Coffee Break: Small Square Stud Earrings

Pink Earrings: Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings  These bright stud earrings come in a zillion colors, and I like how they bring a healthy dose of color to your face while still staying small and pretty discreet. There are 13 colors to chose from in flat colors, and seven more in glitter colors, if that’s your jam. They’re $38 at Bloomingdale’s. Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Duchess Blazer

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

smythe duchess blazerSmythe’s popular Duchess blazer has been around for years, but I haven’t seen this army green color before. I like it as styled, with all white, but if you’re a fan of whites, beiges, browns, army green looks great with those softer colors — it can also look great with a pop of light pink or another pastel, particularly when worn with a darker neutral like navy or black. The blazer is $595 at Shopbop. SMYTHE Duchess Blazer

I like this slightly more affordable military green blazer, as well as this similar plus-size blazer.

Psst: if you’re curious about the dress we accidentally posted first this morning, here are details on the original post from April.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Pointelle Cardigan

Work Cardigan: White House | Black Market Pointelle Cardigan  Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

A friend wrote in to personally recommend this cardigan, noting “I know you love a good cardigan, and this one is a lovely color, nice fit (3/4 sleeve), and is marked down to $30. Reviews: 3.6 stars, but some of the bad reviews complain about the color (which matched mine, so perhaps they fixed the website color?) and say it is boxy, which it certainly isn’t.” Ooooooh, love. Love! Of course I love the color, but the shape is perfect; the exact shape I was talking about disappearing on our last guide to different cardigan types. White House | Black Market Pointelle Cardigan

A couple of plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Resin Nate Chain Necklace

Red Necklace: Diana Broussard Burgundy Resin Nate Chain NecklaceMany moons ago, back in the days when I would haunt DC’s Eastern Market flea market every weekend (it was a stone’s throw from my apartment!), I got a plastic red beaded necklace for a pittance. It was a round, short necklace, with the beads knotted together like pearls. I intended to cut it up and use it for the beads (this was also back in the days when I still had time for a necklace-making hobby), but instead wound up wearing it EVERYWHERE. It ended up being the perfect pop of red that brought color to my pale skin/dark hair. Admittedly, red lipstick does the same, but red lipstick can smudge, bleed, wear unevenly, dry your lips out, and require constant reapplication/vigilance — whereas the necklace, well, doesn’t. Anyway, I was heartbroken when it broke a year or two after I got it, and have been searching for a new one ever since. This may just be the one I was looking for. (Note that the bright red is now sold out; the burgundy is pictured.) It’s $275 at Avenue 32 — and note that it comes in several colors. (The black might also be awesome, particularly if you like the fashion bookends theory.) Diana Broussard Burgundy Resin Nate Chain Necklace

A couple of more affordable options are here and here.


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Wrap Front Top

Sleeveless Work Top: Halogen Asymmetrical Wrap Front Top Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Oooh: I love this wrap front top from Nordstrom’s affordable Halogen line. It looks comfortable but professional, is machine washable, and comes in three different colors: red, navy, and black. It’s $48-$58 at Nordstrom, available in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Halogen Asymmetrical Wrap Front Top

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Suit of the Week: Agnes B.

Linen Suit: Agnes B. SuitFor 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 haven’t featured a suit from Agnes B. in a long while, and I’m loving this classy little linen skirt suit. Little details like covered buttons, satin lining, and welt pockets speak to its quality, and the overall vibe is reminiscent of Jackie O or another ’50s suit. I’d pair it with simple separates, like a black blouse, a pair of pearls, and perhaps a red lip. The jacket (Agnes B. Black Marl Violet Jacket) is $685, and the skirt (Agnes B. Black Mottled Bridie Skirt) is $385.

There doesn’t really seem to be a comparable suit at a lower price or a comp in plus sizes right now, but here’s a linen-blend skirt suit (jacket + skirt), and here’s a skirt suit in a marled knit pattern.