vest
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A performance fleece vest is perfect by itself on dry days or layered under a rain jacket or shell on wet or colder days. This reversible vest has a hood, pockets, and 2-way front zipper. Available in plus sizes XL-6X.
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5. REI Belltown Rain Jacket

REI Belltown Rain Jacket
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I learned at the start of my walking career in the rainy Northwest that you need a waterproof, windproof jacket for walking, whether for fitness or just getting to and from work, school, the store, etc. I like the styling and features of this waterproof jacket. The mid-thigh length is great for winter coverage. It has pockets everywhere for warming your hands, carrying essentials at chest level, and an interior pocket with cord port for your mobile device. You can zip off the hood if you don't want to wear it in all weather. It comes in plus sizes 1X-3X.

6. Columbia Arcadia Plus Size Rain Jacket

Columbia Sportswear Arcadia Plus Size Rain Jacket
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A waterproof, breathable jacket is a walking essential for cooler, wetter times of the year. This Columbia jacket is good for layering. On colder days, add a microfleece vest under it. It comes in plus sizes 1X-3X.

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7. Supplex Bra Top

Supplex Bra Top
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Underneath it all you need a sports bra that can help support and wick away moisture. This double layer sports bra can do double duty. Plus sizes 0X-6X.
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8. Lands' End ThermaCheck 200 Fleece Jacket

Land's End Thermacheck Women's Fleece Jacket
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This performance fleece jacket is a great design for fitness walking and nordic walking in cooler weather. It provides an insulating layer that also wicks away sweat. It comes over the hip but has a tailored profile so it won't get in your way when you move your arms or use fitness walking poles, and is easier to layer under a waterproof jacket. It has two zip pockets. Wear this over a base layer shirt on cool and dry days, or wear as the insulating layer beneath a waterproof/windproof jacket and over a base layer shirt on cold and wet days. It comes in plus sizes 1X-3X.

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9. Cuddl Duds Climatesmart Plus Size Crew Neck Long Sleeved Top

Cuddleduds Base Layer Shirt
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This top is made with Coolmax Extreme fabric, which provides a great base layer to transport moisture away from your skin to the outer surface of the garment where it can quickly evaporate. Available in 1X and 2X sizes.

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10. REI Revelcloud Jacket

REI Revelcloud Jacket
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This packable puffy jacket stows into its own lumbar pocket -- and you can even use it as a pillow. It's windproof to 50 mph and has a water-repellent finish for mildly damp or snowy days. You can wear this as a soft outer layer or as your insulating layer. It has hand-warming pockets in addition to the lumbar pocket. Comes in plus sizes 1X-3X.

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