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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional. Wow, there is really … Read More about Suit of the Week
We’ve been curious about this for a while — ever since we advised that a collared shirt should always stay IN if you’re wearing a suit, and numerous readers wrote to say that they had always been advised (by various career counselors) to wear their collars out. So we thought we’d take a poll. For … Read More about Poll: When Wearing a Collared Shirt and Blazer, Does the Collar Go Out or In?
2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on how to care for dry clean only clothes! Today’s reader mail has to do with something near and dear to our hearts… It drives me crazy when everything is labeled ‘dry clean only’. For wool and fine fabrics, ok. But synthetic tops labeled d.c.o.? Please. Am I … Read More about Reader Mail: How seriously do you have to take the “dry clean only” warning?
For this week’s suit, we’re liking the birch-cloth cotton, short-sleeved skirt suit from J.Crew. We like the casual elegance of it, combined with the comfort of stretch. The jacket is $178, and the pencil skirt is $108.
2016 Update: We still stand by the advice in this older reader mail asking if longer skirts appropriate for court, but you may also be interested in our recent discussion on whether women lawyers can wear interesting suits to court. We’ve been thinking about this question since we first read it… I have an important court appearance … Read More about Reader Mail: Can I Wear a Longer Skirt to an Important Court Appearance?
This suit is, admittedly, a mixed bag. The pros: We love, love, love the shape of it. The skinnier pants, the longer jacket — if you can pull this off, you’ll look like a model. The cons: you generally must be SHAPED like a model in order to pull this off — also, the edge … Read More about Suit of the Week
Last week, we asked whether t-shirts could be worn under suits — and if so, if they needed to be fancy. As always, the poll continues, but the initial results are in: – 55% said a simple, classic, and mundane t-shirt was fine to wear under a suit (similar to the one pictured) – 34% … Read More about Poll Results: T-Shirts and Suits Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage
We’ve been a fan of Kay Unger suits and dresses for a while now — they’re well-made and have a way of flattering curves without hugging them. We like the way this ruched suit looks — and not only is it available in camel, black and brown, but it’s on sale, also. The jacket (Kay … Read More about Suit of the Week
We like this “novelty” jacket from Theory. We like the wool-linen blend, which strikes us as unusual but great for unpredictable weather. We especially like the steel-gray color of it; it’s strong yet feminine. We would wear it with a more structured shirt than the one shown here — perhaps a simple tee-shirt in white … Read More about Suit of the Week: Theory Novelty Suit
2020 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 … Read More about Reader Mailbag Part I: What To Wear on Interviews Generally
Someone was telling us recently that they didn’t wear button-down shirts, didn’t even know how to wear ’em. So, here ya go…ten things to know about wearing button-down shirts! 1. If you’re going for the crisp cotton look, go for non-iron. Brooks Brothers makes a great fitted non-iron shirt. Thomas Pink (very high end, typically … Read More about 10 Things to Know About: Wearing Button-Down Shirts