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. In
some situations they are even preferred to skirt
suits for the social signaling qualities still
necessary for women working in some male
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
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
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.
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 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.
Better quality, tailored classic
pantsuits are often sold as jacket and career
trouser separates that are designed to match.
Two of the most stylish and reliable sources are
Jones New York
Seasonlesss wool, washable wools, and other
fabrics are regularly featured in modern
classic, timeless styles in size 4 to 24W with
select styles also available in petite sizes.
Jones New York also offers a more moderately
priced basics line good for young professionals
and those needing interview suits which is
in sizes to 24W.
Designer Plus-Size Pantsuits
Designer suits are most easily
found at the better department stores. Lafayette
148 is one of the premiere upscale brands
favored by full-figured executives in sizes to
Saks Fifth Avenue
are the most likely to carry suiting options
from them. Bloomingdale's will often carry some
of the more moderately priced designer lines
such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors, as
will sometimes offer options from luxury
knitwear designer Misook and European plus
specialty designer Marina Rinaldi with easier,
less structured sets from Eileen Fisher,
Caroline Rose, and Joan Vass in sizes up to 3X.
An interview suit and core basic
black investment dressing designer label,
Louben, is often available from
in larger sizes.
Saks Fifth Avenue
are two of the best sources for very high end
designer suits from labels such as Escada, Akris
Punto, Max Mara, Gucci, Albert Nipon, Armani
Collezioni, and St. John in sizes up to a misses
size 16 /18.
Moderate Priced Plus-Size Suiting
More moderately priced mid-tier
designer options from Tahari, Calvin Klein,
DKNY, and Evan Picone are frequently offered at
Lord & Taylor,
in size 14 to 24W. Meanwhile,
Bon Ton and
offer modern classic to contemporary options. In
house, exclusive private labels at all these
department stores extend options for
full-figured women further.
Bargain hunters can sometimes
find past season's style designer suits at
Saks Off Fifth
can often carry modestly priced classic styles
in easy-care fabrics with sizing occasionally as
large as 28W.
Monroe and Main
offers more contemporary options appealing to
trend conscious working women in size 6 to 24W.
Trendier, budget friendly
pantsuits appealing to stylish young
professionals in sizes up to 18 / 20 are easily
New York & Co
More moderately priced modern classic options
are also regularly available through
Chadwick's of Boston
with select styles available as large as 24W.
All three offer petite and tall options.
remains one of the best sources for women
who wear extended plus-sizes larger than 24W.
Other options can sometimes be found at
Many women find structured,
tailored looks work best with
shape wear and body
smoothing under garments.
hosiery with built in
control tops is all others