Suit of the Week: Max Mara

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Max MaraCorporette's Suit of the Week: Max MaraFor 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.

As I noted in yesterday’s post on the buying suits beyond interview colors, brown has never been my favorite suiting color — but a lighter, almost reddish brown was, perhaps because I felt more comfortable wearing it with black accents.  This brown is somewhere in between, but it looks like it’s gorgeously tailored, and I always love a wool/silk blend.  The jacket (Max Mara Olinda Wool & Silk Blazer) is $995, and the pants (Max Mara Tondo Wool & Silk Pants) are $515, both at Saks. Readers, do you wear brown suits? What are your thoughts?

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Psst: here’s a less expensive option, and a plus-size option.

 

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Classic Wool Blend Blazer

Eddie Bauer Classic Wool Blend Blazer

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I don’t normally think of Eddie Bauer and blazers together, but I was poking around for something priced right for Wednesday ($100-$150) and came across this classic menswear-inspired blazer from Eddie Bauer, and I really like it. I think it would be particularly great in a casual office where, as pictured, you could wear it with jeans, but I also like it with a simple sheath dress or cigarette pants for work. It’s available in regular sizes 0-20, petite sizes 0-18, and tall sizes 6-20 in three different colors. Eddie Bauer — who knew? It was $189, but is currently marked to $150 (and you can take 25% off your entire purchase if you buy pants or jeans, plus free shipping on orders of $99 or more with code LEAVES). Eddie Bauer Classic Wool Blend Blazer

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Coffee Break: The Bentley

Rebecca Minkoff Bentley | CorporetteOooh: I liked these shoes and was going to link to the stores that still have them at full price ($275), like CUSP… but then I realized that both 6pm and Amazon have them on sale! I love the mixed textures here, the walkable heel, the pointier almond toe, and the suede straps on the vamp. Lovely. They’re $137.50-$145 at Amazon and 6pmRebecca Minkoff Bentley

Psst: Prefer flats? Here’s a similar shoe from Stuart Weitzman.

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Three-Button Wool Blazer

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Brooks Brothers Three Button Teal Wool BlazerOk. First: Gorgeous, classy, on-trend wool blazer from Brooks Brothers. Love. Second: let’s all take notes on the mixed patterns as styled here, shall we? Gingham shirt plaid sweater, the texture of the wool… layers on top, on the bottom, at the sleeves… what fun. I could do without the pants, but that’s me. The blazer is $248 at Brooks Brothers. Three-Button Wool Blazer

Psst: here’s a $29 version, and here’s a plus-size blazer in slate blue.

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Coffee Break: Go-To-Glamour Wristlet

Nine West Go-To Glamour WristletThe jeweled print may or may not be your favorite design, but I think this wristlet is incredible, particularly if, like me, you tend to switch bags often by having a pouch system in your purse. This one is on the big side (11 x 1 x 8) which makes me think it would be great for people swapping between tote bags, diaper bags… heck, even boat bags. As with wallets, I like that this one is colorful so you can find it quickly and easily. It was $35, but is now marked to $20.29 at 6pm. Nine West Go-To-Glamour Wristlet

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Lilies Jersey Sweater

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Rick Owens Lilies Jersey Sweater | CorporetteThis look – the widely belted cardigan — has been around for a few years now (if not always?) and I really like it. It’s a flattering look for a lot of women, and it’s got enough structure that it looks almost as formal (IMHO) as a blazer separate. This stretch-jersey one (with touches of wool and angora) is $760. Gorgeous. (It looks like you can get other colors of the same cardigan on sale, such as at Yoox.) Rick Owens Lilies Jersey Sweater

Psst: here’s a fabulous plus-size option (available in a number of jewel tones).

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