Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory red 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 mentioned this colorful suit from Theory as part of last week’s sale roundup for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (workwear, shoes & bags) — but I thought it was worth featuring on its own for a suit of the week.  Not only is it some of Theory’s classic suiting pieces (Gabe, Betty, and Emery pants), but done in “cassis” (pictured at top) as well as blue (pictured below).  We haven’t talked about colorful suits in a while, ladies — are you yea or nay?  I always think this is something that is very region-specific, so if you can please let us know your general area in your comment. The jacket (‘Gabe 2′ Wool Blend Blazer) is $279, but after the sale it’ll be $425, the pants (Emery 2 Wool Blend Pants) are now $196, but will be $295 after the sale ends.  The dress (Betty Sheath Dress) is only available in blue — it is now $196, but after the sale ends August 3 it’ll go back up to $295.

Theory blue suit

Suit of the Week: Akris

akris full suit picFor 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 am loving the return to flared, long pants with suits — we’re totally in my comfort zone here. (Check out our guide to hems if you’re unsure where they should fall — basically you want an inch or two of heel showing in the back, but you want it to graze the vamp of your foot.) This houndstooth version from Akris — styled with a leather vest, ha-cha-cha — looks ridiculously cool. Love the menswear print, the sleekness of the flattering blazer and pants, and, hey, even the popped collar. Lovely. The jacket (Akris Cashmere-Blend Glen Plaid Jacket) is $3,590, and the flared pants (Akris Farrah Glen Plaid Flare Pants) are $995. (They also have a pair of straight-leg, slightly cropped pants if that’s more in your wheelhouse.)

For some light brown Glen plaid that costs a bit less, here’s a pair of suiting pants (coordinating jacket no longer available, alas), and here’s a jacket (the matching, um, shorts are sold out). And here’s a jacket and skirt — jacket available in regular and petite sizes up to 18, and skirt in regular sizes up to 18.

Akris jacket and pants

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Suit of the Week: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney 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 think this suit is a great example of a very modern, yet very conservative, suit. The tapered pants hemmed right above the ankle, the zips on the pants — all paired with a really traditional blazer — love. The whole look is sleek, professional, and modern. The length of the pants puts this suit firmly in the “fun” bucket — i.e., not for court or a big client meeting — but it really tests the boundaries for me. The jacket (Ingrid wool blazer) is $1,295, and the pants (Vivian wool-gabardine tapered pants) are $610.

Here’s a similar, much more affordable suit in blush (blazer, pants), and here’s a plus-size option for tapered pants.

tapered pants suit

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

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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.

I swear I’ve posted this before, yet I can’t find it anywhere — I’m in love with this light gray superfine suit from Classiques Entier.  I’ve posted before about my love for light gray pants for work — so much more versatile than white! — but the matching jacket, dress, and (hello!) the sale all make this a great option.  The jacket (One-Button Wool Suiting Jacket) is now $166 (was $278),  and the pants (Superfine Wool Trousers) are $106 (were $178); both are available in regular and petite. I just confirmed with Customer Service that this dress (Superfine Wool V-Neck Sheath Dress) is a matching piece; it’s now marked down to $148 down (was $248).

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Chatelaine Women's 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: love this dark blue and black woven suit from Reiss, which juuuust went on sale, I believe.  Love the slightly tapered waist and slim lapels on the blazer, and the ankle pants look like they’d be great worn with the blazer or by themselves.  The jacket (Chatelaine Blazer) is now $292 (was $425), and the pants (Chatelaine Trousers) are now $140 (were $190).

Reiss Chatelaine Women's Suit

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

pique 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.

As noted in our recent roundup of lightweight blazers, cotton piqué can be a great alternative to linen — so I was excited to see all of the colors Talbots offers for these suiting separates.  I’ve pictured navy and pink, but they’re also available in white, red, and “spa blue.”  The sheath dress is lovely, and the blazer looks great if you prefer a longer shape.  There’s also a pair of matching ankle pants, if that’s your jam.  The jacket (Cotton Piqué Jacket) is $169, and the dress (Cotton Piqué Sheath) is $129; the pants (not pictured; Talbots Hampshire Ankle – Cotton Piqué) are $69.30.  All three pieces are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

talbots pique suit

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