Suit of the Week: Stretch Weave Suit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale suitingFor 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 affordable black and white suit is calling my name — I love the V-neck collar, hook and eye closures, and stretch fabric. Black and white patterns can be slightly tougher to style than plain old gray, but pastels work well in addition to neutrals like white or black. I may be odd in that personally I don’t like to pair red with a black and white pattern because it seems too ’80s to me, but that’s just me.  Another pro: all pieces are available in regular (0-16) and petites sizes. The jacket (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Jacket) is $79, and the pants (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Pants) are $49. The matching skirt (not pictured) is $39. All prices will go back up to $68-$148 after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends.

The jacket and pants are available in plus sizes as well. 

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Suit of the Week: ALTUZARRA

Altuzarra Topstitch 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.

This suit won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (or even everyone’s fantasy cup of tea), but I keep coming back to it — I think because the proportions feel right to me, at least for a suit with a longer blazer.  Full length pants! Nipped in blazer with collar! Slightly longer blazer, yes, but not humorously so. The matching dress shares the topstitch details, while the pants don’t seem to have any of the details.  Ladies, what are your thoughts — do you like the proportions or do you prefer trendier details like ankle pants and collarless blazers? The blazer (ALTUZARRA Topstitch Blazer) is $1795, and the pants (ALTUZARRA Flare Leg Serge Pants) are $795; the dress (ALTUZARRA Stripe Sleeveless A-Line Dress) is $1595.

It’s difficult to find matches with topstitched details, but proportionally, here’s a slightly more affordable version (lots of the higher-end designers have this look right now!), and here’s a plus-size suit with a collar and nipped waist.

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Suit of the Week (and Deal Alert): Ann Taylor

ann taylor semi-annual saleFor 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.

Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale is on, and even I’m kind of blown away at some of the prices. The major (MAJOR) caveat is that there are mostly lucky sizes only — and they’re doing that annoying thing where half the things say “sold out” only after you click on them. (Why?!) Still: there are big deals to be had if you’re in the mood to hunt, ladies. This suit, for example, looks great.  The jacket (Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket) was $189, then marked to $119, and with the additional 50% off, it comes down to $60.  The skirt (Tweed Pencil Skirt) was $89, was then marked to $54, and then comes down to $26. (Let’s not discuss the matching high-waisted shorts.)

Some other picks from the sale, pictured below:

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Suit of the Week: Weekend Max Mara

navy linen suit for women weekend max maraFor 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’m not sure how I missed this lovely linen blazer in our recent summer blazer roundup, but it’s on a great sale over at Lord & Taylor — and has a good number of sizes left considering the discount. I’m not familiar with Weekend Max Mara, but I’ve drooled over enough Max Mara to give the offshoot a try. The jacket (Weekend Max Mara Linen Two-Button Jacket) is $180 (down from $450!), and the pants (Weekend Max Mara Straight-Leg Linen Pants) are $106.

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This similar blue linen blazer comes in regular, petite, plus sizes, and plus size petites; here’s a matching ankle pant and trouser.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

Suit with Stripe Details: Boss Stretch-Wool 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 hump day, ladies! I’m generally iffy on stripes, but I love the way they’re used here, with the stripes on the skirt contrasting the stripes on the the inner lining to the jacket (which isn’t visible if the blazer is fastened). Lots of designer stuff on sale at Saks right now, it seems — lots of lucky sizes (and colors), but it’s worth taking a look. The jacket (Boss Jafila Stretch-Wool Blazer) is $575, and the skirt (Boss Vafila Pencil Skirt) is $325.

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Suit of the Week: Agnes B.

Linen Suit: Agnes B. 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 featured a suit from Agnes B. in a long while, and I’m loving this classy little linen skirt suit. Little details like covered buttons, satin lining, and welt pockets speak to its quality, and the overall vibe is reminiscent of Jackie O or another ’50s suit. I’d pair it with simple separates, like a black blouse, a pair of pearls, and perhaps a red lip. The jacket (Agnes B. Black Marl Violet Jacket) is $685, and the skirt (Agnes B. Black Mottled Bridie Skirt) is $385.

There doesn’t really seem to be a comparable suit at a lower price or a comp in plus sizes right now, but here’s a linen-blend skirt suit (jacket + skirt), and here’s a skirt suit in a marled knit pattern.

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