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Jewelry & Watches

Jewelry

Adding jewelry and watches to your collection of accessories can easily breathe new life into your wardrobe. From necklaces and earrings to diamond watches and precious gemstones, the selection of jewelry you can choose from will always amaze. And don’t forget to browse through the vast collection of men’s jewelry as well, including men’s bracelets and men’s rings.
Watches are about more than just telling time. They bring an added sense of your personal style to any ensemble. With different tones to choose from, such as black and gold, rose gold and white gold, the color of your watch is an important part of the selection process.
For women, the aesthetic of fashion jewelry has spread to the world of watches. With stainless steel watch straps that come in almost any color and watch faces that feature graphics like skulls, hearts and anchors, gone is the classic, plain look of women’s watches.
Adorn your neck with a beautiful pendant necklace. Whether you choose a simple charm, like a ribbon or heart, or the initial letter of your first name, it’s easy to personalize your necklace with the perfect statement piece. You can also go for a more elegant look with necklaces that feature gemstones like emeralds and sapphires.
Jewelry and watches featuring diamond accents lend a timeless, sophisticated appearance to your outfit. But if it’s a fun, more approachable look you want, browse through the selection of fashion jewelry. Brightly colored beaded earrings, glass-tone acrylic necklaces and beaded stretch bracelets are just some of the pieces you’ll discover in fashion jewelry.
For the ultimate in jewelry and watches, shop Macy’s today. You’ll find everything from fine jewelry for her to men’s jewelry for him, not to mention one of the broadest selections of men’s watches and women’s watches around! Looking for huge savings? Shop our Black Friday Deals, Black Friday Jewelry Deals, Cyber Monday Deals and Christmas Gift Guide!
Looking for gift ideas? Shop Macy’s gift guides for almost every event, including our picks of Mother’s Day gifts and Father’s Day gifts to make mom and dad smile.

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GIFTS & GIFT IDEAS

Not sure what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? From stackable rings and statement earrings to pastel accessories and more, Macy’s is sure to have a gift as unique as your mom.

For the fashionista mom, go floral. This spring is all about pastels, statement pinks & bold blooms—a flirty blouse or a bright handbag could make the perfect gift. Have a mom who loves to sparkle? Check out our collection of Mother’s Day jewelry to add some glam to her everyday.

Looking for something a bit more practical? Check out our beauty picks for a gift set that will brighten up Mom’s daily makeup and skincare routine. Even better: look in our Tech Shop for smart finds that will make Mom’s everyday life a little bit easier.

Show Mom how important she is to you this Mother’s Day—get gifting at Macy’s!

Looking for other gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Macy’s has gifts for any event—from anniversary gifts to baby shower gifts to birthday gifts and more. No matter what your special someone likes, shop Macy’s to be the best gift-giver at the party!

5.4.2018 — 5.12.2018

Celebrate mom with Macy’s during our Mother’s Day event! Drop in for sips and sweets, and then enjoy much deserved pampering as you shop for the perfect gift.

If you don’t see your store below, don’t worry! Click here to find other participating stores near you.

May 4th

  • Macy’s Boston – Boston, MA: Level 2 – Women’s Department @ 12:00 PM
  • Macy’s Lenox Square Mall – Atlanta, GA: Second Floor – Ready-to-Wear Department @ 7:00 PM
    Drop in for light bites, MOM-aoke and mockaritas, then enjoy much deserved pampering as you shop for the perfect gift.

May 5th @ 2:00 PM

  • Macy’s Florida Mall – Orlando, FL: First Floor
  • Macy’s Aventura Fashion Store – Aventura, FL: Second floor – Ready-to-Wear Department
  • Macy’s on The Bloc – Los Angeles, CA: Beauty Department
    Drop in for delicious sips and enjoy our Pampering Station featuring mommy mani’s and mini-makeovers as you shop for the perfect gift. Learn all about eyes and stay hip to the lip with our Beauty experts.

