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OCI Women's Suit Question

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:59 am
by CoLolliRol
Does it matter for women if my suit has one vs two buttons?

My friend said that one button suits are viewed as informal. The reason I ask is because I am having a hard time finding a two button suit jacket at a descent price.

Re: OCI Women's Suit Question

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:58 am
by rcharter1978
CoLolliRol wrote:Does it matter for women if my suit has one vs two buttons?

My friend said that one button suits are viewed as informal. The reason I ask is because I am having a hard time finding a two button suit jacket at a descent price.


I don't know about all that. I think the bigger issue is that one button suits can look messy on chesty women. I say this as a chesty woman myself. If its all you can find in your budget though, its what you'll have to go with.

I'm not sure what your budget is, but I would try TJ Maxx, Burlington, Nordstrom Rack, or a Macy's one day sale. I know I have a two button suit from one of those places, but I can't remember where.

Re: OCI Women's Suit Question

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:32 am
by A. Nony Mouse
I don't think rules for women's suits are really clear enough that anything like that is going to matter (I think maybe in contrast with men's suits, where there are a lot more widely-agreed upon norms). As long as it fits and suits you and is otherwise appropriate (so, you know, not red or green or something) number of buttons isn't going to matter.

Re: OCI Women's Suit Question

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:48 pm
by anonanonny
I am rather "chesty" too and have never had an issue with one button suits. Landed a job through OCI just fine. The key with them is to make sure the size is appropriate so that your clothing doesn't become distracting. Also be mindful of how the suit fits you when you sit down. Sounds strange but one button suits can get weird once you sit down if the size isn't right.

Re: OCI Women's Suit Question

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:54 pm
by Gray
Go to stores like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic and try stuff on until you find something you like that is comfortable and flattering (and take note of your size) - then sign up for their emails and wait for a 50% off your purchase (or even better, wait for it to go on sale and get it for an additional 40% off sale or something like that.) I have bought suits with skirt/pants/jacket for under $150 this way.