Reader DB asked for light colored summer suits

Now - since this was a question from a personal friend I don't actually have a traditional "question" to put here but the question really got me excited; I am actually going to give her recommendations via e-mail, but the request inspired me to do a post on the subject.  When the weather gets warm but you work in a line of work that requires suits everyday (or even just sometimes), nothing beats a summer weight light suit to keep cool but still give off an air of authority and put-togetherness.  Though I will note that I personally would not wear a light colored suit to court or to an interview (unless the court was a more casual court - like for example probate - where practitioners are there frequently - it seemed the wardrobe for lawyers was maybe slightly more laid back.)  But for meetings or depositions or something a little less formal, they can be a great option.

One last big plus, in my book, is that I think light colored suits can be used as separates MUCH more easily than other suits - I use the jacket from my tan/beige Talbots suit to wear over dresses all the time (see this post from yesterday on Tumblr) and I find the skirt is great for pairing with other jackets or cardigans because it reads as just a neutral tan skirt (which admittedly most black skirts from suits can as well, the jackets are usually the problem.)

Okay - that was a digression that I didn't mean to take - lets move on to the suits!
Linen One-Button Stellita fit Jacket at Brooks Brothers ($328 - all my best suits come from BB [factory outlet though] and I love the color of this suit, pencil skirt is here, its the perfect, conservative tan linen suit for summer.  If you have the cash that is.)
All-Season Stretch Seamed Sheath Dress at Ann Taylor ($99.99 - okay only one size is available currently in the dress - but here's the rest of the "cedar heather" seasonless suiting.  I think the color is lovely for a spring/summer suit for a "serious" office.)
Mario Matteo Women's suit in gray at YOOX ($485 - sizes 4-10 available. I really like this suit because the zoom view on the website shows that there is actual a slight check or herringbone design on it.  It's lovely - though I know nothing about the designer so can't comment on price vs. quality.)
Factory linen suiting blazer in pearl at J-Crew Factory ($111 - most sizes still available - this is the odd situation where this goes with the item next to it.  I personally LOVE the dress/suit combo and this pearl color is beautiful.  I know some people have objections to J-Crew Factory quality (I've never bought there, their stuff doesn't work for my body shape) but this is so lovely maybe its worth the risk?)
Factory linen Button Tab Shift Dress at J-Crew Factory ($96 - I *love* the shape of this dress.  In fact, I'm wearing a Tahari dress today in this exact shape.  Together with the blazer this would make a lovely, lovely suit for meetins, depositions, maybe even court for more casual motions sessions.  I it.  I know quality may be an issue - but the pricing is decent and they're both linen so great for summer.)
Step-Twill Jacket  ($199) to be paired with the Heritage Fit Straight Leg Trousers in Khaki from Talbots ($119 - not shown - I may own this precise suit, I'm not sure, but I like it - the step-twill which you need to zoom in on the website's picture to see is a lovely detail.  Talbot's standard seasonless wool also has a nice tan suit - but I'm not in love with the length of the blazer - unless you happen to be long waisted and then high-six for you.
Linen-blend logo button suit jacket at Calvin Klein ($79.99 - now, I don't wear white suits and I know a lot of people won't wear full white suits, but this blazer is lovely.  I love the structure and the way the bottom curves outward and the lapel is lovely.  These are the pants meant for the suit and the jacket also comes in a one-button varietal.  Honestly though, I'd wear this as a separate, either with something safe like navy trousers or to turn up the volume a bit, these red logo linen pants that go with the same suit, but in red.  The combo would be fab I think.)
St. John's Collection Fitted Tweed Jacket and Pencil Skirt in lilac multi at Nordtroms ($ALOT$ - but what is life if we can't fantisize about owning a fabulous tweed, purple suit?  Really?)
Tahari ASL Two Piece Pants Suit with shawl collar at Lord & Taylor ($125.99 - the colors are listed as ivory and beige, though it reads darker and the jacket is linen but pants are poly - though that may be a good way to avoid pant wrinkles while still staying cooler.  This suit is sort of suit separates really, but I liked it so much I picked it anyway - and shawl collars are great for my bustier ladies.
Tan-Tor Seamed One Button Jacket and Seamed Pencil Skirt at Reiss - US ($360/$180 - if you had told me a year ago that I'd be taking you to the nearest mental institution to be checked out.  But this is beautiful and for the long of waist it would look amazing - there are pants as well btw.  I think its also a nice way for younger persons to rock the colored suit; plus, each separate would be GREAT on its own.  Basically, high five Reiss - well done achieving the near impossible of making me want a SALMON suit.)
Anne Klein Suit, Four Button at Macy's ($139.99 on-sale - available in all sizes up to 14 - I don't personally like four button suits, but I know for those who do, they are very hard to find.  My biggest worry with this suit is it may be polyester - so it may not breathe great for summer but the price might be worth it.  Also I swear I don't work for Macy's but they're having a suit sale this week.)
Summer Wave Suit Skirt from White House Black Market ($88 - available in all sizes up to 16.  I'm highlighting the skirt in this suit because I love the piping on it that gives it interest.  The blazer with this suit is a little - odd - like what you might wear to a business formal safari where you'd be the most boringly dressed person there? Maybe I'm being harsh - has anyone tried it on?
Tahari by ASL Chain Trim Tweed jacket and skirt at Macy's ($114.99 - this may be the item that makes you all think I've gone batty, but this pink and white tweed is lovely.  And I amazingly (mind-blowingly frankly) love how the chain trim is executed here.  It is delicate and worn with minimal gold jewelry and nude or brown or light peach/pink shoes, I think it adds interest to a conservative suit.)  
So that's all she wrote for now folks.  Go forth and lawyer or doctor or banker or computer/civil/mechanical engineer (or robotics...can't forget them or a friend of mine from college would be sad) or politic or activist in nice light colored suits for summer.  Because here's my thing about light colored suits - and actually all slightly non-traditional clothing choices - especially for younger women.  I think bright colors and big jewelry, as long as its still within the professional sphere, is a huge powerplay for a professional woman.  It says "I'm here, I'm me, I wear feminine/androgynous/colorful/punky clothes, and I'm still going to kick your ass because I'm better than you."  

