Suit of the Week: Halogen

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.

Halogen Diamond Stretch SuitHappy Wednesday! I’m liking this lovely textured suit from Halogen, which looks fashionable but classic at the same time.  I like that it’s super affordable and comes in regular and petite sizes.  I like the care instructions, too — although I normally do prefer to dry clean my suits, it’s nice to know that the instructions here are to “dry clean,” not “dry clean only.”  The jacket (Diamond Stretch Peplum Jacket) is $138, the pants (Quinn Diamond Stretch Pants) are $88, and the skirt (Diamond Stretch Suit Skirt) is $68.  It’s nice that all three pieces come in sizes 0-16.

I’m a bit annoyed on the readers’ behalf that I can’t find a similar suit for plus sizes. A muted color, an interesting texture, flattering details — are we asking too much?  Here’s one Le Suit option with a slightly interesting fabric, a Mynt 1792 blazer with some interesting details, and — not textured at all, but looks lovely — a simple black Talbots suit (also available in women’s petites).

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Daniella Ponte Dress

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Melani Daniella DressThe seaming on this dress reminds me of Hugo Boss, for some reason.  Love the high neckline, three-quarter sleeves, those seams and, yes, that lovely color — it strikes me as interesting but muted.  (Try it with a dark purple accent! It’ll be awesome!)  The dress is $159, available in sizes 0-14 at Dillards. Antonio Melani Daniella Ponte Dress

(Here’s a similar plus-size option.)

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Coffee Break: Portrait Pump

Seychelles Portrait Pump | CorporetteI mentioned these briefly in the strappy heels roundup last week, but I thought they deserved a highlight of their own. Look how purty! I think all of the iterations here are great — of course I love the purple on purple, but there’s a lovely teal version, as well as silver and black. I like the slightly pointed almond toe, as well as the 3.25″ heel. Love. (For tights weather, either try it with a tightly woven nude-for-you fishnet (know your office!!) or navy tights. The shoe is $110 at Zappos. Seychelles Portrait Pumps

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Abril Jacket

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Abril JacketI’m liking the new “cool girl” jackets that are out right now, and I think this Abril jacket from Club Monaco is a great example of the trend.  Love the notched, inverted lapels in leather, the black and white tweedy wool, and even the open front and slightly shaped shoulders.  It’s $289 at Club Monaco.
The clearance section is final sale, alas, but they do have a few good pieces, such as this or this. Abril Jacket

Psst: here’s a similar plus-size jacket, as well as a less expensive option.

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Coffee Break: The Collector’s Box

Bonlook's The Collector's Box | CorporetteIf you’re like me (and having fun with ordering inexpensive eyeglasses online), this box seems like a clever, lovely way to store them (and, ha, much better than my tactic of throwing them all in a drawer).  I think it would look lovely sitting on a dresser or vanity, or even sitting out of the way on your desk at work.  It’s $39 at BonLook.  The Collector’s Box

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Knitted Wool Blend Blazer

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Haider Ackermann BlazerOooh la la: I love this wool blend blazer with inverted darts, exposed seams, and slightly padded shoulders — it looks modern yet classic at the same time. I might wear this with different shades of gray (lighter, darker) for a fun monotone look — and throw in ONE bold pop of color somewhere (necklace, shoes, brooch). The blazer is $1,560 at Net-a-Porter. Haider Ackermann Knitted wool-blend blazer

(Here are three less expensive versions ($471, $89 and $30), and a great and interesting plus-size version.  Note that the plus-size shop Navabi is having a sale (prices up to 50% off) — a reader mentioned it a while ago as her little secret; it’s a German site with free shipping to the US.  Not everything is work appropriate, but their inventory looks interesting and pretty sophisticated.)

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