Suit of the Week: Loft

women interview 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’ve been eyeing Loft’s Custom Stretch suiting for a few weeks now for a possible Suit of the Week — but something more fun always seems to win out over the basic fabrics available there. So I was excited to see this navy linen skirt suit (available exclusively online), which looks like more of a fun suit. I like the slightly heathered/space-dyed look to the fabric, and the simple, classic shapes look great for spring, summer, and early fall. The jacket (Custom Stretch Blazer) is $138, and the skirt (Loft Custom Stretch Pencil Skirt) is $69.50. The jacket is available in petite, tall, and regular sizes 00-16; the skirt is available in petites and regular sizes 00-14.

Here’s a plus-size option (jacket + skirt).

Navy Linen Women's Suit

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Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Austin Reed Blue Tweed Jacket | 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.

Happy Wednesday! I always like a light blue suit — it isn’t too twee when worn together (just a bit more color than a light gray, really) and the pieces tend to be workhorses when worn as separates. (Just be sure to dry clean the pieces together so they fade evenly.) This light blue tweed suit from Austin Reed looks lovely. Pair it with neutrals like white, black, creams, grays, navies — even browns. If you’re feeling bolder, try it with a burgundy accent in fall, or a kelly green or even a pastel in the spring. The jacket (Austin Reed Blue Tweed Jacket) is $325, and the skirt (Austin Reed Blue Tweed Pencil Skirt) is $196.

Here are lower-priced and plus-sized alternatives.

Austin Reed Blue Tweed Suit | Corporette

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Suit of the Week: Acne Studios

Acne Studios Ryde T Organza Shirtjacket | 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.

Have you woken up recently and said, “man, if only I could get a suit that was noisy, itchy, wrinkled like crazy, and pulled over my head instead of buttoning up the front?” Then look no further! This avant-garde take on the classic suit jacket has a “unique pullover design,” and — for your noisy, wrinkling, itchy pleasure, is made of organza. Fabulous! If you’re interested, you’d better hurry — the satin pants (Acne Studios Marsy Satin Trousers) are already sold out, and the jacket (Acne Studios Ryde T Organza Shirtjacket), at $1350 is down to limited sizes. The blouse it’s featured with (Acne Studios Clio Tech Poplin Shirt) is a mere $220.

If you’re looking for something more Stop Making Sense-ish, check out this one.

Psst: Since the satin pants are sold out, I suggest you check out these.

Acne Studios suit of the week

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

interview-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 really love the slightly vintage vibe to this suit from one of Nordstrom’s most affordable lines, Halogen.  The  The jacket (Halogen® One-Button Peplum Jacket) is $138, the skirt (Halogen® Pencil Suit Skirt) is $68, and the pants (Halogen® Straight Leg Suit Pants) are $88. The suit comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

Psst: Note that a very similar Halogen suit that we liked back in January is now on sale for 40% off – lots of sizes still left.

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Suit of the Week: Theory …(and, the Differences Between the Different Gabes)

Theory-different-gabesFor 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.

OK. I don’t know if I’m the only one who has been confused by Theory lately, but there have been so.many.tweaks to staples in their line, with minimum changes to the name of the style.  Their staple suiting pieces have, at least in recent years, been the Gabe (blazer), Golda (skirt), Max (bootcut pants), Emery (wider trousers), Betty (sheath dress).  Let’s take the blazer for example — first it was just the Gabe blazer. Then it was the Gabe B. blazer.  Then it was the Gabe B.2 blazer.  Now it’s the Custom Gabe Blazer.  I saw this “Urban Gabe Blazer” at Last Call and my head exploded — was this a new diffusion line?  So I called the store to see if they could give me some insight.  It’s actually pretty simple:  all of the old Gabe blazers are obsolete and not being produced any more (including the one pictured below, which is why it’s on sale).  The newest version is the Custom Gabe, which has a wider lapel and is more structured through the bodice.  “Urban” is the name for the fabric that went with one of the previous versions (the Gabe B.2 I believe); the current fabric they’re using is named Edition.  (“Tailor” is another fabric name you may recognize, which I believe went with Gabe B.) The new fabric is a similar wool blend, but has a bit more stretch and feels a bit softer.)  Some of the old product pages still exist on Nordstrom, so I’ve taken screenshots of them all here for comparison purposes if you bought one in the past, liked it, and are trying to stock up on sale online (Gabe B., Gabe B.2, Custom Gabe).

In the MEANTIME, yes, Last Call has a pretty good price on an older version.  The jacket (Gabe B 2 Urban One-Button Blazer) is $299, formerly $375; the pants (Max 2 Urban Bootcut Trousers) are $199, down from $275.  Additionally, there’s a less traditional blazer, also in the Urban fabric (Theory Lanai Urban Open-Front Blazer), was $375, now $279.  Last Call has all three in both black and oatmeal.

Plus size readers, please discuss: what is the classic black suiting that comes in plus sizes, and is thought of along similar lines? What is your go-to brand? I could link to a similar black suit for a plus-size comp, but I’m more interested in the discussion — is there a brand or suit that has a similar Hall of Fame status?

Theory suiting


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Suit of the Week: Basler

Black Womens PantsuitFor 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 first noticed the three button blazer with darts and peplum — which turns out to be the most unusual piece of a fairly standard black suit. It all looks well made, though, and I like the many separates offered, all of which are made from a triacetate/polyester blend; the bottoms are lined in acetate and are machine washable; the blazers are lined in viscose and the care instructions are to dry clean. At this price point I’d put the suit in the same league as Theory and some of the Hugo Boss lines, which surprisingly is a fairly small league — lots below it (Ann Taylor and the like), and lots above it (Armani and the like). There are two blazers (BASLER Three Button Pleated Back Blazer and BASLER Short Two Button Blazer), both $495, two pencil skirts (BASLER 24.5″ Pencil Skirt and BASLER 26″ Pencil Skirt), both $250, and a straight leg pair of pants for $275 (BASLER Diana Pants) and a wide leg for $295 (BASLER Bella Pants). All of the pieces are exclusive to Bloomingdale’s; all are available in black, and some are also available in navy, sizes 34-50.

Here are some lower-priced suit separates and a few pieces in plus sizes (blazer, pants, and skirt).

Basler Black Suiting | Corporette

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