Plus size pant suits have a treasured place in the professional woman’s wardrobe, especially in the Fall and Winter.
Pant suits help to connote power and authority. As John T. Molloy’s research testifies, being well dressed in traditional office environments can positively influence your career path and salary. It’s even more important in casual work environments, especially for full-figured women.
So we did some investigation to identify where you can find plus size pant suits for women, based on budget, style, quality and variety. Here’s what we found:
Bluesuits Online and Talbots were neck-and-neck compared to the retailers we evaluated for womens plus size pants suits, the reasons they get the top rating in this category of suits, however, differ.
Bluesuits specializes in making feminine and powerful suits for women. The quality of Bluesuits suits is the highest of any retailer we assessed. The variety and style of their womens suits is also impressive. So, it is no surprise that their prices were higher than the other retailers.
If you are a business executive or an aspiring CEO or in a position that requires you to wear impeccable suiting, you might want to set aside some wardrobe dollars to invest in a high quality plus size pant suit, dress or skirt suit, tailored just for you out of sumptuous, natural, multi-season fabrics.
Talbots has an excellent variety of womens large size clothes, including dress, skirt and pants suits. They have more high style and quality suits to choose from than any other stores and online shops that we visited. Although pricier than most of the other stores, Talbots prices are significantly less than Bluesuits prices.
Regardless of your height (petite, average or tall), body shape (apple, pear, strawberry, hourglass, or banana), style sensibility, career aspirations or office environment...Talbots probably has a suit for the occasion and situation.
There are a number of other womens clothing stores that also carry high quality suits for plus size women, their prices reflect the quality of the clothing, the variety and style of the collections varies. Here’s the list:
Anne Taylor (
Bodens (up to size 18)
Lafayette148NY (also available in Saks’ Salon Z)
Salon Z by Saks Fifth Avenue
Macys Plus Size Clothing Shop was a pleasant surprise. The Macys plus size clothing suit styles varied from traditional to contemporary. They offered multiple choices, including designer options, from womens plus size pant suits to dress suits.
The quality of most of the suits is above average. The prices were also above average, ranging from just below $100 to a few hundred dollars (but Macys sales and coupons can make many of their suits sell for a song...making the prices within the reach of a greater number of women).
Other above average plus size pant suits retailers to consider are listed below:
Eloquii by The Limited
Lord & Taylor
Although books are still the first thing the come to mind when I think of Amazon, rather than plus size pant suits, that’s exactly what we found at Amazon...some of the best variety suits at reasonable prices, as well as suitable styling and quality. You’ll even find some designer suits there (e.g., Tahari, LeSuits).
We went on a virtual “buying” trip at Amazon and put together Volup: A Plus Size Suit Boutique...check it out.
There are a number of other stores in this large size womens clothing category who also sale plus size suits:
Catherines Plus Size Clothing
Roamans Plus Size Clothing (including some Talls)
Torrid Plus Size Clothing
If you’re looking for business casual “suiting” here are a few other stores to consider: Avenue, Igigi, Woman Within, Lands End, and J Crew...prices and quality vary.