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. Also: we just updated our big roundup for the best women’s suits of 2023!
It’s velvet suit season, and I’m excited! Even though velvet suits generally have a really limited purpose (holiday season), they’re always gorgeous and lux. (Perhaps the fact that this one is blue instead of red or green, you can extend the wearing into spring? Discuss….)
Because you’ll probably only wear them a few months of each year, though, the cut should be as classic as possible — just like this pants suit from Reiss. I love the dark but bright shade of blue, as well as the tone-on-tone styling. Also with regard to the styling, I’m always a fan of the rockstar scarf-worn-loose look with suit jackets, and I think it’s clever to do it with an untied secretary blouse/pussybow blouse — but the ties at the wrists are confusing.
In any event, the suit is gorgeous. The blazer is $540, available in sizes 0-14 (pre-ordered but many sizes sold out?!) and the pants are $330.
Looking for something more affordable? I noticed that both J.Crew Factory and Loft have some velvet suits in green and black. If you just want an affordable black velvet blazer, this Eliza J one has been around for years — readers especially like it because it’s easy to wear with dresses.
Workwear sales of note for 10.24.23:
Nordstrom – Earn 5x the points on beauty! (Nordy Club members)
Ann Taylor – Extra 40% sale styles; 20% off full-price styles
Banana Republic – Up to 30% off curated styles; up to 40% off sale styles
Banana Republic Factory – 40% off everything plus extra 25% off purchase; no code needed
J.Crew – Up to 50% off outerwear; extra 50% off sale styles
J.Crew Factory – 50% off outerwear & blazers; up to 50% off everything; extra 60% off clearance
Loft – Friends & Family Sale: 40% off your entire purchase
Talbots – 50% off all markdowns
Lo & Sons: Fall Sale: Up to 30% off