Our internet friend CJ wrote:
I have read your FABULOUS post from last August aiding the law student looking for a conservative suit. I’m in the same spot, but now Talbots has no navy suits for me! I’d love a navy suit, in size 18/ 16W (or so), preferably with a skirt and pants option. I do not want pinstripes! The skirt must be long enough and the jacket short enough to be traditional. I’d even be willing to have a peplum on the jacket or a flounce on the skirt. However, it must not stand out.
I’m in the northwest, so I might have more options than someone looking in New York. However, there are less stores. In fact, I have been incredibly disappointed with Nordstrom and Macy’s- the first places I went looking. And Lane Bryant has a jacket, but no bottoms in Navy (Why? so close!).
In response to CJ’s cry for help, Francesca looked high and low for an appropriate interview suit and discovered that CJ is not crazy, as CJ had feared, but rather she is corrrect: Finding a Navy, summer/fall interview suit in size 16/18 is not easy right now.
There are wool suits available, which Francesca may discuss in September or October, but CJ must needs to find a job now, in the August weather, and wool would Not Be Good.
Dear readers! Especially those in the superfantastic Northwest! Do you have any secret sources of interview clothing which might help CJ?
Francesca is truly good and stumped. Perhaps collectively we can help our Big Sister get a great job!