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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide &  Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Skirt Suits for Business Professionals in Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. Nowhere is it more important to put your best foot forward than at work. Show the world what a savvy, career professional you are in these looks suitable for both casual or artistic work environments and traditional, tailored and conservative offices.  We have options for young professionals who are new to the work force, interview suits, and the mature, contemporary professional woman.
 

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Window Pane Wool Skirt Suit Separates, Size 4 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Skirt Suit Separates
Size 4 - 18, Avg & Petite

A-Line Stretch Cotton Jacquard Skirt Suit, Size 6-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black

Boucle Skirt Suit, Sizes 8 to 28W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tahari, Long Jacket Skirt Suit, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Jacket & Skirt Sold Separately

 Pendleton

A-Line Cotton Jacquard
 Skirt Suit
Size 6 - 24W

Boucle Skirt Suit
Size 8 - 28W
Petite to 18P

  Tahari
Long Jacket Skirt Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Plus-Size Skirt Suit Report
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

Classic, tailored skirt suits are still worn in a number of professions from banking to law, real estate to advertising. Larger cities often require more formal work attire at all levels from secretaries to executives. Plus-size career dresses and jacket dresses also fill part of the void and are a very popular alternative.

While women of all sizes are an important percentage of the work force, curvy career women can find it particularly challenging to locate tailored skirt suits at any budget level. Consequently many rely on basic black which stretches further as a core basic mixed and matched with a variety of career tops and accessories -- even in fields that allow more expression of color, trends, and personal style. This has more to do with lack of choices and has led to low consumer expectations, rather than a lack of demand for more trend conscious options. This is a significant gap in the apparel market in that 60% of women in the USA wear a size 12+ with the average in the 14 - 20 range.

 

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Suit Separates, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Jacket, Pants, Skirt Sold Separately

Liz Claibrone, Classic Interview Skirt Suit Separates, Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Matching Skirt Sold Separately

Wrap Jacket  Suit, Sizes 4-20 | ElegantPlus.com Professional Skirt Suit Editor's Pick

Knit Skirt Suit, Size 8 - 18| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Suiting Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Liz Claiborne
Classic Interview
Skirt Suit
Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Wrap Jacket Suit
Size 4 - 20

Knit Suiting
Size 8 - 18
Avg & Petite

 

In many professions it is increasingly acceptable to mix tailored jackets or even less structured cardigans with career skirt separates, but more conservative fields and professions still require matching pieces. Since many women wear different sizes on top and bottom, it is common for better quality matched suiting to be sold as separates for the best fit. 

Even in less formal professions, skirt suits are a wise choice for job interviews and presentations.  Pant suits can be another alternative, depending on the field.

Evening, church and special occasion skirt suits have a different flavor, often with added beading and embellishments and are found in our evening wear directories.

 

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Animal Print Suit, Size 8 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tailored Suit Separates, Size 4-24W, Tall to 18T, Petite to 16P | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Matching Jacket Sold Separately
More Colors Available 

Tahari, Color Block Skirt Suit, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Lafayette 148, Crepe Suit Separates, 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Matching Jacket Sold Separately
More Colors Available 

Animal Print Skirt Suit
Size 10 - 26W
Petite to 18P

Classic Suit Separates
Size 6 - 24W
Petite to 16P, Tall to 18T

Tahari
Color Block Suit

Size 14 - 24W

Lafayette 148
Crepe Suit Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Internet Shopping for Plus-Size Skirt Suits

Some of the best quality 4 season, tailored wool suiting comes from Pendleton. Their misses and petite lines are available to size 4 to 18, and select styles are extend to women's size 14 to 24W. 

Draper's & Damon's offers both classically tailored and quality knit skirt suit sets in size 4 to 26W.  Meanwhile, career clothing specialist Jones New York offers better quality business suit separates on their main website, in addition to a value priced basics line through Dress Barn in size 14 to 24W.

Lane Bryant offers good quality contemporary business suiting on their website, although not in most stores, in sizes 14 to 28W. Those looking for both classic tailored interview styles and more contemporary looks will want to check out the new collection of sleek styles offered by Eloquii in size 14 to 24W.

 

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Nipon Boutique, Vintage Style Suit, Size 4 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Calvin Klein, Tailored Suit Separates, Sizes 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Sold Separately

Ruffled Skirt Suit, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Louben, Skirt Suit Separates, 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Matching Jacket Sold Separately

Nipon Boutique
Vintage Style Suit
Size 4 - 22W

Calvin Klein
Tailored Separates

Size 14 - 24W

Ruffled Suit
Size 8 - 24W

Louben
Suit Separates
Size 14 - 24W

 

The best department store selections for skirt suits are at  Macy's, Dillard's, and Lord & Taylor.  Look for suits from Tahari, Calvin Klein, Evan Picone, and DKNYC.  In addition, Dillard's carries separates from designers such as Ming Wang and usually has a very good selection of classic, interview style suiting.

