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.

Halogen Seam Detail Suit 2

Suit of the Week: Burberry

Corporette's Suit of the Week: BurberryFor 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! I’m loving the leather trim and teeny tiny crosshatch pattern on this cotton gabardine suit from Burberry. The single button fit with slightly peaked lapels is classic, and the crisp seams on the ankle pants remind me of one of my favorite pairs of pants. The jacket (Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Fathingstone Jacket) is $1350, and the pants (Burberry London Taverham Leather-Trimmed Wool Pants) are $495, both at Saks.

Here’s a more affordable suit, as well as a plus size option that has leather accents: jacket, dress.

Update: A couple more alternatives to check out: this one from Helmut Lang (price reduced), and this Tahari ASL skirt suit in plus sizes.

 

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Burberry

Suit of the Week: Armani Collezioni

Armani Featherweight Wool 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.

We’re still working on our Nordstrom sale roundup, but in the meantime… I fell in love with this dress and blazer combo when I first saw it a week or so ago — it looks so classic, yet feminine.  Love.  The jacket (Armani Collezioni Two Button Featherweight Wool Jacket) is $1245, the pants (Armani Collezioni Straight Leg Featherweight Wool Pants) is $595, and the dress (Armani Collezioni Featherweight Wool Dress) is $995.

On the more affordable side of things, here’s another lightweight wool navy suit: blazer, pants, and sheath dress. Similarly, here’s a plus size version: blazer, pants, and pencil skirt.

Psst: You can save up to 75% at Kate Spade New York’s surprise sale, going on now through 11/5!

 

 

Armani Collezioni Featherweight Wool Suit | Corporette

Suit of the Week: Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard 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 Nina Ricci floral jacquard suit strikes me as incredibly unusual. First, I’ve never seen a wool floral jacquard quite like this one. Second, the curved panels and cutaway peplum make it look incredibly lux (a good thing, considering the price). And here’s the most unusual thing about it: it has all of these fantastic design elements, and yet it still seems like it’s totally wearable for a conservative job. The jacket (Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard Jacket) is $1990. The skirt, while apparently sold out at Barney’s, is still available at MyTheresa.com for $1050.

The alternatives pale in comparison, but here’s a blazer + sheath dress option with a similar vibe for about $60 total (!), and knitwear brand Misook has a bunch of nice collarless navy blazers and separates, in both regular and plus sizes, at Last Call. Meanwhile, for those of you with an extra $10K burning a hole in your pocket, may I direct you to this vaguely similar blazer.

Psst: Check out the Secret Sale at Kate Spade Saturday — up to 75% off! (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Nina Ricci womens suit