First, thank you everyone who left a comment on the last post--so much great advice! Happily, I did end up finding a suit that doesn't make me look like Laura Bush; instead, I look like a cute, young yuppie who you'd love to hire. I went to Macy's this morning and tried on about 57 different suits, and bought one that I really like. It looks a lot like this one, by Tahari, except with short sleeves and a simpler lapel:
Yes, I decided to go with short sleeves. I know this means I'm screwed if I don't find a job before it gets cold (although, if I'm still unemployed by October I probably will not be living in New York, so it's a bit of a moot point), but it feels particularly right for late May. The skirt hits right at the knee and is conservative without being frumpy, and I feel confident that I'll be able to match it with other tops and wear it without the jacket.
Speaking of tops, I got two button-downs from Banana Republic and I'm still trying to decide which to wear. BR doesn't seem to have the right colors online for the Cap-Sleeve Fitted Blouse, $40. I got a light pink (more pastel than the photo) and light yellow, both of which look fantastic against the grey suit. I think the pink says, "I'm girly and fun, but still hard-working like Elle Woods," while the yellow says, "I'm sunny and have a great attitude, but am also brave because I'm a blonde wearing yellow." I'm leaning towards the yellow, but feel free to cast your vote if you see this before tomorrow morning.