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Last Update: March 9, 2017
Faux Suede Skirt
Size 14 - 26W
Genuine Leather Jacket
6 - 24W
Genuine leather and suede are luxury materials
popular in the cooler months. Leather jackets
outerwear are the easiest to find in plus-sizes
with style options frequently available even in
extended plus-sizes larger than 24.
Leather pants, skirts and dresses can be much
more difficult to find in larger sizes unless a
particular leather look is trending that year.
Pleather, or faux or vegan leather, is increasingly
popular, especially in trendier looks. The
quality has improved dramatically with some big
name designer diffusion labels choosing to use
it rather than the more expensive genuine
leathers. Some consumers choose pleather
for animal rights and ethical reasons, while
others prefer the lower price points and ease of
Most leather is made from cattle with lambskin a
much softer and more luxurious option used in
higher end garments. Patent leather has a
high gloss finish which is usually achieved with
a plastic finish.
High end designer
options are increasingly available in both
genuine leather and faux leather as more and
more consumers become environmentally and
often incorporate suede or brown leather, rather
than black. While those preferring a
sleek, modern classic look will often opt for black. Trendy looks
will sometimes incorporate other colors of
leather and suede.
Leather and suede boots in
wide-widths and with a wide-calf have
their own shopping section.
For the best quality, the upscale department
stores are still the best resources. Both
genuine and faux leathers, suedes, and furs can appear in
even the most expensive garments, so be sure to
read fabric content carefully.
usually has the deepest and best collection of
genuine leather jackets and coats in the fall, with some
genuine fur and fur trimmed options often appearing in
the winter months. Some hard-to-find
luxury outerwear labels in plus sizes are often
Saks Fifth Avenue
have smaller inventories, but it is these
department stores that are most likely to carry
dresses, skirts, pants and jackets from upscale
labels such as Marina Rinaldi, Ralph Lauren,
Eileen Fisher, and Lafayette 148 for size 14 to
Lord & Taylor
provide a slightly less expensive, but good
quality inventory of chic outerwear including
(faux) leather options.
an especially good resource for genuine
leather and suede at more moderate prices.
Styles are contemporary to trendy, and
installment payment plans can bring these
pricier items well within budget. Most
everything is available in their full size range
of 0 to 28W. Designers to look for include
Dennis Basso and Bradley Bayou, while even more
labels here work in faux leather, suede, and
Plus specialty retailer
Hips & Curves
regularly carries genuine leather corsets and
skirts, in addition to faux and patent leather
looks in size 1X to 6X. Meanwhile,
as it's upped its style game has begun to
include genuine leather jackets, and more
affordable faux options during the fall to early
spring seasons for size 14 to 28W.
Monroe & Main
are two contemporary, fashion forward catalogs
that offer their entire inventory in an extended
size range to 3X. Both regularly carry
unique an innovative designs in faux leather,
suede, and fur with the occasional genuine piece
turning up. In addition to the usual
coats, jacket, and leggings these shopping spots
will also often carrier harder-to-find items
such as dresses.
Plus specialty trendy to contemporary hot spot
emerged as a leader in quality and moderately
priced styles for trend conscious curvy
fashionistas. As leather and suede looks
trend in high fashion, expect to find unique
interpretations here for size 14 to 28W.
will often carry faux black leather leggings,
skirts, dresses, and jackets in one of the
largest size ranges available on the internet.
Sizing starts at XL with most styles available
to 5X, with a few extending further to 6X.
Meanwhile, fringed genuine suede jackets are
often available in larger, full-figured sizes at
Back in the Saddle
in size S to 3X.
Faux suede jackets, skirts, shirts, and pants
(sometimes referred to as moleskin) are popular
and budget friendly options from cataloguers
such as Blair and
Coldwater Creek for sizes up to 28W.