Suit of the Week: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney 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.

I think this suit is a great example of a very modern, yet very conservative, suit. The tapered pants hemmed right above the ankle, the zips on the pants — all paired with a really traditional blazer — love. The whole look is sleek, professional, and modern. The length of the pants puts this suit firmly in the “fun” bucket — i.e., not for court or a big client meeting — but it really tests the boundaries for me. The jacket (Ingrid wool blazer) is $1,295, and the pants (Vivian wool-gabardine tapered pants) are $610.

Here’s a similar, much more affordable suit in blush (blazer, pants), and here’s a plus-size option for tapered pants.

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

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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.

I swear I’ve posted this before, yet I can’t find it anywhere — I’m in love with this light gray superfine suit from Classiques Entier.  I’ve posted before about my love for light gray pants for work — so much more versatile than white! — but the matching jacket, dress, and (hello!) the sale all make this a great option.  The jacket (One-Button Wool Suiting Jacket) is now $166 (was $278),  and the pants (Superfine Wool Trousers) are $106 (were $178); both are available in regular and petite. I just confirmed with Customer Service that this dress (Superfine Wool V-Neck Sheath Dress) is a matching piece; it’s now marked down to $148 down (was $248).

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Chatelaine Women's 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.

Oooh: love this dark blue and black woven suit from Reiss, which juuuust went on sale, I believe.  Love the slightly tapered waist and slim lapels on the blazer, and the ankle pants look like they’d be great worn with the blazer or by themselves.  The jacket (Chatelaine Blazer) is now $292 (was $425), and the pants (Chatelaine Trousers) are now $140 (were $190).

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

pique 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.

As noted in our recent roundup of lightweight blazers, cotton piqué can be a great alternative to linen — so I was excited to see all of the colors Talbots offers for these suiting separates.  I’ve pictured navy and pink, but they’re also available in white, red, and “spa blue.”  The sheath dress is lovely, and the blazer looks great if you prefer a longer shape.  There’s also a pair of matching ankle pants, if that’s your jam.  The jacket (Cotton Piqué Jacket) is $169, and the dress (Cotton Piqué Sheath) is $129; the pants (not pictured; Talbots Hampshire Ankle – Cotton Piqué) are $69.30.  All three pieces are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Starts Today

ann taylor suit saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has a ton of great sales, but if you’ve noticed, the suits are rarely part of those sales — except for the rare Suiting Event, which just started, and now offers 30% off all suits.  There are some great women’s suits in the sale, including:

All Season Stretch Suiting

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Taylor’s all-season stretch suiting — it’s such a great basic for every working woman.  Wear it with cashmere and merino in the winter; with cotton and linen in the summer… it really is seasonless.  This lovely “smokey charcoal” suit (pictured below) caught my eye, but it’s also available in black, navy, a beigy “stone beach,” and a light brownish “dark stone taupe heather.” Pictured below:

  • All Season Stretch Two-Button Jacket, was $169, now marked to $118. The jacket is lined and has besom pockets; it’s available in regular and petite sizes (limited sizes only, alas!).
  • All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, was $79, now $55.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18.
  • Modern All-Season Stretch Trousers, were $98, now $68.  They’re available in regular and petite sizes 00-18. (The same color is also available in Ann Taylor’s other two main cuts, the curvy cut and the signature cut.)

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Suit of the Week: Theory

double-breasted womans 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.

For your consideration: a double-breasted blazer from a hip suiting brand.  Interesting.  I have historically been opposed to the double-breasted blazer, but — am I crazy? — something about this one appeals to me.  I like the structure and sharpness to the shoulders, and the relative slouchiness throughout the rest of it, which feels very… 2015.  I suppose we’ve seen double-breasted blazers on the rise for a few years now (I’m primarily remembering this April Fool’s roundup of shorts suits)… so: huh.  Are you for or against double-breasted blazers, ladies?   The jacket (Edition 2 Elkaey W Blazer) is $485; other items in the same fabric (Edition 2) are Custom Max pants, ankle pants, the Custom Gabe blazer, and a shift dress.

(Curious about the differences in Theory suiting?  Here’s our last discussion on point.)

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