Suit of the Week: Halogen

interview-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 really love the slightly vintage vibe to this suit from one of Nordstrom’s most affordable lines, Halogen.  The  The jacket (Halogen® One-Button Peplum Jacket) is $138, the skirt (Halogen® Pencil Suit Skirt) is $68, and the pants (Halogen® Straight Leg Suit Pants) are $88. The suit comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

Psst: Note that a very similar Halogen suit that we liked back in January is now on sale for 40% off – lots of sizes still left.

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Suit of the Week: Theory …(and, the Differences Between the Different Gabes)

Theory-different-gabesFor 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.

OK. I don’t know if I’m the only one who has been confused by Theory lately, but there have been so.many.tweaks to staples in their line, with minimum changes to the name of the style.  Their staple suiting pieces have, at least in recent years, been the Gabe (blazer), Golda (skirt), Max (bootcut pants), Emery (wider trousers), Betty (sheath dress).  Let’s take the blazer for example — first it was just the Gabe blazer. Then it was the Gabe B. blazer.  Then it was the Gabe B.2 blazer.  Now it’s the Custom Gabe Blazer.  I saw this “Urban Gabe Blazer” at Last Call and my head exploded — was this a new diffusion line?  So I called the store to see if they could give me some insight.  It’s actually pretty simple:  all of the old Gabe blazers are obsolete and not being produced any more (including the one pictured below, which is why it’s on sale).  The newest version is the Custom Gabe, which has a wider lapel and is more structured through the bodice.  “Urban” is the name for the fabric that went with one of the previous versions (the Gabe B.2 I believe); the current fabric they’re using is named Edition.  (“Tailor” is another fabric name you may recognize, which I believe went with Gabe B.) The new fabric is a similar wool blend, but has a bit more stretch and feels a bit softer.)  Some of the old product pages still exist on Nordstrom, so I’ve taken screenshots of them all here for comparison purposes if you bought one in the past, liked it, and are trying to stock up on sale online (Gabe B., Gabe B.2, Custom Gabe).

In the MEANTIME, yes, Last Call has a pretty good price on an older version.  The jacket (Gabe B 2 Urban One-Button Blazer) is $299, formerly $375; the pants (Max 2 Urban Bootcut Trousers) are $199, down from $275.  Additionally, there’s a less traditional blazer, also in the Urban fabric (Theory Lanai Urban Open-Front Blazer), was $375, now $279.  Last Call has all three in both black and oatmeal.

Plus size readers, please discuss: what is the classic black suiting that comes in plus sizes, and is thought of along similar lines? What is your go-to brand? I could link to a similar black suit for a plus-size comp, but I’m more interested in the discussion — is there a brand or suit that has a similar Hall of Fame status?

Theory suiting


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Suit of the Week: Basler

Black Womens PantsuitFor 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 first noticed the three button blazer with darts and peplum — which turns out to be the most unusual piece of a fairly standard black suit. It all looks well made, though, and I like the many separates offered, all of which are made from a triacetate/polyester blend; the bottoms are lined in acetate and are machine washable; the blazers are lined in viscose and the care instructions are to dry clean. At this price point I’d put the suit in the same league as Theory and some of the Hugo Boss lines, which surprisingly is a fairly small league — lots below it (Ann Taylor and the like), and lots above it (Armani and the like). There are two blazers (BASLER Three Button Pleated Back Blazer and BASLER Short Two Button Blazer), both $495, two pencil skirts (BASLER 24.5″ Pencil Skirt and BASLER 26″ Pencil Skirt), both $250, and a straight leg pair of pants for $275 (BASLER Diana Pants) and a wide leg for $295 (BASLER Bella Pants). All of the pieces are exclusive to Bloomingdale’s; all are available in black, and some are also available in navy, sizes 34-50.

Here are some lower-priced suit separates and a few pieces in plus sizes (blazer, pants, and skirt).

Basler Black Suiting | Corporette

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

stellita 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.

The Brooks Brothers Stellita linen blazer is a classic, and I love this season’s version — a bright navy with a happy blue and white lining. The matching pants (Lucia) are a slender cut that sit lower on the waist and, I think, look very flattering on their own.  The blazer (Stellita Fit Two-Button Linen Blend Jacket) is $268 and the trousers (Lucia Fit Linen Blend Trousers) are $228.

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Suit of the Week: Nine West

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.

Happy Wednesday! I’m loving this Nine West suit, even though I think that most of the bang for your buck will be coming out of wearing the dress and blazer as separates. I love that inverted notch neckline, the single button, and the single slit in the back. The dress looks flattering and chic, although I’d swap out the belt for one of my own, and the pants look nice as well.  (I’m all for wearing flats with pants, but I feel like these are hemmed too short — I wish they were just a smidge longer.)

Anyhoo: the suit is available in sizes 2-16; the dress comes in three colors, and the pants come in two colors. The jacket (Nine West Women’s One Button Inverted Notch Collar Jacket) is $99, the dress (Nine West Women’s Bi Stretch Pleat Neck Self Belt Dress) is $44.50-$89 at Amazon, and the pants (Nine West Women’s Stretch Modern Suit Pant) is $69.

Here’s a plus-size option (also in petites and regular sizes).

Nine West purple suit

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

womens-interview-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.

The dress is what caught my eye here first — a nice high V with darts, an inset waist, wide shoulders… I love that you can wear it with or without belt.  But the rest of the set is pretty hot as well: the fitted blazer (love those darts in the back!), the tapered ankle-length trousers, the simple skirt (pictured at top). I’ll take it all right now, s’il vous plait.  The blazer (Topaz Blazer) is $425, the dress (Topaz Dress) is $340, the pants (Topaz Trousers) are $230, and the skirt (Topaz Skirt) is $195.  Also note: this is a great example of wearing black with navy.

Here’s a more affordable option, and here’s a plus-size option.

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