Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stella Silk Shirt

Button-Down Shirt: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The last time I was at the Time Warner Center I popped into the Thomas Pink store for, ah, some market research, and must say: the Stella silk shirt is but-ter-y soft. And, lucky you, it’s now on sale — it was $250 but is now marked to $95 (lucky sizes only, alas). If your size isn’t in stock but you’re on a hunt, the Darcy or the Honey shirts are both Pink silk blouses as well that look great for work. Pictured: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]


Suit of the Week: Boss

Stretch Wool Suit: Boss 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.

Wow, a beautiful navy suit from Boss — on sale for 40% off. Yes please! That’s a dress beneath it, made of mixed materials for a “blouse and skirt” type look. Now, that high neckline is exactly the kind of thing I usually avoid (see my top style tips for busty women), but I would make an exception here because this is such a gorgeous outfit. I’d probably be sure to wear my 18″ set of pearls, or even a simple gold necklace (I just got this one and like it) to visually lower the neckline a little bit to the more flattering mid-clavicle region. The jacket (Boss ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $357 (was $595), and the dress (Boss ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $345 (was $575).

Here’s a more affordable option — a dark navy jacket + dress (with detail at the waist) in seasonless wool, available in misses, petite, woman, and woman petite sizes.


Weekend Wednesday: Summer Hats

summer hats for professional women

This is an occasional feature where we take a deeper look at weekend wear for professional women.

After my first pregnancy left me with a zillion sun spots (I think something about it made me more sensitive), I’ve gotten hugely into hats (as well as sunscreen) for weekend days. I know commenters were just talking about beach hats, so let’s discuss more broadly — which are your favorite fashionable hats, and where do you get them? Have you figured out a science to which head shapes look best with different hats? (It’s totally trial and error at this point for me!) Has anyone found a way to make a straw hat last longer than one summer? Pressing questions, indeed.

Some of the hats I’m liking now, pictured above:

[Read more…]

Kat’s Workwear Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

nordstrom half-yearly sale 2016 workwearThe designer clearance sale started yesterday (we rounded up some of our favorites from the excellent shoe selection and took an early look at some of the more affordable workwear in the sale), but the real motherload just started today: the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale just started. Tons of great workwear pieces are on sale for 40% off and more starting today.  I’ll round up a few particular pieces, but some general notes about the sale:

  • TONS of great Boss blazers, sheath dresses, and other basics — if you’re upping your workwear game this is a great time to stock up. Lots of lucky sizes only, so filter by that first.
  • The DvF portion of the sale is solid – lots of pretty, feminine pieces that layer well with suits, blazers and more. This cotton suit is nice, and I’m a bit obsessed with this dress.
  • Classiques Entier has a lot of nice work dresses in the sale — lucky sizes only, but super affordable price points
  • Lots of nice minimalist workwear from Vince in the sale
  • Max Mara sale section is solid – lots of suits, but lucky sizes
  • St. John isn’t always my cup of tea, but I’m drooling over half of their sale items — gorgeous dresses and some killer accessories
  • The Theory sale section is ok but not a lot of great urban workwear — lots of ivory linen, stripes, peplums

Some particular picks for workwear from the sale, mostly in order of price (low to high):

affordable workwear from Nordstrom sale

Above: funnel neck shell / ottoman rib top / shell / chambray blazer (petites too)

workwear nordstrom sale

Above: pink blazer / navy skirt with zip / blue sheath dress (red too) / stretch silk blouse

classic workwear nordstrom sale

Above: wool crop cardigan / crop ankle zip pants / navy wool cashmere sweatercheckered viscose wool sweater

designer workwear nordstrom sale

Above: gray dress / blue dress (petites too) / black dress with side buttons / black and white dress / yellow linen blazer

Pictured yesterday (prices not in any order):

nordstrom may sale

Above: mint blazer / blue dress / red dress / floral skirt

Wednesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Somerset’ Cotton Blend Cardigan

Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan: Kate Spade New York 'Somerset' Cotton Blend CardiganOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow: not only is there a ton of Kate Spade in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (JUST started!), but it’s interesting to see that the brand now offers a size “XXL,” presumably for size 16. That’s great news for everyone on the cusp — and this sweater is great news in general. I like the fresh, crisp color, and the bow detail on the sleeve. I’d wear it with navy, gray, white, possibly with a pop of yellow or sky blue in the mix. The sweater was $198 but is now marked to $118. (Six other colors are available for the original price.) Kate Spade New York ‘Somerset’ Cotton Blend Cardigan

Here’s a lower-priced option in XXS-XXL (with one print in plus sizes, and a stripe in plus sizes at Nordstrom Rack for $19); two plus-size alternatives are here and here.  Don’t forget to check out our plus-size picks from the Nordstrom sale.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]


Coffee Break: Flossie Pump

lk bennett flossie pumpI’ve had these fun “confetti” pumps on my list of things to recommend for weeks — and now the shoes are part of the excellent Nordstrom sale going on.  I love to think of them worn with a white suit like the one we featured last week (which is also on sale now, I believe 40% off), but I also think they’d be great with a simple black or gray dress if white isn’t your thing.  They were $345, but are now marked to $207 at Nordstrom. L.K. Bennett ‘Flossie’ d’Orsay Pump