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>> Plus-Size Pant Suits for Work and Occasions

 
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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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 21, 2018

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Contrast Trim Suit
Size 14 - 24W

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Size 14 - 24W

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Size S - 3X 


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. 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 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.
 

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Long Line
Cropped Pant Set
 Size
14 - 28W

Tahari
Color Block Pantsuit
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 16P

Tie Waist Pantsuit
 Size
10 - 26W

Tahari
Notch Collar Pantsuit
 Size
14 - 24W

 

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 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.

 

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Striped Suiting Separates
 Size 10 - 30W

Single Button Suit
 Size
14 - 24W

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Peak Lapel Pantsuit
Size 14 - 24W 

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Size 8 - 24W
Petite to 16P

 

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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. 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 and Neiman Marcus are the most likely to carry suiting options from the designers mentioned above. 
 

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Tailored Suit Separates
Size 6 - 22W

Misook
Luxury Knit Separates
Size 16 - 30W
 
(XL - 3X)

3 Button Pantsuit
Size 14 - 24W
 

Contrast Trim
 Suit Separates
Size 2 - 24W
Avg - Petite

 

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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White Linen Lace Inset Suit Separates, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Mixed Print
Suit Separates
Size S - 2X

Lace Inset Linen
Suit Separates
Size 12 - 32W
 

St. John
Milano Topper Coordinates
Size 2 - 1
6

 

Exaggerated Shoulder
Suit Separates

Size 6 - 22W

 

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.  Tahari also has its own website well worth a stop for styles that are sometimes unavailable from the department stores.

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.  Those looking for tailored suits, often in natural fibers, will find a consistently excellent selection available at Talbots for 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.

Cataloguer Old Pueblo Traders 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. 

 

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Calvin Klein
Long Topper Suiting
Size 14 - 22W
 

Floral Duster Pant Set
Size S - 3X

Marina Rinaldi
Suit Separates

Size
14 - 22W

Grommet Scallop
Color Block Separates

Size 1X - 3X

 

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. 

Bargain hunters can sometimes find past season's style designer suits at the department store outlets including Nordstrom Rack Saks Off 5TH and Last Call.  

 
 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.