May 11th @ 4:00PM

  • Macy’s Herald Square – New York, NY: Main Floor – Fashion Jewelry

May 12th @ 12:00PM

  • Macy’s Herald Square – New York, NY: Main Floor – Fashion Jewelry

If you can’t make it, don’t worry!

Macy’s also has lots of other fun things to do and don’t forget to check out other events happening near you!

It’s a good time to buy an Apple Watch. Or, you know, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, it’s a good time to buy one for the lady who brought you into this world. The internet is currently bustling with discounts on Apple’s increasingly beloved wearable, whether it’s the $50 discount for the Apple Watch Series 3 at Macy’s that we told you about last week or a new $50 discount from Best Buy on the same series (with a few more color options). If you’d rather play it safe and buy an Apple Watch Series 1, Walmart is selling them for as low as $149.

If you want to get the most out of the experience, though, we highly recommend getting the Apple Watch Series 3. (Here’s our review if you need a bit more convincing.) It’s waterproof, it’s got enhanced sensors, and it’s both brighter and faster. Unfortunately the current deals don’t cover the GPS + cellular models that allow you to use your Apple Watch away from your iPhone. As I said in the last Apple Watch deal post, though, I’ve found I don’t need the cellular service as I’m almost never without my phone anyway. For that matter, it costs an extra $10 a month with my Verizon plan.

Best Buy offers $50 off on both the 38mm and 42mm varieties. Each comes with the rubbery Sport Band, which is a far more appealing option than it probably sounds like. Other bands might be prettier, but I’ve found I barely even notice my Watch is on my wrist when I’ve got the Sport Band attached. Here’s the total rundown for Best Buy:

If you’d rather get an Apple Watch Series 1 through Walmart, you’ll find the 38mm model on sale for $149 and the 42mm model on sale for $179. Act quickly, though! As of the time of writing, some of the inventory numbers are getting low, which means these deals may not make it to the end of the day.

The Series 1 isn’t quite as fast, bright, or as hardy as the more recent models, but it’s still an impressive device and the health sensors remain almost as good as those on the Series 3. Here’s what we got at Walmart:

  • Space gray Series 1 (38mm): $149, down from $249
  • Silver/white Series 1 (42mm): $179, down from $279

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Father’s Day, Macy’s (NYSE:M) has a thoughtfully selected assortment of gifts that will not only make Dad smile in glee, but let him know he’s top-of-mind on his special day. From quirky cookware and the latest gadgets to chic fashion and grooming essentials, you’re sure to find a gift at Macy’s that’s as unique as he is. For gifting ideas, follow @macysmen on Instagram, where sensational tastemakers provide best-in-class fashion and lifestyle inspiration. For more guided support, check out The It List from Macy’s Presents the Edit – an intersection of shoppable trends and a mix of styles and covetable must-haves curated by Macy’s Fashion Office experts. The sentiment behind giving Dad the perfect gift is personified in Macy’s Father’s Day commercial, Business Attire, which showcases the special bonds between parents and their children, and how putting thought into gifting can reinforce the most meaningful moments and appreciation for family.

“Father’s Day is a special time to let Dads know that you appreciate all they do, from finding monsters under the bed and helping with homework to giving much-needed advice and everything in between,” said Durand Guion, group vice president, fashion director of men’s fashion at Macy’s. “We’ve culled together a unique assortment of items for every kind of Dad at a range of prices, so that you’re able to find a gift that is personalized and meaningful. With the help of our newly launched @macysmen on Instagram and advice from our hand-selected tastemakers, we hope you’ll be inspired by our take on the season’s top trend ideas for the perfect gift.”

Through dynamic storytelling on social, Macy’s is elevating Father’s Day gifting inspiration with jaw-dropping visual content and celebrated style experts. Macy’s recently launched a dedicated men’s fashion destination with @macysmen on Instagram. The trend-focused channel touts an abundance of de rigeur fashion, accessories, and grooming essentials accompanied by shoppable looks for any occasion. The platform also features cultural tastemakers, such as Yahdon Israel, founder of Literary Swag book club, Editor-in-Chief of Brooklyn Magazine and VP of National Book Awards, who showcase the latest and freshest styles and content. Israel is seen in several streetwear looks that can be found on The It List from Macy’s Presents the Edit. Israel and other influencers serve as the perfect intersection of trends and cool inspiration when shopping for Dad.

