Suit of the Week: Mila Schön

For 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.

Yoox has a number of Mila Schön suits right now, and I’m really liking the clean lines, feminine touches, and general look. This skirt suit (which Yoox describes as having a “Chinese collar”) looks ladylike but businesslike all at once. It’s available in limited sizes in black and dark blue at Yoox for $215. Mila Schön Women’s Suit

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory Shinna 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.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t think I’ve seen the “Shinna” blazer from Theory before. Theory suits in general are great (this one is wool and lined), but on the Shinna blazer I like the slightly wide vents at back and the topstitched darts on the front. The jacket (Theory Shinna Blazer) is $395, and the skirt (Theory Tenida Skirt) is $200. (Oh, and I can’t let those shoes go without mention — I know Acne is a hot brand right now, but: yuck. Not my cup of tea at all.)

Theory Shinna Blazer Theory Tenida Skirt

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Suit of the Week: BOSS Black

BOSS Black Two 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.

I am loving this suit in “rouge noir” from BOSS Black. It strikes me as a really unusual color — a bit of a purpley brown — but one that isn’t so wild and wacky that you can’t wear it to important meetings. I wish the jacket’s front pockets were functional, but so it goes. The jacket (BOSS Black Two Button Jacket) is $595, the skirt (BOSS Black Pencil Skirt) is $275, and the pants (BOSS Black ‘Tirana’ Trousers) are $325, all available at Nordstrom.

BOSS Black Two Button Jacket BOSS Black 'Tirana' Trousers

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Suit of the Week: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore 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 am loving this simple suit from Nanette Lepore. The jacket feels a bit shorter, and the tie-back belt a bit higher and looser, than most, and I like those details — they make the jacket interesting and unique. The flared skirt looks like a nice alternative to the pencil skirt, and a great basic. The jacket (Kentucky Derby Jacket) is $398, and the skirt (Hot-To-Trot Skirt) is $198 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

For 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 really like this suit, made of an unusual puckered wool blend. On the jacket, the details at the waist (and the three buttons!) look flattering and interesting, and I like the pleated, unvented back. As for the matching skirt and pants, they look simple and classic — the perfect thing to wear with or without the jacket. The jacket (Classiques Entier ‘Backside’ Jacket) is $268, and the skirt (Classiques Entier ‘Bankside’ Skirt) is $148. The pants (Classiques Entier ‘Bankside’ Pants), not pictured, are $168.

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Colors and Suits: The Rules?

color rules for suitsToday, Reader C has an interesting question about “color rules” for suits…

I recently bought my first suit from BR (thanks to your post!). I plan to wear it a huge conference that the nonprofit where I work is organizing. At the store, I was trying to choose between getting a black suit or a light gray one from the same collection. The sales associates asked me what shirt I was planning to wear with my suit – I told them it was a dark navy silky top that I was wearing at that time. Immediately, both of them said I should get the black suit because the navy would be too dark for a light gray suit. They said the gray suit should be worn with lighter colors. I did settle on the black suit but it’s because I thought I can wear it with light and dark colored tops. However the associates’ reaction got me wondering – are there rules about matching shirts with suits that I don’t know about? I thought a black suit with a white shirt is classic but perhaps I am outdated.

Maybe I’m alone here, but — whaaa? The associates’ advice doesn’t make sense to me at all. First, I would not advise someone to wear a navy blouse with a black suit unless I’d seen it first to make sure it was clearly navy blue and there was no whiff of “I got dressed in the dark and thought I was wearing all black.” Second, I normally wear black tops with gray suits (hello, New Yorker here), as well as darker jewel tones.  (Pictured: Stained Glass Color Wheel, originally uploaded to Flickr by garlandcannon.)

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