Last week I met one of my girlfriends for breakfastâ€”both of us squeezing in an hour of “girl time” before rushing to the office for the 10-hour work day. Of course, throughout the conversation, we got to the topic of shopping. Both of us in the working world, I asked her what was her most difficult shopping challenge. She said,“It’s so hard finding a stylish suit that isn’t classic but isn’t cheap, you know? I just can’t seem to find one!” So, to my dear friend, I went on a hunt for that stylish, yet workable, business suit.
Whenever asking advice on finding the perfect suit, you almost always hear similar responses â€” invest in one that is standard, classic and will last forever; find one that you can mix and match with other pieces; or find one suit that works and buy five of them. I admit I have shelled out similar advice, so thinking outside the box and toward the current runway, I discovered it is the perfect time to scour the shops for the unique two-piece career attire. Style.com stated that the fall uniform is none other than the business suit. And if hot runway designers can’t give suits some savvy, then we might as well donate our briefcases now.
Luckily, these designers have indeed kicked the suit into high fashion gear. Models sporting Hermes, Valentino, Jil Sander and Miu Miu, just to name a few, paraded the runway in either the slim and straight power suit, the embellished jacket and slimming pants or the delightfully curvy 1940’s feminine that would demand respect and attention from any prospective client.
Since these looks have sported the fall fashion runways, they are now piling into retail locations everywhere, many with very affordable price points. And even though the temperature might be cooling off, the spring merchandise is coming in making the fall suit set headed towards the sale rack.
Department stores have the most variety, but for the unique look and sometimes higher quality, head to the boutiques. United Colors of Bennetton, F Carriere and Max Studio always have affordable and fashionable suit ensembles available in stores. Also, the fall line for BCBG features some fantastic suit jackets that would pair perfectly with any black pant.
From board meetings to power lunches, the working woman can work the room in her classic Armani or her statement MaxMara. The outfit may not affect the quality of her job, but it can at least bring her love of fashion into the world of mergers and acquisitions.
1. Akris style.com
2. Hermes style.com
3. Proenz Schouler style.com
4. MaxStudio Striped Cotton & Linen Jacket & Trousers
Jacket: $48 on Sale
Trousers: $38 on Sale
5. MaxStudio Silk Gazar 40s Jacket & Pleated Skirt
Jacket: $98 on Sale
Skirt: $68 on Sale
6. Laundry by Design Donegal Tweed Jacket – Nordstrom $295
Laundry by Design Donegal Tweed Pants – Nordstrom $225
7. BOSS Black â€˜Jumiko’ Jacketâ€”Nordstrom $795
BOSS Black ‘Valma’ Skirtâ€”Nordstrom $275
8. BCBG Max Azria Sasha Wool Jacket & Tabatha Wool Trousers
Jacket: $338 / Trousers: $238
9. BCBG Max Azria Cotton Jacket & Kailin Cotton Skirt