Especially their Womans Petites.
One is light pink and the other is a baby blue. Add pearls, brown shoes, and it looks nice. I have one light camel colored suit and one kahki suit, and I think they are among my most versatile. You can go preppy as mentioned above by wearing with pastels. Or, one of my favorites is to wear with a simple black form fitting top and go minimalist in a chic calvin klein sort way.
When I go this route, I usually wear cute brown or metallic flats. Oh, also, depending on the cut of the suit, you could go light monochromatic with a floaty ivory silk top underneath.
You can wear almost any color with a khaki suit since the suit itself is neutral. Eggplant purple looks quite rich with khaki and can also be used with black and gray suits. I bought their eggplant colored one to go with my khaki work pants and I wear it allll the time. Oh, I would love to own a khaki- or camel-colored suit one day!
A smaller plus designer I like who sometimes does suiting is Darren Trentacosta. Can you speak to that? Thank you for posting about larger sizes. I am in need of some new work clothing, and have been at a loss. I bought one recently, as have several of my newly minted attorney friends. It might just be their current line or the fabric they are using, but we all have holes in the back of the skirt. Now there are new holes. Horrifying, considering the money spent.
For the cut I agree they are beautiful and hands down the gold standard. But yours truly, along with about four friends, are not at all impressed with the quality. Update to this — I bought the skirt over a year ago at Bloomingdales. The first time the holes appeared, I took it to the tailor. The second time, when I took it back to the tailor, she told me I should try to take it back. I took it to Bloomies yesterday, without the receipt, and they gave me a brand new skirt with no questions asked.
I LOVE that place. I also had issues with Theory stuff—looked great, but wrinkled immediately and the dye of the jacket bled onto my white silk blouse.
They took it back, but I think there are issues with the quality with theory. I am in the market for a new suit now. It finally gave up the ghost. I really like extended-tab pants … does anyone know where I can find them?
I like the extended tab because the regular one has a tendency to twist and poke out during the day, even if it fits fine. Several of my Talbots suit pants have the extended-tab on them. I think Jones New York does some too.
Crew is my favorite go-to suit. I always buy the slacks, skirt, and jacket so I can get the most out of the suit. I would LOVE to not have to tailor all of my slacks! Have you tried Talbots?
I second the recommendation for Elie Tahari, and would add Lafeyette as well. Both are in the priciest category, but can often be found discounted at Bloomingdales or Nordstrom. I live in NYC and am having trouble finding good suiting for my non-petite small frame. Will try Macys tonight. Kat, can you include at least a few plus size options in your where to shop recommendations on these style guide posts?
My favorite for plus size suiting is Talbots. Especially their Womans Petites. Plus they sometimes have some pretty amazing sales if you hit them at the right moment.
I need a womens petite on top and a regular womens on the bottom. My one caution is that their unlined suits do not hold up.
I still will buy them, but only at deep discounts. Just want to say. For many corporations, where one is not a lawyer, a skirt suit would actually scare employers off. In some companies and industries, tech in particular, a skirted suit for an interview is too formal, and therefore outside the culture. I have to agree, and add into that geographic area. In my city women only wear skirt suits for formal charity luncheons or dinners, or to very dressy weddings, and then the suits are the kind of thing Corporetters have said are not office-appropriate — bright colors, tweed or boucle fabric, feminine detailing, etc.
The only women you routinely see in navy, black or gray skirt suits are religious missionaries. They have pants curvy, modern, and signature styles , jacket, and pencil skirt, and occasionally a sheath.
I am a 1L, and just had to buy a new suit for interviews. Law school has, sadly, led to some weight gain and I refused to squeeze myself into a slightly too small suit!
It is charcoal grey, single button, very plain but cut really nicely. It can be a challenge to find suits that are flattering to my figure without being either too boxy or too sexy-looking. This one hit just the right chord, and since it was separates, I was able to go with a 10 on the bottom and an 8 up top and avoid tailoring.
I have gotten multiple compliments, both from the people in my career services office and my colleagues. I even had an interviewer mention that they liked it. Hey, thanks for posting that! I too am 5. My main problem is to get the suit to be long enough to cover half my heel! I hate pants that look too short and I like wearing inch heels. Skip the inch heals in the interview and thereafter professionally unless you want to be mistaken for a secretary. Sorry if that sounds harsh.
I once had a partner nix an otherwise-stellar candidate because she wore a red suit to interview, too. They are nicely tailored, well-made, comfortable, and last a long time. I bought a gorgeous dress from the store in Ottawa. Will definitely head over to the NY store for suiting options. My two favorite suits are from Benetton — for some reason, the shape of those suits really fits me. But recently, the quality of the fabric has gone downhill — wool suits are increasingly hard to find.
For the super petite Corporettes out there, meaning size OO in Theory, please share what conservative skirt suits you wear! I know we discussed this in an old thread, but I do not recall suggestions other than Theory.
Please feel free to discuss suits at diverse price points. Plus they are in separates so you can get a larger jacket if needed I need their 4.
I find the longer-styled jackets look more professional for me I have long legs so it balances the look. I actually had surprising success looking for suits today at Brooks Brothers. Their OP is really tiny — and their OP button down was even too small!
I was happily shocked! My suits are all Lafayette They are very pricey but worth it. They also have plus sizes. For tops, I prefer a short sleeve shell. Jones New York has a good basic silk blend short sleeve shell in a variety of colors. You can also find Lafayette suits at a discount on sierratradingpost. Pricey but well worth it. They are having a great sale right now.
Jones New York makes a good basic silk blend shell in a variety of colors. Great post and just in time for me. My big problem though is what to wear underneath it. I like to wear a sweater vest or a suit vest on top of my button downs- it solves the gapping issue and helps the collar stay in place better.
