Suit of the Week: Boss Hugo Boss

Boss Hugo Boss Textured Stretch Cotton Skirt Suit with Striped Trim | CorporetteFor 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 gorgeous navy suit is that rare bird, I think: a fun, interesting suit that is also sophisticated and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love the variegated stripe details, and that stretch cotton has such a texture to it — it looks like it would hold up really well on a hot summer day but still be breathable. As always, I’m a fan of the modest hemline, and I always like a three-quarter sleeve to the blazer. The blazer (Jeisina Blazer) is $595, and the skirt (Valyn Skirt) is $295. The suit is available at Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.

 

 

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

Classiques Entier 'Viviane Suiting' Stretch Wool Blend 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.

I love the “navy melange” fabric here — kinda navy, kinda brown, kinda gray — but with a classically fitted suit. I’d probably keep it super simple and wear a white or black t-shirt beneath it and a set of pearls, but I could also see it looking nice with purples, oranges, greens, beiges, and possibly even a dark red. It’s part of the Nordstrom Anniverary Sale (check out Kat’s workwear picks). The jacket (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Jacket) is currently $179 but the price will go back to $268 after the sale ends. The pants (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Trousers) are $109, down from $168. (The skirt sadly seems to be sold out.)

 

 

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Suit of the Week: ASOS

ASOS Crepe Suit | CorporetteFor 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.

Everyone seemed to really love the color of the Escada suit from a few weeks ago, including me — so when I saw this (much) less expensive version from hip retailer ASOS I had to pass it along. Love that bright pink! As of this writing it’s available in sizes 1-14, with matching ankle pants. For work, I’d wear it as styled, with a gray skintight croptop — ha, just kidding! I do like the gray, though — I think it does a better job of muting the pink (as would a cream or a beige); I’d worry a black or white would just make it pop. I might try it with orange or red accessories if I were having fun, or a single metal color to complement my shirt. For some reason I’m seeing silver with a gray shirt, and gold with a cream/beige top. (Ooh: if I were wearing the blazer as a separate this would be a great time to dress in different textures of the same color, like gray.) The blazer (ASOS Blazer In Crepe With Slim Lapel) is $85.74, and the pants (ASOS Cigarette Pants) are $47.64.

 

 

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Suit of the Week: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore Suit | CorporetteFor 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.

I’ve always been partial to Nanette Lepore suits — they’re always very feminine (sometimes too much so) suits in traditional fabrics with interesting tweaks and details — ribbons, pleating, etc. Here it’s a wide diamond pattern with the fabric pieced together in fun ways, with leather details and an asymmetrical hem. The stormflap/trenchcoat inspiration isn’t my cup of tea, but I do like the way it looks when the model walks the runway, so there’s that. I’d probably skip the leather corset for work (*cough*) and instead go with a boring white blouse or black tee, but that’s me. The jacket (Nanette Lepore Collegiate Jacket) is $498, and the skirt (Nanette Lepore Scholarly Skirt) is $278.

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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.

Wowza — that is a bold color for a suit. And I kind of love it. It says you’re confident, comfortable being noticed, and have a sense of whimsy. I lurve the seam details and the Italian wool fabric. The jacket (Escada Seam-Detail Jacket) is $1475, and the skirt (Escada Seam-Detail Pencil Skirt) is $650; a matching dress (Escada Seam-Detail Dress) is $1250.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

Talbots Seasonless Crepe Two Button BlazerFor 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.

Happy Wednesday! I’m not a huge fan of the white suit myself — I’m sure even if I were being careful I would somehow end up with ink/food/city/toddler stains on me within minutes — but if YOU can pull it off, check out the sale at Talbots, where the seasonless crepe suit is is part of the store’s big Red Hanger Sale. There are limited sizes left of all of the pieces in other colors, but ivory is the one consistently in stock. (Even there, the “misses” skirts are nearly sold out — but if you check on petites there are a ton left and might be worth a try if you prefer a slightly shorter hem than what’s pictured anyway). The jacket pictured above (Talbots Seasonless Crepe Two Button Blazer), available exclusively online, is down to $90 (was $199), and a peplum jacket (pictured below) is also down to $89.  The pants (Signature Seasonless Crepe Straight-Leg Pants) were $119, but are now $54. There are two matching skirts offered: the pictured one, (Seasonless Crepe Flounced Skirt), was $99 but is now $42; there is also a trumpet skirt for $42.

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