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.
Every so often I like a Mandarin collar on a suit, and this budget-friendly pick from LOFT fits the bill. I like the gathered detail at the waist, the peplum hem, and the four buttons (which, for me at least, would be purely decorative, as I’d wear the suit open). The dark charcoal plaid is a serious way to do the trend this season of plaid suits. The blazer (Peplum Hem Austyn Plaid Blazer) is $138 at LOFT (regular and petites) and the pants pictured (Julie New Boot Cut Pants) are $79.50. (There’s also a pencil skirt under the name “Austin” (available in regular and petites), as well as another matching pair of pants in the Marisa cut — both pants are available in talls and petites as well as regular.)