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Suit of the Week: Talbots

Fvintage-dot-jacquard-pantsuit-navyor 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.

Speaking of wearing interesting suits to court — here’s a lovely vintage dot jacquard suiting set from Talbots. This is a great example of something that’s just a little bit feminine, with tiny light blue dots — but in a muted color and a traditional shape.  I like that it’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes, and that it’s on a kind of great deal right now: take an additional 30% off sitewide all marked prices (which for the suit are already on sale). The marked price for the jacket is $169-$189, the pants are $99-119, and the dress (not pictured) is $119-$129.  Vintage Dot Jacquard Suiting

Looking for a great deal on a suiting set with lucky sizes? Check this glen plaid stretch suiting from Halogen — lots of regular sizes left in the blazer but lucky sizes only in the pants and skirt (and no markdowns at all in the plus sizes, alas).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

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

I’m really excited that this is back in stock — I always thought it was a great dress. (A while ago it went out of stock almost as soon as I saw it!) It does have a very high neckline, but that could be nice if you want to wear a statement necklace or otherwise use it as a simple backdrop for a big jewelry piece. It’s also good to see that it has a non-exposed zipper. There are a lot of cute Catherine Malandrino dresses right now that you might want to take a look at, some with more of a party vibe. The pictured dress (which you can find in red at Macy’s) is available at Nordstrom in sizes 2-14 for $82. Catherine Catherine Malandrino Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and herehere’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Metallic Card Case

kate-spade-metallic-card-caseOooh: of course I’m going to love the metallic cobalt card case from Kate Spade — but the whole collection looks fun, especially if you’re the type who a) likes to have a colored wallet/card case so it’s easy to find in your bag, b) you like feminine, girly things, or c) you are trying to find a small gift for a person who meets either a) or b).  (I did try the use-a-card-case-instead-of-a-wallet-in-my-clutch trick the last time I wore a clutch and I really liked it.) Anyhoo: the card case is $50, and comes in a metallic cobalt, hot pink, and a more muted rose gold that isn’t pictured here; the larger wallets go as high as $158; they’re available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,. (The confetti one in the picture is the “Grant Lane” collection, also fun.) kate spade new york Rainer Lane Metallic Card Case

Sale Alert: MAC is offering 25% off all orders through 12/4. Wish I’d known that before I ordered the Soar lipliner (one of their bestsellers) during Cyber Monday, but hopefully all the mascara samples I got (the Cyber Monday deal) will make up for that.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Walker Top

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

I love this gorgeous, wrap-inspired top from MM. LaFleur. It’s so chic and refined, but simple and versatile at the same time. It looks great with ankle pants as pictured here, and it would also work well with trousers or pencil skirts. I think you could even layer this on top of a tank dress or a sheath dress if you wanted to give it a go. MM. LaFleur notes that the top, which is made in the U.S. from silk jersey, is “bust-friendly,” “middle-friendly,” and “maternity-friendly.” It’s $240 and available in sizes S-XL. (XS is currently sold out, but you can ask to be notified when it’s back in stock.) The Walker Top

Two more affordable tops are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Water Resistant Slipper

ugg-slipper-gift-idea One great gift idea if you’re on the hunt are these water-resistant UGG slippers. Sure, they’re a bit fug — but if you know a woman whose dog needs a quick early morning walk, or who has to take the trash and recycling outside for pickup, these could be a lifesaver. They were originally $95, but in the big Nordstrom sale they come down to $55. The women’s version (pictured) comes in three colors.  (UGG does make men’s slippers, but they’re all still full price, alas.) UGG® Moraene’ Water Resistant Slipper

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Cyber Monday’s Workwear Report: Sauna Pleat Front Jersey Dress

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

nordstrom-cyber-monday-sale-2016Happy Cyber Monday, ladies — are you on the hunt for anything in particular today? I keep going back to the Nordstrom sale (I’ve placed like four orders now) and there’s still a ton of great stuff, including some items that are an extra 20% off in honor of Cyber Monday. (I’m still looking through the inventory to see if it’s the same clothes from earlier in the weekend. Here was our workwear roundup when the Nordstrom Thanksgiving sale began; here are some gift ideas I put together from the sale — that purple sweater at the top of the post is super soft and machine washable; I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for yourself or a friend.) I’ll update the prices in the post if there are any changes as per today’s sale.) Designer duds like this gorgeous Max Mara dress (pictured) are on sale, but not the extra 20% off deal, alas — but it is still marked 40% off. I love the graceful, sophisticated pleat wrap, work-appropriate length, and the fact that the stylist here resisted overstyling it, letting your imagination do the work. (I’d either add a long, opera-length necklace or perhaps a heavily textured belt, like a black haircalf belt perhaps.) The dress was $745, but is now marked to $446. Max Mara ‘Sauna’ Pleat Front Jersey Dress

Here’s a great plus size sheath dress that’s now down to $95, and this previously recommended Splurge dress with wrap details is now down to $167 (!).

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