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Suit of the Week: Bebe Italian Topstitched Twill

Wow — there are some mighty colorful suits out there right now.  (For all the women who enjoy wearing suits on their resort vacation, perhaps?)  Anyway:  there seems to be a lack of fun, interesting suits, but this is one we haven’t seen before:  Italian topstitched twill suit, from Bebe.  We like the piping and fringe around the collar, and the ruffled pleating at the back of the jacket.  The jacket is $179, the wide-legged pants are $129, skirt is $109, and the bustier vest is $119.  (We’d suggest wearing a shirt beneath it unless you happen to work in a nightclub.)   Should you need them, matching short-shorts are also available for $89.

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Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari Black Matte Crepe Suit

Bluefly is slashing prices by an extra 30% for today alone, so we thought we’d see if they had any cute suits. It did not disappoint: behold, a lovely Elie Tahari suit with a slightly odd twist: metal mesh trim. We like that it looks like a normal, boring suit from afar, but has this harder edge when you get close to it. (Although, suffice it to say, on our first wearing we would not accessorize the skirt with good pantyhose.) The ‘Jacqueline’ jacket is $270 (down from $448), and the ‘Pacey’ skirt is $179 (down from $298). (These prices DO reflect the extra 30% off price today.)

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Suit of the Week: Tahari Arthur S. Levine Envelope-Collar Belted Pantsuit

We have a feeling this post is going to be a controversial one, but: This envelope-collar belted pantsuit by Tahari Arthur S. Levine strikes us as a perfect example of what to wear to a staff holiday party.  It’s festive, without being in-your-face seasonal or glitzy.  It allows you to maintain a sense of authority yet still party with the secretaries and paralegals and other people you may have to supervise.  If you wanted to make it more stylish, you could swap out the patent leather belt for a wide corset-style leather belt; you could also wear an over-the-top cocktail ring or add a few brooches (in an artful way) to the wide collar.  On sale at Lord & Taylor for $179 (was $280).  (Note also that if this is your first holiday party and you don’t entirely trust us, you could wear a black or red sequined t-shirt beneath the suit and remove the red jacket if your staff party is more festive.)

Suit of the Week: J.Crew Classic Herringbone

We love, love, love the ruffled/ruched V-neck collar on this J.Crew suit, as well as the hidden singular button closure.  Available in bright papaya (pictured) and “heather carbon” (a dark gray/black).  The jacket is $188, and the skirt is $118.

red tweed jcrew skirt suit

Suit of the Week: Armani Collezioni Ribbon Jacket

Wow, what a gorgeous dark brown suit — simple, elegant, yet with enough details that it’s memorable and clearly not just your run-of-the-mill suit. We lurve the slightly up-turned collar and, as always, we love the touch of spandex in with the wool. Alas, such beauty (from Armani Collezioni!) is not cheap — the jacket is available for $1,260 from Bergdorf’s; pants are $595.

armani ribbon pantsuit

Suit of the Week: Diane von Furstenberg’s “Bette” Glitter Plaid Suit

This week’s suit of the week is a gorgeous black-and-blue plaid number, with gold threads running throughout, from Diane von Furstenberg.  Both the jacket and the skirt would be adorable on their own, or together.  We particularly love the high waist on the skirt — it’s a much easier way to wear the trend rather than, say, high-waisted trousers.  (We also like the fact that the suit is on point with various trends — high-waist, plaid — yet looks like it’ll last for years.)  The Bette jacket is available from Bloomingdale’s for $475; the Adame skirt is $275.

dvf plaid skirt suit

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