Anyway - that's my theory.  Wear what you want with enough confidence - following the basic rules of decency and dressing to flatter as best you can - and you will be perceived as more powerful.  At least in my experience.  I L.O.V.E. seeing female execs or partners or whatever who rock fashionable chic looks that are just a little edgy* - it works for me.  Does it work for you dear readers?  Let me know in the comments.

And by "edgy" here I don't mean the shameful display of "punk rock fashion" that we all saw at the Met Ball - I mean business execs or partners at law firms who have wardrobes that are just outside the "business" norm - so they don't wear all black, navy, and gray or they DO wear all black, navy, and gray but in interesting ways - and they have fabulous or artsy or hippie jewelry.  And they wear interesting shoes.  That sort of thing.  Things that differentiate their wardrobe from the corporate uniform.  I love it. Especially when it tells me something about them as a person.
Reader Gail the Goldfish solicits:

Hi! I'm looking for a basic medium-grey wool or wool-blend suit. Think lawyer interview suit. I've tried the usual suspects of Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Talbot's, and everyone's jackets are just too long right now. The leading contender is the J.Crew super 120s 1035 jacket and pencil skirt in heather flannel grey, but it's still on the long side, so before I pull the trigger, maybe you can find something I'm missing. I'd like to keep it under $350 for jacket/skirt, and if it had a pants option as well, that'd be a bonus. I'm a 0/2 on top and 4/6 (usually a 6 lately) on bottom, so separates are a must. Thanks!

So first, if I may, a picture of the main contender.  (For reasons that escape me - J-Crew doesn't seem to have taken a picture of the 120s pencil skirt on the model in the heather grey....but I'm sure you can envision it in all of its heather grey glory.)
So - basic interview suits.  They are an essential wardrobe staple for anyone going into a "business"-like or law field (my friends in academia tell me they get buy just fine without them...I can't quite get my mind around that fact.)  Now, I think suiting is one of the few places where women could take some sartorial lessons from our X-chromosome deficient brethren; generally as men move up in the world and start buying nicer suits, they also start getting those suits tailored as a matter of course.  Yes there *are* men's off-the-rack suits, but even Men's Suits departments at stores like JC Penney have a tailoring department.  So while I think the ideal would be for us to find The Suit that fits our body perfectly and makes us look trim and fitted in a comfortable suit, we might be better off finding a really nice suit that comes close and then getting it tailored so that it goes all the way.  Does that make sense?  

