Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Cotton Cummerbund Blouse

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Akris Punto Cotton Cummerbund BlouseHello: love this blouse. Admittedly, the color is half of it — I have an entire wall of my bedroom painted this color — but it’s the little details that I love the most: the interesting shape to it, the stand collar, the hidden placket, the cotton eyelet. I’d wear a black camisole under this, or perhaps (perhaps) a dark purple camisole. It’s $795 at Saks. Akris Punto Cotton Cummerbund Blouse

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Suit of the Week: J.Crew

J.Crew superfine cotton suitingFor 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.

Yawn: there are not a lot of interesting suits out there right now! I’m liking the new superfine cotton collection from J.Crew, though, and not just because some of the pieces come in a brilliant “byzantine blue.” The fit looks solid, and I’m intrigued by their description of the cotton, which is “siro spun to give it a hint of stretch, [a treatment] only the best suiting fabrics in Japan get”). In-ter-est-ing. The jacket (1035 jacket in superfine cotton) is $178, the trouser (1035 trouser in superfine cotton) is $118, the skirt (Pencil skirt in superfine cotton) is $98, and the dress (Marielle dress in superfine cotton) is $178 (regulars and petites).

1035 jacket in superfine cotton 1035 trouser in superfine cotton

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Sleek Fit Silk Shirt

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Sleek Fit Silk ShirtIf you’re a fan of Express’s fit, note that they have lots of blouses marked down right now — including this simple silk blouse. Love this color (“Fantasia blue”), but it also comes in ivory, black, and a super pale pink. It was $79.90, but is now marked to $47.94. Sleek Fit Silk Shirt

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ponte Knit Pencil Skirt

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Halogen® Ponte Knit Pencil SkirtWell, well: Nordstrom has a number of Halogen skirts marked down, including this lovely blue number (and, yes, this reader favorite). I like the vibrant color, as well as the soft, stretchy knit. This skirt, at 40% off, still has an impressive number of colors and sizes left, including a red and a “dark camel.” It was $59, but is now marked 40% off to $34.90. Halogen® Ponte Knit Pencil Skirt

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Knit Jacket

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Happy Monday!  I am loving this simple blazer from Akris. The color is unusual, but not so quirky that you’re limited in when you can wear it. I love (love!) the double pocket, as well as the darts for fit. I’d wear it with a burgundy silk blouse and, perhaps, brown pants. It’s $3,990 at Neiman Marcus (limited sizes only, alas). Akris Cashmere Knit Jacket

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Metallic silk-blend georgette blouse

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Anna Sui Metallic silk-blend georgette blouseLove this blouse! The bow at the top, the puffy sleeves, and most of all, the lovely, abstract pattern. I’d skip the leather skirt that Net-a-Porter styled it with but keep the ruby-red pumps — fabulous. The blouse is $340. Anna Sui Metallic silk-blend georgette blouse

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