Suit of the Week: Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard 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.

This Nina Ricci floral jacquard suit strikes me as incredibly unusual. First, I’ve never seen a wool floral jacquard quite like this one. Second, the curved panels and cutaway peplum make it look incredibly lux (a good thing, considering the price). And here’s the most unusual thing about it: it has all of these fantastic design elements, and yet it still seems like it’s totally wearable for a conservative job. The jacket (Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard Jacket) is $1990. The skirt, while apparently sold out at Barney’s, is still available at MyTheresa.com for $1050.

The alternatives pale in comparison, but here’s a blazer + sheath dress option with a similar vibe for about $60 total (!), and knitwear brand Misook has a bunch of nice collarless navy blazers and separates, in both regular and plus sizes, at Last Call. Meanwhile, for those of you with an extra $10K burning a hole in your pocket, may I direct you to this vaguely similar blazer.

Psst: Check out the Secret Sale at Kate Spade Saturday — up to 75% off! (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Nina Ricci womens suit

Suit of the Week: Armani

Armani Collezioni Crepe Jersey Fitted One Button JacketFor 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.

Armani has been killing it lately with beautiful, feminine suits.  I love this crêpe jersey one with peak lapels, a slit peplum, and what looks like a double layer effect (from the peplum) in the back.  I like that it’s paired with a simple pencil skirt, too.  The whole effect is classy and professional, yet feminine and pretty — lovely.  The jacket (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Fitted One-Button Jacket) is $1395, and the skirt (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Pencil Skirt) is $475).

Here’s a less-expensive option (try code EXTRA25 to get an extra 25% off everything) and a plus-size skirt suit and pants suit.

armani feminine suit

Suit of the Week: Acne Studios

Acne Womens 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.

We haven’t talked about ankle pants at work for a long while, so I’m curious: does this suit read as “conservative” to everyone else as it does to me? I think, for me, ankle pants have finally crossed the line and become appropriate for all but the most formal of work occasions (interview, presentation). I think the tailoring looks impeccable, and the wool/mohair blend sounds cozy and warm. The blazer (Acne Studios Wool Suit-Jacket) is $670, and the pants (Acne Studios Wool Suiting Pants) are $360, both at Saks.

Psst: J.Crew and Limited both have a similar look for less, and Lafayette 148 New York has a similar look (jacket + pants) for plus sizes.

 

 

 

Acne Studios womens suit

Suit of the Week: Halogen

For 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.

Halogen Diamond Stretch SuitHappy Wednesday! I’m liking this lovely textured suit from Halogen, which looks fashionable but classic at the same time.  I like that it’s super affordable and comes in regular and petite sizes.  I like the care instructions, too — although I normally do prefer to dry clean my suits, it’s nice to know that the instructions here are to “dry clean,” not “dry clean only.”  The jacket (Diamond Stretch Peplum Jacket) is $138, the pants (Quinn Diamond Stretch Pants) are $88, and the skirt (Diamond Stretch Suit Skirt) is $68.  It’s nice that all three pieces come in sizes 0-16.

I’m a bit annoyed on the readers’ behalf that I can’t find a similar suit for plus sizes. A muted color, an interesting texture, flattering details — are we asking too much?  Here’s one Le Suit option with a slightly interesting fabric, a Mynt 1792 blazer with some interesting details, and — not textured at all, but looks lovely — a simple black Talbots suit (also available in women’s petites).

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Suit of the Week: Escada

Corporette's Suit of the Week: EscadaFor 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.

Wow: I looove this jacket and skirt from Escada. The texture and color are amazing, and the skirt looks like it drapes surprisingly well for what strikes me as a stiff fabric. I love the fitted look to the jacket, as well. The jacket (Escada Checkerboard Jacquard Jacket) is $1295, and the skirt (Escada Checkerboard Jacquard Skirt) is $575. Lovely.

Psst: Two less expensive options are this one from Tahari ASL (sizes 2-18) and this green suit from The Limited that we featured a few weeks ago. Here’s a plus-size alternative from Le Suit.

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Suit of the Week: Stizzoli

Corporette's Suit of the Week: StizzoliFor 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.

Fun story: I was originally going to make this affordable Jones New York houndstooth blazer and dress the focus of today’s Suit of the Week — but while looking for the plus-sized option I found this gorgeous suit (pictured).  The Stizzoli brand is totally new to me, but everything they have at Saks is amazing (albeit pricey); I’m a bit bummed they only come in plus sizes!  The jacket (Tweed Printed Jacket) is $635; the skirt (Tweed Skirt) is $330 — there is also a matching dress for $525.  All are available in sizes 14-24.

(If you really like the JNY suit, note that they have a ton more options — including plus sizes — on JonesNewYork.com, where the entire site is 25% off (anniversary sale).)

houndstooth tweed suit