The Best Suit Brands on a Budget

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While navigating office-appropriate attire can be confusing, there’s one sure-thing: A suit always looks professional and polished. So we put together this quick post about the best women’s suit brands on a budget. Whether you’re buying a full suit or jackets and pants, borrow a tip that men already know – you can and always should get them tailored. Pants usually need to be hemmed to “break” (aka end) at the top of your shoe, skirts should be hemmed to be more form-fitting and jackets should be nipped and tucked at the waist to create a much more flattering look. Check out our list of the most affordable and best suit brands.

Best Suit Brands on a Budget

Looking for a great suit for work? Check out these women’s suit brands that are both stylish and affordable.

Job Interview Women’s Suits: Loft

Job Interview Outfits

When you’re applying for a new job, first impressions make all of the difference. Even if you’re not in an industry that requires a formal dress code, LOFT offers professional and sharp pieces at reasonable prices, with skirts for $60, pants for $70 and jackets at $118. You can mix and match and end up with a sharp (and hire-able) look.

Sharp Separates Women’s Suits: The Limited

Belted Jacket

Belted Jacket and Bootcut Pants at The Limited

When you want a power look without padded shoulder, check out The Limited. Your favorite shop for going-out tops can also help with your wardrobe of sharp, fitted suits. Look for bows, belts and ribbons for adding a personal touch to your non-dowdy wear-to-work look.

Feminine Women’s Suits: White House Black Market 

Feminine Suit

Ruffled Twill Jacket and Twill Pants from White House Black Market

Being business-appropriate, doesn’t mean dressing like a dude. The suiting at White House Black Market has the sharp tailoring of menswear suits with feminine details like ruffle collars and shaped jackets. Layer the pieces which comes in basic neutrals like black and white, over colored shells and tops.=

Beyond Basic Women’s Suits: Nine & Co at JCPenney

Cropped Bolero

Cropped Bolero Jacket, Panel Skirt with Box Pleats from JC Penney

Basic black suits no longer need to be so basic. We like the Nine & Co brand at JCPenney which gives you the ease of the black suit, with the styling of your favorite after-work outfit. Case in point: the cropped bolero shown above, which is a nice departure from your basic black jacket.

The Basic Women’s Suit: Tahari by ASL at Macy’s

ASL Suit

Make your case in this classic line of women’s suits. The Tahari by ASL line is slightly less expensive than Tahari and come in easy to style sets. The silhouettes are designed to help define your waist, so make sure they hit at your smallest spot.

Everyday Women’s Suits: Jones Wear

Jones Wear JCPenney

If you wear suits on a daily basis, you’re going to want a lot of them. From the Jones New York label, Jones Wear is found exclusively in J.C. Penney and features truly basic and classic suits that will never go out of style. Add your personality with a colorful pair of shoes or a camisole. Also, don’t accept the original prices ($180) as the final offer – they’re often on sale.

Budget Women’s Suits: Merona at Target

Merona Target

You can get the professional look without spending a ton of money. Merona always includes a few options professional suiting options in its collection with fashion-forward details for less than $50. With or without the jacket, the line’s dress pants are available with short and long inseams, up to a size 18.

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  • NoWanna

    Wow, none of these (other than possibly Jones Wear) look even remotely acceptable for an interview at a reputable company/firm.  Maybe, just maybe, they are OK at a place that encourages creativity, but for anything in banking, finance, accounting, legal, and other professional fields you simply cannot wear anything with frills, jacket belts, flowers, or any extras.  You will not be taken seriously.   

  • You should add Loehmann’s to that list. With desginers like Tahari, Calvin Klein, and Jones New York always on the racks for $70-$120 a suit THAT is a bargain!

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