Leather & Suede Plus-Size
[Faux Leather & Suede Below]
Genuine leather and suede are luxury materials
popular in the cooler months. Leather jackets
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.
is seeing leather trim, details and the
occasional leather skirt, dress, and pants in
the mainstream trends, making options other than
jackets more easily obtainable.
Pleather, or faux leather, is increasingly
popular, especially in trendier looks. The
quality has improved dramatically with some big
name designer diffiusion 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
modern classic look
will often opt for black.
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.
Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Leather and
For the best quality, the upscale department
stores are still the best resources. Both
genuine leather and faux leathers can appear in
even the most expensive garments, so be sure to
read fabric content carefully.
usually has the deepest and best collection of
leather jackets and coats in the fall, with some
fur and fur trimmed options often appearing in
the winter months.
provides a slightly less expensive, but good
quality inventory of chic outerwear including
(faux) leather options.
has a smaller inventory, but is the
department store most likely to carry leather
dresses, skirts, pants and jackets from upscale
labels such as Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148.
offers one of the most affordable collections of
genuine leather in sizes up to 18 / 20.
Colored leather and trendy styles are not
another 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.
For trendy, faux pieces look to Fast Fashion
retailers such as
The latter is a good resource for sizes up to