Macy’s is also celebrating Father’s Day with a heartfelt and inspiring commercial that highlights the bonds of family. The spot, Business Attire, produced by Macy’s agency BBDO New York, runs through June 17, and features a busy working dad and his young daughter. In the spot, the daughter gifts the father a festive floral-print shirt and a framed photo of him (wearing a similar shirt) while having fun on vacation together. Touched by the gesture, the father is reminded how the perfect gift can transport you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and help you cherish what’s most important.

Fashion and Accessories

Keep Dad dapper and au courant with the latest trends in fashion, curated by the trend experts in Macy’s Fashion Office. An oversized logo-print t-shirt from DKNY and slide sandals from Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger will give Dad the streetwear edge he needs in his casual wardrobe. A short-sleeved, fitted button-down shirt from Club Room, along with crisp lace-up sneakers from Bar III are instant staples for Dad’s closet that are not only stylish and versatile, but also thoroughly modern and of-the-moment. Add panache to Dad’s style with a woven leather bracelet with stainless steel accents and an onyx and sterling silver ring, both from a collection created for Macy’s by the fashion authorities at Esquire Magazine.

Cologne and Grooming

Father’s Day is a perfect time to grab Dad a new scent or stock up on his favorite. Pick up a luxe cologne and find select two- and three-piece sets from Chanel, Armani, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, and more – the sets are perfectly versatile for a dad on-the-go. Personalize his gift with Macy’s bottle engraving services and special gift wrapping for an even more thoughtful present! Plus, customers who spend $85 or more on any men’s fragrance will receive an insulated foldable cooler, for two gifts in one!

Help Dad fine-tune his grooming by giving him a few basic products that will help him build a regimen and feel great. Kiehl’s offers an extensive men’s line of moisturizers, shaving accessories, and cleansers that will rejuvenate and refresh, as well as an anti-aging line to help him look as young as he feels. Clinique For Men also offers all the essentials and more – including cleansers in bar and liquid form, hydrators, eye creams, and even moisturizers with SPF to keep Dad protected from the summer sun. Kiehl’s and Clinique For Men will have specially curated skincare sets available online and in select stores to ease shopping for Dad.

Home

Make sure Dad is the reigning grill master by gifting him everything for a backyard barbeque. Grilling is truly an art, and the Martha Stewart Collection has all the BBQ tools to feel like a true chef, such as skewers, grilling grids, woks, smoking pucks, and more. Thirstystone wooden serving boards give any food presentation a refined, yet industrial touch. With pool days approaching, Dad will want to fire up the grill and turn up the music – the perfect reason to get him a waterproof Bluetooth speaker from JBL, where he can repeat his favorite songs all day. Luminarc glassware sets help him relax with a cold beverage on a hot summer day – the four-piece sports mug set is a must-buy for stress-free entertaining. If he is more of a wine connoisseur, Macy’s Wine Cellar offers a new way to find perfect wines, hand-selected from the world’s most exciting vineyards. Shop macyswinecellar.com, featuring hundreds of delicious wines, or sign him up for the Macy’s Wine Cellar Club.

If you’re crunched for time, Macy’s also offers gift cards; a buy online, pick up in store option; and appointments with [email protected]’s, a free personal shopping service! Want more gift ideas? Check out Macy’s Father’s Day Gift Guide at macys.com/Gifts to learn more about the Gifts We Love, get inspiration, and shop the curated assortments for everything you need this Father’s Day.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 650 locations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami, and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $52 million each year, plus 153,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

2020 Macy’s Sales: Know When to Shop for the Best Deals

If you’re anything like me, your inbox is constantly full of sales announcements and promo codes for your favorite stores. But how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal? Groupon Coupons is helping take the guesswork out of shopping by giving you the skinny on upcoming Macy’s sales—so you’ll know if it’s the best time to shop or if you should hold out for a better sale. If there’s no sale, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shop, it just means you should shop smarter. Visit our Macy’s coupon page for the best discounts.

