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March 18, 2015

Suits for Elegant & Feminine Evening Style

The power of a suit is not just for the workplace. In fact, it’s that powerful look that actually makes for a beautifully feminine evening look. With a sexy blouse or cami, a blazer and well-tailored pants or jeans will turn any head. And with the importance of menswear, suits are interpreted in so many ways. They are transformed into chic jumpsuits, or even paired with shorts. And dress/jacket combinations are lady-like interpretations for endless spring occasions.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed our work picks (Tuesday), check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
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Lafayette 148 New York - Vida Topper & Josette Dress
Vida Topper & Josette Dress
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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How beautifully elegant is this Lafayette 148 New York topper and coordinating sheath? The pale blue silk/cotton topper is ideal for a cool evening or a wedding, when you may need some coverage for the ceremony. It can be worn on its own, with a simple ivory, white or tan outfit, too. And the dress…simply stunning. The beaded floral detail along the waist beautifully breaks up the blue silk/cotton top and linen bottom, and creates an amazingly flattering waist definition that draws the eye in, while magically drawing the eye away from any bumps we may be trying to conceal. The cap sleeve, and modern fit flatter most bodies, especially in sizes 2-18 (XS-XL). Finish this look with a simple pair of nude pumps or strappy heels.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306436569&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446781397 BOSS Hugo Boss - Ponte Jubana Jacket & Dilucia Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss - Ponte Jubana Jacket & Dilucia Dress
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Ponte Jubana Jacket & Dilucia Dress
Ponte Jubana Jacket & Dilucia Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Another jacket and sheath combination, which is such a feminine and updated way to do a suit, this one is from Hugo Boss. The color is quite truly stunning – a vibrant purple, with pink undertone that is flattering on everyone we’ve seen it on. The ponte fabric has a smooth finish and nice weight to it, only enhancing the flattering seam detail of the sheath along the waist and down the front panel. The seam lines up perfectly with the open pointed placket of the jacket, drawing the eye in for a waist-enhancing effect. Great for anything from a dinner to a Bar Mitzvah or daytime wedding. Any shoes will work – from simple black or nude pumps to strappy metallic heels.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=52606596 Club Monaco - Lilja Jumper
Club Monaco - Lilja Jumper
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Club Monaco - Lilja Jumper
Lilja Jumper
Club Monaco
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This is the new version of a suit – a slinky, feminine version for a night out. This picture doesn’t do it justice. If you are small chested, you can certainly keep it sexy and wear it as shown. But we prefer it with a layer underneath, which makes it look like a super stylish and ridiculously flattering vest and trouser combination. For a night out, slip on a simple black or white tank top underneath. A v-neck cami underneath will play into the shape of the jumpsuit’s neckline for a modern alternative. Or add a crisp white button down shirt – long sleeve or sleeveless for some menswear inspiration, and a classic pair of skinny heeled pumps. This is a perfect option for a work dinner and can come straight from the office. The fabric is a lightweight wool that has a beautiful hand. The fit is modern – not too slim, with some room for a perfectly confident menswear slouch. The banded waist and pleat is provides a perfect break so it doesn’t elongate the behind, like some jumpsuits can do. This is a winner.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306436569&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446810638 Carmen Marc Valvo - Jacquard-Trim Tweed Jacket & Tweed Cocktail Sheath
Carmen Marc Valvo - Jacquard-Trim Tweed Jacket & Tweed Cocktail Sheath
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Carmen Marc Valvo - Jacquard-Trim Tweed Jacket & Tweed Cocktail Sheath
Jacquard-Trim Tweed Jacket & Tweed Cocktail Sheath
Carmen Marc Valvo
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If you are headed to a charity function or wedding this spring, this Carmen Marc Valvo jacket and sheath, in a shimmering tweed with beautifully detailed jacquard trim will have you doing it in timeless style. Carmen Marc Valvo is known for his evening and red carpet designs, and he really knows how to flatter a woman’s figure. The sheath is sleeveless, and the armhole cuts slightly in towards the collarbone – a wonderful trick to elongate the arm, accent the shoulder, and still be able to wear a bra. The jacket hits just at the waist, concealing and highlighting the smallest part of a woman’s torso. Pair it with strappy gold heels and a fabulous bracelet.
