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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.
 

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Last Update: September 12, 2016

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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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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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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 24W. 

Another catalog that has an especially good inventory all year, including coordinating hats to go with the the suits is Ashro in size 6 to 26W.  Styles can be extravagant and embellished, or ultra-chic with white along with bright colors and pastels.

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.  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.

 

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Several moderately priced catalogs offer skirt suits in colors with embroidery and embellishments, in addition to design details such as flounces and peplums, that often have many options.  Midnight Velvet and Monroe and Main have the most stylish options for women who enjoy sophisticated contemporary style.  It is often possible to find taffeta, brocade, lace, and softer chiffon options in size 6 to 24W.  Some have vintage vibe, giving them a more romantic evening or special occasion feel appropriate for wedding guests, mother-of-the bride, and evening social events for work.

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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