Suit of the Week: Boss

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.

I was shopping with my mother this past weekend and spied this suit at Nordstrom — and totally fell in love. (The pictures don’t do it justice.) The fun “asymmetrical hidden-button front closure” is really cool, flattering, and professional — it’s like a diagonal dash of solid navy on an otherwise pinstriped suit. Love the whole thing. The jacket (Jadela Pinstripe Suit Jacket) is $575, and the pants (Tilunana Pinstripe Suit Trousers) are $255.

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size option, both on sale at Macy’s.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Linen-Cotton Jacket

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This Brooks Brothers jacket comes in a bright green and a bright pink, both of which seem like a lot of fun if you’re looking for a lighter jacket as warmer days are (hopefully) on the horizon. I love it as styled here with pink, and I love the tie-inspired print under the collar and the pinstriped lining on the inside — it’s just a really great jacket whether you wear the collar popped or not. It’s $198 and comes in sizes 0–14. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers!) Linen-Cotton Jacket

Here’s a plus-size blazer in a very similar green.

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Coffee Break: Wallice Mule

Wallice muleSometimes, you see something marked down and wonder, what the heck happened? For example, here: there are a ton of really cute colors left in this mule, in a ton of sizes. (The metallic magenta is totally calling my name, but let’s go with the more subdued metallic blue to feature.) The product has high ratings for comfort and style. And yet it’s 40% off. So what happened? Here’s my guess: the product title says “Wallice Appliqué Mule,” and the product description goes on about the appliques. Huh? What appliques? It looks like there was an iteration with appliques on it (Amazon still has it, if you’re interested) and all of the other solid colors got forgotten by online shoppers worried about what crazy applique was going to come on the shoe. If you dare to try, it was $109, but is now marked to $65, in the Nordstrom Winter Sale. Wallice Mule

Here’s a pressing question for the readers: what’s your preferred sock/hosiery situation with mules? Barefoot… toe covers… or trouser socks?

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Splurge Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

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I think this dress from Marni is really interesting — I like it because it has a very feminine shape while the contrast piping has sort of a comic book, witty vibe to it. The dress is totally acceptable for work, and I really like how fun and flattering it is — and a little bit different, too. Unfortunately, the dress is priced accordingly — it’s $2,095 at Neiman Marcus (and one size has already sold out). Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

Amazon has more affordable options from Calvin Klein and Adrianna Papell, and Macy’s also has a Calvin Klein option, but in plus sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress

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Ruffle Sleeve Shift DressPresident’s Day sales are already starting, including the big Nordstrom Winter Sale. This dress is new to the sale and while it’s obviously a casual dress, it’s a fun, easy dress that can cross seasons with the help of a little layering (such as tights and a thin, long-sleeved top) during colder months. At 5’4″, everything always hits me much longer than shown on super tall models — so I’d hope it hits me just above my knees. I’d still wear much lower heels than shown here (if not flats), and I’d pair it with a long pendant.  The dress is newly marked to $41 (also available in a fun stripe and a navy — even better for tights!) and has a ton of great reviews. Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress

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Coffee Break: Born Pointy Toe Pump

Butter pump Aztec I’m always a fan of a low pump, and this cute kitten-heeled one from Butter Shoes has such an interesting black and white pattern it’s hard not to love. They’re calling the pattern “Aztec,” which… I don’t see. At first glance I thought it was a very large animal print; at second glance (and third and fourth) it looks like some kind of flora or fauna. The shoes are winning good reviews, available in five colors, and $199. Butter Born Pointy Toe Pump

(I’m trying to remember why I associate Butter Shoes with vegan shoes — if for whatever reason you do as well, do note that these have leather uppers. You can see our last roundup of stylish vegan shoes for the office, though, if you’re on the hunt.)

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