I recently discovered Tocca, very pricey, but the wool is substantial and conservative, the styling is interesting but not young, and i dont hate myself when i have to go wearing suits for a week or so straight. I think this is a more conservative look than sweater under suit although I wear that a lot in the office on more casual days.
A lot of people have commented that these suits only fit a certain body type. What about a dress and suit jacket? Perhaps with a very light, thin silk scarf? I think it really depends on your profession, and where you work. However, I would not wear a dress and suit jacket to an interview. My tip is that bigger-busted ladies should look for more buttons on a suit jacket preferably 3-button suits so as to de-emphasize the bust. Even when I was a size I would have had to buy a size in Theory for my hips and then tailor in the waist — so I mean hourglassy.
But, as they say, ymmv. What about made to measure and custom suiting? I wear both with her double collar button down shirt and always receive compliments. Great high quality alternative to buying off the rack. They fit well, but my pant suit turned out to be made with a midnight blue denim material from far it looks like a tight pinstripe.
Macys has a number of options for shirts, sheaths, pants and blazers in their suit selection and I havent read much about this type of suit for interviews? I have some major scarring on my lower legs, so I feel that skirts are completely inappropriate.
However, I do want to be taken seriously in a pantsuit. Is this really such a big deal on the skirts vs pants? Halfway through my first year of law school 3 years ago now, eeep , I used my tax return to hit up an awesome sale at J. It was the best decision I ever made.
It has also worn very well all I do is steaming between wears to get the wrinkles out while stretching out dry cleanings. The pieces are very affordable if you can get them on sale, and well worth the investment. The current styles were founded in the revolution during the early 19th century that sharply changed the elaborately embroidered and jewelled formal clothing into the simpler clothing of the British Regency period, which gradually evolved to the stark formality of the Victorian era.
It was in the search for more comfort that the loosening of rules gave rise in the late 19th century to the modern lounge suit. Talbots ebbs and flows but still leans towards a more mature style and JCrew is better for my 23 year old daughter than me.
Hi- First of all- thank you for all your posts!! I have an interview next Tuesday and I live in Michigan. So I was wondering if a very plain black sheath dress with black blazer and black tights and black Tori Burch ballet flats the standard ones with the gold metal symbol on them and some pearls would be too severe looking or ok. I cannot wear heels and feel a bit dorky wearing such flimsy flats in Michigan, but I am also unemployed so if I can get away with the flimsy shoes, I guess I should: First, is this option appropriate for court?
Second, does anyone know of good places to find them? This is great advice. Still a dark color forest green and a tailored skirt suit, but the sleeves stop just below the elbow. Great post… I advise busines students on how to prepare for interviews. This hits the mark on almost all accounts -I tell student that a pantsuit is fine.
I recommend The Limited for most students.. They have the usual neutral standards in flattering cuts with lovely details, even for curvy DDs and up to size While some may be a little too colorful for Big Law, their staple suits are certainly appropriate.
I just end up spending more than I intended! And as a road warrior consultant, I love the wrinkle-free, machine washable Perfect Form line. WHBM is pretty much all I ever wear for work! Looking for a job interview suit for my wife has led me to the internet to vent my frustration.
The search for something as simple as a suit jacket and matching bottom has highlighted the fact that men and women are supremely different in every aspect of nature. We went to countless stores and could not find anything remotely close to this concept, that seemed so elementary to me.
When I want a suit, I go to the store, and there are hundreds of them. The pants and the jacket together. Bingo, piece of cake! Then there were tops, with no bottoms. Then there were bottoms and tops, but they were different colors. Then, there was nothing. The emphasis is on skin tight pants and tops that cover as little of your body as possible. Ladies want their tattoos, cleavage, hips and rear to show.
Mixing and matching patterns, blah, blah , blah…….. Then, the sizes were so unreasonable. Everything was designed to fit teeny-tiny people with no curves, while every woman in every store was bigger with curves everywhere. The funny thing is that men pay no attention to any of that stuff. I was just trying to explain this to my husband. I am a petite size 8 woman with curves. I need a suit for a job interview and all they have in the department stores are really bright color jackets and pencil skirts and tight pants that would only fit someone who is basically a stick figure.
I am at a loss. I have a Liz Claiborne suit and it meets my needs just fine. The fit is very good, and the quality is great for the price. This should be required reading for every female business college graduate in America. I like the comment above about appearing as wait staff. Our career fairs are on concrete floors. I once had a student comment that she normally only wore her 5 inch heels when she was wasted.
If your shoes are only comfortable if you are wasted… not what you wear to an interview. I love the suggestion about sitting down… crossing your legs…moving around in your suit before you buy it.
I am curious which brands could be good for suites without wool or suits that are more appropriate for a NYC summer? I have a real problem finding two-piece skirt suits that fit. I have a very extreme pear shape size top and 14 hips , long torso and short legs. Similar to Kim Kardashin. Do you know of anywhere that makes office clothing for women like me? I have plain black trousers that would just about match with the existing jacket, but trousers really do not suit me due to my very wide hips.
Are you kidding me?? Everything in your picture above is super expensive. This blog targets women only in highly lucrative career and not even mid level engineeers or technical jobs.
If you add all above, it is more than 10 k. Please try to not make this world so material. Even those who have that much money should not spend so much just on clothes and watch and jewels. We have some responsibility towards the world and society we live in. I did not read the comments, but would add the bag is best if it looks a bit like a briefcase then, and the suit should come with two pairs pants, two skirt lengths, a dress, a 2nd style jacket. Longer jackets have their purpose, but if tall, like me, jewel neck jacket is nice, softer look.
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