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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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Walter Iris Blouse

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Walter Iris BlouseFor some reason, everything I wanted to post today is sold out (darn it) or down to lucky sizes only. Boo. This gray and light blue blouse looks interesting, lovely, and kind of modern — for some reason, I’m seeing it with a navy cardigan, gray ankle pants, and perhaps a hot pink or bright yellow accent somewhere — shoes, delicate necklace, bangle. It was $108, but is marked to $42 at Bluefly today (size S only, alas). Walter Iris Blouse

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Psst: Another great lucky-size option: this Lauren Ralph Lauren peplum blouse at Nordstrom in size 10. And — I’ve posted this before, but this Lauren Ralph Lauren fit and flare skirt at Macy’s is now down to $49 (lots of sizes still left).  Ladies, have you found any great deals lately?

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Coffee Break: Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather HoboOne of these days I’m going to have to add a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag to my collection because I’m constantly drooling over the Classic Q line. I like this leather hobo in contrasting colors — and for once I like the red version better than the blue (although I love the blue accents on the cream). All of the colors are marked 33% off at Nordstrom: they were $428 but are now $286. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Silk Sleeveless Blouse

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Everlane Silk SleevelessWe just rounded up silky button-fronts, and so it was with some interest that I noted that Everlane just launched three new versions of its’ silk blouse: sleeveless, short-sleeved, and a basic silk shell. I have mixed feelings about wearing sleeveless blouses (laundry reasons, appropriateness reasons — know your office!) but if you’re a fan of wearing them, this looks like a nice, simple basic. It’s available in six colors for $60. Everlane Silk Sleeveless

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Suit of the Week: Akris Punto

Akris Punto Wool Pinstripe 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.

For some reason it feels like ages since I’ve seen a pinstriped skirt suit, and I’m loving this one from Akris Punto. Pinstripes can be tricky to wear as pants, so I vastly prefer them here with the skirt (which also would be a gorgeous separate), and it feels fresh and new. I like the peplum details on the jacket, and I think I like the banded belt with the skirt (although I can’t quite decide). The jacket (Akris Punto Wool Pinstripe Jacket) is $1290, and the skirt (Akris Punto Wool Pinstripe Skirt) is $440.

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