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Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

For 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.

We’ve talked before about winter tweed vs. tweed in summer, and this suit from Ann Taylor looks like a perfect summer tweed suit. I like the sleek, collarless jacket; the shorter length for the pants; and the fact that the pants have functional pockets (although if you’re like me and feel a little hippy sometimes, you may prefer to have the pockets sewn closed). The suit comes in regular sizes 00-18, petite sizes 00-16, and tall sizes 0-18. The jacket (Tweed Collarless Jacket) was $169 but is now $139 (with an additional 40% off at checkout to bring it to $83), the pants (available in two fits) were $98 but are now $69 (with an additional 40% off at checkout to bring them to $41), and there’s also a matching skirt and vest (not pictured; also on sale with an extra 40% off).

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also good for summer.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Slim Cutaway Blazer

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

Whistles is a British brand that I often forget about, but they always have interesting workwear and weekend wear with a kind of grownup/mid-20s kind of vibe. If you’re having trouble finding something that’s between Express and Talbots or you’re looking to upgrade your professional clothing brands, do consider Whistles. This just looks like a great basic blazer, and it comes in gray and navy. Because it’s cotton, it’s a good lightweight blazer for summer, and I also like the crisp, British structured look to it. It’s $169 at Bloomingdale’s and is available in UK sizes 4–16 (U.S. 0–12). Slim Cutaway Blazer

Two plus-size options are here (although it’s from the abovementioned Talbots!) and here.

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Coffee Break: Antoinette Grand Pump

I was in the Cole Haan store recently and could not get over how flexible and lightweight these Antoinette heels are. Note that they’re 4″ — but if you really want the height and you want a lightweight shoe, do give these a try. The size range is 5–11, and while Amazon has some in stock, Cole Haan is your best bet if you want more choices. The shoe is on sale there, from $400 to $199.95, in six colors. Antoinette Grand Pump

Pssst: Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels for other reader favorite brands!

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New Corporette Resource: Wardrobe Essentials for Work!

work wardrobe essentialsWhat do you consider to be work wardrobe essentials? I just created a new resource that I hope will be helpful for you, whether you’re just starting out in a conservative office, doing a wardrobe revamp, creating a capsule wardrobe for work, or otherwise — introducing the Corporette Guide to Wardrobe Essentials for Work! I intend this to be a “living” page — one that’s updated often, much like our Guide to Comfortable Heels and our Guide to Interview Suits.

As you guys know, we go on “hunts” for great basics for work all the time — and I’ve noticed over the years that there are some best-selling pieces that really stand the test of time.  As far as our daily workwear recommendations go this makes for pretty boring blog fodder — I can only recommend the X sheath dress so many times before people get tired of it! — but I’ve started collecting these pieces into our “Workwear Hall of Fame,” as well as in a special section of each Hunt.  I finally decided it would be a great idea to collect these work wardrobe essentials in one page — so if you’re looking for a basic black pump, a suit, or more, you can find the best-sellers, reader favorites, and more, all in one place (as well as links to all of our recent Hunts on point). Please check the new resource out here: Wardrobe Essentials for Work.

In other news, what other Hunts would you guys like to see? I don’t think we’ve done cardigans in a while, and I don’t think we’ve done popover blouses ever. Pencil skirts? Shift dresses, or fit & flare dresses? What do YOU consider to be the work wardrobe essentials in your closet — if a recent graduate came to you for advice, what would you immediately advise her to go and try on to fill her work wardrobe with?

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Staring at an empty closet and wondering what to wear to work? We've rounded up the best advice on work wardrobe essentials -- everything you need to build a KILLER wardrobe for work.

Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Venice Sleeveless Sheath Dress

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

This delightful dress from Elie Tahari mostly looks like your basic stretch-knit dress, but I love the little cutouts and details at the neckline and shoulders — they add a lot of interest without making the neckline too low or anything like that. It just looks like a great dress for work, and it’s on sale! The dress was $298 but is now $223, and when you add it to your cart it takes another 25% off for a final price of $167.25. (Neiman Marcus has a lot of cute things on sale right now, so take a look.) Venice Sleeveless Sheath Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Rounded Buckle Leather Trouser Belt

There are a lot of wacky belt trends out there right now, including the braided belt and the western belt, which I’m sure I rocked in the ’80s or early ’90s but just can’t do again! I’m much more likely to go with a simple, rounded-buckle, leather trouser belt like this one. I think this very nice gray color is interesting if you’re looking for something beyond basic black (which is also available in this style, along with a light pink and navy blue). The belt is 1″ wide and available in sizes XS-L, and it’s $49.50 at Ann Taylor, which comes down to $29.70 with discount code MYSTERY. Rounded Buckle Leather Trouser Belt

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