Unlike men, women really have a tougher time finding suits as we don't have full sections of stores dedicated to suits of all sizes, colors, and styles. Even stores like Ann Taylor and The Limited rarely have extended sizes in stores. I went to Ann Taylor last week, and they had one style of blazer in straight sizes, and one style of pants, again only in straight sizes (i.e. no petite or talls). I've been casually checking out stores for the past few months, looking to see what was out there. Using Elyse's and Joyce's guides for interview suits, here is what I personally want for my interview suit.
I think the big thing with interview outfits is that they shouldn't really be a noticeable part of our application - as in, I want them to remember me for me, and not because my suit was inappropriate or ill fitting. The big thing is that I want to feel comfortable and not spend the whole day worrying about if my shirt is gaping or if my skirt is riding up. I do wish I had the guts to go a bit more ballsy and creative - I'd love to wear these tweed ankle pants and a cute peplum blazer, but will veer on the traditional side for what is typically a very traditional occasion/profession.
The reason I'm specifically writing this post today is because Ann Taylor, a store that never includes suits in their weekly sales, is specifically having a suit sale right now! It's like they knew we were all about to buy suits and decided to help us out. I actually ordered a ton of suits last week from them, and they were nice enough to do a price adjustment when I called (a big thank you to Kimberly for suggesting this!). Below are some of my top picks for blazers, pants, and dresses/skirts that are now on sale at Ann Taylor, as well as a few blouses and accessories from other stores. As the suits very rarely go on sale, and because you may need to account for an extra week for tailoring (more on that in an upcoming post), I'd order sooner rather than later!
If you've gone through the residency interview trail, or just wear suits a lot, we would all love to hear any tips you have!