Suit of the Week: Altuzarra

Cobalt Suit: Altuzarra 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.

We rounded up light blue suits a week or two ago, but I think the cobalt suit is its own animal. I’m fashionable and bold, it says. Cobalt is also a great color in terms of versatility (admittedly, I may be a bit biased; I’d dress like Valeria McCulloch if I could), as you can wear it with basics like black, navy, gray, white, and cream, as well as purple (dark and light) and greens (kelly green for a preppy vibe, olive for a earthier vibe). You can even add a pop of peach, coral, or red. The cut and fit of this Altuzarra suit feels very modern to me — the skinny full-length trousers and the slightly long three-button jacket. Nice. The jacket (Altuzarra Three-Button Blazer) is $1,595; the pants (Altuzarra Henri Trousers) are $695.

Here’s a lower-priced alternative and a plus-size option (jacket + pants).

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Suit of the Week: Helmut Lang

pants suit with sneakers Helmut LangFor 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.

Nice. I’m loving the menswear vibe of this Helmut Lang suit — and even the styling with sneakers and a high crew neck.  The suit looks sharp and tailored, but it still looks like the wearer is comfortable, almost laid back.  Lovely. The blazer (Patch Pocket Blazer) is $750, and the pants (High Waist Compact Cotton Pants) are $450. The exact sneakers featured are $395.

Psst: I’m surprised to see ShopBop having yet another Friends & Family sale; it feels like they just had one! I just got this tiny black pendant necklace for $45 and really love it; with code INTHEFAM it comes down to $34. Lots of Helmut Lang in stock at ShopBop and it isn’t among the exclusions; if you’re looking for stylish sneakers I’d also take a look there.

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Yea or Nay: Light Blue Suits for Workwear

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.

blue suits for women for summer

Pictured: Elie Tahari / Express / Theory / ASOS / Limited Collection / Antonio Melani / Nanette Lepore 

It’s that time of year, ladies: blue suit time! I’m seeing a million suits out, so instead of featuring one in particular for our Suit of the Week, I thought we’d have a conversation about them in general: do you wear a blue suit during the spring and summer? Which shade of blue have you found to be the most versatile? What colors do you like to the wear the suit with, and do you wear the suiting pieces together or mostly as separates?

For my $.02, I was shocked when I first realized how versatile my light blue blazer was (it was a lighter gray/blue, almost the shade of the Theory or ASOS one above). I wore it a ton, mostly with black (pants, sheath dresses) and white tops and blouses, with the occasional pop of color like a red pendant necklace or purple heel thrown in. That said, while I’ve found the light blue blazer to be amazingly versatile, I think light blue pants or a light blue skirt can be a lot less versatile (although I suppose blue pants could take the place of my beloved staple, light gray pants). How about you?

If you’re looking for blue suits in other sizes, here are some plus-size options (Talbots, Tahari, Lane Bryant), as well as petite options (Talbots, Brooks Brothers, Pendleton).

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Suit of the Week: Donna Karan

amazing pants suit vintage vibe donna karanFor 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.

WOW. Sometimes a suit just takes your breath away, you know? This suit reminds me a bit of the suit that Sheryl Sandberg wore for her famous TED talk (Donna Karan as well!) — it’s interesting and feminine but still says B-O-S-S. Gorgeous, amazing, and I love the slight vintage vibe. (My only quibble with the styling: I haaate sandals with suits — it makes me cringe every time I see them together.) The jacket (Donna Karan Long-Sleeve Peplum Jacket, Black) is $1,795, and the pants (Donna Karan Pull-On (?!?) Wide-Leg Trouser) are $795.

Oooh, not a suit at all, but this cashmere wrap top from Donna Karan is also awesome. The excellence of all of these pieces makes me sad that Donna Karan herself stepped down and they’re focusing on the DKNY brand instead (at least, last I heard; here’s a NYT article on point).

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Suit of the Week: Express

Black Suit: Express Studio Stretch 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.

All right kids, stick with me: do not adjust your monitor (or check the calendar). I am only sort of recommending the pictured “pixel print” suit. The pattern is actually kind of fun for a creative office, and I think the pieces could be nice as separates. But what I really like about the suit is the proportions — the slim “barely boot” pant and the sleek blazer. Express has both pieces in a simple black “studio stretch,” but they’re not shown together, hence this picture of the pixel print suit. The 24″ jacket (Express Studio Stretch Jacket) is $108, and the barely boot pants (Express Studio Stretch Barely Boot Columnist Pant) are $69 (in short and long sizes!). I’m not a fan of it, but they also have a matching 20″ blazer (as well as a midi skirt, and, well, a shorter skirt).

Also gorgeous: this blazer, although sadly the matching pants are almost entirely sold out.

Here is a black plus-size suit (jacket + pants) with a bit of stretch; it’s available in black and four other colors.

Update: Wow.  Wow.  If you were really bummed that this suit costs less than a $1000, do check out this Max Mara suit that is… similar. But star-themed. Oh yeah.

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Suit of the Week: J.Crew

Tweed Suit: J.Crew Tweed Suit with FringeFor 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 moto jacket has come a long way from a personality statement piece to just another jacket. J.Crew has this fun version (available in white and navy) that mixes tweed/fringe details with moto jacket and pencil skirt styles — it reminds me of a classic Chanel suit, but a bit more modern. It’s available in regular, petite, and tall sizes, 000-16; the jacket (J.Crew Tweed Motorcycle Jacket with Fringe) is $188, and the skirt (J.Crew Tweed Pencil Skirt with Fringe) is $98.

Psst: J.Crew is offering 25% off select full-price styles (not this suit, unfortunately) with code SHOPNOW.

Here are a few plus-size options: a tweed suit (jacket+ skirt) on sale, a tweed dress also on sale, and a tweed plus-size jacket on clearance.

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