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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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.
 


Last Update: September 18, 2017

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Jumpsuit
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

Windowpane Print Pants
Size 14 - 28W

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Wide Leg Tailored Trousers
Size 8 - 28W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

Depending on the office environment women's career pants can range from tailored classics to sleekly modern contemporary or even trendy styles. Many better quality suiting specialists will offer matching pants and jackets separately. Meanwhile some trousers can mix and match with blazers, tops, blouses, and cardigans. Some styles can be quite youthful while maintaining professional workplace polish.

Classic, black career pants are working wardrobe staple for most women.  Consequently many fashion stylists and career wardrobe consultants recommend spending as much as a woman can afford in this wardrobe item as an investment piece.  Those who can afford upscale, designer styles look for quality fabrics, impeccable tailoring, and classic season spanning styles that will wear for longer than a fast fashion second. As investment pieces, final tailoring for the perfect fit with a personal tailor is worth the extra effort and adds additional polish to your look.

Other colors and styles of work appropriate pants often come in menswear patterns, classic colors such as navy blue, brown, beige and red. Fashion forward work environments can also incorporate less traditional colors and patterns.  Figure types with heavier hips, thighs, and seat often do best with wider legs or palazzo pants, straight legs, or legs with a flair.  Slim legged figure types with narrower hips and flatter rear that carry more weight in the middle, can also do well with slim legged styles.
 

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Size 12 - 38W
Avg - Petite - Tall

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Ankle Pants

Size 12 - 32W

Straight Leg Pants
Size 6 - 26W
Petite to 18P

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Size 1X - 3X

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Trousers & Pants Appropriate for Work

Those looking for the best quality, classic black investment trousers will want to look for designer labels such as Lafayette 148, Louben, Caroline Rose, Misook, and Marina Rinaldi.  These can be found at the more upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus and  Saks Fifth Avenue.

Those with a less generous but still reasonable budgets often do well with Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Tahari which are regularly available from Zappos and Macy's. Those and other more upscale labels such as  Ralph Lauren, and Eileen Fisher are regularly available from other department stores such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor in size 14 to 24W.

Modern classic work oriented brands such as Karen Kane are an excellent resource for those looking for high quality.  Karen Kane designs mainly in high quality synthetic knits that are popular with those who wrinkle free travel styles.   They specialize in core, staple black career trousers in size S to 3X.

 

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Size 2 - 24W
Avg & Petite
 

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Size 2 - 26W
Petite to 18P

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Size 14 - 24W

 

Meanwhile Jones New York offers has begun offering a lower priced diffusion line of career separates at Dress Barn in the same size 14 to 24W.  Tailored styles, many in natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and wool are available from Talbots for both average and petite inseams in sizes up to 24W.  Those looking for knit travel styles and more office casual styles will want to look at Coldwater Creek.  Styles here range from modern classics to softly romantic with some artisan detailing for size 4 to 24W, with petites available to 16P. 

Women with more moderate budgets will find a good assortment in a variety of leg styles, fits, and colors at Dillard's which carries both brands such as Eileen Fisher, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Vince Camuto, in addition to a variety of classic to contemporary labels at lower price points.  Bon Ton has a similar assortment and also runs deep discount clearance sales on size14 to 24W.

Edgier contemporary fashionistas who like to stay on trend with their working wardrobes will find a good selection available from Eloquii.  They carry the latest pant silhouettes cut especially for full figures, and along with color basics such as black, white, and beige will often offer contemporary patterns and colors for size 14 to 24W. 
 

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Slim Bootleg Ponte Pants
Size 10 - 30W

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Size S - 3X

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Size 0 - 36W
Avg - Petite- Tall

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Size
XL - 5X

 

 Old Pueblo Traders carries a mixture of classic tailored and stretch pull on career trousers in a large assortment of colors for size 8 to 26W, with petite plus sizes widely available.  For those valuing natural fibers and more relaxed office styles Appleseed's will often offer classics in cotton, wool, linen, and silk in size 8 to 24W.  More mature women will appreciate the styles on offer at Draper's & Damon's which offers contemporary separates for work and occasions in size 8 to 26W.

Plus specialty retailers offer the greatest range of styles at moderate to budget friendly price points with the greatest number of extended sizes.  Ashley Stewart has contemporary to trendy work styles that lean towards bold colors and patterns, and body conscious styles in size 12 to 26W.  They are also one of the more reliable sources for linen career separates in the spring and summer months.

Lane Bryant has been boosting their style quotient lately with sleek, modern work styles appealing to edgier women in size 14 to 28W.  The designer capsule collections from Isabel Toledo and Lela Rose have both offered career styles, and the 6th & Lane collection is more contemporary career focused in it's aesthetic. 

 

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Faux Leather Leggings
Size 1X - 3X

Ponte Knit Plaid Pants
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL
 

Satin Foulard Print
Wide Leg Pants

Size 14 - 28W
 

Millennium
Slimming Solutions Pants
Size 8 - 26W
Petite to 20P

 

Specialty Sizing: Petite and Tall Career Trousers

Petite styles are generally proportioned for women 5'4" and shorter, while tall styles are generally proportioned for women 5'8" and taller.  These are only guidelines, and some other heights may find specialty sizes work for them better due to inseam lengths or short/long waisted body proportions.  Most average pant inseams run 29" - 32" inches depending on style and brand.

eShakti is offering a new line of pant and trouser styles.  Known for customizing stylish dresses for a small fee with styles available in their full size range of 0 to 36W, they have expanded their offerings to include pants and trousers.  Custom measurements are far more than inseam lengths, allowing shoppers to tailor for shape and size of calves, thighs, waist, rise, and hips.  You'll probably want someone to help take accurate measurements, but once you have those this site is a boon for hard-to-fit shapes and sizes.

For tall fashionistas, Long Tall Sally is the shop for you.  Carrying up to size 20, they offer a variety of inseams from 34 inches to 38 inches.  Their extensive collection of pants and trousers include classic core basics, in addition to trendier and more contemporary looks that include the latest leg styles, colors, and prints. In addition to extended sizes to 26W, many pants are available up to size 18 in both petites and talls at Lands End.

Meanwhile Ulla Popken and Catherine's offer classic styles in mainly neutral colors for size 14 to 34W.  Both offer petite pant lengths in super sizes which can be hard to find other places.  Avenue is more value priced and will also have extended petite and tall size trousers available in their entire size range of 14 to 32W, and is more likely to offer colors beyond the basics.

 

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Chino Pants
Size 6 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

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Size 2 - 26W
Petite to 18

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Size
14 - 26W

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Size
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Petite to 18P

 

Bargain Shopping

Those looking for steals and deals on designer work and career separates can often do well on sale racks of the major department stores.  Several also have stand alone outlets where off-price clearance merchandise from past seasons, overstocks, and store returns can be purchased.  Two of the best that include plus-size apparel in size 14 to 24W are Neiman Marcus' Last Call where high end designer brands such as Eileen Fisher, Misook, Ming Wang, and Lafayette 148 can often be scored at steep discount, and Saks Fifth Avenue's Saks Off Fifth.  The inventories at Nordstrom's Rack tend to more contemporary or trendy styles, and often include labels unavailable on-line in their main store.

Frequently available from Flash Sale websites  are career labels such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. One that often has a good selection of larger plus-sizes is 6PM

 

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Size
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