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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

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.

This Brooks Brothers suit seems gorgeous (although I might leave out the scarf if I were the one to style it). I love how the skirt has a pieced-together look, as well as the blazer. I also like the high collarless style with the two buttons, and I think it just looks like a great suit. It’s interesting that it has welt pockets, too. I don’t like sandals with suits — I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — but add a basic pump and now we’re talkin’. I would wear this mostly as separates because I think a little cropped blazer like this can be used in a lot of different ways, and I think the skirt is lovely too. The jacket (Jacquard Cropped Jacket) is $498, and the skirt (Jacquard A-Line Skirt) is $268 (and, well, if you buy 2, you get the 3rd free).

Two lower-priced options are here and here, and here’s a plus-size option.

(L-all)

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What to Get Your Assistant for Administrative Professionals’ Day

what to get your assistant for administrative assistants' day 2017PSA: Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 26, 2017 — what are you getting your assistant? 

In the past, we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals’ day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped stories of amazing assistants — our roundup of gifts for your assistant (or how to buy jewelry for your assistant) may also be of help to you.  Comments on this thread had some great ideas for what to get male assistants.

If time allows this year, and your assistant is always freezing, you may want to consider a gift from Barefoot Dreams — this poncho avoids the “will it fit” question, and allows easy typing and more.  It’s $88 at Nordstrom.

Of course, you can always go with my friend’s system of flowers and cash — as she explained it, she got the floweres so everyone in the office knows you appreciate your assistant, and cash to keep the assistant happy.

Ladies, let’s talk: do you work with an administrative professional? Are you getting him or her a gift this year? (Does anyone have any good tips on how to avoid the “office housework” issue of the junior woman often being the one saddled with organizing a group gift to a shared assistant?)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Fit & Flare Dress

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

This Eliza J dress is an update to an older version that’s been in our Workwear Hall of Fame for a while now. The older version has a jewelneck, and I’m excited to see this one has a V-neck, which I always think of as more flattering. It has cute little pleats on the waist and the shoulders, and the fabric itself is quite nice and stretchy and does retain its shape — very comfortable but still dense. The dress comes in sizes 2-16 in black, gray, royal blue, and teal. Ponte Fit & Flare Dress

Here’s a plus-size option (which also comes in other size ranges).

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Coffee Break: ‘Siren’ Semiprecious Stone Stud Earrings

I’m a big fan of Monica Vinader because her designs are delicate and organic and just really lovely. I like the green (Amazonite) we’re featuring here but this earring also comes in a more unobtrusive rose quartz/rose gold (fun fact: rose quartz is supposed to attract love, if you’re interested in that sort of thing). This seems like the perfect post earring, and it’s described on the product page as adding “coastal glamour to the hand-faceted stones of vermeil stud earrings inspired by the artfully imperfect shapes of sea-worn treasures.” This did not strike me as a sea-worn treasure until it was described as such, but I like the imperfect circle and all of the facets of the stone — I think it’s gorgeous. The earrings are $175 at Nordstrom. ‘Siren’ Semiprecious Stone Stud Earrings

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White Pants for Work: Yea or Nay?

White Pants for WorkReader L wrote in to ask about white pants for work — do they make more opaque white pants for work? What are the best tricks and tips for wearing white pants to work? We’ve talked about how to keep white blouses white — and the best white opaque t-shirts — but we have’t talked about white pants in a long while. First, here’s reader L’s question:

With the beginning of spring and lighter colors I’d love to get a pair of white pants for work. The few I have tried on have been very see-though up top. Do you have any suggestions for white pants or tricks to help with too sheer pants?

First: the old rule is that you aren’t supposed to wear white until Memorial Day. So technically, white pants are only for summer, not spring. But I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE this spring (particularly for weekends, with distressed/ripped white skinny jeans) — so they’re clearly more popular (to say nothing of all the suffragist connotations with white pantsuits). So let’s talk about this: do you wear white pants to work, whether in spring or summer? What rules do you have around “white pants for work,” and what tips and tricks do you have to make sure they’re not too sheer?

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report – Drystan Jacket

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I love the nubby texture and snap front on this cotton/poly jacket from Club Monaco, as well as the peplum details. I like it as pictured, with stripes, but also think it would look great with just about any top. It’s $289, at Club Monaco.   Drystan Jacket

Here’s a more affordable peplum option in regular sizes, and one in plus sizes.

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