Suit of the Week: Max Mara

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Max MaraCorporette's Suit of the Week: Max MaraFor 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 I noted in yesterday’s post on the buying suits beyond interview colors, brown has never been my favorite suiting color — but a lighter, almost reddish brown was, perhaps because I felt more comfortable wearing it with black accents.  This brown is somewhere in between, but it looks like it’s gorgeously tailored, and I always love a wool/silk blend.  The jacket (Max Mara Olinda Wool & Silk Blazer) is $995, and the pants (Max Mara Tondo Wool & Silk Pants) are $515, both at Saks. Readers, do you wear brown suits? What are your thoughts?

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Psst: here’s a less expensive option, and a plus-size option.

 

Suit of the Week: Limited

Corporette's Suit of the Week: The LimitedCorporette's Suit of the Week: The LimitedFor 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 seen a lot of green suits before — what do we think? Too real estate agent?  I like the slightly tweedy look to the fabric (closeup below), and the zip pockets feel fresh, although I do wish that skirt were longer than 19″.  The jacket (Zip Pocket Jacket) is available in sizes XS-XL for $138, the skirt (Pleated Skirt) is $59.95, sizes XS-XL, and the pants (Drew Simply Straight Pants) are $89.95.  Note that The Limited is currently having a B1G1 promotion for jackets, pants, skirts, and dresses — buy one, get one free.

Suit of the Week: Boden

Boden suitingFor 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.

Happy Wednesday! This week I’m swooning over this jacquard suiting from Boden, available in a polka dot pink as well as navy (and a solid, non jacquard black). I like the A-line cut to the skirt, the three buttons on the jacket, and — on the most sedate of the 3 colors — the fun lining on the black jacket. Of course after doing the graphic I found two dresses in the same fabrics, so those are options too. The jacket (Lombard Jacket) is $228, and the skirt (Aldwych Skirt) is $108; both available in sizes 2R-18L.

Psst: I have a call in to customer service to see if the skirt is a solid black or a polka dotted jacquard.  They’re going to call me back and let me know…
Also: Here’s a similar plus-size option.

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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