Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

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.

Banana Republic would be one of the first places I’d check these days if I were looking for a machine washable suit, because they’ve had many that are a wool blend, like this one. If you’re on the hunt, definitely take a look. It’s noteworthy that they’ve got some fun styles as well as some classics, including this navy plaid option, which is available in sizes 0–20. (I didn’t realize that Banana Republic offers a wider size range now — good to know.) The one-button blazer (Classic-Fit Machine-Washable Italian Wool Blend Blazer) is $198; and the skirt, which is high-waisted, hits below the knee, and has a side slit (Machine-Washable Italian Wool Blend Pencil Skirt with Side Slit) is $98; and the pants are … nowhere to be found. (There are machine washable Italian wool pants in other colors right now, so the plaid may have sold out.)

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Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

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.

The dress that goes with Ann Taylor’s crosshatch suiting caught my eye first — it’s a V-neck with cap sleeves and an inset waistline — but the whole set of suit separates is lovely. A crosshatch pattern like this is perfect because it’s more interesting than a simple gray suit, without being, as Tim Gunn would say, “a lot of look” like a plaid or houndstooth. The single-button jacket looks great, and I like that the pants come in two fits and three size ranges (not plus, but up to size 18). The various pieces have full prices of $98-$179; although of course keep an eye out for Ann Taylor’s frequent sales.

Looking for an option in plus sizes? This mini houndstooth pattern is nice, and if you want an investment suit, this Lafayette 148 number in “black multi” is fabulous.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

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.

At long last I think it’s finally happening: we’re returning to wider trouser legs. Don’t get me wrong, it was really fun to have skinny trousers, ankle trousers, “straight” trousers — but I feel like a wider leg is eternally classic, and personally prefer the way a bootcut balances out my wide hips. At the fanciest stores I’m seeing a lot of high-waisted trousers, invariably styled a bodysuit or a cropped top — but the beauty of a trouser like the one pictured is that it’s easy to pair with a hip-length blouse, sweater or fancy t-shirt. The jacket, pants, and dress are all on sale as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for $169-$397 — after the sale, prices will go back up to $255-$595.

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Psst: check out all of our coverage of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including our top picks for workwear under $200 and our favorite plus-size picks for work!

Suit of the Week: Reiss

classic gray pantsuit for womenFor 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.

This gorgeous gray pantsuit screams classic polish to me — and I even like it as styled here with the envelope shooties, which can feel like a hard look to pull off. The main thing that caught my eye on Reiss’s website, though: the faaaabulous matching dress, which has sleeves and all sorts of darty goodness (see below). (There is also a matching skirt which, I am sorry to tell you, tries to make up for a too-long midi length by having two huge slits up to mid-thighs.) The jacket (Alber Jacket) is $445, and the pants (Alber Trouser) are $245.gorgeous classic gray pantsuit for women

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Suit of the Week: Boden

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.

Cobalt suits seem to be on a 3-4 year cycle — I’ve seen them regularly enough over the years that at this point I think they’re approaching “everyone who wears suits should have one” status. Not interview material, mind you, but perfectly appropriate for a regular workday whether as a matched suit or broken out and worn as separates. This polyester/wool cobalt blazer and skirt from Boden is lovely — I really like the deep shawl lapel of the jacket and the streamlined goodness of the skirt. And: huzzah for a fun lining. The jacket (Claremont Blazer) is $189, and the skirt (Claremont Skirt) is now $105. The dress is down to lucky sizes only in blue and is $140 (down from $200).

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)

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Suit of the Week: Boss

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.

Oooh: love the teensy windowpane pattern on this classic suit from Boss — exclusively at Nordstrom. The matching pieces have cool little details, also — the skirt has a solid panel to break up the check, like a wide hem, and the dress has a Empire bodice with a solid-colored top part. Pictured here: The jacket (Jibena Windowpane Jacket) is $595, and the cropped trousers (Tiluna Windowpane Slim Leg Trousers) are $275.

Looking for something more affordable? The gray version of this suit is on sale, and this plaid suit has a similar vibe.

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