I don't know about Banana Republic, but I love J. Crew's cut and quality (and sale prices!).
I really like Theory stuff myself. It seems to be good quality and very professional looking but still trendy enough it's not boring.As far as shoes go, what kind of flats are appropriate? I am 5'8'' and I don't wear heels because I don't like being any taller than that. I am sure people will say "you can still wear heels" but it's a personal choice I've made and I really don't like to wear them. I love ballet flats and wear them with business casual usually (think black pencil skirt, white blouse, silver crocodile ballet flats) but I don't know if they are appropriate with a suit? I was thinking some flat pointy toed black shoes would be okay but that seems too plain for me!I'm also wondering about color. I am planning on getting at least one suit for law school and then obviously working my way out from there when I start a real job, but I don't like colored suits. For some reason, I think that most of them look kind of cheap and a little outdated. I like black, navy, gray, etc., but the taupes and greens and stuff just don't do it for me. In a more casual office would it be appropriate to pair a black bottom with a tweed blazer or a nice skirt with a dressy shirt and cardigan or do only full suits go?
Quote from: Alecto on July 11, 2008, 09:04:27 AMI don't know about Banana Republic, but I love J. Crew's cut and quality (and sale prices!). I agree - J. Crew is great. The Banana Republic is good, too.For those who are iffy about buying a suit, I would really strongly suggest you invest in one (preferably a three piece suit - skirt, blazer, pants - so you can get more out of it). Particularly when you're first starting out, I think it's important to make a strong, professional first impression. Not to get on a semi-feminist tirade here, but the law profession unfortunately can still be considered a "man's world," and you want make sure you are taken seriously. Thus, to be very candid, I think that if you forgo the suit for let's say, a cardigan and a skirt, you might be mistaken, to use a cliche, as "the secretary" and not perceived as a a lawyer on the same level as your male peers. Of course, I'm not saying this is fair, but it's just the way it is right now. However, once you establish yourself and get a better idea of the place you'll be working in, then you can maybe try out other things for days you know you will be just be staying in the office. But on days when you are seeing clients or especially any time you're in front of a judge, I believe a suit is best. But suits can be really fabulous! The best thing is that with the right suit you can give yourself a powerful presence while still being very feminine. And as others mentioned, using a neutral (black, grey, navy, brown, etc.) suit and matching it with a colorful blouse underneath is really a strong but feminine look. Plus, accessories such as shoes, bags, jewelry can make an outfit. Also, I personally think a great show to watch is What Not to Wear. It plays on TLC and reruns are often on, so you will be able to catch episodes that features professional women with your body type. You'll get good ideas regarding fit (I agree that this is the most important thing!) and how to put certain pieces together (such as mixing subtle pattern with a louder pattern, color combos, etc.).