Suit of the Week: Halogen

Patterned Suit: HalogenFor 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 like this suit for a lot of reasons — it’s hard to go wrong with a small print in black/white, it comes in regular, plus, and petite separates sizes, ensuring something for everyone, and the open, collarless jacket with pencil skirt is a sleek look for summer. But for whatever reason, when I first saw this on Nordstrom’s site, it was right next to this Smythe jacket, and considering the price difference for two very similar pieces, I like it even more. The jacket (Halogen Zip Pocket Open Jacket) is $98 ($108 for plus sizes), and the skirt (Halogen Welt Pocket Pencil Skirt) is $59.

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

windowpane 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 am such a sucker for windowpane prints — even though the print is very rooted in menswear it always feels like a fun, feminine twist.  Banana Republic has two window pane prints available right now: the white print on black (pictured) that has matching ankle pants and (for the weekend or a very casual office), matching black Bermuda shorts.  They also have a blazer in a navy print on white that has a lovely pencil skirt marked to $48 today.

The pictured jacket (Windowpane Print) is $198, and the pictured pants (Ryan-Fit Windowpane Slim-Straight Pant) are $98; both are available in regular and petite sizes.

I can’t for the life of me find a full plus-size suit in a similar print, but this checked blazer, this tweed blazer (40% off!) and this polka-dotted trench (33% off) are all pretty awesome.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

Stretch Wool Suit: Boss 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.

Wow, a beautiful navy suit from Boss — on sale for 40% off. Yes please! That’s a dress beneath it, made of mixed materials for a “blouse and skirt” type look. Now, that high neckline is exactly the kind of thing I usually avoid (see my top style tips for busty women), but I would make an exception here because this is such a gorgeous outfit. I’d probably be sure to wear my 18″ set of pearls, or even a simple gold necklace (I just got this one and like it) to visually lower the neckline a little bit to the more flattering mid-clavicle region. The jacket (Boss ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $357 (was $595), and the dress (Boss ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $345 (was $575).

Here’s a more affordable option — a dark navy jacket + dress (with detail at the waist) in seasonless wool, available in misses, petite, woman, and woman petite sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Ellen Tracy

White Suit: Ellen Tracy 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 not a huge fan of white suits for summer, at least personally — you may as well draw a target on me for spilling my morning coffee. (But weirdly, I really like light gray suits and bottoms for summer.) If you are less of a klutz than I am, this white suit from Ellen Tracy comes in both petite and regular sizes and looks great. The flounce skirt, in particular, is so popular it’s almost sold out in regular sizes at Nordstrom — but Lord & Taylor has it in spades (and on sale for $53). The jacket (Ellen Tracy Hidden Zip Blazer) is $139, and the skirt (Ellen Tracy Flounce Hem Pencil Skirt) is $89. Ellen Tracy White Suit

Here’s a plus size option (although not everyone will be a fan of the buttons and other details).

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Light Gray Summer Suit: Reiss Aleggra 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’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I kind of prefer light gray to white in the summer, even though every fashion magazine will tell you how a white suit is a must-have. (Let’s face it, though — the fashion magazine is probably telling to wear a white suit with shorts, or sleeveless blazer, or something else that’s a bit too trendy for an office where you actually would wear a suit.) Anyhoo: this light gray suit from Reiss looks perfect — sleek but light for the summer. The jacket (Reiss Aleggra Single-Breasted Blazer) is $445, the skirt (Reiss Aleggra Pencil Skirt) is $240, and the pants (not pictured: Reiss Aleggra Tailored Trousers) are $220.

Here’s a plus-size alternative (jacket + pants), as well as a more affordable option in regular and petite sizes (jacket and pants + skirt) and plus sizes (jacket + pants).

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

navy pinstriped 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.

It’s always annoying when companies don’t show the suiting separates together, but this navy pinstriped skirt suit from Banana Republic looks promising. I like the chalky pinstripe, the contrasting waist, and the cut of the jacket (single button, collared, single vent). There isn’t a big sale on today (cardmembers save 30%), but this one definitely looks worthy of stalking until there is a significant sale. The well-reviewed jacket (Pinstripe One-Button Blazer) is $198, and the skirt (Pinstripe Pencil Skirt) is $98 but on sale today for $78; both come in sizes 0-16 in regular and tall sizes; the jacket also comes in petite sizes.

Looking for a plus-size option? Check out this pants suit with pindots (and it’s eligible for Triple Points, nice!); this gray pinstriped skirt suit also looks great.

(Not sure how to wear a pinstriped suit? Check out our last discussion on it, here.) 

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