Thursday’s TPS Report: Tangerine Herringbone Blazer

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Zara Tangerine Herringbone BlazerZara has so many cute yellow blazers right now, but this “tangerine” herringbone blazer strikes me as just perfect — love that bright, saturated pop of color, and it feels super chic and modern when styled with all white. And it’s only $79 — score! — in sizes XS-XL. Zara Tangerine Herringbone Blazer

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The Hunt: Silk Button-Front Blouses

The Best Silk Blouses for Work | Corporette2017 Update: Almost all of these silk blouses are now in our Workwear Hall of Fame. We’ve also updated the text and links as of Feb. 2017.

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

We rounded up some of the best crisp button-downs around this time last year, but we haven’t ever rounded up the best silk blouses (aka silk-button fronts).  I’m still a fan of the ones with a pointed collar (instead of a rounded or band collar, or a split neck) for a more classic look — the collar looks great beneath a suit blazer, layered underneath sweaters, and more.  For my $.02, I’d suggest wearing a cotton camisole (with the arm holes adjusted fairly high) beneath them so you can try to get at least two wears before you have to take them to the drycleaner.  There’s a ton of selection out there — readers, which are your favorite silky button-downs?  Do you have any laundry tricks (either to extend the wears-per-launder or to make them look nice without drycleaning?) Any must-haves (or do-not-buys?)

Pictured below, some of our Hall of Famers: one / two / three / four.

 

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Fine Gauge Supima Cardigan

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Lands End Supima Leopard CardiganIt seems like the twinset has been a dying species for a few years now — so I was intrigued to see Lands’ End carrying numerous colors of fun, printed cardigans with matching short-sleeved shells. (Not all of the cardigans have their match, alas.) I like this fun “Caspian Blue Leopard” print a lot in general — the mint, dark green, lavender combo is lovely, and I think it’s a fun take on a classic. The cardigans were $79, but are now marked to $59; take an extra 25% off your order with code FLOWER20 and Pin 1490. Lands’ End Fine Gauge Supima Cardigan

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Contrast-Trim Cashmere Blazer

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Autumn Cashmere Contrast-Trim Cashmere BlazerI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: my favorite, softest, most luxurious, best cashmere sweater is Autumn Cashmere. So even though this black/blue contrast-trim cashmere blazer is down to lucky sizes only, I’m still drooling over it. I’d wear this as a slightly more structured cardigan over dresses, with trousers, and more. It’s $396, but is marked down to $138. Autumn Cashmere Contrast-Trim Cashmere Blazer

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Psst: Off Fifth has a few more sizes left in a similar cabled black/white combo for $162 (down from $418).

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Carly Tie Blouse

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Pendleton Carly Tie BlouseReaders have continually sung the praises of Pendleton for suits and conservative clothes, and they’re having some great sales right now (e.g., TONS of silk blouses and shells under $60). Take, for example, this silk crepe de chine blouse — I like the darts throughout the body for a bit of shape, and for once the tie detail at the neck seems flattering instead of annoying (I really don’t like those things!). It’s available in regular and petite in three colors — the blouse was $128, now $40. Pendleton Carly Tie Blouse

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Trimmed Ponte One Button Blazer

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Limited Trimmed Ponte One Button BlazerI like this colorful ponte blazer from Limited, as well as the navy trim and navy polka dot lining (squee!).  It seems like a fun addition to a navy sheath, or even worn as here (with jeans and a white blouse) for a weekend at the office.  The blazer (which has glowing reviews in both regular and petites) was $98, but today you can take 40% everything off at The Limited with code FASHION, bringing the price down to $59ish. (There’s also a more subdued version in navy.)  Limited Trimmed Ponte One Button Blazer

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