Take a look at a few of our suiting selections, but remember, a well tailored suit is a powerful suit, regardless of brand, style, etc. And, remember, ladies, buttoning your jacket approprately is very important to how you will be perceived. If in doubt, follow the ASN Rule = Top button = Always buttoned. Second button (on a 3-Buttoned Suit) = Sometimes, if you feel like it. Bottom button = Never!!
We also would remind you that the pieces you choose to accompany your suit are almost as important as the suit itself. So go for that bold printed top, the ruffly yellow blouse, and that chunky bracelet (see our cuff bracelet post for some ideas) -- they will only make you feel even more confident and beautiful.
This suit, from Express, would be great as your "basic" suit for interviews, meetings, etc. We opted for this sort gray shade because a good rule of thumb for interviews is to wear gray or dark blue, and not black, as it can come off as looking too severe. Another rule of thumb when picking your interview outfit is to go for a skirt suit (pictured above). Most career counselors state that employers, especially old, out of touch men, have a preference for women in skirts. But if the feminist in you finds that to be a bit uncomfortable, then go for the pants. The power suit is all about making you feel confident, so if wearing pants will do the trick, then by all means, ditch the skirt!
Our favorite power suit is a well-fitted slack suit, because it's bold, sexy, and is sure to get your confidence vibes flowing. Plus when you think "power suit" you're probably thinking black, and for good reason -- they look strong and chic, and basically everyone looks good in black! We like to pair our suits with feminine tops, which help to soften the color and make it a bit more subdued. The above suit, by Nine West, is a great example of how to pull of a black suit by combining it with a flirty blouse!
Or, check out this other great option for a black suit. This look is very fashion forward, pairing a black cropped pant suit from J. Crew with a casual t-shirt, bold accessories, and interesting shoes! Because the suits are sold as separates it makes it easy to find the proper size for your body type. Plus, you can choose different jackets (two or three-buttoned), pant styles, or you can opt for a sexy pencil skirt!
Now we know spring is here and summer is just around the corner. None of us want to be schlepping off to work in our black or dark gray suit on an 80 or 90 degree day! Luckily, there are some great suiting options that are perfect for the season, like this tan suit from Talbots. With the white shirt and fun necklace, this suit looks fresh and crisp and will take you through Spring and right in into summer.
These suit separates by Ann Taylor are also perfect for the spring and summer, and are a bit more playful. The jacket can be worn with black slacks (as shown on the model), but can also be paired with the matching skirt to create a very classy, Jackie O-esque ensemble.
Pinstripes are also a popular choice for the power suit. This charcoal, pinstriped suit by Calvin Klein would be a great interview suit. The pinstripes are very subtle, and charcoal is another one of our favorite shades to wear when interviewing. Plus, it's available at Macy's for an incredibly low price (as far as suits go), so it's definitely a business savvy investment.
Jen & Saira