Wednesday’s TPS Report: Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

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Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio BlouseSaks has started its spring sales already, including this lovely blouse from Lafayette 148.  We would wear it with a pencil skirt and pumps, or perhaps beneath a suit — we like the idea of the tall collar standing up beneath lapels.  It is linen, which (while prone to wrinkles) can be great when it’s 90 degrees and you’re at a professional event.  It’s on sale for $136, down from $228. Lafayette 148 Dotted Patio Blouse

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  1. I’m a young-looking 26 year old; would this tiny polka-dot print make me look even younger? It’s cute, but I’m worried I can’t wear it to the office and be taken seriously.

  2. I’m sure it depends on your office but there’s a subtle boys club at mine and so as a young-looking 27 I would stay far far away from this blouse at work (although I’d wear it on the weekends). I might dare wear that style in a solid color but in a print I think it’s too young for some of us.

  3. to Emily:

    I think if you paired it with a suit as suggested and some conservative jewelry (I was thinking maybe pearl stud earrings?) you can pull it off. I agree though, it’s hard to work with a short-sleeved collared shirt – there’s just something about it that makes me think of the junior department and their “dress up” clothes for teens.

  4. Me too! I’d pair it with a jacket and I think it would be fine.

  5. Love it–and love the tall collar!

  6. I appreciate this brand’s lines and silhouettes, they are classic American sportswear in nature.

    However, I do have a pretty steadfast rule that I don’t wear ruffles. Lace, yes, ruffles no.

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