From time to time, people ask me: Where can I get washable suits for women?
As you may expect, there aren’t a TON of places out there making washable suiting, at least for the entire suit — but there are a few — so we thought we’d round them up!
Before we get to all the advice on washable suits, though, here are our latest favorite washable suits for women:
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Table of Contents
- The Best Washable Suit Overall: Ann Taylor (shop / read our thoughts)
- The Best Affordable Washable Suit: Banana Republic Factory (shop / read our thoughts)
- The Best Washable Suit to Splurge On: Hobbs (shop / read our thoughts)
- The Best Trendy Washable Suit: Madewell (shop / read our thoughts)
- The Best Plus-Size Washable Suit: Lands’ End (shop / read our thoughts)
- The Softest Washable Suit: Brooks Brothers (shop / read our thoughts)
Where to Find Washable Suits for Women
In general, there are a few noteworthy brands making washable suits for women in the past few years:
- Ann Taylor – in fact almost all of their basic suiting styles are washable! (Here’s our last discussion on the best Ann Taylor suiting line…)
- Banana Republic
- Banana Republic Factory
- Brooks Brothers
- Hobbs (also at Bloomingdale’s)
- Lands’ End (regular and plus sizes)
- Madewell (regular and plus sizes)
- M.M.LaFleur (select styles up to size 20) – their OrigamiTech line is all washable, but note that many of their blazers are not washable
- Ministry of Supply
- Paul Smith
If you’re just looking for washable parts of a suit (such as pants), you can find those at more places — but do note that it’s in your best interest to launder both pieces together (and at the same frequency) so the color and fabric doesn’t fade unevenly. (We’ve got more tips in our post on everything you need to know about drycleaning women’s suits.)
Washable AND Travel-Friendly Suits
We have a separate roundup of travel-friendly suits — in general these are all machine washable as well, but travel-friendly suits may have additional properties such as wrinkle resistance, moisture wicking, UPF-rated materials, and more.
Hunting for travel-friendly suits for women or lightweight suits? As of 2023, some of our favorites include these brands/lines: 1) M.M.LaFleur, 2) Ministry of Supply, 3) Paul Smith, and 4) Talbots. (Not pictured: Eddie Bauer! Brooks Brothers also occasionally has suiting in their BrooksCool line, and Uniqlo occasionally has Airism suiting. ) You may also want to check out our roundup of washable suits for women!
Washable Workwear in General
Hunting for more machine washable clothing? We feature some trendy washable workwear every Wednesday at CorporetteMoms, have listed the best brands for washable workwear, and occasionally do roundups of just washable basics for work outfits!
How to Wash Washable Suits
As noted above, you really want to launder all the matching pieces of a suit together so they wear evenly. General tips for good suit care include:
- hanging the pieces up when you’ve taken them off for the day, both to air them out and prevent wrinkles from setting in
- use proper hangers for them — for most suit jackets I prefer hangers that have sculpted shoulders instead of the velvet-covered hangers that save space
- spot cleaning as needed
- spraying vodka or another deodorizer as needed
- (in general, this is a big reason why I prefer sleeved tops under suits instead of sleeveless tops — the more your bare underarms are touching the suit the more it’s going to get smelly)
When you wash your suit, be sure to follow all washing instructions carefully. I would probably opt to air dry the suit regardless of what the instructions said, but if it said tumble dry I would possibly put it in for 15 minutes at a normal setting to get the wrinkles out.
Once your suit is out of the washer, shape it immediately — put the blazer on a shaped hanger and smooth out the lapels and pockets.
Ditto for your pants — help any creases or pleats find their way back into the pants. I often like to take a pants hanger and hang them upside down, both so the clips keep the pant hem smooth and taut and so the waistband of the pant pulls the rest of the pants taut.
Specifics: Some of Our Favorite Washable Suits
We’ve mentioned some of the best brands to know, as well as (at top) our latest favorite suits — but let’s take a look at some specific suiting styles.
The Best Washable Suit Overall
It’s hard to beat Ann Taylor when almost all of their major suiting lines are washable.
Meanwhile, their double knit line is machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and comes in seasonally fun colors as well as neutrals. If you want something drapier or airier (and with mostly seasonal colors), check out their fluid crepe or lightweight weave lines.
The Best Affordable Washable Suit
Banana Republic Factory seems to (for the moment at least) stopped their hugely popular line of washable wool suits — but a lot of the suiting that remains is still washable.
Banana Republic Factory is known for its sales, of course — you can regularly find suiting pieces for under $50 here.
Their Sculpted suit blazers and pants are all fully lined and machine washable — and they tend to come in trendy cuts and colors.
The Best Washable Suit to Splurge On
Hobbs is one of the first brands that I noticed making washable workwear — and the London-based brand is great if Kate Middleton is one of your style icons.
The Best Trendy Washable Suit
Madewell has a number of suiting materials that are machine washable, and the brand in general is a great option if you’re looking for a special size like petite, plus, or tall. The brand has a much younger, more casual vibe in general, which may not be appropriate for interviews, presentations, or appearances — know your office!
The Best Plus-Size Washable Suit
Lands’ End has had a suiting line in washable wool blend for years — trendy, no, but it is one of the last places you can find details like fully-lined blazers. They have a limited selection of a few blazers, skirts, pants, and even dresses all available in regular, petite, and plus sizes (up to 34W).
(Whoa, they also have matching maternity suit pants — those are really rare these days!)
The Softest Washable Suit
Brooks Brothers is known for their easy care blouses and shirts, of course, but they only recently got a line of suiting that is easy to care for — their Soft Icons line.
As they describe it on the product page, “We revisited some of our most sought-after women’s pieces, including the navy blazer, the pleated chino, the button-down shirt, and reinterpreted them in a soft, flowy Cupro-blend fabric that drapes and tailors like washed silk, and is easy to care for.” Nice!
Readers, which are your favorite washable suits for women?
Workwear sales of note for 8.15.23:
- Nordstrom – 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 – 40% off everything; extra 30% off orders $100+
- 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
- Lo & Sons – Up to 50% off summer travel essentials (through 9/11)
- Loft – 60% off sale styles
- Nordstrom Rack – Select designer brands 60-70% off
- Reiss – Up to 60% off sale
- Shopbop – 15% off beauty; 2,000+ items new to sale
- Summersalt – Warehouse event, 25% off sitewide!
- Talbots – Semi-Annual Red Door Sale: Extra 50% off markdowns