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They are the only ones who do plain, plain, plain. I agree about Nordstrom. I was disappointed in the selection. That actually made me laugh out loud! Hmmm…it may depend on the store. I shop at the flagship Nordstroms in downtown Seattle and they have a ton of suits and suiting options. It may be that the location you were at targets fewer working women?
I live in Honolulu, and our Nordstrom is hopeless when it comes to suits. I was so pleased when they opened here, but now I find I still most go to S. I always try to buy a skirt, pants, a shift when available and jacket. Does anyone have any advice for styling a khaki suit? I bought a lovely khaki pant suit from J. Crew s wool, not linen , but I cannot figure out how to style it.
I would like some suggestions about this too. I wore a camel colored suit yesterday and while I got several compliments on it, I just felt strange in it. Jewel teal is my favourite with camel. Burgundy, ivory, cobalt, kelly green, aqua, navy all work as well. Pastels like mint, rose, lemon should work too. Camel, as a neutral, goes with literally everything.
It depends on the specific shade of camel as to which specific shades of other colours will be best. A good bet is white or cream silk blouse depending on your skin tone, with red lipstick. Very fresh and stylish. I also really like camel with baby blue. I think any light, pastel colors would be great with a khaki suit, so think light pink, baby blue, mint green. I think cream or white would obviously be doable as well. Silk scarves in the same colors and light fabrics would also probably do well to put under a khaki suit.
I think dark brown might work as well, depending on the other outfit choices. I have a khaki suit. I wear it with short sleeved, light, form fitting sweaters. I have two I got years ago at Gap of all places. 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. French Terry Set More colors available Price: Floral Print Duster More colors available Price: Velour Ruffle Robe More colors available Price: Ruffle Terry Romper More colors available Price: Terry Snap Robe More colors available Price: Wildlife Graphic Tees More colors available Price: Reversible Poncho More colors available Price: Popover Tunic More colors available Price: Smocked Fleece Robe More colors available Price: Satin Robe More colors available Price: Embroidered 2-Piece Set More colors available Price: Fruit Pocket Cobbler More colors available Price: Some rare jackets can have as few as two buttons, and during various periods, for instance the s and 70s, as many as eight were seen.
Six buttons are typical, with two to button; the last pair floats above the overlap. The three buttons down each side may in this case be in a straight line the 'keystone' layout or more commonly, the top pair is half as far apart again as each pair in the bottom square.
A four-button double-breasted jacket usually buttons in a square. For example, if the buttons are too low, or the lapel roll too pronounced, the eyes are drawn down from the face, and the waist appears larger.
The jacket's lapels can be notched also called "stepped" , peaked "pointed" , shawl, or "trick" Mandarin and other unconventional styles. Each lapel style carries different connotations, and is worn with different cuts of suit. Notched lapels are the most common of the three are usually only found on single-breasted jackets and are the most informal style.
They are distinguished by a 75 to 90 degree 'notch' at the point where the lapel meets the collar. Double-breasted jackets usually have peaked lapels, although peaked lapels are often found on single breasted jackets as well. Shawl lapels are a style derived from the Victorian informal evening wear, and as such are not normally seen on suit jackets except for tuxedos or dinner suits.
In the s, double-breasted suits with notched lapels were popular with power suits and the New Wave style. In the late s and s, a design considered very stylish was the single-breasted peaked lapel jacket. This has gone in and out of vogue periodically, being popular once again during the s, [ citation needed ] and is still a recognised alternative. The ability to properly cut peak lapels on a single-breasted suit is one of the most challenging tailoring tasks, even for very experienced tailors.
The width of the lapel is a varying aspect of suits, and has changed over the years. The s and s featured exceptionally wide lapels, whereas during the late s and most of the s suits with very narrow lapels—often only about an inch wide—were in fashion.
The s saw mid-size lapels with a low gorge the point on the jacket that forms the "notch" or "peak" between the collar and front lapel. Current mids trends are towards a narrower lapel and higher gorge.
