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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Suit of the Week: Halogen

striped topper 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.

“Toppers,” these long, Thatcher-type jackets, seem to be having a moment. I’m undecided on them for the office, to be honest, at least as far as young women go — maybe I associate them a little too strongly with the Iron Lady or Queen Elizabeth. Still, if ever there were a young, fun, professional but sophisticated topper/skirt, I think it’s this lovely stripey one from Halogen. It doesn’t hurt that both pieces are kind of hot on their own — the skirt is perfect by itself, and I can’t help but thinking the jacket would look really awesome with some denim flares. I like the neutral vibe to this white/light gray ensemble, but of course you can add color; I particularly like a bright yellow paired with gray. The jacket (Halogen® Placed Stripe Topper) is $168, and the skirt (Halogen® Stripe Pencil Skirt) is $78.

Here’s a gorgeous plus-size topper.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

Pale Blue Suit: Talbots Refined Crepe SuitThis lovely crepe suit comes in black, white, and the pictured light blue — and in regular, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes. While a light blue suit may not seem like a solid investment, from a separates standpoint alone you’ll be surprised how much wear you get out of both of these pieces. I like light blue with neutrals like white, black, navy, brown, and even beige — I know, crazy for me, since I hate beige. A pop of color isn’t needed but I do think a red accent looks nice; if you want to feel preppy then go for another pastel (mint, a yellow) or even an orange or kelly green. The jackets (Refined Crepe Shawl Blazer, pictured, and Refined Crepe Jacket) are each $149 (from $199), the pants (Refined Crepe Slim Leg Pant and Refined Crepe Wide Leg Pant) are each $89 (from $119), and the matching skirt (not pictured, Refined Crepe Skirt) is $74 (from $99). The above prices reflect that you can get 25% off your entire purchase today — no code needed! Talbots Refined Crepe Suiting Separates

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Suit of the Week: MICHAEL Michael Kors

Michael Kors 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 haven’t noticed this suit before, but Bloomingdale’s lists this among its bestsellers.  Tailoring on the model aside (that hem is too long!), it’s refreshing to see a full-length pant — with full-length sleeves!  Both pieces are actually affordable, and the pants at least are available up to size 16.  The jacket (MICHAEL Michael Kors Notch Lapel Blazer) is $250, and the pants (MICHAEL Michael Kors Wide-Leg Pants) are $175.

Ladies, which are your favorite budget suits? Which are your favorite black suits?  

Psst: if you haven’t checked it out, here’s the Corporette Guide to Proper Hem Lengths

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Suit of the Week: Karmine

Sleeveless Jacket Suit: Karmine Gilet Fluid Sleeveless JacketI am not a huge fan of the sleeveless vest for work — I think it’s way too hard to make one look good with a sleeved layer beneath it, and sleeveless isn’t acceptable for many conservative workplaces (know your office!). So I chose to feature this suit with a caveat: it also comes with a regular jacket. Having said that, I do think for the right woman, at the right office, this fluid, high-collared look is lovely; it’s professional and buttoned-up without being stuffy. The vest (Karmine Gilet) is $370, the pants (Karmine Trouser) are $240, and the regular blazer (Karmine Fluid Blazer) is $445.

A few lower-priced options are here (windowpane), here (cream/beige), and here (four color choices). Here’s a plus-size option.

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