Coffee Break: ‘Celina’ Pointy Toe Pump

Suede Pump: Pour la Victoire 'Celina' Pointy Toe PumpSome of the freshest heels I’m seeing involve block heels, like these 3.75″ suede heels from Pour La Victoire. They still read classic, but with a trendy twist — the neutral color helps keep them in the realm of the conservative. They’re $275 at Nordstrom. Pour la Victoire ‘Celina’ Pointy Toe Pump

(If you’re looking for a shorter heel, these Ann Taylor pumps have a similar kind of vibe and come in blush and navy; if the height is OK these Steve Madden heels are very similar.)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock Peplum Top

Sleeveless Work Top: J.Crew Colorblock Peplum TopOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This colorblock peplum top in J.Crew’s Super 120s wool looks like a modern addition to a classic suit, or a great way to make a more casual work separate (a pencil skirt, ankle pants) feel more formal. Of course, know your office as far as sleeveless workwear is concerned — I’d layer this under a cardigan or blazer, or on top of a collared blouse. It was $128 full price but is marked down to $79. (With code SHOPNOW you can get $75 off your $200+ purchase or $25 off your $100+ purchase.) J.Crew Colorblock Peplum Top

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size alternative (solid and striped).

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Suit of the Week: Altuzarra

Cobalt Suit: Altuzarra 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.

We rounded up light blue suits a week or two ago, but I think the cobalt suit is its own animal. I’m fashionable and bold, it says. Cobalt is also a great color in terms of versatility (admittedly, I may be a bit biased; I’d dress like Valeria McCulloch if I could), as you can wear it with basics like black, navy, gray, white, and cream, as well as purple (dark and light) and greens (kelly green for a preppy vibe, olive for a earthier vibe). You can even add a pop of peach, coral, or red. The cut and fit of this Altuzarra suit feels very modern to me — the skinny full-length trousers and the slightly long three-button jacket. Nice. The jacket (Altuzarra Three-Button Blazer) is $1,595; the pants (Altuzarra Henri Trousers) are $695.

Here’s a lower-priced alternative and a plus-size option (jacket + pants).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Maggie Ottoman Dress

Black Work Dress: Boden Maggie Ottoman Dress

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

Ooh: if you love Boden’s popular Aurelia dress but want something with shorter sleeves for the summer (or with more of a flare), I direct your attention to the Maggie Ottoman Dress. It’s $138, comes in regular, petite, and long sizes 0-18, and is available in five colors: black, navy, a happy yellow, and a stripey blue and stripey black. Boden Maggie Ottoman Dress 

Here’s a plus-size option.

Psst: If you’re a fan of Pendleton, note that their sale prices just hit 70% off — lots of nice dresses that were originally north of $200 are now under $60.

Psst 2: In personal news, I should already be under the knife by the time you read this — for the surgery to repair my ACL, which I tore on our vacation from hell in November. Surgery is supposed to be quick, recovery is supposed to be “brutal” (yaaaaay), so please send good vibes if you can! The rest of the week should continue as expected.

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Coffee Break: Lismore Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder: Waterford Lismore Business Card HolderOooh, pretty! I remember a work friend once telling me a story about how she and her boyfriend made a special trip one weekend to the MoMA Store to look at and ultimately purchase a small, clear acrylic business card holder. “That’s it?” he asked. “Yup,” she replied. You can still get that same $9 business card holder (online these days), but if you DO want something fancier you can always get this lovely Lismore business card holder, from Horchow. I love the simplicity of it, mixed with the general beauty of the Waterford crystal. It’s $100 at Horchow. Waterford Lismore Business Card Holder

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Checked Pencil Dress

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

gray-checked-pencil-dress-karen-millenI knew that Bloomingdale’s carried some other British designers and brands like Reiss and Whistles, but I didn’t realize they also carry Karen Millen.  (Ladies, any other favorite British brands for workwear that you know Bloomie’s carries? Shout ’em out in the comments!)  I have always been a fan of Karen Millen’s body conscious, slightly edgy clothes, and there are a bunch of nice pieces at Bloomie’s right now, including this sadly almost sold out pencil dress (which isn’t in stock at KarenMillen.com either, sigh). Other picks: this lovely white lace blouse, this fun tweed dress, this more casual graphic dress, and this great graphic sheath dress on sale.  Gorgeous.  The pictured dress is TKTK.  KAREN MILLEN Checked Pencil Dress

Here’s a more affordable sheath dress (from yet another British brand!), and here’s a plus-size gray dress for $39 (amazingly, also a British brand).

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Psst: if you’re bored with the emojis that come on your phone, do note that Bloomingdale’s has free “Bloomoticons” to download.

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