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Embroidered Appliqué Suit
Mikano Skirt Suit
14 - 24W
Size 14 -
Church and evening suits have a more formal and
often feminine flavor than
career skirt suits
meant for the working world. Consequently a
wider range of colors -- from rich jewel tones
to light pastels -- are often available and
embellishments are frequent. Fabrics are
often dressier including brocade, taffeta, and
chiffon. Embellishments including metallic
threads, rhinestones, sequins, and beads are
also common. A few options are
evening and special occasion pant suits,
with evening jumpsuits also making an appearance
from time to time when trends bring them into
Because this category is often worn for
religious events skirt lengths tend to be more
modest and pant legs wider than trendy suits, usually falling just
past the knee or longer. Some jacket dresses and other types
of social dresses have similar styles
A popular option for
dresses and other wedding guests, social suits are also an
office and work related
cocktail parties, in addition to
special occasions like Easter Sunday and
Mother's Day Brunch. Some devout
Jewish groups also wear fancy skirt suits to
synagogue for the Sabbath services and religious
Still traditionally worn for special
occasions by devout church goers in the Southern
parts of the United States, several retailers
catering to predominantly African-American
shoppers regularly stock especially good
inventories. Endorsed by Oprah, one of the
Women's Suits which offers upscale
designer options from names such as Lisa Renn
and Donna Vinca in size 10 to 26W. High
end designer separates from labels such as
Marina Rinaldi and Lafayette 148 are sometimes
Saks Fifth Avenue in sizes 14 to 24W.
Of the department stores
Macy's offer the most special
occasion jacket dress styles that often have the
feel of an evening suit in size 14 to 24W.
Those looking for expensive, high end designer
labels are most likely to find options at
in size 0 to 18.
offers some luxury jacket dresses from labels
such as Soul Mates and Komarov that are
appropriate for church and special holiday
occasion wear in size 1X to 3X.
Lord & Taylor
has a special occasion dress collection
appealing to those who prefer more conservative
styles, including those with jackets and sleeves
in size 14 to 24W.
Draper's & Damon's
is popular with sophisticated, mature women and
carries a good selection of evening separates
that combine to create evening pant and skirt
suits in size 6 to 26W.
mainly specializes in suits appropriate for
work, some styles do work well for church and
afternoon events with sizing available up to
Less formal, and good for day and church
events, are the suits at
Old Pueblo Traders
in size 8 to 28W.