Weekend Open Thread

winter hatSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Ladies, we haven’t talked about winter hats in far too long — which are your favorites? I feel like I am perpetually on the hunt for a good one.  Last year (or two years ago) I found a pretty knit hat at Old Navy that was lined with fleece on the inside, which I liked for warmth — but it has not held up well at all.  I’m currently wearing a slouchy beanie like the pictured one (on sale for $21 at Nordstrom), which is fine. What are your favorites — what material do you like for warmth, durability and static, and what styles do you think are the most flattering?  Do you think you ever “age out” of certain styles, like pom poms? Pictured: Halogen® Metallic Cashmere Blend Beanie, $21.98 at Nordstrom in black, gray and white.



Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Spacedye Flippy Dress

Spacedye Dress: Loft Spacedye Flippy DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This highly-reviewed, flippy dress is on a killer sale at Loft. I like the sleeves, the non-exposed zipper in the back, and the fact that the whole thing is machine washable. It was $79, but comes down to $26 (40% 0ff!) when you add it to your cart (final sale only, alas). The dress is available in regular, petite, and tall sizes. Loft Spacedye Flippy Dress

Psst: also in this price range is this nice-looking sheath dress — if you really, really like pink.

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Coffee Break: Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Statement Necklace: Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite NecklaceOooh: I was perusing the Bittar necklaces at Last Call for my birthday (the one I got is sold out now, alas) and spied this black lucite necklace, which I’ve worn in a lighter color via Rent the Runway. It’s a lightweight, comfortable necklace, but it makes a statement — I think the matte black Lucite would be great for work. It was $295, is marked to $168 today, and code LCLOVE (which takes 35% off ONE item) brings it down to $146. Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Psst: these highly-rated Vince heels are 50% off at Nordstrom (in the gray, not the black).


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Envelope Tee

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

envelope shoulder teeI’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with what I call “personality necklines” — but a lot of women noted on that post that they still like necklines with some interest, and if you are one of them, do note that Talbots has this nice machine washable “envelope shoulder” tee in four solid colors, several prints and tons of sizes for $59.  I like that it’s more wearable than a boatneck because there are zero bra issues here, and the high, straight neckline looks great with a necklace or beneath a blazer. It’s $59-$74.50 at Talbots, available in regular, petite, woman’s, and woman’s petite sizes. Envelope-Shoulder Tee

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

brooks zac 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.

Oooh: the whole Brooks Brothers / Zac Posen collaboration is amazing (although, yes, I take issues with some of the general styling issues– 5th day dirty hair! walking vacation in Europe summer shoes!). Still, there is a lot to drool over. I like this belted menswear-inspired blazer, made from a stretchy wool-blend Loro Piana fabric. Were it in black it would feel very Marlene Dietrich or Kate Hepburn to me, but in this foresty green it feels lighter, fresher. I would stick with city neutrals like black, gray and navy, for fear that beige/brown/cream would take it too far towards “safari.” (Although: I do think a pair of purple pumps would be a very subtle but very fun addition.) The blazer (Belted Wool-Blend Jacket) is $698; the pants (Stretch Wool-Blend Trousers) are $498.

Here’s a very affordable similar belted blazer, as well as a happy green skirt suit in plus sizes.


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