Q. I need more formal business suits – think Washington politico or federal agent. I’ve been down the J.Crew and Banana Republic roads (I own a basic black Banana suit that I love), but where else should I look/try?
A. Your suit may have to be conservative, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Look for well-tailored, well fitting suits that step beyond dull box cuts.
1. Tahari by ASL Solid Skirt Suit, $140 (sale) at macys.com
2. Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Plaid Skirt Suit & Camisole, $320 at macys.com
3. GARFIELDMARKS Pinstripe Jacket, $394 and ‘Lori’ Pants, $194 at nordstrom.com
4. Theory "Andy Albers" Suit Jacket, Blouse, and Pants at bloomingdales.com