The big debate when it comes to professional business suits for women is Slacks vs Skirts!
For some women, there is no debate. There are those who don’t consider it a business suit if it doesn’t have a skirt and there are others who don’t consider it a business suit if it doesn’t come with pants. Each choice has its pros and cons.
FULL FIGURED BUSINESS SUITS WITH SLACKS
Many full figured women prefer pants as part of their business uniform.
Slacks can be very comfortable PLUS one doesn’t have to worry about exposing oneself when one is sitting or climbing in and out of cars. Pant styles come in and out of fashion, but as a rule the full figure woman should avoid the slim or pencil legged pants.
The visual line you want to create is a straight perpendicular line from your hip to the floor. Bell bottoms or leggings are both definite “no-nos” when it comes to look professional in the workplace.
Proper fit is crucial so when you can find a pant that creates that for you and fits perfectly. If you find such a pair “off the rack” – be sure to stock up and pick up several pairs – in different colors if possible!
When you find something that works and works well for you – don’t be afraid to duplicate the success.
FULL FIGURED BUSINESS SUITS WITH SKIRTS
The rule for skirt length for a professional women is that the hem of her skirt MUST NOT be above the knee. The ideal hem line is mid-calf because at that length, when you sit down the skirt will “ride” up to just below your knee.
There are no exceptions to this rule in a professional setting.
A-line shapes can be flattering for a full figured woman. However, the professional plus size woman should avoid skirts with pleats of ANY kind. Your best bet is a skirt that falls in a straight line from the hip (just as with pants).
Matching hosiery color to the shoes will help to create a longer, more slimming visual effect as well.
In the end, there is no universal “right” or “wrong” option when it comes to the slacks vs skirt debate. What’s most important is that you choose the plus size business suit option which makes you feel most comfortable.