Suit of the Week: Nine West

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’m loving this Nine West suit, even though I think that most of the bang for your buck will be coming out of wearing the dress and blazer as separates. I love that inverted notch neckline, the single button, and the single slit in the back. The dress looks flattering and chic, although I’d swap out the belt for one of my own, and the pants look nice as well.  (I’m all for wearing flats with pants, but I feel like these are hemmed too short — I wish they were just a smidge longer.)

Anyhoo: the suit is available in sizes 2-16; the dress comes in three colors, and the pants come in two colors. The jacket (Nine West Women’s One Button Inverted Notch Collar Jacket) is $99, the dress (Nine West Women’s Bi Stretch Pleat Neck Self Belt Dress) is $44.50-$89 at Amazon, and the pants (Nine West Women’s Stretch Modern Suit Pant) is $69.

Here’s a plus-size option (also in petites and regular sizes).

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

womens-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.

The dress is what caught my eye here first — a nice high V with darts, an inset waist, wide shoulders… I love that you can wear it with or without belt.  But the rest of the set is pretty hot as well: the fitted blazer (love those darts in the back!), the tapered ankle-length trousers, the simple skirt (pictured at top). I’ll take it all right now, s’il vous plait.  The blazer (Topaz Blazer) is $425, the dress (Topaz Dress) is $340, the pants (Topaz Trousers) are $230, and the skirt (Topaz Skirt) is $195.  Also note: this is a great example of wearing black with navy.

Here’s a more affordable option, and here’s a plus-size option.

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Suit of the Week: Akris

Akris Cashmere Silk Gabardine 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.

OK: I promise, this will be the last blue suit for a while. BUT: Look how purty! I like the little details – the three button closure, the slim, pintucked pant leg — gorgeous. It appears that the blazer and pants are made out of different fabrics, but I don’t mind that so much here — the pants are a cotton blend, while the blazer is a cashmere and silk blend. I haaate the sandals it’s styled with (why?!?) but the leather blouse is, well, intriguing for an all-blue look — a great example of how different textures can make a monochromatic outfit really pop. The jacket (Akris Cashmere & Silk Gabardine Blazer) is $3,990, and the pants (Akris ‘Melissa’ Slim Techno Cotton Pants) are a bargain (relatively speaking) at $795.

Here are a few more affordable options (one, two, three, four), as well as three plus-sized ones (one, two, three (matching skirt, pants)).

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

Halogen Trim Detail 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 written of my love of light gray pants before, but this light gray suit takes the cake, particularly for spring and summer.  I like the grosgrain trim detail on the pockets and lapels of the blazer — as well as the pockets of the matching pants and the side of the skirt.  For tops, I’d wear it with just about any jewel tone (especially a garnet or ruby red) as well as a dark neutral (dark gray, black, navy) starting around mid-February, and move to pastels and creams as we move into March and April. The blazer (Halogen Trim Detail One-Button Suit Jacket) is available in regular and petite sizes 0-16 for $138, and plus sizes 14W-24W for $148.  The pant (Halogen Straight Leg Suit Pants) and skirt (Halogen Trim Detail Suit Skirt) come in regular and petite sizes for $88 and $68, respectively, as well as plus sizes for $98 and $78.

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Suit of the Week: Jones New York

JNY 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.

Jones New York is having a pretty great suiting sale right now: create your own two piece suit for $99. There are a ton of nice blazers marked down to $59 (lots of my previous picks still available).  For today’s suit of the week I’m liking this birdseye pattern — it’s slightly different than a black or a gray suit, but just as wearable.  The blazer (Emma Birdseye Seasonless Stretch Blazer) was $139, but is now $59; the skirt (Lucy Slim Skirt in Birdseye Seasonless Stretch) was $79, but is now marked to $39, and the pants (Sydney Birdseye Seasonless Stretch Slim-Leg Pants) were $99, but are now $99.  All pieces come in sizes 2-16, as well as plus sizes; there seem to be a few other pieces in birdseye in lucky sizes.

Psst: along the lines of other big sales, there are a few hours left in Talbots’ big cashmere sale — all cashmere sweaters are $54.99 with code TREAT24. This includes reader favorite, the Audrey sweater.  Sizing for regular, plus, petites, and plus-size petites. Also, the Loft sale has hit 75% off, bringing prices down to $15-$20 (including their popular waterfall cardigan).

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Suit of the Week: McQueen

McQueen Crêpe Cobalt 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 found this lovely suit while writing about the Armani cobalt blazer — I worried that cobalt waned for a moment in popularity, but it seems to be back this season. I love the sharp shoulders of this Alexander McQueen blazer, and I love how everything about it is tailored to define your waist — angled pockets, single button, and padded shoulders. The cropped pants aren’t my favorite (they seem to be getting into pedal pusher territory), but I can see wearing them as a separate and together with the blazer when I wanted a Statement Look. The jacket (Alexander McQueen Crepe blazer) is $2,085, and the pants (Alexander McQueen Cropped crepe tapered pants) are $785.

OK, tough act to follow, but here are other options: a lower-priced skirt suit in a bright shade of blue and a plus-sized suit that comes in a “navy” color that’s brighter than most.

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