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.
Commenters have been singing the praises of Pendleton suits for a long while now, and I finally found one online that I like enough to feature for the Suit of the Week: this lovely worsted slub weave star-stitched jacket, available in both a salt and pepper “black” and a softer “Sahara Brown.” I like the lines from the starburst pattern at the shoulders, and I like that the curved collar is something different than what we normally see. (I’ve read that curved collars like this are more flattering on angular faces, and pointed collars are prettier on curvier faces — discuss!) The jacket (Pendleton Worsted Slub Weave Star Stitched Jacket) was $238, but is now $166, and the matching sheath dress (Pendleton Worsted Slub Weave Madison Sheath) is $168 (only available in Sahara Brown). The matching pants, Pendleton Worsted Slub Weave Madison Trousers, were $158, but marked today to $109; and the skirt, Worsted Slub Weave Madison Skirt, was $138 but now marked to $95 (available in black only).
Hate the collar- even when I was a little, little girl, I think that I found collars like that too little-girl-ish for me. But I think that the sheath dress is lovely!
I agree entirely.
Me too. Love dress, hate jacket.
I ordered a fantastic winter blazer from P that I really love. My problem with their stuff is that their pants are SO short and don’t have enough fabric to let them out to any reasonable length (I am 5′ 10″). I thought they had a tall line, but it doesn’t seem to be in existence any more.
Aw, crap. This post caused me to buy a silk jacket from them that I had been lusting after and is now on sale (the graphic plaid jacket). Use WELCOME to get 15% off, even if it isn’t your first order.
They phased out tall last year, I think. Boo!!! I had to have the sleeves lengthened on the one jacket I got from them and couldn’t make the full suit bc the pants were too short.
See, I love Pendleton pants because as a 5’4″ person who likes to wear 3″ heels, I never have to alter the pants. With just about any other pants, the first place they go after my house is to the alterations guy.
I have to say, I like the fabric on this, but the styling on the jacket, I don’t love. It looks both little-girly and shapeless to me. Pendleton has lots of other clothing that is a little more fashionable.
I ordered that suit last week and am returning it today. My daughter said I looked like a frumpy clown in it. It was mostly the collar and the fact that the fabric is stripey, which you can’t tell so much in the pictures.
That said, I do love Pendleton and have a number of blouses and jackets from there that look great on me. I appreciate that they carry petite sizes, especially. Maybe this suit would look better on a taller person.
ha, that is great – I am in agreement with your daughter on this one! I really cannot picture that jacket flattering anyone — boxy in the worst(ed) way, and so very plain that the unique collar does indeed remind me of the Bozo neck ruff.
The high neckline on the jacket isn’t flattering either.
Are you on the North Shore of Chicago? I grew up in Deerfield!
The Online Shopper
Ha! North Shore that is too funny. I also think the shapeless jacket may have also contributed to the clown effect. The dress is pretty though!
It looks like a mix of amish and childrens department.
is it just me or is worsted slub the worst name ever?
i thought exactly the same thing!
yes — it sounds like a sausage.
It’s not just you, its definitely not just you. :-P
I was about to type the same thing! It’s pretty much what I think of this suit (although the sheath on it’s own is cute, but not for that price).
I’m a big Pendleton shopper, nearly all my knit tops and many of my slacks come from there. I considered this suit when I saw it in the last catalog, but I had the same worries about the collar paired with the boxiness. If it was a more tailored cut then the collar might work, but…
The dress is beautiful, but I agree, that collar is not great at all.
I think the dress is great and it would be handy to own the dress and the jacket – for court. I think the round collar is cute – but not for everyone.
Bland office occupier
I could really use some inspiration for my office decor. My office needs life and warmth and I’m having such a hard time figuring out what to do. I have very limited personal effects (a lamp, a few throw pillows and a few picture frames) and it just feels… well, lifeless. The office is contemporary so I can get away with not having much but it still looks like I just moved in. I have wood floors and was wondering how appropriate would it be if I were to put a rug down. I don’t have a decor allowance so it would come out of my own pocket. What do other ladies do to spruce up your workspaces to make it feel like you? I need some inspiration!
I just saw these adorable paper clip holders on Bloomingdales’ website:
I like this question!! I’d second the question, but ask for cubes … sigh … i miss the office days.
I probably wouldn’t do a rug (too much like “decorating your living room” per NGDGTCO), but highly recommend a few good low-maintenance plants, a souvenir or two from a trip (my office has a little sculpture from my bar trip in Africa), art – a framed photograph or print or two (as long as it’s not something you’d find in a door room, e.g., Starry Night or some Ansel Adams) and keeping a colorful wrap tossed over the back of your chair (both decor and A/C protection!)
*dorm room – just thinking about those ubiquitous posters/poster shops!
