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Suit of the Week: Akris

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.

This ice gray suit is apparently one of Saks’ top sellers right now. I’ve written before about my love of light gray suits — light gray pants particularly, because they’re more versatile than white pants in the spring and summer. You could even look at this as an alternative to a winter-white suit — I think you’d get a lot more wear out of it because it doesn’t have the stigma associated with white as being fussy and so forth. I like the very sleek, fitted style of the wool jacket, and the cropped portion is intriguing. The pants appear to fit well, and they have a classic straight cut. All in all, it looks like a great suit for work. The jacket (Akris Ice Cropped Wool Jacket) is $3,590, and the pants (Akris Maxine Wool Pants) are $895.

By the way, Saks has a ton of lucky sizes in Akris right now, so search your size — there are some serious markdowns like this dress and this dress.

Here’s a more affordable suiting option from Boss (on sale at Nordstrom) — the pants are sold out, alas, but the sheath dress and jacket are still available (lucky sizes only).

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Suit of the Week: Antonio Melani

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 always a bit wary when they won’t show the suiting separates together, but I like little details like the subtle stripe here (and the sale) too much to not bring it to your attention. I love the shawl collar, the double vents in the back of the blazer, and the flattering darts on the skirt. (There are matching flared pants if that’s more your style, as well.) The blazer (Antonio Melani Bareil Subtle Stripe Blazer Jacket) was $199, but is now marked to $119; the skirt (Antonio Melani Hannah Subtle Stripe Skirt) was $99, but is now marked to $59.

This similar navy pantsuit from Classiques Entier is also on sale (for just a bit more); this gray plus-size pantsuit is on an even better sale.

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Favorite Suits of 2016

2016 was a great year for women’s suits — these are some of my favorites from our weekly roundup. (Each picture links back to the original post… and of course, don’t forget to check out The Corporette Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting (recently updated!).)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 201520142013, 2012 and 2010.

Readers, which were your favorite suits we featured this year? Did you buy any great ones you loved? 

Above: Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr

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Suit of the Week: Hugo Boss

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.

Oooh: I love this light gray suiting from Hugo Boss.  The waist detail on the dress is pretty — and while some details like this can be fussy, this one just looks cool. I also like that it comes with full-length pants (there are so many wintry suits with ankle pants right now! How are you guys wearing them — casual days only? Warm winter days only? With booties?).  Interestingly, readers just had an interesting discussion on what color of gray suits you can wear to court — and of course we’ve discussed in general whether women lawyers can wear interesting suits to court.

Pictured: The jacket is $595, and the dress is $595. If you’re looking for a plus-size option, I like this gray suit.

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers Sale Alert!

brooks-brothers-suiting-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.

Ooh: there’s a huge Brooks Brothers sale going on right now, ladies — I’m seeing dressing marked to $150ish down from $800, blazers from $500 to $150, and more. (To be honest I’m not even sure this is the biggest sale they’ll have this season — but the prices are already pretty great on some items). For today’s suit of the week, let’s look at this pretty windowpane suit, significantly marked down with lucky sizes left in the blazer, pants, and skirt. Nice! The jacket (Stellita Fit Wool Small Windowpane Stretch Jacket) is $238 (down from $398), and the skirt is $100 (was $168). The matching pants are down to $136 (from $228).

Some other picks from the big sale. Obviously, some of the styling here was atrocious (or at least seemed to be a mismatch for the usual BB buyer) — imagine them without strappy sandals, dirty hair, and so forth.

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Above: one / two / three / four

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

gray-stretch-suit-classiquesFor 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 this week’s suit, I’m featuring a single-button style because I feel like we haven’t seen a single-button in a while. This collar isn’t quite a shawl collar, but I like it — it’s a very classic look. This mostly-wool suit contains 3% spandex for a bit of stretch, which is always a wonderful thing in a suit. I like the menswear feel of the pattern, and I think the pant look like a good basic pant (no skirt available, unfortunately). The jacket (Classiques Entier® Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $299, and the pants (Wool Suit Pants) are $199. Classiques Entier® Stretch Wool Suit

Here’s a plus-size option: blazer + pants from Talbots.

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