Suit of the Week: Akris Punto

Akris Punto Wool Blend 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.

Ooooh: I love this black suit with a fun, bright royal blue stripe running through it. (There’s even more solid blue directly under the collar!) The pants look like a rare find these days: a conservative full-length version that will look good with heels or flats. The blazer (Pinstripe Wool Blend Jacket) is $729, but will be $1,190 after the sale ends; the pants (‘Francois’ Pinstripe Wool Blend Pants) are $299 (will be $495 after the sale ends).

 

Akris Punto Wool Blend Suit | Corporette

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Suit of the Week: Red Fleece

red fleece 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.

You have to do a bit of sleuthing, but Red Fleece — Brooks Brothers’ younger, hipper, more affordable line — does in fact have suiting separates.  This is definitely a casual suit, but I like it — the boxy jacket (wool, of course) has a fun printed lining and a striped wool undercollar. As for the skirt, I like the pockets as well as the reversible self-belt (the other side is navy; they’ve pictured it with the preppy, striped side showing).

The jacket (Wool Blazer) is $248, the skirt (Wool Pencil Skirt) is $148, and the matching pants (Wool Drawstring Pants) are $148.

Psst: Reiss is offering an extra 10% off its sale items today — tons of great picks.

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory red 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 mentioned this colorful suit from Theory as part of last week’s sale roundup for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (workwear, shoes & bags) — but I thought it was worth featuring on its own for a suit of the week.  Not only is it some of Theory’s classic suiting pieces (Gabe, Betty, and Emery pants), but done in “cassis” (pictured at top) as well as blue (pictured below).  We haven’t talked about colorful suits in a while, ladies — are you yea or nay?  I always think this is something that is very region-specific, so if you can please let us know your general area in your comment. The jacket (‘Gabe 2′ Wool Blend Blazer) is $279, but after the sale it’ll be $425, the pants (Emery 2 Wool Blend Pants) are now $196, but will be $295 after the sale ends.  The dress (Betty Sheath Dress) is only available in blue — it is now $196, but after the sale ends August 3 it’ll go back up to $295.

Theory blue suit

Suit of the Week: Akris

akris full suit picFor 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 am loving the return to flared, long pants with suits — we’re totally in my comfort zone here. (Check out our guide to hems if you’re unsure where they should fall — basically you want an inch or two of heel showing in the back, but you want it to graze the vamp of your foot.) This houndstooth version from Akris — styled with a leather vest, ha-cha-cha — looks ridiculously cool. Love the menswear print, the sleekness of the flattering blazer and pants, and, hey, even the popped collar. Lovely. The jacket (Akris Cashmere-Blend Glen Plaid Jacket) is $3,590, and the flared pants (Akris Farrah Glen Plaid Flare Pants) are $995. (They also have a pair of straight-leg, slightly cropped pants if that’s more in your wheelhouse.)

For some light brown Glen plaid that costs a bit less, here’s a pair of suiting pants (coordinating jacket no longer available, alas), and here’s a jacket (the matching, um, shorts are sold out). And here’s a jacket and skirt — jacket available in regular and petite sizes up to 18, and skirt in regular sizes up to 18.

Akris jacket and pants

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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.

tapered pants suit

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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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