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.

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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.

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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

Suit of the Week: Rebecca Taylor Tweed

We’re loving this gray tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor. Yes, some of her stuff can be a bit too precious at times, but we think this one is a feminine yet powerful suit. We love the cut of the jacket, the high three buttons, the puckering under the pockets, the fringe detail, and even the tonal flower detail (although we’d be surprised if that couldn’t be removed in case it wasn’t your cup of tea). The jacket is $390, and the pants are $275, both available from Neiman Marcus.


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Suit of the Week: Monogram Gray Pinstriped Skirt Suit

Each Wednesday we’ll feature a suit we think is nice. Fashionable, wearable, businesslike, etc, etc.

There are four brands that most young businesswomen purchase suits from: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Theory. It’s actually hard to find suits that are a good “step up” from those — while you can get one of those suits for $300-$700, the next price range seems to be in the $2000s. Anyway, we were intrigued when Banana Republic announced that it was going to have a new “higher” line, Monogram. We’ve read that it hasn’t been doing so well (perhaps because the website stinks!) but we are loving this gray pinstriped suit from the Monogram line. We love a lot of things about it: the fit, the seasonless dark gray fabric that is 60% wool, 40% silk. We’re also intrigued by the wrap collar — so many times a suit with a bit of detailing is a bit too “society lady,” and little less “business lady” — there may be fur detailing, or sparkly buttons, or bows attached. This wrap collar is the perfect kind of touch to a suit — it’s unique and innovative without detracting from the fact that the suit means business. The pencil skirt is $115, and the blazer is $275. Close-up of that wrap collar below:

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