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Last Update: March 30, 2018
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Knit Pencil Maxi
Size 1X - 3X
Print Jersey Maxi
Size 1X - 3X
Striped Pencil Skirt
Size 12 - 28W
Still less popular than
dresses which have taken center stage
in recent years, designer skirts are gaining in
popularity again as separates that can be mixed
and matched for versatile and unique looks. Classic
pencil skirts and retro midi skirts are the most common
silhouettes, especially for working women,
along with more casual maxi skirts popular for
resort and casual wear. The
pre-Christmas shopping season sees the most
diverse evening styles
available in anticipation of holiday party
After years of mini and
above-the-knee styles the mainstay, hem
lines are coming down with midi and maxi styles coming
plus-size designer clothing the
offerings are mainly from either mid level
designers or diffusion collections from higher
end designers. A few high end offerings
are available, but they are rare beyond size 24W.
The department stores are still the major
emporiums for designer fashion. Business
skirt styles that often coordinate with suiting
separates from brands such as Calvin Klein and
Tahari are the core offerings at
Lord & Taylor in size 14 to 24W.
Formal styles are often organized in with
dresses at both sites, rather than on the
separate skirt tab.
Nordstrom is the department store most likely to
have a wider range of skirt styles ranging from
casual to special occasion, with a good
selection of work appropriate style.
Meanwhile, upscale designer labels such as
Lafayette 148, Marina Rinaldi, Basler, and
Stizzoli are available at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
More casual, maxi skirt styles from names such
as XCVI, Rachel Pally, Tolani, and Johnny Was are often
along with more classic designers such as Eileen
Fisher. Those who wear in the size 14 to
18 range will find even more options from mid to
high end designers on their main racks.
Leading plus specialty retailer,
offers limited edition designer
collaborative capsule collections from high end
designers. In the past these have included
Isabel Toledo, Lela Rose, Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano.
is available through many of the department
stores under both the moderately priced LAUREN
Ralph Lauren line, and less expensive CHAPS line
for sizes up to 3X. Styles range from
classic to casual, BoHo resort.
now also offers a moderately priced curvy
collection in her contemporary, street
influenced fashion forward styles for sizes up
to 3X. Those looking for natural fibers
can often find options in linen and others from
Nic + Zoe in
styles for contemporary casual to work wear in
size XS to 3X.
Designer Bargain Shopping
In addition to the sale racks at the major
department stores, discounted and last season's
designer merchandise in plus-sizes is regularly
available at flash sites such as
Inventory changes daily with limited
availability on mainly mid-tier, diffusion
collection labels such as Michael Kors and
Calvin Klein, with other well known brands also
Mark-downs on more upscale labels such as Marina
Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, and Eileen Fisher are
frequently available from Neiman Marcus'
Call shopping site, in addition to
Fifth owned by Saks Fifth Avenue