Very high-end designer suits from labels such as Max Mara, Gucci, St. John, and Albert Nipon are regularly available through Neiman Marcus in misses sizes up to a misses 16 / 18, while suit separates and other career looks from Marina Rinaldi, Misook,  Lafayette 148 and Kay Unger in size 14 to 24W are also occasionally available there.  Less structured contemporary office looks from Caroline Rose and Eileen Fisher are also regularly available in size 14 to 24W.

Options from luxury executive tailored clothier Lafayette 148 are often available through Saks Fifth Avenue in size 14 to 24W, in addition to harder to find labels such as the luxury Italian knitwear designer Stizzoli.  Nordstrom has a limited number of core black suit separates including skirts and jackets from labels such as Louben in size 14 to 24W.  Their main misses collection offers many higher end designer labels in size 0 to 16.  Look for Armani, St. John, and Akris Punto, among others.

 

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Designer: Stizzoli, Knit Skirt Suit Separates, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Jacket & Skirt Separates

Long Print Ensemble, Size 6 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tahari, Collarless Red Skirt Suit, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Wide Lapel Jacket Skirt Suit, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Stizzoli
Luxury Knit Separates

Size 14 - 24W

Long Print
Two Piece Ensemble
Size 6 - 26W

Tahari
Collarless Skirt Suit

Size 14 - 24W

Wide Lapel Jacket Suit
Size 6 - 24W


Those who like contemporary to trendy styles will want to stop in at Monroe & Main  in size 6 to 24W.  Suiting is moderately priced with many in more feminine styles and fabrics, than classic tailored menswear influenced lines.  If you are looking for colors, patterns, and details such as ruffles, button details, and trendier silhouettes this is a must stop with their entire collection available in the full size range.  Metro Style also carries value priced career looks with a contemporary vibe with most available from 0 to 18, but a few extended in size 14 to 24W. 

More traditional, but equally well priced, are the options at Chadwick's of Boston which carries a few tall and petite styles to 18, in addition to extended women's sizing 14 to 24W. Traditional to contemporary styles at more moderate prices can also be found at Willow Ridge with sizes from 6 to 28W, and petites often as large as 20P.  Meanwhile, Ashro carries one of the most extensive collection of white suits in addition to a large selection of unusual designs, prints, and fabrics in both skirt suits and jacket dresses for size 6 to 26W.

Those able to wear extended misses sizes to 18 / 20 will enjoy the selection at Ann Taylor Loft and New York & Co. The latter offers a capsule collection from Eva Mendez that has softer work appropriate styles at value prices.

 

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Ruffled Linen Skirt Suit Seprates, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Jacket & Skirt Separates

Floral Skirt Suit Separates, Plus-Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Jacket & Skirt Sold Separately

Tailored Separates, Size 14 -24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Jacket & Skirt Sold Separately

Antiqued Linen Skirt and Jacket, Plus-Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Matching Jacket Sold Separately

Ruffled Linen Separates
Size 12 - 26W

Floral Skirt Suit Separates
Size 12 - 32W

Tailored Separates
Size 14 - 24W

Antiqued Linen Separates
Size XL - 5X

Extended Plus-Sizes

Women needing extended plus-size skirt suit options larger than size 24W will often have good luck on Amazon.

Catherine's has also begun to carry more business appropriate attire with jackets and coordinating skirts available from time-to-time in size 16 to 32W, with petites in size XL to 5X. Jacket dresses from retailers such as Avenue may also work for some in size 14 to 32W.  Those looking for higher quality options may have luck at indie plus specialty designer Igigi which will occasionally offer classic black and navy suiting separates in size 12 to 30W.

Tall women will want to check Long Tall Sally for sizes up to 20T.  A few tall and petite options are available from classic, modestly priced retailers such as Chadwick's of Boston and more contemporary looks from MetroStyle.  Both offer extended sizes in petite and tall up to 18.   More petite styles as large as 20P are often available from Willow Ridge.
 

Bargain Shopping

Value priced options are available from Bon Ton which runs many deep sales, and JC Penney which carries classic suits from Liz Claiborne.

Flash sale sites such as 6PM can often be a good resource for name brand suiting at discounts with a good inventory to size 24W.  You'll find brands such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and DKNY.  Markdowns on designer skirt suits from labels such as Lafayette 148 can sometimes be found at Saks Off Fifth and Last Call in sizes to 24W.

 

 

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Professional, plus size career women require polished outfits for work.  Skirt suits are a popular choice for both conservative professions such as banking and law,
as well as more creative fields.  Plus size skirt suits are also required for interviews and presentations in many other job types.

 

Plus size career clothing for full-figured professional business women size 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X