Suit of the Week: Ellen Tracy

White Suit: Ellen Tracy 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.

I’m not a huge fan of white suits for summer, at least personally — you may as well draw a target on me for spilling my morning coffee. (But weirdly, I really like light gray suits and bottoms for summer.) If you are less of a klutz than I am, this white suit from Ellen Tracy comes in both petite and regular sizes and looks great. The flounce skirt, in particular, is so popular it’s almost sold out in regular sizes at Nordstrom — but Lord & Taylor has it in spades (and on sale for $53). The jacket (Ellen Tracy Hidden Zip Blazer) is $139, and the skirt (Ellen Tracy Flounce Hem Pencil Skirt) is $89. Ellen Tracy White Suit

Here’s a plus size option (although not everyone will be a fan of the buttons and other details).


Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Poplin Pleated Skirt

Blue Work Skirt: Michael Kors Poplin Pleated SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, slightly flippy skirt for summer, this blue one is on a great sale over at Last Call. It was $995 but comes down to $174 — that may be one of the largest discounts I’ve ever seen. Use code TAKE25 to take an additional $25 off (today only). Michael Kors Poplin Pleated Skirt

A few lower-priced options are here (regular and petite), here, and here; here is a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: ‘Izzie’ Square Leather Strap Watch

Colorful Watch: Tory Burch 'Izzie' Square Leather Strap WatchI know readers were just discussing someone’s first good watch purchase, and this probably won’t fill that “basic watch you wear everywhere” kind of need. But it sure is a pretty and fun watch, isn’t it? I first noticed the more minimal style of the ivory/gold version, but this green/gold one is gorgeous. It’s $395 at Nordstrom. Tory Burch ‘Izzie’ Square Leather Strap Watch


Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Knit Dress

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

amazing Armani sale at NordstromI mentioned it in our Hunt for stylish pencil skirts yesterday, but I’ll mention it again here: there is an amazing sale on Armani at Nordstrom right now.  Tons of deep discounts (60% off!) on basic items like pencil skirts.  I’m a bit obsessed with this beautiful dress — love the cap sleeves, jewel neck, slight flare to the skirt — it’s all very flattering to your waist.  Looking more closely the bottom hem is made up of lots of little slits, so there’s going to be a bit of movement when you walk as well — almost flapperlike but not quite. (Ahhhh, that’s why they picked the yucky name “carwash dress.”)  I’d still wear it to work as well as out, but that’s me.  The dress was (wait for it) $895, but is now marked to $358 right now — with lots of sizes left. Armani Collezioni Cap Sleeve Knit Carwash Dress

I think the vibe of this plus-size dress is similar (try this link if the other one doesn’t take you to the product page).

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Coffee Break: Individual 10 Tights

"Nude for You" Pantyhose: Wolford Individual 10 TightsI just saw a thing in O magazine about how Wolford just introduced nude tights in ten shades, which is great. They’re winning rave reviews over at Zappos, aside from a few reviewers who seem confused by the fact that Wolford named them tights. At 10 denier, though, they’re definitely more in line with sheer, very light hose — contrast that with the 100 denier of these opaque Wolford tights, or the 110 denier of everyone’s favorite Commando tights, and you can see the difference. The pictured Wolford hose are $50. Ladies, what is your favorite brand and color of “nude for you” hose? Wolford Individual 10 Tights

Psst 1: we just updated our Guide to Pantyhose.

Psst 2: We have tentatively decided to try a new sidebar feature called “recent threadjacks of interest” (currently live at the bottom of the sidebar). This isn’t mean to be exhaustive by any means, nor is it an endorsement of the comments therein — it just seemed like a fun way to highlight some of the great discussions going on.  (Yes, it took 8 years of great discussions on this blog for this to occur to me.)


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Francis Dress

Blue Work Dress: Sportmax Francis DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday, ladies! I’m loving the tailoring on this sleek, happy dress from Sportsmax — the seaming on the body and the back of the dress looks gorgeous, and I like the slightly loose, almost belled sleeves. The dress is $750, available in sizes XS-XL, at Sportmax Francis Dress

Here’s a more affordable option in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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