Clearance Sale—Happening Now!

Save big with Macy’s Clearance Sale, where you can save up to 70% on styles for the entire family! It’s a great time to cash in any gift cards you got over the holidays, or to stock up on some seasonal favorites and Valentine’s Day gifts for less.

One-Day Sales

The sale Macy’s is known for, and also a LIE—the One-Day Sale is almost always a two-day event. Historically, the sale falls on the third Saturday of the month with a preview day on Friday. That means you should shop Friday morning for the best selection.

Black Friday in July (July 8–14, 2019)

Huge savings aren’t limited to the day after Thanksgiving anymore. Macy’s and other retailers are dropping prices to all-time lows to get shoppers in the door. Expect to see sales across all departments, but the best savings will be on home goods, fine jewelry, and apparel. Use code JULY to save an extra 10%, 15%, or 25% on your Black Friday in July purchase.

Macy’s Semi-Annual Sales

We don’t have the exact dates for these sales just yet, but they always happen in January and July. You can expect deals of 25%–75% off everything (plus an extra 10%–15% if you’re shopping with a promo code).

Friends & Family Sales

This sale is a pretty good one, so be on the lookout in late April and early May and then again in December. You’ll get an automatic 30% off everything—designers, sale, and clearance—plus an EXTRA 10%–25% off select departments.

Any Major Holiday

Macy’s sells almost everything, which means there’s a sale every holiday. President’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day—if you don’t have to go to work, you should spend the day shopping the sale at Macy’s. Certain departments will have better sales depending on the season (for example, mattresses go on the biggest discounts during President’s Day and Memorial Day sales).

Other Ways to Save at Macy’s

  • Macy’s price matches macys.com and other retailers, excluding Amazon and club stores with a membership fee.
  • Shop during Macy’s Money periods to get $10 in credit for every $50 spent.
  • During busy shopping seasons, choose the slowest shipping option to g.
  • Macy’s is most likely to have storewide coupons Friday–Sunday. Check out our Macy’s coupon page and your Sunday paper.
  • Save 25% when you sign up for emails.

2018 Update: If you’re looking for great suits for women, please check out our updated guide to the best women’s suits of 2019, as well as our Guide to Interview Suits. (Links have also been updated below!)

Which are the best brands for basic, classic-cut suits for women — worthy of use as interview suits and other outfits for important, career-advancing events? We haven’t talked about simple women’s suits in ages, so I thought we’d discuss. (Update: check out Part 2 of this post, featuring plus size suits, petite suits, tall suits, maternity suits, and independent suiting companies!) First, some general notes on buying a suit:

  • When constrained by budget: go for a black skirt suit rather than a pants suit, because pants fit is by far the hardest thing to get right. In my experience a $60 skirt suit looks OK but a $60 pants suit makes you look like you come from Planet Frump. Furthermore, the skirt suit will go farther — you can wear the pencil skirt as a basic bottom in your wardrobe (but always dryclean all pieces of a suit together!), plus if you have a “dressed up” occasion, a skirt suit is always going to be the more formal option. Another pro for a simple pencil skirt: you completely bystep the trends that pants have been subject to the past few years — to shop online you’d think that cropped pants suits are de rigueur now, but they are still a fringe/trend item in a lot of workplaces. Other trends I’ve seen with suits: jumpsuits! culottes! short suits! You want 1) a pencil skirt + hip length jacket or 2) a fitted sheath dress + hip length jacket — these combos have been in for years and probably will be for years to come.
  • If you’re shopping online, look for words such as: seasonless wool, stretch wool, tropical wool, gabardine, triacetate. Avoid words like sateen, shimmer, linen. Crepe can be really tricky — sometimes it means a polyester drapey blend for suiting and sometimes it means a bridesmaid’s dress/MOB type thing.
  • If you’re busty: traditional wisdom here is that you want more buttons on your blazer, not fewer. I’m plenty busty and have had some favorite one-button jackets over the years, though, so your mileage may vary here. Depending on trends you can sometimes find suits with as many as four or five buttons. But avoid zippers instead of buttons on jackets — they look wrong more than they look right.
  • Please do not wear sandals with a pants suit. It just looks really weird to me, but perhaps I’m alone there. I would argue that if you’re at a dressy enough occasion to require a suit, sandals will always be inappropriate.
  • Treasure hunting for a suit (where you MAY or may not find something good): T.J. Maxx, Yoox, ASOS, Off Fifth, and Nordstrom Rack
  • Consider taking your suit to the tailor. Common suiting alterations include shortening sleeves, adjusting the waist. Note that the blazer (specifically the shoulder/arms) are the hardest part to tailor, so focus on that fit when you’re shopping.
  • Please don’t forget to cut your Xs, always dryclean suiting pieces together, and — if you’re wearing the suit somewhere Very Important like an interview, make sure you use the mirror trick.
  • For other tips on buying a basic interview suit (including considerations on colors, care, accessories, layering, and more), please check out The Corporette Guide to Interview Suits.

