Suit of the Week: J.Crew

professional young woman wearing a Black Watch tartan plaid suit

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.

I think I’m liking this suit — but not the styling of it. Let’s discuss…

First, the details: it’s a Black Watch tartan plaid suit available at J.Crew right now. The blazer is available in sizes 00-16 for $360. The (pleated, tapered) pants are $119 today, and available in regular sizes 00-24, as well as some tall and petite sizes. (J.Crew also has jammies available in the same tartan.)

I don’t mind the cropped cashmere V-neck for a product image, although I wouldn’t necessarily wear it to work as shown. (You could pick up one of the colors from the tartan, or just go with a neutral turtleneck, sweater or blouse in ivory or black.) I think my bigger problem is the velvet, round-toe Mary Jane flats shown with the tapered, pleated pants — it just feels like those are a total mismatch, but perhaps because it reminds me of 6th grade. I’d probably pair them with a heeled bootie and call it a day, to be honest.

Readers, what are your thoughts? Would you wear any part of this suit — and if so, how would you style it?

If you’re thinking, I like the idea of a Black Watch tartan blazer but want more of A Look, check out this blazer from Smythe, some of these steampunk/gothic options from Etsy seller Studio Mariya, or this “Lady Mary coat” from Etsy seller GreatScotScotland. Talbots also has a number of professional options that are similar but more affordable.

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Workwear sales of note for 11.16.21

  • Nordstrom – Black Friday sales! See some of our picks here.
  • Sephora – Holiday Savings Event: “VIB Rouge” members can grab 15% off; “Insiders” can get 10% off.
  • Lo & Sons – 40% off everything over $100
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off full-price tops & sweaters
  • Boden – 15% off full-price items
  • J.Crew – Extra 30% off sale styles; up to 50% off holiday party-ready styles
  • Lands’ End – 50% off full-price styles

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