Lapels also have a buttonhole , intended to hold a boutonnière , a decorative flower. These are now only commonly seen at more formal events. Usually double-breasted suits have one hole on each lapel with a flower just on the left , while single-breasted suits have just one on the left.
Most jackets have a variety of inner pockets, and two main outer pockets, which are generally either patch pockets, flap pockets, or jetted "besom" pockets. The flap pocket is standard for side pockets, and has an extra lined flap of matching fabric covering the top of the pocket.
A jetted pocket is most formal, with a small strip of fabric taping the top and bottom of the slit for the pocket. This style is most often on seen on formalwear , such as a dinner jacket. A breast pocket is usually found at the left side, where a pocket square or handkerchief can be displayed. In addition to the standard two outer pockets and breast pocket, some suits have a fourth, the ticket pocket, usually located just above the right pocket and roughly half as wide.
While this was originally exclusively a feature of country suits, used for conveniently storing a train ticket, it is now seen on some town suits. Another country feature also worn sometimes in cities is a pair of hacking pockets, which are similar to normal ones, but slanted; this was originally designed to make the pockets easier to open on horseback while hacking.
Suit jackets in all styles typically have three or four buttons on each cuff, which are often purely decorative the sleeve is usually sewn closed and cannot be unbuttoned to open. Five buttons are unusual and are a modern fashion innovation. The number of buttons is primarily a function of the formality of the suit; a very casual summer sports jacket might traditionally s have had only one button, while tweed suits typically have three and city suits four.
In the s, two buttons were seen on some city suits. Although the sleeve buttons usually cannot be undone, the stitching is such that it appears they could. Functional cuff buttons may be found on high-end or bespoke suits; this feature is called a surgeon's cuff and "working button holes" U. Certainty in fitting sleeve length must be achieved, as once working button holes are cut, the sleeve length essentially cannot be altered further.
A cuffed sleeve has an extra length of fabric folded back over the arm, or just some piping or stitching above the buttons to allude to the edge of a cuff. This was popular in the Edwardian era, as a feature of formalwear such as frock coats carried over to informalwear, but is now rare. A vent is a slit in the bottom rear the "tail" of the jacket.
Originally, vents were a sporting option, designed to make riding easier, so are traditional on hacking jackets, formal coats such as a morning coat , and, for practicality, overcoats. Today there are three styles of venting: Vents are convenient, particularly when using a pocket or sitting down, to improve the hang of the jacket,  so are now used on most jackets. Ventless jackets are associated with Italian tailoring, while the double-vented style is typically British.
Waistcoats called vests in American English were almost always worn with suits prior to the s. Due to rationing during World War II , their prevalence declined, but their popularity has gone in and out of fashion from the s onwards. A pocket watch on a chain, one end of which is inserted through a middle buttonhole, is often worn with a waistcoat; otherwise, since World War I when they came to prominence of military necessity, men have worn wristwatches, which may be worn with any suit except the full evening dress white tie.
Although many examples of waistcoats worn with a double-breasted jacket can be found from the s to the s, that would be unusual today one point of a double-breasted jacket being, it may be supposed, to eliminate the waistcoat.
Traditionally, the bottom button of a waistcoat is left undone; like the vents in the rear of a jacket, this helps the body bend when sitting. Some waistcoats can have lapels, others do not.
Suit trousers are always made of the same material as the jacket. Even from the s to s, before the invention of sports jackets specifically to be worn with odd trousers, wearing a suit jacket with odd trousers was seen as an alternative to a full suit.
Trouser width has varied considerably throughout the decades. After , trousers began to be tapered in at the bottom half of the leg. Trousers remained wide at the top of the leg throughout the s. By the s and s, a more slim look had become popular. In the s, suit makers offered a variety of styles of trousers, including flared, bell bottomed, wide-legged, and more traditional tapered trousers.
In the s these styles disappeared in favour of tapered, slim-legged trousers. One variation in the design of trousers is the use or not of pleats.