(Pictured at top: The Limited (now closed), Ann Taylor, Boss.)

Budget Suits For Women (under $250 for both pieces)

Note that the two big risks with a budget option will be frumpiness on one end — and “sexy secretary”/ formality problems on the other. Try to look for a material that drapes well, doesn’t wrinkle, isn’t too seasonal (such as a cotton suit — a tropical wool or triacetate will go farther) — and be wary of trendy cuts like collarless jackets, huge slits in your skirt, cropped pants, and more.

Pictured: Anne Klein / Ann Taylor / Lands’ End / Halogen / Tahari

(Text below updated as of 2018!)

  • Anne Klein (separates) – Nordstrom has a few Anne Klein suits; Macy’s also carries them. They also have an exclusive line at Macy’s called “Anne Klein Executive,” but note that those are full suit sets, not separates. Pictured above: pantsuit and a skirt set from the Executive line.
  • Banana Republic Factory – Like J.Crew Factory, BR’s outlet sector has a lot of good finds for work, particularly on the more affordable, classic side of things. Note that because these pieces may be produced just for the Factory Store it may mean that there are differences in fit and quality — so keep that in mind when ordering.
  • Calvin Klein (separates) – It’s next to impossible to find a good link to one online, but Calvin Klein suiting separates are also sold at Macy’s and are pretty reliable; here’s a link to the classic two-button blazer. (Amazon also has a ton of them, many of them eligible for Prime Wardrobe (here’s Kate’s recent review of Prime Wardrobe).
  • Chadwicks – I have no experience personally with these suits, but some of the blazers are under $20 (!) and the brand offers regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes — and they have suiting separates.
  • Kasper (separates) and Tahari (separates) – Kasper used to specialize in full suit sets, but in recent years they’ve had a line of separates for sale, which is great for people who want, say, a petite-sized blazer but a regular-sized skirt. I haven’t tried them on for quality or fit, though. (Pictured at top: Tahari.)
  • Kasper / Tahari / Le Suit (not sold as separates) – You can find huge deals on these brands at places like TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Smart Bargains, and Overstock — but it’s very hard to break the pieces up and wear them as separates, at least in my experience. If you need a skirt suit for under $100 all in, though, these brands are the first places I’d look. Note that because these suits are sold as one product (rather than as separates) you usually have to pick a single size — if you’re a 10 on top and 14 on the bottom, for example, this is not going to be the way you want to go. In my experience these suits may trend towards the frumpy side, particularly as pantsuits — in a skirtsuit the fit issues will be less noticeable. (You may also want to check out our guide to suiting alterations!) Pictured above.
  • Express – If you’re a fan of their Editor/Columnist pants, do check out their matching blazers and other suiting options. As always with these brands, watch or fit — but note that Express has been stepping up their workwear game lately, so these may be a great option if you’re looking for an interview suit on a budget. Pictured above.
  • J.Crew Factory – J.Crew’s factory outlet is a great source for workwear, particularly affordable wool suiting separates — inventory comes and goes, but when it’s in stock it’s pretty great.
  • Lands’ End – Particularly if you’re looking for a washable wool blazer in a wider size range (such as tall, petite, plus or cusp sizes), Lands’ End can be a great, affordable option.
  • Loft – Sometimes you can get a basic dark suit here, although I’d be worried about wrinkling and trendiness/formality (compared to other options, like Tahari or Anne Klein)
  • Mango – Mango has really stepped up their office wear line recently, including a ton of suits and more. Pictured at very top of post.
  • Nine West (separates) – I usually think of Nine West as selling “fun” suits in classic cuts (like bright pink ones) but from time to time they have neutral suits. If you see one on the rack in a color you like but are hesitant to try because you think Nine West only sells affordable shoes, think again… Nice options in stock right now: two-button stretch and a clasp-front blazer.
  • NY & Co. – I’d be wary of the fabric and fit here, so it’s hard to recommend them online — but if you have a store near you, these are some of the most budget-friendly suits you can get. They have a line called “all-season stretch” that would be the place I’d start. Here’s a nice option.
  • White House | Black Market – Their suits tend to be more trendy than classic, but they do have a line of seasonless suiting (and in plus sizes as well!).
  • Bonus notes: Brands that regularly make “fun” suits that may occasionally have neutral suits include ASOS, H&M, Nine West, Topshop (also at Nordstrom), Zara. Also, a sad trombone for The Limited, which used to be one of our favorites in this space — the company went bankrupt and was sold, and while they do have inventory right now it’s mostly non-suiting pieces — and judging by the number of “everything for $11!” sales we’ve seen, they’re still working out kinks in sizing, fit and quality. Still, keep an eye on them — we’re rooting for them to come back!

