Plus-Size Skirt Suits Report
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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
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
-- 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.
In many professions it is increasingly
acceptable to mix
or even 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
can be another alternative, depending on the
and special occasion skirt suits have
a different flavor, often with added beading and
embellishments and are found in our evening wear
Some of the best quality 4
season, tailored wool suiting comes from
Their misses and petite lines are available to
size 18, and select styles are extended to 24W.
Draper's & Damon's
offers both classically tailored and quality
knit skirt suit sets in sizes 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
in sizes to 24W.
offers good quality contemporary business
suiting on their website, although not in most
stores, in sizes 14 to 28W.
The best department store
selections for skirt suits are at
Lord & Taylor.
Look for suits from Tahari, Calvin Klein, Evan
Picone, and DKNYC. Value priced options
are available from
which runs many deep sales, and
which carries classic suits from Liz Claiborne.
Those who like contemporary to
trendy styles will want to stop in at
Monroe & Main
in sizes to 24W. Those able to wear
extended misses sizes to 18 / 20 will enjoy the
Ann Taylor Loft
New York & Co.