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Last Update: March 21, 2018
Jacket & Pants Sold Separately
Contrast Trim Suit
Size 14 -
Bell Sleeve Suit
Size 14 - 24W
Metallic Stripe Jacket
& Silk Pant Separates
Size S - 3X
Tailored pant suits are a favorite with
in many fields that don't require the formality
skirt suits but
still require a more professional edge.
Sometimes choosing to wear a pantsuit rather
than a skirt or dress can send a powerful
message in male dominated fields such as
politics, as well. 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
contemporary colors and styles are also popular
in more creative fields.
Better quality, more upscale, and
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
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.
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
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
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.
Designer suits are most easily
found at the better department stores.
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
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.
contemporary and relaxed jackets and
Nic + Zoe are
also gaining popularity with those that don't
necessarily need matched suiting.
Meanwhile, the very high end designer St. John
collection can many times have their knit suits
blocked from a size 16 up to size 20.
Saks Fifth Avenue
are the most likely to carry suiting options
from the designers mentioned above.
Women in the
extended size 12 to 16 range will also want to
shop the main racks for suits at
from designer labels such as St. John, Akris
punto, Armani Collezioni, and Max Mara.
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
Ellen Tracy, and Anne Klein are less regularly
available, but worth a check.
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
in size 14 to 24W.
also has its own website well worth a stop for
styles that are sometimes unavailable from the
Lord & Taylor
offer these labels, and also some more youthful,
trendy looks. Meanwhile,
offers modern classic to contemporary options. In
house, exclusive private labels at all these
department stores extend options for
full-figured women further. Those looking
for tailored suits, often in natural fibers,
will find a consistently excellent selection
size 2 to 24W with petites up to 22W.
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.
can stocks modestly priced classic styles
in easy-care fabrics with sizing occasionally as
large as 28W, and petites to 20P.
Look for the Brownstone Studio label at
Draper's & Damon's
for tailored professional office looks for size
6 to 24W.
Jones New York offers their more
moderately priced tailored, basics line good for
young professionals and those needing interview
suits which is available through
in size 0 to 24W, while their better quality
career suits and separates are available from
department stores such as
Lord & Taylor
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.
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.
(12 - 38W)
has also revamped to include some gorgeous work
clothes, many with a more sophisticated European
Bargain hunters can sometimes
find past season's style designer suits at
the department store outlets including