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New business attire for women features relaxed fit

Corporate clothing trends include longer blazers with thin shoulder pads. Harem trousers are also prevalent.

China manufacturers of women’s suits are updating products with simple design modifications.

Women's suit
  This wool-polyester-spandex suit from Guangzhou Quant is wrinkle- and static-resistant.

Single-breasted coats continue to be prevalent, although a few suppliers turn out double-breasted and open-front variants. They typically have 3 to 3.5in-wide notch lapels and 1 to 2cm-thick shoulder pads for a more natural look.

Longer jackets falling 1 to 3cm below the hips are an emerging trend. Many feature a contoured or belted waist, which emphasizes the wearer’s shape.

Synthetic resin and metal buttons are the usual closures. Logos may be printed on the fastener if required. Welt or flap pockets are often incorporated, and inner compartments serve as storage for small items.

Most jackets used in business attire have rear slits, and three-quarter or long sleeves with turned-up cuffs. Several companies are even offering sleeveless styles. Those designed for summer are fully lined at the front bodice and arms, but the back is lined only at the upper half.

Factories are employing fabric brooches as decoration to stimulate visual interest. PU leather elbow patches, which were solely adopted for utilitarian purposes in the past, now figure as an ornamental element as well.

As regards bottoms, a number of manufacturers are pairing harem pants with suit coats. Nevertheless, single-pleated versions with straight legs are still mainstream. Slim-fit flat-front and flared trousers are also popular.

Skirts suitable as corporate clothing typically have a pencil-cut or A-line structure. The hem often hits the knee. Silk bands, lace trims and seaming details are sometimes utilized to enhance aesthetics. Both pants and skirts may employ buttons, hooks-and-eyes or nylon zippers as fasteners.

The majority of women’s suits from China come in black, navy blue, gray, beige and white. Products are usually made of synthetic fabrics, but upscale models employ natural materials.

Low-end business attire goes for $20 to $40 per set. Pure polyester is commonly adopted for selections in this price range because of its easy-care and wrinkle-resistant features. The input, however, is prone to pilling and does not withstand static. Polyester-rayon and -viscose designs are also offered.

Styles between $41 and $80 are midrange. They mostly come in 55:45 polyester-wool and 40:30:30 polyester-wool-rayon or viscose. Exceeding $80, high-end corporate clothing is made of 60 to 100 percent wool, and up to 40 percent silk or cashmere.

The lining is in pure or blended polyester, rayon or Bemberg. Companies use knitted or woven polyester or rayon fusible interlining. Such kinds are preferred because they are relatively inexpensive.

Pricier women’s suits, however, may have hair interlining. A mix of polyester, cotton, wool, and horse and camel hair, the material is durable, and can undergo wet washing and dry cleaning. Factories often source their requirementabroad as there are very few domestic providers.

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Skirt suit
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Guangzhou Jingcai Garment Co. Ltd

Model: GM1001046W, GM101046Q
MOQ: 1,000 sets
Delivery: 90 days
Description: Skirt suit; 55:45 hemp-cotton; 100% polyester lining


Guangzhou Quant Garment Co. Ltd

Model: 1168
MOQ: 1,000 sets
Delivery: 90 days
Description: Pantsuit; 80:10:10 wool-polyester-spandex; lint-, static-, wrinkle-resistant


Zhejiang Zhongda Textiles Co. Ltd

Model: 35106
MOQ: 3,000 sets
Delivery: 90 days
Price: $21.68
Description: Pantsuit; 73:20:7 cotton-nylon-polyester; sleeveless coat; sizes 36 to 44

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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