Suit of the Week: Lafayette 148 New York

For 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 how the simple one-button style of this black crosshatched suit is combined with the interesting collar, and I love the sort of heavy stitch along the seams. I also like the way that it’s your basic black suit with some interesting touches. I’d usually wear black with a suit like this, but it could be a nice opportunity to bring in some pastels as spring approaches. A pale lavender would look lovely, or a French blue — it’s a great way to bring in the season with your base layer. I couldn’t find a skirt for this suit, but the blazer does have matching pants. The jacket (Tristan Monticino Suit Blazer) is $598, and the pants (Barrow Monticino Pants) are $345, both at Nordstrom.

This is a nice plus-size option, although I can only find the jacket. Here’s a suit that’s a lower-priced alternative.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

For 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.

You can’t tell from the picture here, but this suiting collection from Reiss has this teeny tiny nubbly textured fabric that looks lovely, and I think it’s going to be one of those classic suits that’s got a little something different to it. It has a stunning British tailored look, and the dress that goes with it is so awesome we’ll have to give it its own post soon — the seams and darts are to die for. This suiting collection has a jacket, skirt, pants, and that ah-ma-zing dress, all for $220-$435.

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Suit of the Week: Cushnie et Ochs

For 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. 

When you come across a lace-up suit, 95% of the time it’s not going to be work-appropriate and will be crossing into the territory of something a madam would wear — not the kind of thing you would wear to the office. This one, I think, can at least walk the boundary, and if you’ve got a work event in the evening it might be perfect. You could also wear it around the office — but with an actual blouse underneath, of course, not as it’s styled here! The jacket (Lace-up stretch-twill peplum blazer) is $1,495, and the pants (Stretch-twill straight-leg pants) are $975.

Here’s a more affordable option and another in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Michael Kors

For 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 this gawgeous tweed jacquard suit from Michael Kors is the picture of elegance. I love this dark navy and white pattern, and I think the cropped shrunken blazer is amazing. The jacket (Tweed Jacquard Jacket) is $1,450 and the coordinating dress (Wool Jacquard Dress), which is also really elegant, is $1,395.

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size alternative.

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Suit of the Week: Akris

For 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 ice gray suit is apparently one of Saks’ top sellers right now. I’ve written before about my love of light gray suits — light gray pants particularly, because they’re more versatile than white pants in the spring and summer. You could even look at this as an alternative to a winter-white suit — I think you’d get a lot more wear out of it because it doesn’t have the stigma associated with white as being fussy and so forth. I like the very sleek, fitted style of the wool jacket, and the cropped portion is intriguing. The pants appear to fit well, and they have a classic straight cut. All in all, it looks like a great suit for work. The jacket (Akris Ice Cropped Wool Jacket) is $3,590, and the pants (Akris Maxine Wool Pants) are $895.

By the way, Saks has a ton of lucky sizes in Akris right now, so search your size — there are some serious markdowns like this dress and this dress.

Here’s a more affordable suiting option from Boss (on sale at Nordstrom) — the pants are sold out, alas, but the sheath dress and jacket are still available (lucky sizes only).

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Suit of the Week: Antonio Melani

For 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 always a bit wary when they won’t show the suiting separates together, but I like little details like the subtle stripe here (and the sale) too much to not bring it to your attention. I love the shawl collar, the double vents in the back of the blazer, and the flattering darts on the skirt. (There are matching flared pants if that’s more your style, as well.) The blazer (Antonio Melani Bareil Subtle Stripe Blazer Jacket) was $199, but is now marked to $119; the skirt (Antonio Melani Hannah Subtle Stripe Skirt) was $99, but is now marked to $59.

This similar navy pantsuit from Classiques Entier is also on sale (for just a bit more); this gray plus-size pantsuit is on an even better sale.

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