Mid-Range Suits For Women (reliably under $500 for two pieces)

Pictured: Classiques Entier / Michael Michael Kors / Talbots / Ann Taylor / Ann Taylor

  • Ann Taylor – Ann Taylor currently has a lot of their tropical wool blend in stock, a “lightweight wool blend and is good for any season” — they also sell a polyester blend “seasonless stretch” suiting fabric, as well as (occasionally, online only usually). Watch for sales (historically they’ve had them early June), but note that it’s hard to go wrong with Ann Taylor for your first major suit. Here’s a nice option.
  • Antonio Melani – Dillards’ line of workwear is a solid option if you like the styles or if you can find them in the store.
  • Austen Reed – This British brand has brought back their line of suits for women — I believe they were recently sold, though, so you may want to consider this a “new” brand in terms of size, fit, and quality.
  • Banana Republic – I’ve really been liking a lot of BR suits lately, and it’s great that they’ve got a ton of machine washable suits — they can be very difficult to find! Here’s a nice basic option.
  • Brooks Brothers Red Fleece – Red Fleece, Brooks Brothers’ “little sister” line, often has great options for basic wool suiting and other workwear staples — sometimes with a cheeky twist; sometimes not.
  • Boden – I normally think of Boden for fun suits, but they do have some more traditional options as well, such as this one. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • J.Crew – Distressingly, J.Crew’s suits section now has a ton of dresses and very few suits. (In fact, their Super 120s suiting seems to be on the way out entirely, but you can still find a few pieces in the sale section.) Their stretch wool selection seems to be the most basic you can get, but note that at the moment they’re down to lucky sizes as well.
  • Of Mercer – This workwear indie has a solid section of suiting section with blazers topping out around $250.
  • Talbots has been gaining in reader popularity over the years — note that if you’re hard to fit, they often carry multiple suit separate options in regular sizes (often up to 18 or 20), tall, petite, plus sizes, and (holy grail of rareness here), plus size petites. Do check out their line of seasonless wool suiting (pictured). (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)

Classy Suits For Women (Fancy Affordable)

For many women this is going to be the first “splurge” suit — two pieces will cost you more than $500, but less than $1000.

