Work Fashion Tips for Petite Women

work fashion tips for petite womenIt’s on my to-do list today to update a lot of our older posts with advice for where to buy petite-friendly clothes for work, and I thought I’d ask the readers: what are your best work fashion tips for petite women? Do you think certain styles work better than other — or is it all about knowing your body shape and tailoring it? I’m 5’4″, so I’m right on the cusp of petite sizes… these are some of my best tips for petite women, but I’d love to hear yours…

Psst: Check out our new resource, Where to Find Stylish Petite Suits for Women!

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The Best Workwear for Plus Sizes

the best workwear for plus sizes

2018 Update: We still think this is a great roundup of the best workwear for plus sizes, but you may also want to check out our more recent posts on where to find stylish plus-size suits for work and the best designer plus-size clothing for professional women.  You may also want to sign up for CorporettePlus, our newsletter! 

We’ve talked about where to shop for workwear if you’re petite and if you’re a tall professional in recent weeks, so I thought we’d continue the series today with a look at the best plus-size workwear. I’m going to sort it into three categories: regular plus sizes (generally 14W-24W), petite plus sizes, and regular sizes 16 and 18, which tend to be incredibly difficult to find.  We’ve discussed plus-size workwear before, of course — in 2008 and 2011, and in 2011 guest poster Kathryn Rubino wrote about her must-have list for the perfect plus-sized blazer — but we haven’t talked about this in a while.  Readers who shop plus sizes — which are your favorite shops for workwear?  How about suiting?  Size 16s and 18s — and petite pluses — which shops am I missing on the list?   (Pictured: Sejour Micro Houndstooth Suit Jacket, available at Nordstrom in sizes 14W-22W for $148.)

Note that we’ve talked about maternity plus sizes over at CorporetteMoms.

Workwear in Regular Plus Sizes

2018 Update: You may also want to check out our latest roundup of designer plus-size clothing for professional women!

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I’m liking this simple gray tweed suit from Talbots’ today.  I like the ruffled back on the jacket, the full lining on the pants, and the fun black and white pattern.  The jacket (Talbots Grace Fit Donegal Tweed ruffle-back jacket) is $199, and the pants (Signature Fit Donegal Tweed wide-leg pants) are $119 (both online only).  A matching skirt (not pictured: Donegal Tweed ruffle-back pencil skirt) is also available, online only for $119.  The jacket and pants are available in regular, petites, woman, and woman petite’s sizes; the skirt is regular and petites only. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Doupioni ruffle-V top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I bought a very similar version of this shirt (in a voile cotton) last year, and it turned into one of my favorite blouses. Perfect for wearing under a blazer (the collar peeks up just so) and perfect for showcasing a necklace. I also like the fact that it can be worn out, belted by itself, layered beneath a tighter sweater, or even tucked. This year they have it in a silk dupioni in regular, petites, plus sizes, and plus size petites in 5 colors: “red desert” (pictured), a light pink, a cream, a black, and a moss green. It’s $79.50 at Talbots. Doupioni ruffle-V top

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Bargain Friday TPS Report: Lace Print Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Talbots Lace Print Jacket Talbots is having some pretty good sales, but it’s primarily lucky-size territory. (Sizes 10 and up, get yourselves over there and poke around.) For today’s TPS, we like this jacket — an interesting print to wear once in a while, and we like a touch of spandex in a jacket. It comes in black and red, in regulars, petites, women’s, and women’s petites. Formerly $129, now $36, and still available in a wide range of sizes.  Lace Print Jacket
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