Hi Belle,As a mid-level litigator in a national law firm, I need some solid suits for court and depositions — fashionable, but also reasonably conservative in cut, color, skirt length, and fabric.In shopping for some new suits, I’ve been incredibly underwhelmed by the quality and selection in stores. Can you recommend some black, navy, or gray suits (preferably one-button) in the mid-to-mid-high price point? There seem to be so few options! I’d appreciate any suggestions.
PS: This is the best I’ve found so far, though I have not yet tried it on for fit.
Stylish suiting is difficult to find. I’d like to answer this question so that it aids readers in multiple price points. It’s time to suit up.
Shopping Second-Hand. If you need a very affordable suit (read: sub-$100 for both pieces), you need to be hitting consignment shops. Sometimes you can find something suitable in the sale section (ha! unintentional puns), but it’s rare to find them in your size.
When I was just starting out, I would go to department stores and try on suits from different brands to find my size. Then, I would hunt eBay for suits that fit my needs. Tahari is a good brand to try. Lafayette is another. And you can usually pick up a Banana Republic suit for under-$50.
Suits for Under-$250.Halogen is my go-to affordable suit brand. I have three of these. They fit well, the quality is good, and the cuts are usually just stylish enough. The suit also come in petite and plus.
Plus-size? Eloquii offers a sleek suit.
Suits in the $250-$400 Range. In this category, you have all the standard choices: Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Ann Taylor. The only suit from these stores that I will mention here is this AT tweed suit with a notch collar — it’s not your basic suit, but it’s still conservative.
White House Black Market also makes suits in this price point that have a bit of flair. Dillard’s offers the Antonio Melani line. Classics Entier is a Nordstrom brand that offers structured suits that fit beautifully.
Plus-size? The Sejour brand is a good place to start.
Suits in the $500-$1,000 Range. When you get to a place in your career when you can afford a suit that could last a lifetime, you’d think that one would be easy to find. However, there’s a bit of gap between Ann Taylor and Akris.
Reiss is a brand most people don’t think of for suiting, but it has some chic pieces. This plum suit is a great option for people who already have the basic colors covered.
Plus-size? Lafayette 148 made this lovely oatmeal-colored suit.