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).

JNY women suiting sale

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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.

McQueen Womens Suit

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Suit of the Week: Antonio Melani

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Antonio MelaniFor 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 our first suit of the week for 2015, I’m liking this basic navy suit with some pretty seaming details on the blazer.  It looks classic but distinctive — fashionwise, nothing’s worse than showing up at an interview to find you’re wearing the exact same thing as other interviewees!  The blazer (Antonio Melani Grace Seamed Jacket) is $199, and the matching pants (Antonio Melani Minnie Crepe Straight Pants) are $119.

Here’s a similar plus-size suit.

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Kat’s Favorite Suits of 2014

Corporette-2014-review2014 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 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Pssst: Happy early New Year’s Eve to everyone — everyone be safe tonight, and have fun!

Suit of the Week: Hobbs

Hobbs Invitation Julietta JacketFor 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.

Since a reader mentioned British retailer Hobbs’s new US website, I’ve been checking in, and I was excited to see that a lot of great work-appropriate pieces are on sale.  (Be sure to click the little flag on the top right hand corner to see the correct currency; you don’t want to get overly excited unless you’re looking at the right one!)  The black “Invitation Julietta” suiting stood out to me — it looks classic, clean, professional, and generally great.  The Julietta Dress particularly caught my eye — it comes in both white and beige versions (both pictured below) — it’s normally $385 but comes down to $240 in the sale.  The matching jacket (Invitation Julietta Jacket) is normally $345, but comes to $230, the matching skirt (Invitation Julietta Skirt) comes from $195 down to $105, and the matching pants (not pictured) (Invitation Julietta Pants) come from $210 down to $115.

Here’s a similar plus-size option (jacket and skirt — and some pieces in the set are part of Amazon’s great sale that lets you take an additional 30% off last minute gifts), and a budget-friendly option.

ADMIN UPDATE: Some readers are reporting seeing a video that starts playing immediately once you visit the site. If anyone can tell me what the ad is for, and where it is on the page (above the logo? right below the logo? between the 1st and 2d post? near the bottom of the page?) that would be hugely appreciated — we need that info to investigate the situation and make it stop.  Thank you in advance!

Hobbs Julietta Suit

Hobbs Julietta Womens Suit

Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Austin Reed Signature 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.

Austin Reed has some crazy sales going — lots of lucky sizes, unfortunately. This Signature black suit, though, is still available in most sizes — and while the discounts aren’t the steepest (33-36%), it’s still something. It looks classic and lovely. The jacket (Signature Collarless Zip Jacket) was $410, now marked to $262; the skirt (Signature Skirt) was $229, but is now marked to $148; the pants (Signature Trousers) were $248, but are now marked to $165.

Here’s a plus-size alternative (only one size left, alas).

Austin Reed Signature Womens Suit