Coffee Break: True to You Skimmies

true to you skimmiesI think I mentioned this in our discussion last week on the best lingerie for office looks, but the readers have turned me on to these awesome Jockey slipshorts — they’re affordable and comfortable beneath skirts and dresses and perfect for summer heat or a little extra coverage in general. I tend to prefer wearing black ones since if I’m choosing comfort I’m often running around with little kids, so I don’t mind people “knowing” that I’ve got something on beneath a dress. Still, if you prefer the “nude for you” look, I was really excited to see that Jockey now offers a ton of “true to you” colors for their Skimmies, including Espresso (pictured), Bronze, and Sheer Nude, and Blush. You can get 2 for $32 at Jockey.com, or Amazon offers a ton of colors and sizes for around $20 (with some as low as $10 and some as high as $49). Jockey Skimmies Slipshort

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Wool Dress

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If you’re looking for a work-appropriate shift dress, it can be really tough to find one that’s long enough — so many designers seem to equate shift dresses with mini dresses! This Prada dress is not only long enough for work, though, it’s a nice sturdy wool to hold its shape, and I like the pleats at the hem and on the bodice.  I’d wear it with a colorful cardigan for work and some stylish, comfortable flats.  The dress is $2110 at Net-a-Porter. Wool dress

This reader favorite dress is similar, comes in regular and plus sizes, and ranges in price from $76 (on sale) to $138.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Trim Shell

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If you haven’t gotten anything from the Who What Wear collaboration at Target, I recommend it — not only have I been happy with everything I got there (for the price), it’s always nice to support a brand that comes in a full range of sizes (XS-4X).  A reader alerted me to this gorgeous ruffle trim shell, and I can see why she’s drooling over it — it looks like a great layering piece beneath cardigans, blazers, and more. It comes in numerous prints for $22- $25. Women’s Ruffle Trim Shell – Who What Wear™ 

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Coffee Break: Total Motion

We’ve included the Rockport Total Motion pump in a lot of roundups over the years (most recently in our roundup of stylish comfort heels), but I don’t think we’ve ever done a Coffee Break just featuring this one. Things to know: First, Rockport has an entire line of Total Motion shoes — they all feature a “lightweight comfort system designed to provide shock absorption in the heel and rebound at the forefoot,” and readers have been dying over these Total Motion ballet flats. If you’re looking for a traditional, classic heel, though, the 75mm / 3″ pump is where it’s at. It comes in neutral colors (and sometimes fun ones, as well), medium and wide widths for sizes 5-11, and gets rave reviews at Nordstrom, Zappos, and Amazon (where they have some lucky sizes discounted as low as — whoa — $20). It’s only $120 full price, so it’s definitely affordable whether on sale or not — nice. ‘Total Motion’ Pump

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Striped Button Front Blazer

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Ooh: apparently I’m into stripes this week. LOVE the striated, almost agate-like look of this blazer from Tommy Hilfiger. I also love that the blazer has functioning patch pockets, and a really versatile light gray color.  It’s $139 at Lord & Taylor, but take 20% off with code SALE. Striped Button Front Blazer

Here’s a similar blazer with more of a Southwestern vibe in lucky sizes down to only $33, and a blue/green/yellow/ivory striped blazer for $84. Not similar at all, but this blue knit blazer is only $29 and looks like a great deal. In terms of plus sizes, I can’t find a similar one in gray, but Talbots has several striped blazer options.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

stylish striped skirt suit from Boss PLUS details on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017For 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.

Such an odd week this week — it’s a Wednesday but feels like a Monday. I spent a bit of time this weekend putting together a guide to the upcoming 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — readers LOVE this sale as a great way to get discounts on new fall merchandise, so if you’re unfamiliar with it you definitely want to check our guide out. (You can even still get a $20 Note if you sign up for a Nordstrom Rewards card by July 9 — they also have a credit card option. Cardholders get early access to the sale by more than a week, so they get the first dibs on all the good stuff.) In any event: we’ve seen a lot of horizontally striped suits, and I always feel a moment of sadness that there are so few suits with vertical stripes, which are much more flattering. So huzzah to Boss for making a stylish striped skirt suit with vertical stripes! I love the contrast at the bottom of the skirt, as well as the fringe detail. Lovely. The jacket (Komina Stripe Bouclé Suit Jacket) is $495, and the skirt (Vemala Stripe Bouclé Suit Skirt) is $335.

Looking for something more affordable? Check out this suit.

Did you guys check out the sale catalog for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What were your thoughts?striped skirt suit And, would you ever wear a striped skirt suit to work? 

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