Suit of the Week: Escada

Escada tweed suit
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’m not usually an Escada girl, but Saks has a number of amazing Escada suits that I’m totally drooling over. This tuxedo suit! This peplum suit! This bright red peplum suit! But for work, I think one of the more versatile, while still fun suits, is this gray tweed suit, with stark contrast piping details.  The back of the suit, particularly, may seem like a lot of look, but I really like it — different but still professional.  The jacket (Escada Piped Tweed Jacket) is $1675, and the skirt (Escada Tweed Pencil Skirt) is $675.

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Suit of the Week: Michael Kors

Michael Kors Tweed Jacquard Suit | CorporetteAwww yeah — I love this fabulous skirt suit from Michael Kors. It’s double-breasted, which normally I hate (they’re coming back in, ladies!), but the close-set buttons here elevate this to something I would wear. It has a vintage vibe, true, but it looks polished and sophisticated. Love. The jacket (Michael Kors Double Breasted Tweed Jacquard Jacket) is $1995, and the skirt (Michael Kors Tweed Jacquard Wool Skirt) is $725; both are available in sizes of 4-10.

Looking for something less expensive? Ann Taylor has some nice tweed suiting options right now, up to size 18. Here’s a plus-size alternative (skirt and jacket).

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Michael Kors Tweed Jacquard Suit | Corporette

Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory jacket - Ornella Admiral CrepeFor 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.

If memory serves, August is always a bit dead for suits — the boring and bad ones sit in clearance, and the new ones haven’t been brought out yet. So this week’s pick is a bit of a mixed bag to me — but hey, maybe it’s perfect for someone else. The pros, as I see them: this is a lovely black shift dress and matching blazer made from “Admiral Crepe,” which the Theory website describes as being a “super-smooth fabric with excellent drape.” I like the look and the cut of both pieces, very much. EXCEPT: the armholes on the dress (as seen here)! Why?!?!?!? If you, for some reason, are up for either a) letting your bra show whenever you lift up your arms, b) wearing your blazer or a sweater all day anyway, c) wearing a camisole (or other blouse) beneath a dress with a high neckline, or d) taking the dress to the tailor for an added expense of adding some fabric or zipping that bit up… then this is the dress for you. It is a kind of sexy look, I’ll grant Theory that — but to me it just ruins an otherwise perfect sheath dress. Sigh. The dress (Minaeon Dress) is $325, and the blazer (Ornella Blazer) is $395. (Note that Theory has many pieces in this fabric.)

There doesn’t seem to be much out there that’s similar, but here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives for the jacket (one, two).

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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