Suit of the Week: Talbots

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.

I’m liking this simple gray tweed suit from Talbots’ today.  I like the ruffled back on the jacket, the full lining on the pants, and the fun black and white pattern.  The jacket (Talbots Grace Fit Donegal Tweed ruffle-back jacket) is $199, and the pants (Signature Fit Donegal Tweed wide-leg pants) are $119 (both online only).  A matching skirt (not pictured: Donegal Tweed ruffle-back pencil skirt) is also available, online only for $119.  The jacket and pants are available in regular, petites, woman, and woman petite’s sizes; the skirt is regular and petites only. [Read more...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Doupioni ruffle-V top

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I bought a very similar version of this shirt (in a voile cotton) last year, and it turned into one of my favorite blouses. Perfect for wearing under a blazer (the collar peeks up just so) and perfect for showcasing a necklace. I also like the fact that it can be worn out, belted by itself, layered beneath a tighter sweater, or even tucked. This year they have it in a silk dupioni in regular, petites, plus sizes, and plus size petites in 5 colors: “red desert” (pictured), a light pink, a cream, a black, and a moss green. It’s $79.50 at Talbots. Doupioni ruffle-V top


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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Pencil Skirt

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Pencil SkirtI am loving the black and white patterns that are everywhere this season. This pencil skirt from MICHAEL Michael Kors is great — I particularly like the way it’s a ponte knit but looks almost like a tweed from far away. It was $80, but is now marked to $47.70 at Dillards. MICHAEL Michael Kors Pencil Skirt

(Note that Nordstrom has the skirt in plus sizesicon for $89.50.)


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Plus-Sized Workwear and Suiting

plus size workwearIt’s been such a long time in general since we talked about plus-sized workwear, that I thought an open thread would be great. (Pictured: Tahari Woman ‘Ruby’ Collarless Jacket (Plus), available at Nordstrom for $198.)

The places that I know of include:

But these are the obvious places! What brands are your favorites, particularly for suits?  Are there online boutiques that you guys like? Any Etsy sellers? Any bespoke places? (Have I missed any obvious places?) Plus-sized readers, please chime in…

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Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari - Steffie Jacket (Chestnut Melange) - ApparelFor 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Today, we’re liking this great brown suit from Elie Tahari.  The singluar, high button on the jacket is intriguing, and both the sleeves and the pants have a slightly flared look to them.  In fact, both pieces would look great on their own, which is how Zappos is selling them. The jacket (Elie Tahari – Steffie Jacket (Chestnut Melange) – Apparel) is $402, and the pants (Elie Tahari – Theora Pant (Chestnut Melange) – Apparel) are $202.  The set is also available at Neiman Marcus, and in plus sizes at Bloomingdale’s (jacket iconand panticon).

Elie Tahari - Steffie Jacket (Chestnut Melange) - Apparel Elie Tahari - Theora Pant (Chestnut Melange) - Apparel

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Ponte knit belted sheath

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Talbots' Ponte knit belted sheathReader M wrote in to request this dress from Talbots, suggesting to pair it with a black jacket.  We like!  The dark green color is somber without being boring, as is the other colors the dress comes in, a purplish “cherry brandy” and black.  For our $.02, we’d pair it with something other than black — a dark gray, or a navy would be a fun way to play with colors.  It’s nice that it comes in regulars, petites, and women’s sizes, as well.  It’s $159 at Talbots.  Ponte knit belted sheath


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