About a week ago we asked you: when is your skirt too short for work? The poll is still ongoing, but we thought we’d fill you in on the results so far. Tons of people voted (thank you, Above the Law, for the link!), and the majority of you (31%) said that C was fine, … Read More about Poll Results: We wear…. not so short skirts
We cover a LOT about women's suits, obviously! This page collects all of the posts we've had about particular aspects of women's suits. If you're looking for something more basic, these pages might be helpful:
- The Best Women's Suits - all of our favorite suits in each price bracket with lots of links to stores (updated every year)
- The Corporette Guide to Basic Women's Suiting - a general overview on how to wear suits, with advice on what to wear under suits and with suits.
- Suit of the Week - Every week we pick an unusual, striking, or fun suit to feature
- The Best Shirts to Wear Under Suits
Crops, floodies, capris, bermuda shorts — we’ve seen a LOT of variations on the “summer suit.” As the season winds to a close, we’re curious — are cropped legs ever appropriate for the office? For our $.02…. We’ve seen a lot of people wearing cropped pants at the office — but really only one has … Read More about Poll: Are cropped legs ever appropriate for the office?
For this week’s suit of the week, we’re loving BCBG’s menswear inspired tribute, the Nika suit. We lurve the fit, as well as the tiny details like the layered hem and collar (they’re different without being frou-frou, which is so necessary in a suit). The Nika jacket is $318 in viscose and $338 in wool, … Read More about Suit of the Week: BCBGMAXAZRIA
Another week, another suit! This week’s suit is by Nanette Lepore. We’ve actually had wildly different reactions to this suit: the first time we saw it we thought, oh, hell yes — but then we saw it again and thought it was a bit fug. Now we’re thinking it’s fabulous but perhaps only on very … Read More about Suit of the Week: Don’t You Dare, by Nanette Lepore
Should women unbutton their suits’ blazer buttons to sit? Given all the discussion whirling about interviews, we though we’d take another poll, because we’re really not sure of this answer, either. Should women button their jackets when standing, and unbutton them when sitting? We’re aware it’s proper form for men to do this, but have … Read More about Yet ANOTHER poll: Should women unbutton their suits to sit?
Update: We still stand by the advice below on what to wear on interviews generally, but you may also want to check out our frequently updated Guide to Interview Suits, our roundup of the best women’s suits, and our best on-campus interview tips and resources. Wow, it’s the start of the interview season already for … Read More about Reader Mailbag Part I: What To Wear on Interviews Generally
Now, by your question, we’re guessing you’re a hard size to find, either because you’re above or below the normal (2-14) range. Some suggestions for places to look: If you’re bigger: Check your local Macy’s, Filene’s, TJ Maxx, Lord & Taylor, or Dillard’s for their suit section — I’d be surprised if they don’t have … Read More about Reader Mailbag Part II: Suggestions for Suits If You’re Not Size 2-14
This week, we’re stepping a bit outside our comfort zone: we usually don’t like short-sleeved suits, nor do we like cuffed pant legs. (We just don’t have the height to pull ’em off.) However, we love the simple black and white weave, and we love that there is both a long-sleeved jacket and a short-sleeved … Read More about Suit of the Week: Banana Republic Pinweave Suit
Frequently, women’s suits are sold as separates with interchangeable parts. One woman’s skirt suit might be another woman’s pantsuit — or maybe the same woman owns all 3 pieces and wears the jacket with the pants some days, or the skirt by itself other days, or . . . you get the picture. When you … Read More about Corporette 101: Always Clean Matching Items Together
Sometimes, women new to suits don’t realize that when you purchase it off the rack, there are a number of things that are sewn up for display purposes that should not be sewn up once you wear them. Namely, pockets on jackets and pants, slits in skirts, and vents on jackets. Slits and vents will … Read More about Corporette 101: Rip Your Clothes
In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend. We must admit, we stopped watching FX’s series Damages after a particularly preposterous deposition scene. However, we were impressed with Aussie actress Rose Byrne’s portrayal of Ellen Parsons, the naive young lawyer who finds herself playing … Read More about 360 Review: Ellen Parsons
Women’s suits: No one really knows how often to dry clean them. For men, the answer that is given time and time again is the same: Rarely. Once a season, maybe. The less the better. But then again, men’s suits fit differently than women’s, and the things men wear beneath a suit (the long-sleeved shirt, … Read More about Poll: How often do you dryclean suits?