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.

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Starts Today

ann taylor suit saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has a ton of great sales, but if you’ve noticed, the suits are rarely part of those sales — except for the rare Suiting Event, which just started, and now offers 30% off all suits.  There are some great women’s suits in the sale, including:

All Season Stretch Suiting

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Taylor’s all-season stretch suiting — it’s such a great basic for every working woman.  Wear it with cashmere and merino in the winter; with cotton and linen in the summer… it really is seasonless.  This lovely “smokey charcoal” suit (pictured below) caught my eye, but it’s also available in black, navy, a beigy “stone beach,” and a light brownish “dark stone taupe heather.” Pictured below:

  • All Season Stretch Two-Button Jacket, was $169, now marked to $118. The jacket is lined and has besom pockets; it’s available in regular and petite sizes (limited sizes only, alas!).
  • All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, was $79, now $55.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18.
  • Modern All-Season Stretch Trousers, were $98, now $68.  They’re available in regular and petite sizes 00-18. (The same color is also available in Ann Taylor’s other two main cuts, the curvy cut and the signature cut.)

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Suit of the Week: Theory

double-breasted womans 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.

For your consideration: a double-breasted blazer from a hip suiting brand.  Interesting.  I have historically been opposed to the double-breasted blazer, but — am I crazy? — something about this one appeals to me.  I like the structure and sharpness to the shoulders, and the relative slouchiness throughout the rest of it, which feels very… 2015.  I suppose we’ve seen double-breasted blazers on the rise for a few years now (I’m primarily remembering this April Fool’s roundup of shorts suits)… so: huh.  Are you for or against double-breasted blazers, ladies?   The jacket (Edition 2 Elkaey W Blazer) is $485; other items in the same fabric (Edition 2) are Custom Max pants, ankle pants, the Custom Gabe blazer, and a shift dress.

(Curious about the differences in Theory suiting?  Here’s our last discussion on point.)

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Suit of the Week

T Tahari Pinstripe 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: good price on this pinstriped black suit from T Tahari — with a ton of sizes left. The cropped nature of the pants makes them for casual suit days only, but as always, know your office. I like the chalky vertical stripes, and the fact that this one comes up to size 16. The jacket (T Tahari Faux-Leather Trimmed Pinstripe Jacket) was $148, but is now $59, and the pants (T Tahari Pinstripe Cropped Twill Pants) were $98, but are now marked to $39.

Here’s a plus-sized alternative.

T Tahari Pinstripe Suit

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Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari

suits for womenFor 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 was first going to feature this suit in black at full price, over at Bloomingdale’s, but then I started poking around to see which pieces matched — and lo and behold Off Fifth has a ton of Elie Tahari pieces at steep discounts — LOTS of cute things for work.  This includes this Darcy jacket and matching pants in a lovely navy. The jacket (Elie Tahari Darcy Blazer) is $116, down from $448, and available in sizes 0-14; the pants (Elie Tahari Alanis Pants) are $59.49, down from $228; they’re only available in lucky sizes.

Here’s a plus-size option in navy (which also comes in regular and petite sizes).

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