Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

brooks zac 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.

Oooh: the whole Brooks Brothers / Zac Posen collaboration is amazing (although, yes, I take issues with some of the general styling issues– 5th day dirty hair! walking vacation in Europe summer shoes!). Still, there is a lot to drool over. I like this belted menswear-inspired blazer, made from a stretchy wool-blend Loro Piana fabric. Were it in black it would feel very Marlene Dietrich or Kate Hepburn to me, but in this foresty green it feels lighter, fresher. I would stick with city neutrals like black, gray and navy, for fear that beige/brown/cream would take it too far towards “safari.” (Although: I do think a pair of purple pumps would be a very subtle but very fun addition.) The blazer (Belted Wool-Blend Jacket) is $698; the pants (Stretch Wool-Blend Trousers) are $498.

Here’s a very affordable similar belted blazer, as well as a happy green skirt suit in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Antonio Melani

light gray 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’ve sung the praises of light gray pants for summer before, so this feels a bit early to me, but I really do like this light gray crosshatched suit from Antonio Melani. (Question of the day: I’ve always understood that the Melani line was an offshoot of Tahari — but all I can find about it is that the Antonio Melani shoes were started as Dillards exclusives from Vince Camuto (RIP). I also did not know that Elie Tahari was one of the founders of Theory.) ANYHOO: I’ve always had good experiences with the brand as one of the more affordable and stylish ones for workwear, and if you know Dillards you know they often have steep discounts, which is great if you enjoy stalking clothes. (This nice ponte dress is now down to $55 from $155!)  Sadly, the pictured suit is full price, available in sizes 2-14 — the jacket (Antonio Melani Steven Crosshatch Jacket) is $199, and the pants (Antonio Melani Minnie Crosshatch Pants) are $119; there’s a matching pencil skirt (Antonio Melani Olivia Crosshatch Pencil Skirt) for $99. (There is also a sheath dress for $159, but I’m not sure how I feel about that peplum detail if worn beneath the blazer. Hmmn.)

Here’s a nice light gray suit in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari

elie tahari suit on 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.

I feel like this happens every year around this time: the suit pickings get extremely slim, with boring, classic suits being The Thing. This Elie Tahari suit is on deep discount over at Saks’ Off Fifth — lucky sizes, admittedly, but a pretty good spread. I like the blue/gray color, and the overall sleek nature of the suit — and I think the pieces would work well by themselves as well as together. The jacket (Elie Tahari Donilyn Jacket) was $448, but is now marked to $124 (!!), and the pants (Elie Tahari Bennett Pants) were $228, but now marked to $65.

(OK, the Frankensuit picture was pretty bad, so here’s the jacket by itself as a separate.  FYI, here’s a similar blue/gray suit in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Tahari

purple skirt 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’m not gonna lie: this is a bold, bold suit. But I’m kind of digging it — particularly for a bold woman, at least worn as a suit. I think most women will find the skirt and jacket, as separates, to be workhorses — pair them with neutrals to tone that saturated purple down, or have some fun by adding a pop of green, cobalt, or red. There’s a huge price range on this, I think based on inventory — the size 18, for example, is $89, but Amazon tells me there are only 2 left in stock. The suit is $89-$210 at Amazon, sizes 4-18. Tahari ASL Women’s Ron Skirt Suit

Here’s a version that comes in plus sizes, and, just FYI, TheRealReal has a similar Chanel skirt suit (size 8 only) on sale for $715, plus an extra 25% off with code SUPER. (Actually, they have a pretty killer selection of vintage suits in all sorts of lucky sizes — take a look.)

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Suit of the Week: Max Mara

skirt suit 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.

Oh my.  Now this is a suit worthy of kicking off the year.  I loooove the color, the cut, the pieces together, the pieces as separates… gorgeous.  I know we discussed years ago whether colorful suits might age you, but we should probably revisit the topic — my personal opinion is that a single color, matte suit like this (no black accents anywhere, no shiny fabric) is actually quite chic, and particularly when we’re talking Max Mara, it’s a very lux look — opinions, ladies?  The jacket (Max Mara ‘Reus’ Peplum Jacket) is $995, and the dress (Max Mara ‘Gavino’ Belted Sheath Dress) is $795, both at Nordstrom.

Psst: this similar Michael Kors suit, previously featured, is 65% off now, bringing it down almost to Hugo Boss prices. Here’s a teal plus-size pants suit.

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Kat’s Favorite Suits of 2015

accessories to wear to work2015 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.)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 20142013, 2012 and 2010.

 

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