Suit of the Week: Theory

double-breasted womans suitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

For your consideration: a double-breasted blazer from a hip suiting brand.  Interesting.  I have historically been opposed to the double-breasted blazer, but — am I crazy? — something about this one appeals to me.  I like the structure and sharpness to the shoulders, and the relative slouchiness throughout the rest of it, which feels very… 2015.  I suppose we’ve seen double-breasted blazers on the rise for a few years now (I’m primarily remembering this April Fool’s roundup of shorts suits)… so: huh.  Are you for or against double-breasted blazers, ladies?   The jacket (Edition 2 Elkaey W Blazer) is $485; other items in the same fabric (Edition 2) are Custom Max pants, ankle pants, the Custom Gabe blazer, and a shift dress.

(Curious about the differences in Theory suiting?  Here’s our last discussion on point.)

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Beauty Wednesday: Summer Makeup

summer-makeupLadies, how do you change up your makeup for summer? We haven’t talked about this for a few years, (not counting my epic review of tinted lip balm last year), so let’s discuss.  Any new products that are must-haves for you for summer?  Any old products that have “still got it”?  Which are your preferred products for summer? How do you factor sunscreen into the mix (if at all)?

For my $.02, I’ve retired bronzer (see you next November/December, old friend!) and have primarily been using Nars the Multiple for cheeks and eyes at the moment.  (I briefly tried Benetint again, which I’ve used for years, but it just isn’t doing it for me right now.) I think I’m going to try to get into daily use for my Bare Minerals foundation — it has a physical sunblock and evens my skin, so yay.  But I’m excited to hear from you guys — what is your favorite makeup for summer? 

Pictured:  bareMinerals 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Original Foundation Kit (awww, 20 years!), available at Sephora for $38. 

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Congratulations to the Tuxe Giftcard Winner!

tuxe-giveawayThank you to everyone who entered the Tuxe Bodywear giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed, and the winner has been emailed.

Pictured: The Coach bodysuit, available in ivory and black at Tuxe Bodywear for $104 (tall fit available).

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Mosaic Check Belted Fit Flare Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Mosaic Check Belted Fit Flare DressThe Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale continues, and they still have a ton of good stuff, including this nice fit and flare dress.  I like the work-appropriate length, the jewel neck, and the tiny check pattern. Lucky sizes only in this one, alas (sizes 10 and 14) — it was $228, now $136.  Classiques Entier Mosaic Check Belted Fit Flare Dress

Here’s a new markdown from the sale I like in sizes 0-6.  Here’s a more affordable option, and here’s a plus size option.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Coffee Break: Agate Office Accessories

Agate OfficeOh yeah. I like these… a lot. So much so that I almost don’t want to post them so I can stalk them until they go on sale. I love the agate (I’m all about the agate right now), the clear plastic, and the general functionality of all of the pieces (except for the platter, which seems really large to be either a coaster or a paperweight, but that is me). Lovely. The pieces are $62-$360 at Bergdorf Goodman. Rab Labs Eiro Desk Accessories & Travessa Platter

I haven’t seen any similar and more affordable desk accessories, but here are two similar bookends.

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Seasonless Sweaters for the Office

Summer Sweaters for the Office | CorporetteIs there a magical sweater you can buy that is seasonless — great for summer, great for winter, looks luxe, and retains its shape? In general, what do you look for in summer sweaters? Reader N asks:

It seems that many dresses are sleeveless or cap sleeved, and I am always searching for the right coverup for work. To that end, can you recommend a simple, well made light black cardigan? It seems that every single one I’ve purchased the last few years looks cheap and out of shape after more than a few wears.

We’ve haven’t done a hunt for black cardigans for a while — maybe soon! (Note that both the J.Crew one and DvF one, below, come in black, as does August Silk.) When it comes to shapeless sweaters, I haaaate cotton sweaters for that reason. If it’s a lightweight cotton sweater, it looks shapeless after just a few wears in the summer, and when I wash them I can never get them to look quite as nice as they first did on the rack. If it’s a chunkier cotton sweater in the winter, it’s the same thing — a misshapen mess. Wool is too heavy to be seasonless (although merino wool sweaters are often great purchases), and cashmere can be too expensive or delicate to throw into your bag and survive. So what’s a girl to do?

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