Okay - moving on.  What I am getting from your question is that you are probably short of waist/torso and that you are finding that the popular brand suits, as epitomized by this J-Crew suit, are simply too long these days.  Well, you are preaching to the choir sister.  I made the mistake of buying one Ann Taylor suit that was too long in the torso and, needless to say, I never wear it because I feel like I'm wearing my mom's suit or something.  (And I know I could just see my above rant about tailoring....but I have since acquired nicer suits so...)  So - I am going to collect a few of my favorite places to find suits for people with slightly shorter torsos or with a more fitted blazer.  One tip - some of these may be over the $350 retail - but they often go on sale - or you should hit up the outlets (the Brooks Brother's outlet brand is actually great and two of my interview suits comes from there.)

I'll start with Brooks Brothers (my favorite suiting - bar none - which has a few items that might work for you.)
But - they are making it more than a little difficult for me to do my job - because all their pencil skirts are sold out on-line (bet they have them in-store though.  Would be worth a call.
Wool Two-Button Jacket at Brooks Brothers ($159.20 - I like that its still a full length jacket - not actively cropped - but it sits high enough on the waist that it won't make a short person look, well, super short.  Nice construction as well.)
Wool One-Button Jacket from Brooks Brothers ($159.20 - a nice, shorter waisted option.  There is also a two-button wool jacket not available in your size on the website - but if you went into the store they might be able to track one down for you.)
Lambswool Blazer in navy from Brooks Brothers ($139.20 - not at all what you were looking for - but I own this blazer - or a similar earlier version and  it is the BEST purchase I've made in years.  It is amazing for work or weekends and I love it so much.  I should buy three more.)

So as I said above, these options all come from the primary Brooks Brothers brand of suiting.  But if you live near a BB outlet, I would go check out their outlet suits, they are made specifically for the outlet and so are cheaper (and I guess lower quality) - but I've never had any issues with them.  Definitely at least worth a look see.

Another place I would look for suits is Nordstroms, especially the Classiques Entier suits at Nordstroms.  I especially like Nordies for this because, if you purchase from them and have (or open) a Nordies debit or credit card, you get a certain amount of tailoring for free.  Here are a few of the suits there I like best.
Classiques Entier Speckled Weave Jacket and Pencil Skirt at Nordstroms ($160.80 and $94.80 - though this jacket has a slightly different peplum cut, I think its still conservative enough to be considered an "interview" suit and would be quite flattering on someone who was short waisted - especially if you have a bit of an x-shape.)
Classiques Entier Platine Weave Jacket and Pencil Skirt at Nordstroms ($160.80 and $94.80 - more traditional suit shape, but I like that its nipped in nicely at the waist and the light gray color would be very flattering for a lot of people.)
Halogen Pinstripe Suit Jacket and Skirt in navy at Nordstroms ($70.80 and $41.40 - I'll confess, I know nothing about the Halogen suiting line - but the price is so good on this suit that I thought I'd throw it out there in case you were interested in giving a deal a chance.)

Another few options for other places where you might find good fits are:
Anne Klein Blazer and Pencil Skirt in gray at Macy's ($150 - Anne Klein has several nice, simple suits at Macy's - not 100% sure about quality but they look like decent interview suits and they come in separates.)
Platinum Washable Wool Jacket (2-button) in navy at Jones NY ($229 - see matching skirt here.)
Boss Black Juicy 6 Jacket ($356.98 - above budget - but maybe keep an eye on it if it goes on sale at the Annual Sale - because its a lovely suit and seems to really fit your needs.)

Okay!  That's enough suits for this morning.  What do people think?  Where do you get your interview suits?  I know I've left out some obvious choices (Theory) - but I did it on purpose - those don't work as well for the shorter and stumpier amongst us.  But feel free to share what the taller and willowier like too.  We clothe everyone around these parts.  :-)  Happy shopping and may interviewing ever be in your favor.