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

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.  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.

 

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Last Update: December 21, 2015
 

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Plus-Size Skirt Suit 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 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 to 20 range.

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Size S - 3X

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Ponte Knit Skirt Suit
Size 8 - 26W

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Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 18P

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Size 2 - 16

 

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.

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Internet Shopping for Plus-Size Skirt Suits

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 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 28W.

Meanwhile, Amazon has an exceptionally deep selection of moderately priced suiting for full-figures from labels such as Le Suit, Tahari, Calvin Klein, and Dana Kay for sizes up to 34W.

 

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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.

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. 

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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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. 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.   Petite styles as large as 20P are often available from Willow Ridge.
 

Bargain Shopping

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