Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

womens-suits 2For 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.

If memory serves, this time period tends to be a stinker in terms of finding great suits — the pickings are so slim that I’ve even started a new Pinterest board for “Silly Suits” (because there are wackadoodle suits aplenty out there!). That said, of the slim pickings, this indigo linen one from Brooks Brothers is my favorite — classic single button, and while I shudder to think that cropped pants are part of the “new suit,” every designer seems to think so right now.  (In our last poll, 46% of readers thought cropped pants are casual and should be saved for non-meeting days at the office.)  Considering the cropped pants and the linen, I think this suit is best saved for a casual day — I’d wear it with a pair of the new mini-wedges everyone is showing (stay tuned for a roundup soon!) and an airy blouse or tee, as shown. The jacket (Linen One Button Stellita Fit Jacket) is $328, and the pants (Linen Cropped Lucia Fit Pants) are $198 (both available in a khaki beige, as well as petites).

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Shawl Collar Sweater

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Shawl Collar SweaterThis silk/cashmere sweater caught my eye in green last week, striking me as a more lux version of the Vince Camuto wrap top I posted a few weeks ago. Obviously, there are differences — a much higher neckline, and this one isn’t a wrap. Still, for the more conservative woman (or office), this might be just what the fashion doctor called for. It’s available in 7 colors (grey, ivory, navy, light pink, medium brown, and dark green and red). I’d wear it with a brooch (or even two or three) high on the shoulder by itself, or perhaps try it under a blazer with a long scarf hung loose between the sweater and blazer. It’s $148 at Brooks Brothers. Shawl Collar Sweater

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Coffee Break – Snakeskin Leather Heel Pumps

Snakeskin Leather Heel PumpsWow: love, love, love the snakeskin heel on these brown suede pumps. (Note that they’re also available in a gray suede.) The snakeskin adds a little texture and pizzazz to an otherwise boring look, and it’s the perfect way for even the most conservative dressers to dip their toes in the waters of wearing animal prints to the office. The heels were $198, but are now on sale for $79.20. Snakeskin Leather Heel Pumps

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Super 130s Vintage Pleated Dress

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Super 130s Vintage Pleated DressI normally find Black Fleece clothes a bit too avant garde for the office, but I really love the look of this pleated wool dress. I love the tiny pleats on the top, the larger pleats on the skirt, and the waist detailing intrigues me — it half reminds me of a high-waisted skirt, and half reminds me of a crop top (which, I fear, is a look that is coming back). Either way, it’s completely appropriate to wear to the office, and it looks vintage and new at the same time. Lovely. It’s $450 at Brooks Brothers. Super 130s Vintage Pleated Dress


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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Silk Cashmere Cable Cardigan

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Silk Cashmere Cable CardiganSilk cashmere — two of my favorite words when describing sweaters. Silk cashmere blends tend to be extremely soft and non-itchy, and I’ve found that they hold their shape far better than simple cotton cardigans (but they are warmer; something to note during, say, a heatwave). Love this cable cardigan from Brooks Brothers — it’s about as classic as you get, and it’s still available in navy and beige, as well as purple, blue, green, and pink (all pastels). Was $118, now marked to $47.20 during the BB clearance sale. Silk Cashmere Cable Cardigan


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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

Cotton Pique Four-Button JacketFor 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.

The Brooks Brothers clearance is on and there are some great suiting separates in the mix. For the Suit of the Week, I’m liking this navy cotton pique jacket and pencil skirt. First, I really like cotton pique as a summer fabric — lightweight, breathable, but far sturdier than linen. Second, this just looks like a great summer basic — love the collarless, high neckline (although I’d probably wear the whole jacket open), as well as the classic lines of the skirt. The jacket (Cotton Pique Four-Button Jacket) is originally $248, and the skirt (Cotton Pique Skirt) is originally $148.  Now, the BB sale is a bit weird — if you buy one piece the price is 40% off the marked price, but if you “buy 3″ then the markdown goes up to 50% off.  My first understanding was that this was a volume discount (buy 3 of the cotton pique skirts, and then get 50% off), which may make sense for men but not so much for women.  However, after some experimenting, it looks like if you buy ANY 3 pieces in the sale then you get the 50% off price — so for example, if you were to buy this suit plus, say, this dress (which is now back in stock in most of the darker colors), then you’d pay $262 for all 3 pieces — not bad at all.

Cotton Pique Four-Button Jacket Cotton Pique Skirt

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