Suit of the Week: BOSS

hugo boss skirt 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.

This tailored dress+jacket combination has been calling my name for weeks. I love the mixed materials in the sheath dress (crepe on top, suiting micro-stripe on the bottom), and I like that it looks really polished by itself as well.  The pinstriped jacket (BOSS ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $595, and the dress (BOSS ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $595; matching pinstriped pants are available in regular and petite sizes for $275.

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Weekend Wednesday: Stylish Travel Dresses

This is the first in a new occasional Wednesday feature where we explore weekend-wear more in depth.

travel dresses for summerI wouldn’t wear any of these to work, but if you’re on the hunt for a packing-friendly, easycare dress for any upcoming summer travel (or, hey, just brunch or other weekend activities), I thought we’d round up a few. I like that all of these are able to be dressed up and down — wear them with flip flops and a beach tote one day, with a nice necklace, clutch, wrap and fancier heels the next. The plus-size option from Travel Smith is even four dresses in one — two necklines and a reversible fabric! Ladies, do you have any favorite travel dresses, or favorite adventure clothing companies? What is your must-pack item for every vacation you go on? 

Pictured: Woolrich / Eddie Bauer / Lily Pulitzer.

(The full roundup is after the jump!)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Adalyn Blouse

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

equipment blouses on saleColor me crazy, but I don’t believe I’ve seen Equipment’s silk blouses on sale at Zappos’s sale site, 6pm.com, before — but not only do they have a bunch of nice silk blouses, they have cashmere sweaters 50% off, and they have a ton of super cute (if casual ) shirt dresses. Note that they’ve made some other changes over there also — instead of always having to pay for shipping, you now get free shipping if your item is over $50; unlike Zappos though their return policy remains only 30 days. This particular blouse was $258, but is now marked to $125; it’s available in sizes XS-L. Try code SHOWERS10 to get another 10% off. (Note that Saks also seems to have a pretty good selection of Equipment blouses on sale right now.)  Pictured: EQUIPMENT Adalyn Blouse

For plus-sizes silk blouses, note that Nordstrom Rack has a ton of Classiques Entier blouses for up to 70% off today (regular sizes are in the sale too).

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Coffee Break: Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

White Gold Hoops: KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie EarringsThese double-row huggies have been hovering back and forth between available and sold out for the past few weeks — I love the double rowed bling with the comparatively small size. Fun question, for those of you who’ve bought a lot of “fine” jewelry at department stores: Which department store is your favorite for purchasing fine jewelry for value/quality/style? Have you found a good market for reselling such jewelry if you feel like it no longer fits your style, etc.? (As someone who bought a lot of stuff at Macy’s years ago I’m curious and just starting to think about it — the online resale sites like Tradesy and The Real Real seem too high-end for no-name department store fine jewelry, if that makes sense.) KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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A Marriage Mindset, Overachieving Chicks, and the Patels

Marriage Mindsets, Determination, and MoreI recently watched Meet The Patels on Netflix. (I recommend!) The romantic comedy documentary talks a lot about “marriage mindset,” and I thought it might make an interesting discussion over here. If you haven’t seen it, 30-year-old Indian-American actor Ravi Patel agrees to do everything he can for one year to find a wife the way his Indian parents want, including biodata, online dating, Indian weddings, and even attending an Indian marriage convention. His parents accuse him throughout the documentary of not having a “marriage mindset” — of going into the thing with doubts and hesitations and expectations that are too high. (Here’s a nice NPR article about it, and here’s the trailer on YouTube.)

Of course, in case it needs to be said: marriage is not essential to happiness or success, either in an “official document” kind of way or a long-term relationship (“LTR”) kind of way. In fact, for my own $.02, I’ve always had the mindset that I’d rather be by myself than with the wrong person.  In my teens and 20s this meant I didn’t date a lot and wasn’t in too many LTRs — I had other stuff to do, was happy with my life, and didn’t see any urgency to finding someone. Looking back, I think I saw a lot of girlfriends spend too much energy on the wrong guy (sometimes to the detriment of school and career), and unconsciously stepped back from the whole arena, with the idea that I would welcome love if it happened, but I wasn’t going to put myself out there and force something.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Megan Dress

Work Dress with Sleeves: Hobbs Megan DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m crushing hard on a number of dresses over at Hobbs right now, including this lovely number with flattering darting details, elbow-length sleeves, a work-appropriate hem, and a wide, graceful ballet neck. (I also like the Aria dress, the Josefina dress, the Athena dress, the Jessie dress, and the Elenore dress!) The pictured dress is $290, available in UK sizes 8-18.  Hobbs Megan Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option available in regular and plus sizes.

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