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Any ideas? I am finding NOTHING.<br><br>
Here's what I'm looking for: I wear a size 24/26 and need clothing that conforms to the Jewish standards of modesty -- so all skirts below the knee, long sleeves, and high collars. Of course, a suit jacket that should be worn with a shirt needn't cover the throat, but you get the idea.<br><br>
I'm about to graduate from law school, and I need some serious business suits. As in Blair $45 isn't going to do it. I also need some high quality business casual clothing, but most important right now is a couple of good suits.<br><br>
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I don't wear suits but do know that Nordstrom's and Macy's carry them. Also, Talbots. If you can find a Talbots outlet near you, you can get amazing deals.<br><br>
I wear business casual so I tend to shop at Catherine's, Lands End, and Kohls.<br><br>
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What about custom made? You can check out this link, and look for custom dressmakers/tailors in your area.<br><br><a href="http://www.paccprofessionals.org/html/" target="_blank">http://www.paccprofessionals.org/html/</a><br><br>
I'm a member of it, but I live on the other side of the globe, so I can't help you out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I looked at Macy's-- all the skirts are knee-length or higher (not necessarily below the knee). At Nordstrom I saw one that is "serious", unambiguously below the knee, and comes in size 24: <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2901855/0~2376776~2374327~2374330~2377668?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=2377668&P=2" target="_blank">http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2901855/...bo=2377668&P=2</a><br><br>
Land's End has a selection of blazers and long skirts in plus sizes as well. I'm guessing that most blazers must meet your modesty standards but you'll have to outsource for blouses-- have you tried asking on a Jewish listserv for professional women (there must be one, there's one for every demographic these days LOL) where they get theirs?
 

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I wear suits to work every day, and I wear between a 16 misses and a 14-16W, so I buy alot of suits from Dana Buchman and Jones New York, because they will have the same suit is both misses and women's. Dana Buchman is very expensive in the stores, but if you can find an outlet you will get amazing deals. I have bought suits that were originally $700 retail for $100. Jones New York tends to have alot of long skirts to go with their jackets, and they have good outlets, but I have also found great deals on the Macy's sale rack. I know both come in 24-26 sizes. Also take a look at Liz Claiborne's women's line (I think it's called Elizabeth), also a great outlet store. I was recently in the SF Macy's and saw that Calvin Klein has a women's suit line, but the prices were a bit steep for me. Around $300 for a jacket, $200 for pants. Some other outlet stores to check out are Off Fifth and Nordstrom Rack. You never know what you will find there. Finally, I regularly pop in to Marshall's and TJ Maxx, don't find things all of the time, but have gotten some great deals, especially in the middle of week when they refresh their stock.<br><br>
Good Luck!<br>
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Thank you all!<br><br>
therdogg -- just skirts.<br><br>
To add another layer of complication, I don't do slits either, so if the skirt has a slit I have to be able to close it up with a kick-pleat. That means I can't really buy skirts with slits on-line because I don't know whether a kick-pleat would work -- so that beautiful Nordstrom skirt is out -- unless I find it in the store.<br><br>
Most of the mainstream stores carry up to 24, but are frequently (usually) sold out of 24 and almost never have 26, which I probably need now post baby.<br><br>
I think I will have to spend some time in the big department stores over the next few weeks (I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate shopping. Did I say "hate" enough?)<br><br>
ETA: mamasaurus, I will probably have to look into custom for at least some pieces -- thank you for the link!
 

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How about the stuff in the "tailored separates" from Land's End? I love their women's size cloths, though I haven't had to buy a suit for a while so I don't know exactly what they offer these days. Just checked -- looks like they have a good option in their linen line -- long flowy skirt with no slits and a matching blazer. Communter gaberdine skirt said it has two back vents, so I'm not so sure about that one. One nice thing about Lands End is that it is super easy to order things, look at them, and return them if they don't work for you.<br><br>
I have a Jones of NY suit that I absolutely love that sounds about perfect for you -- long aline skirt (below my calves) and a jacket. I bought it at the outlet center near me for about $150 or so. You might check around for one near you. Their line of women's sizes is really nice.
 

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Diane, I just checked that link out, and while it doesn't have a business suit, it does have some excellent business casual pieces. I am definitely bookmarking that one!
 

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What about:<br><a href="http://www.onestopplus.com/plus-size-Skirtsuits.aspx?DeptId=11588" target="_blank">http://www.onestopplus.com/plus-size...x?DeptId=11588</a><br><br>
or<br><br><a href="http://www.coldwatercreek.com/cwc.aspx?provider=productList&deptId=1&deptlabelimage=womensapparel.gif&ProductTypes=7&Size=3&Color=0" target="_blank">Coldwater Creek</a> for casual stuff (they have longer skirts)<br><br>
JCPenney's can sometimes have decent stuff too. I don't know what your budget is, but they're a cheaper option than Macy's or Nordstrom's. If your budget allows, I might just go into Nordstrom's and tell them what you told us. It's amazing what a helpful clerk can help you find!<br><br>
Good luck and congrats!
 

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If Nordstrom's carries 24/26 size suits (it has been so long since I shopped for a suit!), I would call them and ask when there will be someone available to help you buy a suit. Tell them your requirements and make a vague appointment. I have had nothing but good luck with the suit salespeople at Nordstroms finding me fantastic looking suits that fit my requirements. I also found calf-length skirts there. The salespeople were fantastically helpful. I also found that one I had one good, solid suit to start with, building on it was easy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
GL and congrats on graduating.<br><br>
ETA: I am in no way affiliated with Nordstroms. I just like their suit department.
 
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