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Suit of the Week: Alexander McQueen

For 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 love the peplum on this, and I love the sort of textured, nubby tweed. I think the pencil skirt looks like a classic and would be great to wear by itself, and the blazer would also look amazing on its own. It’s interesting to see the styling, with the really puffy sleeve beneath the tweed blazer. I haven’t seen that too many places, and I think if you’ve got a bell sleeve, it might be a fun look to try, especially with a pop of color there, or if you’ve got something with a lace detail. The jacket (Alexander McQueen Cotton and Wool-Blend Tweed Peplum Jacket) is $1895, and the skirt (Alexander McQueen Cotton and Wool-Blend Tweed Pencil Skirt) is $675.

So, skirt suits with lower prices and/or extended sizes aren’t too plentiful right now, probably because of the season, so I’m not finding too many other options aside from a couple of frumpy choices or “festive” styles left over from the holidays…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Martha Dress

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This Boden dress looks like a great ladylike sheath dress — sort of Audrey Hepburn–inspired, with a wide roll collar. It’s fully lined with a hidden back zip. It comes in solid black and navy, but I really like this green pattern. I think it would be a fun pop of color under a black blazer or black cardigan, or navy or white; I think it would go well with a lot of neutrals (and because I do enjoy a purple pump, I’d probably wear it with that as well). The choices also include a really nice yellow/blue/black/white version that’s a fun pattern. Sizes are 2–18, regular, petite, and long, and the dress is $120-$150 at Boden, depending on color/print. Martha Dress

Here’s an option that’s available in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: On My Corner Saffiano Bag

Wear it to Work: Calvin Klein On My Corner Saffiano Bag | CorporetteIf you’re on the hunt for a sophisticated, feminine bag — that won’t break the bank — do consider this lovely one from Calvin Klein. It comes in a million different iterations — crossbody! tote! backpack! minitote! — but my favorite is this top-zip style with rounded corners. The pictured bag is $228 full price at Zappos; Amazon has iterations from $65- $402, 6PM, Zappos, and Macy’s also various iterations. Calvin Klein On My Corner Saffiano Top-Zip Bag

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Green Lightweight Wool One-Button Blazer

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I’m picturing this blazer now instead of on Friday the 17th because you still have time to either run to the BR store or order this online with expedited shipping if you really have a need for a grass-green wool blazer. This may seem like a crazy purchase, but if you’re in a very male-dominated office culture where St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal for everyone and you all go out to the local pub, or if that’s the kind of thing that you and your friends enjoy doing, then you may be surprised by how much wear you can get out of a bright green blazer and/or pants. (I don’t think anyone would wear them together unless they were going to dress up as a leprechaun, but you do you.) I think the blazer looks lovely. It’s only available online in sizes 0-8, but if you call your local store they may still have some other options. Banana Republic actually has a lot of cute things right now, including this gingham blazer and matching pants, and this “navy camo” blazer and matching pants. Pictured: Green Lightweight Wool One-Button Blazer (and matching pants)

This blazer comes in green and seven other colors in sizes XS-4X.

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Coffee Break: Cameron Street Lanyard

Kate Spade lanyard Whistle While You Work | CorporetteWe haven’t talked about how to wear an ID badge with style in far too long — and if you have the kind of job where you need to wear an ID badge all the time, they can definitely be a bit of a style bummer. These Kate Spade lanyards come in pink and black, and at least have the benefit of looking intentional. I like that they come with additional card slots if you want to keep another credit card, keycard, or more in there. This one is $58, available at Zappos and AmazonCameron Street Lanyard

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Mehira Chambray Blazer

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It’s almost linen jacket season, and it feels like this blazer from Joie has been around for a thousand years. So if you’re on the hunt for a quality, much-loved linen blazer that’s going to be wearable a couple of seasons from now, and has nice appeal in that it keeps coming back, this is your best bet. I like the sort of notch collar and standard lapel and I also like that it comes in a chambray blue — which is always good — as well as a nice dusty pink. It’s at Neiman Marcus for $298 in sizes 00-12, and it’s at Nordstrom for the same price in those two colors plus another option, indigo. Mehira Chambray Blazer

Here’s a more affordable option that comes in petite and tall sizes as well as regular; plus-size options are here and here.

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