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Working wardrobes vary by both industry and company culture. Plus-size business suits can be some of the most difficult items to find, especially outside major metropolitan areas. Classic, tailored interview suits are still expected for many fields, even if after receiving a job offer the office dress code is more relaxed. Whether a skirt or pant suit is necessary, several department stores are the best bet for moderately to better priced plus-size suits.  Look for labels such as Tahari, and Anne Klein at Macy's and Lord & Taylor in sizes up to 24W. 

Dillard's regularly offers a deep selection from brands such as Kasper and Calvin Klein, in addition to some unusually difficult-to-find knit suiting separates from designers such as Ming Wang.

Eloquii has become the go to source for younger and more style conscious women, with sleek and polished contemporary suiting coordinates in both pant and skirt styles in a wide variety of colors available all year for size 14 to 28W.  Prices are moderate here with frequent sales bringing their fashionable styles into most budgets.

A good option for trendy, budget friendly suit looks, many times in linen in the spring and summer, comes from plus-specialty retailer Ashley Stewart.  

Budget sensitive shoppers in sizes up to 18 or 20 will have success at New York & Company, with a few tall and petite sizes also available here and there. A lower priced Jones New York suit line is regularly available at Dress Barn in sizes to 24W. Meanwhile, Lane Bryant has coordinating suiting separates available on-line to size 28W. 

For upscale suits with tailored lines Tahari has a small, but well worth the stop, collection for sizes up to 24W. Dillard's regularly carries contemporary options from Canadian designer Peter Nygard, while the upscale knits from Ming Wang are business friendly.  Lord and Taylor is the place to find Nipon Boutique, along with their in house labels which are often tailored contemporary in style for sizes up to 24W.

More moderately priced, Old Pueblo Traders offers classic suits in longer skirt lengths, many in colors and patterns with sizing up to 26/28W, and select styles available up to 20P.


Luxury Designer Suiting

If names such as Armani, Escada, and St. John have you sitting up and taking notice, full-figured women in the size 12 to 16/18/20 range can have extremely good luck finding luxury quality suiting on the main cyber racks of upscale department stores.   The best selection is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  It is rare for these larger sizes to be available in store but the on-line counterparts regularly carry them.

Those with fuller figures can shop Lafayette 148 and Marina Rinaldi regularly on the extended women's plus racks at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's.  Occasionally, Neiman Marcus will also have suiting separates from these labels although they are more likely to carry more business casual separates and jackets for sizes 14 to 24W.  Women who swear by classic black Louben suiting separates can often find them in sizes up to 24W at Nordstrom.

The premium quality knit suiting from Misook which fits up to size 30W is regularly available at Neiman Marcus.

Specialty Extended Sizes

One of the best resources for plus petite women looking for tailored suiting separates is Talbots. Extremely well made, many times in natural fibers, these suits range from classic to contemporary in style, and can be coordinated with the extensive inventory of business separates.  Sizing ranges from 0 to 24W in both women's and petites.

Tall women will want to visit Long Tall Sally for one of the largest selections of tall sizes available for working women anywhere.  Sizing is generally available to 20.

Designer Bargain Shopping

Shopping the sale racks at many of the department stores already mentioned often turn up some serious steals on first quality, name brand suiting.   Their off-price sister shops can be equally visit worthy.  The most likely to offer suiting are Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus's Last Call for sizes up to 24W.

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