Suit of the Week: Nanette Lepore

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Nanette LeporeFor 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.

Nanette Lepore is killing it these days, with a number of interesting suits out right now.  I like the asymmetrical back pleat, and I’m psyched about the return of flared suit pants.  The jacket (Nanette Lepore Folded Flounce Jacket) is $398, and the pants (Nanette Lepore Flared Trousers) are $278.

Psst: here’s a slightly less pricey option in gray (jacket, skirt, dress, pants), and a plus-size option (jacket, skirt, pants).

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Corporette's Suit of the Week: TheoryFor 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 it’s official: the long blazer is back. I saw a woman wearing one a week or so ago (in the wild) and thought she looked very chic, and TONS of designers are showing them. I have mixed feelings about the trend, as someone sort of lived through it the first time (it was a big part of my look for Mock Trial and other gussied-up school events when I was a teenager — I’ll see if I can find a picture for Throwback Thursday on Instagram).  I think it’s inherently a casual look, at least as styled here, but it’s not altogether unflattering. I would probably wear it with a blouse with a bit more shape to it — perhaps a fitted button-front — but I hesitantly like it. (This “dark merlot” color is gorgeous, though, and very easy for me to like!)  Ladies, what do you think of the trend? The blazer (Theory Marcella Blazer) is $455, and the pants (Theory Louise Urban Trousers) are $275, both at ShopBop.

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Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Pindot 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.

A pindot suit is hard to find — and a pindot NAVY suit is even harder to find, so I thought I’d post this lovely suit from Ann Taylor, despite some hesitations about the boxy cut of the jacket, the ankle length on the pants, and the 18.5″ hem on the skirt, all of which put this firmly in “casual suit” territory.  I’d wear it with something sleeker than a sloppily-tucked blouse, though — perhaps a fitted cashmere tank or a jersey tee.  The jacket (Pindot Two Button Jacket) is $189, the pants (Pindot Slim Ankle Pants) are $98, and the skirt (Pindot Flounce Skirt) is $89.  (I might try the skirt in tall, which is 20″ long.)

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Suit of the Week: Boss Hugo Boss

Boss Hugo Boss Textured Stretch Cotton Skirt Suit with Striped Trim | CorporetteFor 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.

This gorgeous navy suit is that rare bird, I think: a fun, interesting suit that is also sophisticated and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love the variegated stripe details, and that stretch cotton has such a texture to it — it looks like it would hold up really well on a hot summer day but still be breathable. As always, I’m a fan of the modest hemline, and I always like a three-quarter sleeve to the blazer. The blazer (Jeisina Blazer) is $595, and the skirt (Valyn Skirt) is $295. The suit is available at Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.

 

 

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

Classiques Entier 'Viviane Suiting' Stretch Wool Blend 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.

I love the “navy melange” fabric here — kinda navy, kinda brown, kinda gray — but with a classically fitted suit. I’d probably keep it super simple and wear a white or black t-shirt beneath it and a set of pearls, but I could also see it looking nice with purples, oranges, greens, beiges, and possibly even a dark red. It’s part of the Nordstrom Anniverary Sale (check out Kat’s workwear picks). The jacket (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Jacket) is currently $179 but the price will go back to $268 after the sale ends. The pants (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Trousers) are $109, down from $168. (The skirt sadly seems to be sold out.)

 

 

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Suit of the Week: ASOS

ASOS Crepe Suit | CorporetteFor 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.

Everyone seemed to really love the color of the Escada suit from a few weeks ago, including me — so when I saw this (much) less expensive version from hip retailer ASOS I had to pass it along. Love that bright pink! As of this writing it’s available in sizes 1-14, with matching ankle pants. For work, I’d wear it as styled, with a gray skintight croptop — ha, just kidding! I do like the gray, though — I think it does a better job of muting the pink (as would a cream or a beige); I’d worry a black or white would just make it pop. I might try it with orange or red accessories if I were having fun, or a single metal color to complement my shirt. For some reason I’m seeing silver with a gray shirt, and gold with a cream/beige top. (Ooh: if I were wearing the blazer as a separate this would be a great time to dress in different textures of the same color, like gray.) The blazer (ASOS Blazer In Crepe With Slim Lapel) is $85.74, and the pants (ASOS Cigarette Pants) are $47.64.

 

 

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