Suit of the Week: Kay Unger

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Kay UngerFor 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.

While browsing the Lord & Taylor sale, I noticed these two gorgeous pieces.  Love the dress — that color! that texture! that flirty but still appropriate cutout! Love the jacket — that color! that texture! the almost vintage vibe to the cut!  Do I love them TOGETHER?  Well… no. I think the cutout looks a bit odd under the jacket.  But they’re on sale, and they’re cute as separates, and hey, if push comes to shove, you have two pieces that can, in fact, be worn as a suit.  (Or, maybe you disagree with me, and like the cutout-beneath-jacket look?)  The jacket (KAY UNGER Printed Blazer Jacket) is on sale for $150, and the dress (KAY UNGER Cap-Sleeve Dress with Cutout) is on sale for $127.50; with code STYLE they each come down another 15%. (Here’s another cute Kay Unger suit on a deeper discount, but in more limited sizes.)

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Suit of the Week: Alexander McQueen

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Alexander McQueen Crepe 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.

This suit is the really rare (I think) high fashion piece that could also work real business situations. The leaf flared-hem is an updated take on peplum, and the matching skirt doesn’t have anything obviously wrong with it, like a crazy slit or too-short hem. The jacket (Alexander McQueen Leaf flared-hem jacket) is $1,975, and the skirt (Alexander McQueen Crepe Pencil Skirt) is $630.

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory Tadean 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.

Ooh: Yes, this is boring black, but I love a stretch cotton twill suit, particularly for spring/summer weather (should it ever come). Love the flared pants (I knew if I waited long enough they’d come back into style!) and the collarless, buttonless blazer — very chic.  Personally I usually get slash pockets on the side sewn down (you still have the back welt pockets to carry an ID card and a bit of cash, should you need it for a lunch/coffee/nails run), but you may choose differently.  I’m surprised to see that it’s “dry clean only” — I always thought the advantage of cotton suiting (over seasonless wool suiting) is that it’s easier to wash more frequently.  I wouldn’t wear this on a job interview (the fabric makes it much more casual), but I’d wear it just about anywhere else. The jacket (Theory Tadean Open-Front Jacket) is $395, and the pants (Theory Tevita Cotton Flare-Leg Pants) are $275.

(Psst: Saks is having a big sale on suits — lots of previous picks are now on deep discount (lots of near-$500 blazers for under $200, particularly). Happy hunting, ladies!)

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Suit of the Week: ASOS

ASOS Crepe 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 circled around this crepe suiting for a few weeks now, and I really do like the slouchy cool it exudes. There’s a lot to like here — a low starting price, plus the vote of confidence that they made the blazer in multiple colors (including navy, pictured below, and red), many of which are nearly sold out. I think it would be great for a casual day in a very conservative office.  The blazer (ASOS Blazer in Crepe with Slim Lapel) is $83.34, and the matching pants (ASOS Trousers in Crepe) are $46.30.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Turkish Blue 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.

Most colorful suits feel like the province of, primarily, older women, or Southern women, or perhaps political women (I was intrigued by the pops of color from jewel-toned blazers in the State of the Union audience shots). This Turkish blue color, though, seems more daring and youthful. This isn’t to say older women couldn’t wear it… but I think younger women can wear it without aging themselves too. Love the cut of the blazer and the ankle pants (which also come in a kelly green, navy and grey). I saw this outfit styled the other day and loved the combo of this teal blue, kelly green, and red accents, so that is of course what I’m seeing here. Fabulous. The jacket (Dane Turkish Blue Blazer) is $425, and the pants (Joanna Turkish Blue Trousers) are $180.

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Brooks BrothersFor 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 usually a fan of beige suits, but something about this one is lovely.  The collarless jacket feels almost vintage, but not costumey at all — just simple and great — and I like that the skirt is a wool/silk/linen blend from Loro Piana. The jacket (Two-Button Bird’s-Eye Jacket) is $498, and the skirt (Brooks Brothers Wool Silk Linen Skirt) is $248.

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