Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

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’ve seen so much drab, dull pink lately. Millennial Pink, Tumblr Pink — I also think of it as a Glossier or Goop pink. So it’s nice to see a bright, crisp, powder pink like this suit — it just feels different and I like it. The suit, which is made in a lightweight wool, is at Banana Republic (where it’s getting good reviews) and comes in regular (0-16) and petite (00-14) sizes. I think it’s a very fresh color, and it would also look good as separates if that’s what you’re looking for. The jacket (Long and Lean-Fit Lightweight Wool Blazer) is $198, and the pants (Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Lightweight Wool Pant) are $98.

Here’s a plus-size blazer from Talbots in a very similar shade of pink, and a plus-sized blazer and pants at Eloquii in a brighter pink.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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Colorblocked dresses can be hit or miss, but I like the black, white, and checkered pattern here. I’d keep the rest of the outfit simple with black or white, and try to add texture today, possibly adding a ribbed cardigan or velvet blazer. It’s available in plus sizes as well as regular sizes for $129-$139 at Macy’s. Calvin Klein Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Kelsey Top Zip Large Nylon Tote

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m always a fan of a nylon tote that zips, because it’s lightweight, durable, and easy to keep clean. This one from MICHAEL Michael Kors is a bestseller over at Bloomingdale’s and looks like a great basic tote. It’s not terribly exciting, but sometimes that’s not what you’re looking for — you just want something large and functional to carry all your stuff to work. This bag is 18″ x 6.25″ x 12.25″ and has great reviews. It’s also at Amazon in black, navy, and tan, and at Macy’s in several color options. Kelsey Top Zip Large Nylon Tote

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Weekend Open Thread

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Even though my core color is black, even I feel like a floaty, flirty white top is a good thing to have in your wardrobe. (I also feel like getting a trendy white top is a great way to start to get ready for spring!) I like this boho top to wear with skinny jeans — the ladder stitch, the filmy arm fabric, the choker detail — I like it all. It’s machine washable, too, and available at Amazon in sizes XS–XL for $60. Ella Moon Women’s Shylah Long Sleeve Choker Top

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Button Shoulder Satin Shell

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This satin shell from Loft looks really cute, in part because of the little ruffled neckline, which I like for layering purposes. It’s a great way to make a crewneck sweater, for example, look a little more feminine — and a layered look is usually a little more put-together in general. We’re picturing the blouse in navy but it also comes in “whisper white.” It’s available in regular and petite sizes, and although you might not expect it to be, it’s machine washable. The top is $49.50. Button Shoulder Satin Shell

Did you known that Loft Plus is coming later this month? It’ll offer sizes 16–26. But since it’s not here yet: You can find plus-size options for this top at Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor.

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Coffee Break: Pompom Cashmere Scarf

Pompom Cashmere ScarfI’m kind of into pompom details right now, particularly as delicate accents like this cashmere scarf features. I like the bright happy color (it would go great with red, FWIW!) and seems like it would cheer me up on dark wintry and spring days. The scarf is $138, highly rated, and comes in a number of other more sedate colors. Pompom Cashmere Scarf

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