Suit of the Week: Antonio Melani

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Antonio MelaniFor 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 our first suit of the week for 2015, I’m liking this basic navy suit with some pretty seaming details on the blazer.  It looks classic but distinctive — fashionwise, nothing’s worse than showing up at an interview to find you’re wearing the exact same thing as other interviewees!  The blazer (Antonio Melani Grace Seamed Jacket) is $199, and the matching pants (Antonio Melani Minnie Crepe Straight Pants) are $119.

Here’s a similar plus-size suit.

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Kat’s Favorite Suits of 2014

Corporette-2014-review2014 was a great year for women’s suits — these are some of my favorites from our weekly roundup. (Each picture links back to the original post… and of course, don’t forget to check out The Corporette Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting.)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Pssst: Happy early New Year’s Eve to everyone — everyone be safe tonight, and have fun!

Suit of the Week: Hobbs

Hobbs Invitation Julietta 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.

Since a reader mentioned British retailer Hobbs’s new US website, I’ve been checking in, and I was excited to see that a lot of great work-appropriate pieces are on sale.  (Be sure to click the little flag on the top right hand corner to see the correct currency; you don’t want to get overly excited unless you’re looking at the right one!)  The black “Invitation Julietta” suiting stood out to me — it looks classic, clean, professional, and generally great.  The Julietta Dress particularly caught my eye — it comes in both white and beige versions (both pictured below) — it’s normally $385 but comes down to $240 in the sale.  The matching jacket (Invitation Julietta Jacket) is normally $345, but comes to $230, the matching skirt (Invitation Julietta Skirt) comes from $195 down to $105, and the matching pants (not pictured) (Invitation Julietta Pants) come from $210 down to $115.

Here’s a similar plus-size option (jacket and skirt — and some pieces in the set are part of Amazon’s great sale that lets you take an additional 30% off last minute gifts), and a budget-friendly option.

ADMIN UPDATE: Some readers are reporting seeing a video that starts playing immediately once you visit the site. If anyone can tell me what the ad is for, and where it is on the page (above the logo? right below the logo? between the 1st and 2d post? near the bottom of the page?) that would be hugely appreciated — we need that info to investigate the situation and make it stop.  Thank you in advance!

Hobbs Julietta Suit

Hobbs Julietta Womens Suit

Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Austin Reed Signature BlazerFor 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.

Austin Reed has some crazy sales going — lots of lucky sizes, unfortunately. This Signature black suit, though, is still available in most sizes — and while the discounts aren’t the steepest (33-36%), it’s still something. It looks classic and lovely. The jacket (Signature Collarless Zip Jacket) was $410, now marked to $262; the skirt (Signature Skirt) was $229, but is now marked to $148; the pants (Signature Trousers) were $248, but are now marked to $165.

Here’s a plus-size alternative (only one size left, alas).

Austin Reed Signature Womens Suit

Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

Brooks-Brothers-womens-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.

This suit is not for everyone, obviously — but it immediately jumped out to me as a cool, timeless suit for a bold woman. I love the way the black and white pattern gets darker at the bottom of the jacket (and lighter at the bottom of the skirt), and in general the four-button, collarless look is great. I like it as styled, and would try to wear it with black or white — if I wanted to add a pop of color I’d do it with a bold red lip, or a red or pink pump, or a purple bag. (Personally I’m not a fan of the leopard print shoes with the suit, as styled — it’s pushing the boundaries for me of a tasteful, professional pattern mix.  I’d either want to add a dark brown top to stick with the leopard print shoes, or try another black and white print (dalmatian or the like) instead.  (Ladies, what are your thoughts on the leopard print shoes?)   The jacket (Wool Blend Boucle Jacket) is $398, and the skirt (Wool Boucle Pencil Skirt) is $248, both at Brooks Brothers.

Here’s a similar plus size option, and here’s a similar, less expensive option. (This previous plus-size pick has very limited sizes, but is now on sale.)

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Brooks Brothers' Black and White Boucle Women's Suit | Corporette

Suit of the Week: Halogen

Halogen Seam Detail Skirt 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’m obsessed with the little seam details on this Halogen suit, which I think makes it look a lot more expensive than the price.  The teeny tiny checkered pattern curves around with inset side seams on the blazer and angled panels on the skirt — the whole effect is streamlined and tailored.  Love.  The jacket (Halogen® Seam Detail Suit Jacket) is $148, the skirt (Halogen® Seam Detail Suit Skirt) is $79, and the pants (Halogen® ‘Taylor’ Suiting Pants) are $88.  The suit comes in sizes 0-16, as well as petites and plus sizes.

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