Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

navy pinstriped skirt suitFor 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.

It’s always annoying when companies don’t show the suiting separates together, butt this navy pinstriped skirt suit from Banana Republic looks promising. I like the chalky pinstripe, the contrasting waist, and the cut of the jacket (single button, collared, single vent). There isn’t a big sale on today (cardmembers save 30%), but this one definitely looks worthy of stalking until there is a significant sale. The well-reviewed jacket (Pinstripe One-Button Blazer) is $198, and the skirt (Pinstripe Pencil Skirt) is $98 but on sale today for $78; both come in sizes 0-16 in regular and tall sizes; the jacket also comes in petite sizes.

Looking for a plus-size option? Check out this pants suit with pindots (and it’s eligible for Triple Points, nice!); this gray pinstriped skirt suit also looks great.

(Not sure how to wear a pinstriped suit? Check out our last discussion on it, here.) 

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Tonya’ V-Neck Sheath Dress

Black Work Dress: T Tahari 'Tonya' V-Neck Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: I like the look of this simple V-neck sheath dress from Tahari. Nice high neckline and work-appropriate length — and although I know a lot of readers prefer sleeved dresses, I think sleeveless styles are the best for layering beneath blazers and cardigans. (If you really want a sleeved dress, check out this one from Tahari — six colors, regular and petite sizes, 2-16.) The pictured dress is available in sizes 2-16 for $118. T Tahari ‘Tonya’ V-Neck Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option in red or black (on sale) and navy.

Psst: Do note that today is the first day of Nordstrom’s Triple Points event! If you’ve been wanting to try some of the bestselling/reader-favorite styles from our Workwear Hall of Fame, check out this $65 sheath dress (on sale), these $99 almond-toed pumps or these $99 pointy-toed pumps, this $108 sleeved sheath dress in regular and petite sizes, this $150 blazer in regular, petite, and plus sizes, and of course everyone’s favorite sleek nylon tote.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Coffee Break: ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Ankle Strap Heel: Halogen 'Martine' Studded T-Strap PumpIf you have a hard time finding heels you can walk in easily (guilty as charged), a strap can be a lifesaver — but it can be hard to find one that doesn’t visually cut off your leg at the ankle, making your legs look shorter. So: these highly-rated, affordable heels from Nordstrom look great. The effect will be strongest if the beige is close to your skin tone, but if not, I think they’re flattering shoes regardless. There are several colors to choose from, all 20-40% off — the pictured shoes were $79 but are now $59. Halogen® ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Two options with wide sizes are here and here, and another that offers both wide and narrow sizes is here.

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What Not to Wear to Work

what not to wear to workHere’s a fun question as we slide into summer with lots of summer interns and summer associates: what NOT to wear to work?  Obviously: every office is different, so know your office.  My usual guidelines for readers are these:

  1. If it’s on this list (below) of questionable items, do NOT wear it until you’ve seen your boss several midlevels wear it. Note that these people do not count as “your boss:” another summer intern, a staffer/subordinate, or someone else very junior at the company (e.g., a first-year associate). (See the interesting discussion in the comments — a lot of bosses have earned their right / have enough credibility to get away with dressing however the heck they want — just because they feel ok about wearing something doesn’t mean they’d want to see a summer intern or first-year wear it.)
  2. When in doubt, stick with classics. If it wasn’t commonly worn as workwear five years ago, question whether it’s appropriate at your conservative office — classic styles and prints tend to go over best. Track pants, culottes, ballerina-style lace up shoes… these are in a different ballpark than pencil skirts, button-front blouses, sheath dresses, and blazers.
  3. If it makes noise at all, it isn’t appropriate for the office. Cheap fabric — arm parties — loud necklaces — any sort of a shoe that makes a loud sound: be wary.

(Pictured at top, in case you like them for the weekend or evenings, clockwise: romper / eyelet cami / maxi skirt with slit / pencil skirt with slit.)

My list of “please do not wear this to your conservative office” would include:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Jodee Sheath Dress

Work Dress: Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: I’ve been a fan of the Black Halo Jackie dress for years, but this Jodee style is new to me. Sleeves! A high neckline! A work appropriate length! (But watch out for that slit in the back.) It’s selling out fast at Shopbop, with lucky sizes still available for $345. Black Halo Jodee Sheath Dress

Here’s a more affordable alternative (sizes 2-16) and a plus-size option.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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