Begone, office basics. There's just nothing fun about average workwear, but the chic suit is a no-fail wardrobe wonder that defines class like nothing else. And while getting all suited up for the office tends to conjure up a heavily corporate image, fall's most beguiling suits don't follow the rules.
On the contrary, the old standby remains true to its roots — clean lines, perfect tailoring, endless sophistication — while adopting updates that give them just enough modern edge to stand out. Some of the most indulgent suit trends revisit looks we've known and loved for years: bold colors, eye-popping prints, menswear influence. It's the perfect ingredient list for a closet full of tasteful suits destined to make dressing for work more exciting.
Consider the evidence, seen on the runways and now on store racks. Splashy colors in rich jewel tones perk up your neutrals just enough; immaculately cut pencil skirts flatter your figure beautifully; perfect prints bring sedate blazers and pants to life. Then there are the heritage-influenced pieces that feel distinctly English and oh-so-proper — don't fret, though, because there's nothing hoity-toity about these essential pieces, be they heavily textured fabrics or bow-decked blouses.
Look to smart details, like pinstripes, tweed and herringbone, to bring your wardrobe up to date with the season. They may be borrowed from his closet, but there's nothing dour businessman about these phenomenal pieces. Whether a smart wool sheath or a pair of crisp pants, some of fall's best put a feminine spin on those old-school staples. Think Annie Hall with a little Carrie Bradshaw thrown in.
The key is all in the execution. When the right elements come together, facing a blustery, chilly morning is just a little bit easier (and a steaming latte doesn't hurt, either). On the fall fashion forecast? Sleek trousers in dark hues, fitted blazers that negotiate your curves with class, blouses that brighten up your look, mixed media jackets that add a little high-fashion touch to your ensembles. Don't skimp on accessories, which, during fall especially, can really invigorate a professional outfit.
And forget the old notion that going matchy-matchy is the only way to go. The new adage calls for mixed and matched pieces that complement each other. You'll find your perfect work wardrobe at the Macy's Great Suit Sale. It's brimming with an array of impeccable suits and separates that tick all the boxes: elegant, ladylike and right in line with the hottest trends, so you can stay on top of your sartorial pursuits all season long.
Here are two weeks’ worth of chic suit looks from Macy’s to help you start fall in style.
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