Just wanted to weigh in on the women's suit debate...I will be a 1L in a few weeks but for the past 3 years have been working at a large company in NYC where I have to wear suits 5 days a week...and i LOVE LOVE LOVE my jcrew suits. I can't say enough good things about them. I think the jackets are perfectly tailored and as long as I wear fairly high heels I dont need to hem the pants (Im 5'4"). They will run you $400+ but mine have lasted a long time and its worth it. (and they have good sales when you catch them).
My coworkers also like Ann Taylor (regular, not Loft), but I don't prefer their suits for my body type. If you have the extra money I would spring for a Theory suit, but they are regularly $600+. I also do not own one skirt suit and no one has ever said a word.
Lastly, one bit of advice that I think I would have taken while buying my first set of suits: buy two pairs of pants per jacket if you can afford it - the pants wear out so much faster than the jackets and it can prevent you from buying an entirely new suit when they do.
On the other end of the height spectrum, I want to say I've had good experiences with J. Crew suits, too. So far, I've only found two places (J. Crew and Banana Republic) where you can buy nice-looking suits for tall women. By this I mean, not just different skirt and pants lengths, but jackets too. I don't get why it's taking the clothing industry so long to realize that people with long legs have long arms too. (And some long torso, but not me!)
Anyway, I'm finding the Banana Republic suits to be a little more interesting in terms of styling, while still being perfectly appropriate.
Thanks for reminding me about BR suits -- I hate when jacket sleeves are too short and make me feel all gangly.
Right now I have the opposite problem, though -- I bought a suit at Ann Taylor in January for 1L OCI, and now it's getting a little loose, so I feel like I'm dressing up in someone's grown-up clothes. I'm trying to decide if it's worth the money to have it tailored or if I should just donate it to Goodwill and take the tax deduction.