Business Formal Attire for Women

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Conservative and Traditional Women's Suits from Moi-Meme

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Moi-Même’s Business Formal Attire for Women

Generally speaking, if you are asked to wear women’s business formal attire, you will be wearing a conservative suit. While traditionally conservative attire can be limiting in terms of style, it can also be refreshing to wear a pre-defined uniform that requires a more subtle expression of individuality. A conservative suit for women is defined on the attributes of style and color.

In terms of style, in the most conservative environments, business formal specifically means a skirt suit. Would you believe it wasn’t until 1993 that women were permitted to wear pant suits on the floor of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives? Today trouser pants are appropriate in nearly all situations, but very traditional white-shoe law firms may still expect women to interview in a skirt. And, speaking of shoes, only closed-toed shoes are appropriate in business formal settings – so save the pedicure for another day.

When it comes to color, conservative suits come in black, navy and charcoal. Only. Period. End of story.


Recommendations for Petite Women

shown at left: Valletta jacket and Budapest skirt

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Personal Tailoring for Women's Business Suits

What is personal tailoring?

Personal tailoring is a whole new shopping experience based on the premise that no two bodies are the same and every body deserves stylish, flattering professional attire.

With Moi-Même Personal Tailoring, you can design your own women’s business formal attire – selecting silhouettes that flatter your figure and choosing styles and colors that are chic and appropriate for your workplace. Once you’ve tried Moi-Même Personal Tailoring, you won't want to waste another minute rummaging through the department store.

Moi-Même designs and tailors smart, stylish custom business formal attire for women.

Moi-Même tailors custom conservative / traditional clothing for women:

  • Conservative suits for women / conservative women's suits
  • Business formal attire for women
  • Women suits for work
  • Dressing business formal

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Recommendations for Business Formal Apparel for Women

Look for two- and three-button styles without any potentially distracting embellishments. We recommend our Torino and Valletta jackets. Pair your jacket with a classic button-down dress shirt.

Women's Conservative Suit Jacket
shown above: Valletta jacket

Business Formal Jacket for Women
shown above: Torino jacket


What is most important in a conservative skirt is hem length; keep it at or just below the knee. Avoid skirts with pleats or side slits. We recommend our classic Cairns pencil skirt. Litigators accustomed to be "judged" from behind often prefer our Cebu pencil skirt because the rear pleat makes it even less leg-revealing than a skirt with a traditional kick vent.

In business formal environments, look for flat-front pants without cuffs or other embellishments. At Moi-Même we can tailor your pants to your preferred custom hem length so you can have them cut to fit your favorite pair of closed-toe heels.

Pants for Business Formal Attire
shown above: Jakarta pant

Want to learn more about what to wear to a business dinner, trade show, conference and – more generally – what is considered appropriate dress for any workplace? Check out our complete Moi-Meme Guide to Women’s Professional Attire.

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shown above: Lima shirt

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