The most classic style of trouser is to have two pleats, usually forward, since this gives more comfort sitting and better hang standing. The style originally descended from the exaggeratedly widened Oxford bags worn in the s in Oxford, which, though themselves short-lived, began a trend for fuller fronts.
However, at various periods throughout the last century, flat fronted trousers with no pleats have been worn, and the swing in fashions has been marked enough that the more fashion-oriented ready-to-wear brands have not produced both types continuously.
Turn-ups on the bottom of trousers, or cuffs, were initially popularised in the s by Edward VII ,  and were popular with suits throughout the s and s.
They have always been an informal option, being inappropriate on all formalwear. Other variations in trouser style include the rise of the trouser. This was very high in the early half of the 20th century, particularly with formalwear, with rises above the natural waist,  to allow the waistcoat covering the waistband to come down just below the narrowest point of the chest.
Though serving less purpose, this high height was duplicated in the daywear of the period. Since then, fashions have changed, and have rarely been that high again with styles returning more to low-rise trousers, even dropping down to have waistbands resting on the hips.
Other changing aspects of the cut include the length, which determines the break, the bunching of fabric just above the shoe when the front seam is marginally longer than height to the shoe's top. Some parts of the world, such as Europe, traditionally opt for shorter trousers with little or no break, while Americans often choose to wear a slight break.
A final major distinction is made in whether the trousers take a belt or braces suspenders. While a belt was originally never worn with a suit, the forced wearing of belts during wartime years caused by restrictions on use of elastic caused by wartime shortages contributed to their rise in popularity, with braces now much less popular than belts.
When braces were common, the buttons for attaching them were placed on the outside of the waistband, because they would be covered by a waistcoat or cardigan, but now it is more frequent to button on the inside of the trouser. Trousers taking braces are rather different in cut at the waist, employing inches of extra girth and also height at the back.
The split in the waistband at the back is in the fishtail shape. Those who prefer braces assert that, because they hang from the shoulders, they always make the trousers fit and hang exactly as they should, while a belt may allow the trouser waist to slip down on the hips or below a protruding midsection, and requires constant repositioning; also, they allow, indeed work best with, a slightly looser waist which gives room for natural expansion when seated.
Suit trousers, also known as dress pants in the US, are a style of trousers intended as formal or semi-formal wear. They are often made of either wool or polyester  although many other synthetic and natural textiles are used and may be designed to be worn with a matching suit jacket.
Suit trousers often have a crease in the front of each pant leg, and may have one or more pleats. Suit trousers can be worn at many formal and semi-formal occasions combined with a shirt that has no tie and a more relaxed fashion, which can be considered smart casual dress.
As an alternative to trousers, breeches or knickers in variations of English where this does not refer to underwear may be worn with informal suits, such as tweed. These are shorter, descending to just below the knees, fastened closely at the top of the calf by a tab or button cuff. While once common, they are now typically only worn when engaged in traditional outdoor sports, such as shooting or golf.
The length and design is closely related to the plus-fours and plus-sixes etc. They are usually designed to be worn with long socks meeting just below the knee, but riding breeches, worn with long boots such as top boots , are long enough to meet the boot and display no sock.
Accessories for suits include neckties , shoes , wristwatches and pocket watches , pocket squares , cufflinks , tie clips , tie tacks, tie bars, bow ties , lapel pins , and hats. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Italy has been a leader in the design of men's suits. Typical fabrics include lightweight flannel, a wool and mohair blend, and linen or chino cloth for hot weather.
Elsewhere in the Mediterranean , suits are considered impractical without constant air conditioning. As a result, most non-conservative businesses, regardless of size or wealth, tend to use casual clothes even in formal meetings. Similarly, some Israeli branches of American firms tend to imitate their American counterparts' style of clothing. In 20th century China, the Communist regime encouraged citizens to wear the Mao suit due to its egalitarian and utilitarian design.
Although less common now than it once was, the Mao suit is still in widespread use in rural areas.
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