Suit of the Week: Aqua

navy pinstriped suit; pencil skirt has tall slit and cropped blazer is double-breasted with gold buttons

navy pinstriped suit; pencil skirt has tall slit and cropped blazer is double-breasted with gold buttons

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!

Cropped blazers are very in right now, and I don’t think I’ve seen them styled with skirts, so I thought I’d post this one. (Yes, that slit, as styled, is a bit too high to wear to work — it might work on a more petite woman, but know your office!)

It’s kind of odd to see them paired together – I tend to think of Abercrombie as being one of the top places if you want a cropped blazer, but they always style them with wide trousers (or, sigh, shorts), which all looks very young and modern. On the flip side, the cropped blazer styled with a skirt reminds me of a 1950s-style suit. In fact I’d almost prefer the skirt as a simple fitted, below-the-knee pencil skirt.

The pinstriped navy suiting also comes with a matching vest, pants, and (wow) a skort. Know your office before wearing the the mini-skort. (Similarly, know your office before you wear the vest-with-nothing-under-it look that’s so common right now, this may not be appropriate for a lot of offices!)

The pieces are $78-$118, sizes XS-XL, at Bloomingdale’s.

(Looking for something similar? ASOS has a lot of options in regular and plus sizes (but nothing with midi skirts); Abercrombie and Banana Republic Factory are both down to lucky sizes with similar options. Also take a look at J.Crew’s cropped sweater blazer (up to size 3X), to see if you like the look of that one with complimentary pieces. Ooh, or Lafayette 148 New York has a lighter blue option in sizes XS-2X.)

Just want a basic navy suit? These are some of our latest favorites:

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Workwear sales of note for 8.22.23:

  • Nordstrom – Up to 25% off women’s coats (limited time only) — and 2,100+ new markdowns!
  • Ann Taylor Extra 50% off all sale styles
  • Athleta – Sale styles up to 60% off
  • Banana Republic – Up to 40% off sale styles
  • Banana Republic Factory 50% off everything + extra 20% off
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off clearance
  • J.Crew – 25-50% off wear-now styles; extra 50% off select sale styles
  • J.Crew Factory Up to 60% off everything; 50% off women’s dresses; extra 60% off clearance
  • J.McLaughlin – Extra 40% off sale
  • Lo & Sons – Up to 50% off summer travel essentials (through 9/11)
  • Loft – 60% off sale styles
  • M.M.LaFleur – 25% off their classic styles (rare!)
  • Nordstrom Rack – Select designer brands 60-70% off
  • Shopbop – Extra 25% off sale styles with code
  • Summersalt – Warehouse event, 25% off sitewide!

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