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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides & Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Career and Business Pantsuits, Size 12 +

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: December 12, 2015
 

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Plus-Size Pant Suits for Working Women Report
[Shopping Resources & More Editor's Picks Below]

Tailored pant suits are a favorite with working women in many fields that don't require the formality of skirt suits but still require a more professional edge.  In some situations they are even preferred to skirt suits for the social signaling qualities still necessary for women working in some male dominated professions. Modern classic, tailored styles are still favorites but fashion conscious, contemporary colors and styles are also popular in more creative fields. 

Better quality, more upscale, and designer pant suits are worth taking to a tailor for final alterations and the perfect fit.  No two bodies are shaped exactly the same way and large scale manufacturing and sizing can only get so close to anyone's body.  Find the size that fits correctly on the broadest point of your body (bust, shoulders, tummy, or hips) and have the rest taken in.  Most experienced fashionistas and well-dressed working women have a tailor that they use regularly to help make their first impression flawless.

Pant suits, along with jumpsuits, are gaining popularity as options for office parties.  More special occasion pant suits can be found in the evening pants and social suits shopping guides.  A few may also occasionally be featured in the mother-of-the-bride and cocktail looks pages.
 

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Louben
Pantsuit Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Coordinating
Suit Separates
Size 8 - 28W
Petite to 20P

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Size 2 - 16

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Size 1X - 3X


Individualized suits that don't require exact matching are growing in popularity, allowing women to purchase tailored jackets and blazers separately and mixing and matching with career pants in their wardrobes. Better quality suiting is often sold as jackets, pants, and skirts separately so that customers with different fit requirements are best served.

As palazzo pants and jumpsuits trend into style, working wardrobe choices are expanding.  Those who are not required to wear more structured blazer styles will sometimes opt for a cardigan or duster topper instead of a jacket in these combinations.

Classic black, grey, or navy blue are versatile and favorites, especially in interview situations.  They can be livened up with bold accessories, shoes, and jewelry providing a perfect foil for personal expression.  Other neutrals such as camel and white are also popular choices. Pantsuits in the red family can be some of the most powerful suiting options. Career appropriate tops and blouses worn under suits can be solid or prints, with both fine fabrics such as silk and chiffons and sturdier cottons frequent choices. Depending on the year, punches of red, yellow, and bright blue are popular.  Suiting in other colors in trendier cuts and silhouettes make for easy work styles that are practical, polished, and professional.

Evening and special occasion pantsuits are gaining popularity as alternatives to skirts and dresses. Jumpsuits are also trending as 70's style is felt.

 

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Designer Plus-Size Pantsuits

Designer suits are most easily found at the better department stores. Lafayette 148 and Marina Rinaldi are two of the most upscale brands favored by full-figured executives in sizes to 24W.  Fabrics are premium including synthetics with a sumptuous hand and rich natural fibers such as linen, silk, wool, and cotton. Other full-figured designer labels include Misook which works mainly in premium knit jackets and separates that can mix and match, the upscale German label Basler and fine Italian knit labels such as Stizzoli. Eco-fashion designer Eileen Fisher works with less tailored and more relaxed silhouettes with jackets and separates that can mix and match into suiting for sizes up to 3X.  More contemporary and relaxed jackets and separates from Caroline Rose and Nic + Zoe are also gaining popularity with those that don't necessarily need matched suiting.  

Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus are the most likely to carry suiting options from these. 

 

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Size 6 - 24W
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Size 4 - 26W
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Women in the extended size 12 to 16 range will also want to shop the main racks for suits at Nordstrom from designer labels such as St. John, Akris punto, Armani Collezioni, and Max Mara.

More upscale options in the 14 to 24W range are less common here, but classic black, tailored Louben suit jackets, skirts, and trousers are regularly stocked.  An exceptionally good choice for interviews with more formal fields such as banking and law, these can also form core basics for other professional wardrobes.  Options from Ralph Lauren, Ellen Tracy, and Anne Klein are less regularly available, but worth a check.

 

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Size 16 - 22W

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Moderate Priced Plus-Size Suiting

More moderately priced mid-tier designer options from Tahari, Calvin Klein, DKNY, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, and Evan Picone are frequently offered at  Dillard's in size 14 to 24W. Lord & Taylor and Macy's offer these labels, and also some more youthful, trendy looks. Meanwhile, Bon Ton offers modern classic to contemporary options. In house, exclusive private labels at all these department stores extend options for full-figured women further.

Contemporary plus specialty retailer Eloquii carries tailored and fashion forward suiting separates for size 14 to 24W, although a few styles have been available as large as 28W.  Proving to be enormously popular with fashionable urban dwellers, this new comer to the plus fashion scene has recently begun to hit its stride.

Cataloguer Willow Ridge can stocks modestly priced classic styles in easy-care fabrics with sizing occasionally as large as 28W, and petites to 20P.  Monroe and Main offers more contemporary options appealing to trend conscious working women in size 6 to 24W.  Look for the Brownstone Studio label at Draper's & Damon's for tailored professional office looks for size 6 to 24W.  Trendy to contemporary looks, including classic white suits, are regularly available at Ashro for size 6 to 26W.

 

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 Jones New York  offers their more moderately priced tailored, basics line good for young professionals and those needing interview suits which is available through Dress Barn in size 0 to 24W, while their better quality career suits and separates are available from department stores such as Lord & Taylor and Macy's.

 Ashley Stewart often has linen suiting during the late spring to summer months at moderate prices in contemporary to trendy styles during the spring and summer in size 12 to 26W.

Lane Bryant has upped their style game tremendously in the last year or two, offering options in more contemporary looks and premium fabrics for size 14 to 28W.  Ulla Popken (12 - 38W) has also revamped to include some gorgeous work clothes, many with a more sophisticated European flavor.  Amazon is also turning into an unexpected gold mine with many more moderately priced designer labels, in addition to extended sizing up to 40W.

Bargain hunters can sometimes find past season's style designer suits at the department store outlets including Nordstrom Rack Saks Off Fifth and Last Call.   Flash sale sites such as 6PM can also yield some surprising finds for sizes up to 28W.

Finishing Touches

Many women find structured, tailored looks work best with shape wear and body smoothing under garments.  Some hosiery with built in control tops is all others prefer.

 

 

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