Suit of the Week: Topshop

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.

There are a lot of boring suits and really wacky suits out right now. This bright green jade suit from Topshop is an interesting one because it’s well-reviewed and comes from a younger brand. Colorful suits are usually associated with older women, but this cut is very modern, and the brand is very modern, too. So if you want a really fun suit that’s also affordable and professional, check this out. It’s nice that you can wear it as separates, and the pants look good by themselves for work. They come in green, blue, and pink, while the jacket only is available in green and pink. At Nordstrom, the jacket (Double Breasted Suit Jacket) is $125, and the pants (Tailored Cigarette Trousers) are $68. The size range is 2–12.

For plus sizes, here are some pink (in two shades) and green pants at Eloquii, and a pencil skirt there with a lot of color choices that include pink and green.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Twist-Front Fit-And-Flare Dress

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This black dress looks really great, and it’s part of some crazy sales Talbots is having right now. This looks very comfortable and easy, and I like the fit and flare. It’s machine washable, which is always nice, and it has a concealed back zip. The dress comes in sizes S, M, and L and is on sale for $104 from $129 — but at checkout it comes down even more to $42. Twist-Front Fit-And-Flare Dress

Do click around the site, because they’ve got some other interesting things. Here’s a similar top in plus sizes for $16; this desk-to-dinner dress is marked to $38 and still available in four size ranges.

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Coffee Break: Okira Strappy Pump

There are a ton of nice Naturalizer pumps at Zappos with HIGH, high ratings. These strappy pumps look a bit like dance shoes in the picture, but if you watch the Zappos video (here’s a screencap) I think they’re actually that mythical strappy pump where they stay comfortably on your foot, have a flattering dip in the front (unlike most T-straps or ankle strap heels) — and look good with tights, pantyhose, or bare legs. They’re $99 at Zappos, available in regular and wide sizes 4-12, in four neutral colors. (Amazon has lucky sizes down as low as $49, and Nordstrom has even more colors.) Naturalizer Okira

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Open-Front Cardigan

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This attractive little cardigan comes in black and white at Reiss and is a blend of viscose and nylon. (It’s hand washable.) It looks like a cool-girl sweater that you can layer in a lot of different ways — I prefer the black but the white also looks very nice. It’s got a slight blousing to the sleeves and it’s long and open. I think it’s very chic, particularly as styled — look through the pictures on Reiss’ site to see more. The cardigan comes in sizes 0-10 and is $230. Open-Front Cardigan

Here’s a more affordable option (in black or white) and a plus-size option (three colors).

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Coffee Break: Abbey Road Sunglasses

green sunglasses free peopleI was in the Free People store recently and couldn’t resist buying these slightly crazy green sunglasses. (I also took a quick picture for the blog’s Instagram story. They’re huge sunglasses even for me, with a mirrored lens that’s more of a tint than a dark glass.  They’re $20, exclusively at Free People — and they come in a six other colors if bottle green isn’t your cup of tea. Abbey Road Sunglasses

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Plaid Off Shoulder Jacket

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When I saw this, it made me think of our post on how to dress like Selina Meyer in Veep. She had a similar blazer that she wore for a speech or something similar, and it was really great. Yes, this one is not a regular day-at-the-office jacket — it’s for a special situation like accepting an award or, like Selina Meyer, giving a speech. You could very easily layer it with a simple black sheath dress; it does come with a matching dress with a high crew neck that I’d want to try on to see how it looks. I think this is an interesting look, and it’s a statement piece that’s still conservative. The jacket is available in sizes 00–12 at Saks, where it’s $495, as well as at TheoryPlaid Off Shoulder Jacket

A more affordable option is this blazer, but if you’d prefer something more traditional but in plaid, here are two others. Here’s one available in plus sizes.

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