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A guide to buying women's dress suits

Women's dress suits make a stylish work-wear look, and will make you feel professional and confident as you go about your job. There are many retail outlets selling dress suits for women from High-Street shops to outsize clothing catalogues and made-to-measure tailors. This article gives you the low-down on buying a woman's dress suits that will work for you.

High-Street and designer suits

Gray and Osbourn (Grayandosbourn.co.uk) Gray and Osbourn is one of the UK's best-known designer outlets, with a great range of suits and dresses in its online store. Favourites from Gray and Osbourne include the Gerry Weber jacket with collar and revere in soft marl weave charcoal fabric. This smart, versatile jacket is currently reduced to just £125.00, saving you £45.00 on the original sale price of £170.00. A matching cap sleeve dress by Gerry Weber is also available in sizes 8 - 22, priced at £65.00, reduced from £110.00. Next (Next.co.uk) For fashionable suits on the High-Street, head over to Next where you'll find a great selection of stylish work clothes in regular, tall and petite sizes. Next is also great for plus sized ladies, with a great selection of big women's work clothes in flattering styles. Check out the gorgeous mini check dress available in sizes 6 to 22, and in three different lengths to suit your height. Priced at just £30.00, this dress would make a great addition to your working wardrobe. You can also purchase a matching check suit jacket, priced at £35.00. *Prices correct as of 21.07.11

Plus size alternatives

Fifty Plus (Fiftyplus.co.uk) If you're looking for big clothing, then check out Fifty Plus, which has a great range of large suits that you can mix and match to suit your needs. While Fifty Plus clothing is mostly aimed at older women, don't be put off by the name; the store has some stylish big size clothing including suits and work dresses which would look stylish on women of all ages. Hot picks Hot picks from the Fifty Plus large clothing range include the elegant black piped detail tailored jacket, which starts at just £50.00, and the flattering magisculpt skirt which is currently on sale with prices starting at £14.40, saving you £21.60 on the original retail price. Fifty Plus is one of the best women's fashion catalogues around, selling large ladies clothes which prove that you can look fabulous whatever your age and size.

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