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.
Happy Wednesday! This suit from Hobbs is lovely and strikes me as very traditional — especially if you’re a partner at a law firm I could see this being something you pull out every December. (Let’s discuss: is it too festive to wear year-round? Hmmn.)
Another question for discussion: what would you wear beneath the buttoned blazer? Although Hobbs is one of our favorite brands for washable workwear, this particular blazer is labeled “dry clean.” As I’ve often recommended in the past, I would wear a short-sleeved t-shirt (or long-sleeved if you’re often cold). The sleeves in this layer help protect the suit from sweat and deodorant stains — and make it easy to remove your blazer without worrying about it, the way you might if it were a strappy camisole or tank top. (Going sleeveless at work is much more accepted than it once was, but know your office.) They also make “underarm shields” to help you avoid getting deodorant on your clothes!
I would wear the pieces as separates, also — the skirt would look cute with almost anything and the blazer could work with neutrals (black, winter white, gray, a black/white pattern) as well as a print if you happen to have a skirt or patterned trousers that complements the red. (Hobbs also has a picture of the blazer unbuttoned, if you’re pondering outfits with it worn open.)
The pictured blazer and skirt are $480 and $275, respectively, and available in US sizes 2-14 (UK sizes 6-18). If you’re a lucky size 8, a very similar blazer is available in merlot for 50% off. (Hobbs also has the suit marked down in navy.) You can get outfit at Bloomingdale’s and Hobbs.
Hunting for something similar but more affordable or in plus sizes? Le Suit offers a fire red 4-button suit with a trumpet skirt in regular, petite, and plus sizes (14-24); I might swap out the gold buttons for matte black ones though.
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Workwear sales of note for 12.3.21…
- Nordstrom – Up to 50% off! TONS of sales on reader-favorite lingerie brands like Natori, True & Co, Hanky Panky, and Wacoal — lots of Zella and Barefoot Dreams on sale too!
- Lo & Sons – Up to 60% off (through 12/5)
- Ann Taylor – 60% off select full-price styles; 60% of all sale styles
- Loft – 40% off your purchase
- J.Crew – 40% off sweaters, coats & more
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 50% off everything; extra 50% off clearance
- Banana Republic Factory – 60% off everything
- Lands’ End – Up to 70% off
- Eloquii – Up to 50% off