I have the dreaded windowless office, and as such, keep killing plants. Anyone have any good recommendations for house/office plants that need very, very little sun?
you could try air plants or a terrarium?
Check out http://www.aerogarden.com – you can have fresh flowers all year long – and the grow lights are very similar to sun, so you may find your mood improving too!
I have a large piece of graphic art that I bought on onekingslane. It really adds some personality to the place, without being too feminine or aggressive.
As a post-doc I shared an office with someone who brought in a rug. Everyone commented on it, as in ‘that’s wierd’.
Bland office occupier
Thanks for the suggestions! I will scrap the rug idea. I was very careful with my lamp and throw pillow selection to not cross the line that is drawn NTDGTCO. My walls are still bare so maybe after I put a few framed prints (don’t worry, no cheesy art!) it will change things up.
Don’t forget your degrees!
I also have framed photographs, a framed poster-sized print, a bulletin board, and a calendar with pretty landscape pictures. A bookshelf with your law books (or loaner law books from the firm).
Plants certainly spice up the place.
I’m curious though – throw pillows? Those seem a little “living room” to me. I’ve never seen them in a law office. …But maybe you are a psychiatrist?
I’ll fess up to having a throw pillow in my biglaw office — but it doubles as back support for long days! It normally lives on a visitor chair but feels really great after a day hunched over at my not-very-adjustable desk.
Bland office occupier
Yep. I have a cream loveseat with pretty stiff back cushions. I have two rectangle throw pillows (think lumbar support) that are neutral colors have a mellow pattern. I’ve received compliments from both men and women so I don’t think it crosses the NGDTCO line. People actually really like them. Everyone else here who have couches/large chairs has pillows as well so it works.
One thing that I’ve been trying to do around my house, but also office (note: trying, only kind of doing) is to take a few really great pictures of scenery when I go on vacation, or just of cool places around town, and get them blown up and framed. We have a lovely picture of a beach we visited in Mexico that everyone comments looks like a professional one you would buy, but it has a lot more value since it repesents a memory of our trip. We have several more shots of vacations since, but getting them blown up and framed is still on the to-do list. (Also, though some family/self pictures are definitely good, I think pictures of scenery on office walls are going to look more professional than shots of people.)
I bought some black and white photos from our state historical society of our city’s downtown area back in the 30’s and 40’s, and had them framed, I get a lot of compliments on them.
I’m not feeling the suit, that color and style wouldn’t work for me at all, but the model in the picture is GORGEOUS. I’d much rather look at her than the suit, and since we have similar complexions, I wish I knew exactly how she did her make-up.
I thought the same thing about that model. She somehow looks really phenomenal despite the (not so cute) suit. They definitely picked the right person to put it on. Then I thought: hope I look that great when I’m her age! (Not plausible since I’m a pale, freckled, red-head.) And THEN I thought: Wait, she might be my age. My, that suit really *is* very mature-looking.
Ok, this might seem like a silly question, but are cotton suits only suitable for the summer? I live in the northeast and there’s a very nice navy cotton skirt suit at a store close by, but I was wondering if it would not be appropriate year-round. Also, will the cotton skirt wrinkle too much while seated? (I know linen has this problem, but I was hoping the cotton wouldn’t be nearly as bad). Thanks!
I’d say you could probably wear it spring-summer. Navy is really a spring color, so I think it would look a little out of place wearing a navy cotton suit after around October. It will probably wrinkle, but it depends on the type of cotton. I have a cotton pantsuit that has a navy striped pattern and you really can’t see that much in terms of wrinkles. I have other cotton skirts that do tend to get wrinkled easily. Generally if it is a stiffer cotton, you’ll probably have more problems with visible wrinkling. If it has a little bit of spandex/polyester, it should wrinkle less.
Okay, that makes sense. If I can wear it, say, April to beginning of October, that sounds like it would be versatile enough to purchase! It does have some spandex in it so hopefully that will help with the wrinkles. I am trying to build a suit collection and I was trying to figure out what would be the best classics to purchase.
And suits sometimes have a little bit of substance on them that makes them less susceptible to wrinkles. It really depends on the suit.
That “substance” is a fabric finish. The garment label tells you the fiber content, but never says anything about resins or other treatments applied to the fabric, and they do affect performance.
I thought some might get a kick out of this:
How timely! I saw a girl today wearing a very tight clothing item that I’d describe as a t-shirt but she obviously thought was a dress as she’d chosen not to wear pants. I actually thought of the “Am I wearing pants?” flowchart Kat linked to a week or so ago and wondered if they’d make one for dresses too. And here it is!
Oh my – that suit is positively matronly.
AIMS, are you on vacation? Spending the week at Nordstrom w/ SF Bay? Something less fun? Just wondering :)
SF Bay Associate
haha – no shame inducing shout-out intended! hope that just enough of your purchases work for you :)
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