OperaSoprano wrote:IMO, women can and should buy suit separates. I got mine marked down at the Theory outlet, and I usually add a white silk blouse with a gray skirt suit, or a nude silk blouse with black. Most of my friends are different sizes on the top and bottom, and it is rare to find a suit that fits perfectly off the rack, even if you are pretty proportional. I am also partial to J Crew and Club Monaco, but my preference is to head to an outlet center and spend the day trying things on to see what you can find. Bring the shoes, blouse, and undergarments you plan to wear, as this can make your life a lot easier.
FTR, a simple silk blouse looks classier than a button down, and if you are at all busty, you won't have to worry about the button gap or the cleavage issue, provided you don't buy something low cut. Pearls are not necessary-- a small, unique piece of jewelry can work fine, so long as it isn't distracting.
Not surprisingly, I agree with OS, particularly the bolded.
Theory outlet is perfect. I also have had good experiences with Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole (both regular and outlet). if you're located in the middle of the country, The Limited is also great for suiting on a budget.
For comfortable 3"+ pumps, I love Kenneth Cole 925. The original line was perfect. Now they've branched out a little, and some styles are ugly and/or inappropriate for a law firm, but there are still a few good styles out there.