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Plus-Size Clothing Internet Shopping Guides
>> Plus-Size Skirt Suits for Interviews, Work, Church, and Daytime Social Occasions

 
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: August 13, 2017

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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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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.  Excellent quality, classic tailored styles are a staple at Talbots which offers many styles in both women's and women's petite sizes up to 24W.  Although stocked in many of the better and upscale department stores, Tahari offers much of their popular professional career clothing line direct on-line in sizes 2 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.

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.

Traditional to contemporary styles at more moderate prices can also be found at Old Pueblo Traders with sizes from 6 to 28W, and petites often as large as 20P.  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.

 

 

Extended Plus-Sizes

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.

Tall women will want to check Long Tall Sally for sizes up to 20T.   Petite styles as large as 20P are often available from Old Pueblo Traders.
 

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. Occasionally suiting in extended sizes is also stocked at Nordstrom Rack for sizes up to 24W.
 

 
 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. 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.

 

 

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