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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: March 27, 2017

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Color Block Church Suit, Size 8 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Tahari Faux Pearl Trim Silver Jacquard Skirt Suit, Size 12 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Tiered Chiffon Jacket Dress, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Donna Vinci
Knit Color Block Suit
Size 8 - 22W

Tahari
Faux Pearl Trim
Jacquard Skirt Suit
Size
12 - 24W

Tiered Chiffon
Jacket Dress
Size 14 - 24W

 

Church and evening suits have a more formal and often feminine flavor than career skirt suits meant for the working world. Consequently a wider range of colors -- from rich jewel tones to light pastels -- are often available and embellishments are frequent.  Fabrics are often dressier including brocade, taffeta, and chiffon. Embellishments including metallic threads, rhinestones, sequins, and beads are also common.   A few options are evening and special occasion pant suits, with evening jumpsuits also making an appearance from time to time when trends bring them into style.

 

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Komarov
Pleated Jacket Dress

Size 1X - 3X

Shimmer Skirt Suit
Size 14 - 24W

Chiffon Pantsuit
Size
16 - 30W

Ruffled Shantung
Skirt Suit

Size 8 - 24W

 

Because this category is often worn for religious events skirt lengths tend to be more modest and pant legs wider than trendy suits, usually falling just past the knee or longer. Some jacket dresses and other types of social dresses have similar styles and function.

A popular option for mother-of-the-bride dresses and other wedding guests, social suits are also an option for office and work related cocktail parties, in addition to special occasions like Easter Sunday and Mother's Day Brunch.  Some devout Jewish groups also wear fancy skirt suits to synagogue for the Sabbath services and religious holidays.

 

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Lace Jacket Skirt Set, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Special Occasion Suit Editor's Pick
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Lace Jacket Skirt SEt
Size
8 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Silver Lace Jacket Dress
Size 8 - 22W
 

Embroidered Duster
Jacket Dress

Size 14 - 22W

Cutwork Lace Skirt Suit
Size 12 - 26W

 

Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Evening and Special Occasion Suits

Still traditionally worn for special occasions by devout church goers in the Southern parts of the United States, several retailers catering to predominantly African-American shoppers regularly stock especially good inventories.  Endorsed by Oprah, one of the best is Women's Suits which offers upscale designer options from names such as Lisa Renn and Donna Vinca in size 10 to 26W.  High end designer separates from labels such as Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 are sometimes available from Saks Fifth Avenue in sizes 14 to 24W.

Of the department stores Dillard's and Macy's offer the most special occasion jacket dress styles that often have the feel of an evening suit in size 14 to 24W.  Those looking for expensive, high end designer labels are most likely to find options at Neiman Marcus in size 0 to 18. 

 

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Caroline Rose, Metallic Topper Coordinates, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Special Occasion Suit Editor's Pick Ruffled Taffeta Pant Set, Size 8 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Special Occasion & Church Suit Editor's Pick

Embroidered Skirt Suit
Size 8 - 24W

St. John Collection
Lace Jacket Dress
Size 2 - 16
 

Caroline Rose
Metallic Topper Coordinates
Size
1X - 3X

Ruffled Taffeta
Color Block Pant Set
Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 20P

 

Meanwhile Nordstrom offers some luxury jacket dresses from labels such as Soul Mates and Komarov that are appropriate for church and special holiday occasion wear in size 1X to 3X.  Lord & Taylor has a special occasion dress collection appealing to those who prefer more conservative styles, including those with jackets and sleeves in size 14 to 24W.

Draper's & Damon's is popular with sophisticated, mature women and carries a good selection of evening separates that combine to create evening pant and skirt suits in size 6 to 26W.   Although Tahari mainly specializes in suits appropriate for work, some styles do work well for church and afternoon events with sizing available up to 24W.

Less formal, and good for day and church events, are the suits at Old Pueblo Traders in size 8 to 28W. 

 

 
 

 

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