Pictured: Theory / Boss / Reiss / Elie Tahari / Lafayette 148 New York

  • Brooks Brothers – They don’t seem to have anything terribly classic in stock online at the moment, but this brand is obviously a stalwart for women’s suiting.
  • Elie Tahari – This is the parent brand to everyone’s starter suit, Tahari – the prices are much steeper but so is the quality and the cut. They have a lot of stores in malls, but you can also find the brand at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks.
  • The Fold London – I mostly think of this brand for their gorgeous origami-like top, but they make a lot of neutral suiting and other tailored pieces, so if you’re looking for something different (or happen to be in London), keep the brand in mind.
  • Hobbs – This British brand has a few locations stateside, and carries a lot of gorgeous workwear, including some nice basic suits. Note that Bloomingdale’s also carries the brand. (Another general note if you’re looking for washable clothes — many, many of Hobbs’s dresses and suiting separates are washable.)
  • Hugo Boss – My admiration for this brand has only grown the more I’ve done this blog — everything they do is beautiful quality, extremely classic and stylish. They have stand alone stores, but you can also find that at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
  • Lafayette 148 New York – If you’ve got curves or are in need of cusp sizes (16, occasionally even 18), take a look at Lafayette 148 New York — the quality is lovely but the cuts are much more forgiving. Their suiting pants are incredibly highly rated at Nordstrom, as well. You can also find the brand often on deep discount at Last Call and OFF5TH.
  • LK Bennett – This British brand has a ton of tweed suits and feminine suiting options, but they also carry neutrals — if your goal in your interview is to feel like a super confident Kate Middleton, this is where I’d go.
  • MM.LaFleur – This brand nearly went in the above tier, but two pieces would be around $600, so technically it’s in this one — particularly since the odds are slim for finding MM LaFleur’s pieces on sale (although you may be able to find them used for less money). The independent maker of the reader-favorite jardigan as well as some of our favorite sheath dresses just launched a suiting section. Pictured.
  • Reiss – This British brand is always droolworthy for me — they specialize in classic takes on modern styles. Note that their fits can be a bit body conscious. Note that Bloomingdale’s also carries the brand; also that the sale/outlet section on their site has some amazing deals. Here are two nice options.
  • Ted Baker – Another British brand that is fabulous if you want a slightly feminine take on a basic suit. They have a lot of mall stores as well, but you can also find the brand at Nordstrom.
  • Theory – The classic — but be warned, if you have curves you may have to size up here. Their traditional blazer is still available, but you may also want to look at the “clean” blazer or the “modern” blazer. If you’re confused about the differences between the Theory fabrics or the cut of different jackets or pants, take a look at this post. Note that you can also find the brand at a lot of spots, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks. Here’s a nice option.
  • Sportmax – This brand is hard to find online, but if you happen to see a store, do pop in — the fabrics and cuts are amazing, and a suit should run you less than $1000. (The brand is owned by the same company that owns Max Mara.)
  • Fun, trendy brands that might have a suitable interview suit: Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Trina Turk

Designer Suits

All of these brands are classics for designer workwear — when you win the lottery (or, hey, make partner after a ton of hard work!), stop here first. (I’d also call this “corner office chic”!) Brands in this tier who might have a classic, simple suit: Altuzarra, Akris, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Joseph, Max Mara, Michael Kors The Row, Saint Laurent, St. John, Keep an eye on designer stores for newer brands with designer suits, such as Farfetch, Matches, My Theresa, Net a Porter (as well as sister site The Outnet) as well as the upscale department stores like Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

Pictured: Armani / Escada / Akris / The Row / St. John / Dolce & Gabbana

(Here’s Part II where we look at the best suiting brands for plus sizes, petites, tall women, slow fashion suiting, and boutiques/independent brands)…

Ladies, what are your favorite suiting brands for basic, classic interview suits? For those of you who’ve bought suits for women across the different price ranges, what differences have you noticed in quality? What pieces are the most worthy to stalk at sales and on eBay?