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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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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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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Sheath Dress

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Readers always like Lands’ End ponte sheath dresses — they’re machine washable and they come in a lot of size ranges (regular, petite, tall, and plus) — and there are tons of great dresses on sale right now: in solids, with sleeves, and this gorgeous faux wrap dress (a previous recommendation). This one is down to just $35 and comes in five colorways. We’re featuring the navy polka dot, which isn’t too feminine for the office and is nice for spring. If you see something else you like, note that you can get 20% off regular-priced items today. Ponte Sheath Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Framed Velvet Jacket

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We’re all excited that spring is coming — we can’t wait to pull out our pastels and our happy bright colors. I’m with you, but I’ll also note that now is a great time to snap up winter things like cashmere sweaters and velvet jackets if you’re looking, because they’re all going on deep sale. Macy’s has a number of velvet jackets on sale right now, including this pretty, framed velvet jacket from Tommy Hilfiger. Of course, you probably won’t wear it until November, but you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll like a velvet jacket for the office — and for holiday parties and as a topper for dresses and going out, etc. They’re a lot of fun. Macy’s has several options right now in lucky sizes, so take a peek around. The pictured jacket is on sale for $56.94 at Macy’s. Framed Velvet Jacket

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day, ladies! I’m seeing a ton of good stories on social media and thought I’d open a thread up for folks to share their favorite stories of women trailblazers, whether in the news or stories of women you’d like to honor.

Part of the celebration is about women’s rights, specifically women’s right to vote, and more and more readers have been asking me for white suits in honor of this kind of thing. I thought I’d round up a few that I’m seeing in stores now. (There was no decision to focus on skirt suits — there just weren’t a lot of pants suits!)

Here are a few interesting links from today:

  • About International Women’s Day [International Women’s Day site]
  • Watch Live: International Women’s Day march in NYC [CNN]
  • A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull [Reuters]
  • Stories of women entrepreneurs from around the world [She Means Business]
  • IMDb Adds “F for Female” Rating to Over 21,000 Movies to Represent Women in Film [Vulture ]

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Rita & Phil Iris Skirt

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We’ve featured a lot of different custom-fit items over the years, like bespoke dresses, blazers for the busty, and others, and we may have even had a whole thread on bespoke suits — but we’ve never featured custom skirts. I was intrigued to see this company pop up in my Facebook feed, and I thought I’d give them a shoutout in case you’re looking for a custom-fit pencil skirt, or a tulle skirt, which I think could be a great option if you’re petite. I thought it was an interesting idea: They use your height and measurements to make your skirt, plus pictures of you, which is kind of cool. This looks like a great pencil skirt for $145, and you can get it in all sorts of color combinations. They also have a selection of “Try Before You Buy” skirts that you can try free for seven days, and if you sign up for their email list, you can get a discount on your first order (not just on those skirts). Free shipping on all orders, too. Rita & Phil Iris Skirt

For plus sizes (and for any sizes), try this colorblock skirt at eShakti, which you can customize.

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