This has sent me on a research frenzy of suit patterns from the 40's. Here's a recent eBay score:
These patterns are often called "two-piece dresses" and I think that's what I like about them: they're less structured and more feminine that your standard skirt suit.
It's interesting to note, though, that suit skirts from the 40s were generally a-line rather than slim. It was in the early 50's that skirts started nipping in at the knee. Perhaps the Vogue images above are really just our modern perception of the 40's: the slim-skirted femme fatale and all that.
I've found myself considering recent pattern releases too, with modern silhouettes that hearken back to the forties and fifties in subtle ways. I like the idea of pairing a short-sleeved peplum jacket (like McCalls 5936) with a high waisted straight skirt like my beloved Burda 8155.
My worry with wearing a suit to work, though, is feeling too self-consciously "done up." I suppose it's one of those styles that probably all depends on the industry you work in, among other factors. So my question is this: based on your experience, lifestyle, and career, are suits a yea or a nay?