Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari

elie tahari suit on saleFor 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 feel like this happens every year around this time: the suit pickings get extremely slim, with boring, classic suits being The Thing. This Elie Tahari suit is on deep discount over at Saks’ Off Fifth — lucky sizes, admittedly, but a pretty good spread. I like the blue/gray color, and the overall sleek nature of the suit — and I think the pieces would work well by themselves as well as together. The jacket (Elie Tahari Donilyn Jacket) was $448, but is now marked to $124 (!!), and the pants (Elie Tahari Bennett Pants) were $228, but now marked to $65.

(OK, the Frankensuit picture was pretty bad, so here’s the jacket by itself as a separate.  FYI, here’s a similar blue/gray suit in plus sizes.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock Sheath Dress

Colorblock Work Dress: White House | Black Market Colorblock Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Wednesday! I like the asymmetrical colorblocking on this sheath dress from WHBM. The white, beige, and gold add a nice dose of neutral color, and I like the sleeves, the machine washable fabric, and the faux wrap effect. The dress is $160, available in petite and regular sizes 00-16. White House | Black Market Colorblock Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: ‘Katie’ Oxford

Brown Oxford: Marc Fisher Ltd 'Katie' Oxford I have been iffy on the oxford trend for a while, but a) these sleek shoes look nice enough to wear with everything from ankle pants to trousers to skirts, and b) the reviewers all trumpet the COMFORT of these shoes. They’re available in brown, marked down to $99.50, in sizes 5.5-9.5. Nice. (Black is now sold out, but there’s a black patent at Lord & Taylor for $116, on sale.) Marc Fisher Ltd. ‘Katie’ Oxford

Here’s an Oxford, also at Nordstrom, that comes in extended sizes and widths (no laces, though).

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Boss Henryke Dress

Black Belted Dress: BOSS Henryke DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Oooh: love this dress (which also comes in a light green over at the Boss website). The mesh insets on the skirt are what caught my eye first — I’m such a sucker for that look — but I love the casual draping at the waist, the sleeves, and the simple neckline. The dress is $445, available in sizes 0-14. Boss Henryke Dress

Here’s a lower-priced alternative and a plus-size option.

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Holiday Weekend Open Thread

Blue Crossbody Bag: MZ Wallace 'Lizzy' Nylon CrossbodySomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

The crossbody trend continues to go strong, and I like this one from MZ Wallace — it looks lightweight and large enough for your regular wallet. (Some of them are too small for more than your phone and lipstick, honestly!) This looks like a great bag for weekend errands and other casual outings. It’s $345 at Nordstrom. MZ Wallace ‘Lizzy’ Nylon Crossbody

Psst: happy MLK day!  If there are any good sales we’ll round them up; in the meantime we’ll see you on Tuesday.  Here’s a great quote from the man himself: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Shawl-Collar Knit Blazer

Knit Blazer: Alfani Shawl-Collar Knit BlazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was poking around for sweater blazers the other day, which are one of my favorite kinds of cardigans for work, and could barely find any under $300 — except for these from Macy’s, which kind of look amazing. I like the range of colors, the fitted shape, the shawl collar, and the price: $45. Oh, and it’s machine washable. Huzzah! Alfani Shawl-Collar Knit Blazer

Unfortunately, the plus-size version is sold out, but here’s a different plus-size option in teal.

P.S. Right now at L.K. Bennett you can get 40% off sale items with code MLK2016!

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