Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Tweed Sky JacketFor 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 always like a springy blue suit, although I tend to wear the pieces more as separates than I do as a suit.  Today I like this nubby blue tweed from Ann Taylor (part of the 40% off sale they have going on today) — the color seems like a classic, I like the two jackets offered, and the seamed, lined A-line skirt looks flattering and comfortable.   The jacket (Ann Taylor Tweed Sky Jacket) is $159, and the skirt (Ann Taylor Tweed Sky Skirt) (both available in regular and petites); the second matching jacket (Oceana Tweed Jacket) is only in regulars and is $179. Use code SPRING4IT to bring the prices down to $95, $47, and $107, respectively.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Wrap Pencil Skirt

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Brooks Brothers Wrap Pencil SkirtSure, this pencil skirt is a bit boring — but then, the most versatile, worn-often-and-for-years pieces are going to be pretty boring. I like the hint of stretch in the wool, and the fact that it’s fully lined; the double slits in front also seem interesting and new. The skirt was $298, but is now marked to $119.20 at Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers Wrap Pencil Skirt

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Psst: This Club Monaco sweater dress is a bit out of season, but it’s finally gone on sale and we ARE having a cold spate here in NYC, so I thought I’d post.  Update: Try code APRIL30 to bring the sweater dress down to $69.

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Coffee Break: Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder BagOoh, pretty. I’m loving this bright, happy green bag with a nice textured leather. It looks fun, and springy, and if you don’t already own a bag this color, you’ll be shocked at how versatile it is. The bag was $298, but is now marked to $199 at Nordstrom. Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Celeste Dress

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Club Monaco Celeste DressI’m a sucker for a good black/navy dress, and this one from Club Monaco is no different. Love the textured weave in the center, as well as the faux leather accents on the shoulder — very cool. It’s $229 at ShopBop. (Do note that ShopBop’s big Friends & Family sale has just kicked off, and you can take 25% off site-wide (with some brand exclusions, of course). Club Monaco Celeste Dress

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Coffee Break: Cynthia Avant Heels

Clarks Cynthia Avant HeelsPeep toes, of course, are not appropriate for every office. That said, though: I do like these basic pumps from the Clarks Artisan collection, one of the big reader favorites from our Guide to Comfortable Heels. For once the wood grain heel isn’t annoying me, and I like the very basic colors offered (tan, “nude patent,” and black).  The 2.5″ heel is available in sizes 5-12 in regular/narrow/wide widths for $100.  (6pm has a navy patent, dusty rose, and gray version on sale for $59.) Clarks Cynthia Avant Heels

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Giraffe Print Dress

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Escada Giraffe Print DressI always think of giraffe prints as being much tighter than this — so I love the abstract, ultra-closeup view on this chic Escada dress. I’d wear it with black (as styled here) and maybe also pastels, like a pale pink blazer or a cornflower blue cardigan. It’s (gulp) $995 at Bloomingdale’s. Escada Giraffe Print Dress

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