http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/507991 Halston Heritage - Satin-trimmed crepe jumpsuit
Halston Heritage - Satin-trimmed crepe jumpsuit
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Halston Heritage - Satin-trimmed crepe jumpsuit
Satin-trimmed crepe jumpsuit
Halston Heritage
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We’ve highlighted this jumpsuit once before, and during a week all about feminine suits, it’s the perfect time to do it again. Combining the re-emergence of the suit with the one-piece ease of a jumpsuit, Halston Heritage creates the most modern update to the LBD (Little Black Dress) we’ve found – and fell in love with – in a long time. Ladies, this is edgy and sophisticated at the same time. You literally can’t help but feel sexier and tougher when you slip this on. And once you do, the work is basically done. Add your sexiest heels in black or metallic with a cuff bracelet or long necklace and you are ready for a romantic dinner, cocktails, or an elegant party. While this is a contemporary line, the fit is easier and goes up to 14. It comes with the belt and has pleating at the waist to provide some structure and shape. Any tailor can add a stitch or hook to the neckline for more coverage.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-yoko-sleeveless-jacket/3937755 Lafayette 148 New York - Yoko Sleeveless Jacket
Lafayette 148 New York - Yoko Sleeveless Jacket
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Lafayette 148 New York - Yoko Sleeveless Jacket
Yoko Sleeveless Jacket
Lafayette 148 New York
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Lafayette 148 New York’s feminine and fluid vest is so chic without trying. With the coordinating pleated crepe pants, you’ll look breezy and summer ready for any dinner or cocktails al fresco. And you’ll look just as pulled together as you would in a blazer and pants or dress combination. We love the all white look, with this coordinating white silk tank. It looks just as great popped with color, too, like this red-and-white shell from Vince.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306436569&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446787299 Rebecca Taylor - Leather-Trimmed Peplum Jacket & Ribbed Fit-&-Flare Dress
Rebecca Taylor - Leather-Trimmed Peplum Jacket & Ribbed Fit-&-Flare Dress
Continuing on the white trend, this Rebecca Taylor jacket and dress (sold separately, both through the ‘shop it’ button) are flirty, feminine, and great for a baby or bridal shower, or any garden party. Nude pumps are a polished finish, but have some fun and wear a rose colored suede, instead. They both look great with the posh leather piping on the jacket. The peplum hugs the waist and slims the hips, especially over the fit-and-flare dress that is just as beautiful on its own, with its demure v-neckline and subtle cap sleeve. (The length is above the knee, but not as short on most women as it is on this model.) These style details, along with the modern fit and ribbed texture to both pieces, camouflages any little lumps.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306436569&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446809062 Kay Unger - Paneled Tweed Jacket & Paneled Tweed Dress
Kay Unger - Paneled Tweed Jacket & Paneled Tweed Dress
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Kay Unger - Paneled Tweed Jacket & Paneled Tweed Dress
Paneled Tweed Jacket & Paneled Tweed Dress
Kay Unger
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Kay Unger’s classic navy tweed jacket and sleeveless dress are in a lighter weight fabric, with a bit of metallic flecking that is perfect for the warmer weather. The raw edge details of both pieces add just the right amount of modern style. This feminine combination will take you to any dressier event - take off the jacket to really dance the night away. You’ll want to do that in simple silver strappy heels or a simple black patent peep toe.
http://www.joie.com/collis-jacket-steel-porcelain Joie - Collis Jacket
Joie - Collis Jacket
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Joie - Collis Jacket
Collis Jacket
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If you’re ready to embrace the newest suit trend for ladies, you’ll love this showstopper from Joie. Start with the white/grey tweed jacket that is sleek and stylish with white trousers or jeans, even for work. Love your legs? Show them off with the coordinating shorts and a great pair of heels. The jacket provides balance to the shorts, so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for a great dinner out or cocktails. Heck, we just saw Christie Brinkley in a similar look, and she’s 61. It’s not about age, just how good you feel about yourself. Not sure what shoes to wear? Anything goes – a cage sandal, your favorite strappy heels, or delicate silver flat sandals.
 

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