Suit of the Week: Maje

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.

This plaid blazer and pant set from Maje has a really chic look (although I wish they hadn’t styled it with a turtleneck — and a graphic one at that). I think it’s a fun and fashiony take on a suit, and you could wear it in the fall, as shown here, or very easily in spring when paired with a cute white top. The jacket (checked woven blazer) is $490, and the pants (checked twill tapered pants) are $265.

If you’re looking for something similar that’s more affordable, this plaid blazer from Halogen at Nordstrom is a good bet.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: The Taylor 2.0 Dress

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

We just did a Hunt on sheath dresses, and I didn’t want to include colorful dresses like this one from MM.LaFleur — but then I saw this deep plum color, which looks gorgeous. It also comes in a really nice green (and a deep indigo as well, although it looks more purple than navy). I love the knotted details — and it has functional pockets! It feels elegant and would be perfect for desk-to-dinner, and it seems like you could wear it pretty much year-round, depending on the topper. The dress is machine washable and comes in sizes 0–16 in four colors for $265. The Taylor 2.0 Dress

Two plus-size options are at Macy’s and Nordstrom.

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Coffee Break: Michelle Tote

We recently rounded up some vegan bags in our post on six clothing and accessory brands for the stylish vegan professional, and we’ve just heard about another option: Marsi Bond, which makes eco-friendly, vegan leather bags (made from polyurethane, not PVC). The pictured Michelle Tote is office-friendly and durable — yet still stylish — and it has a zip top and an outside pocket that fits an iPhone 8+ or other large smartphones. Best of all (and I haven’t seen another brand that does this), the zip-out lining is removable and machine washable! I love that idea. The tote is available at Amazon for an affordable $88 in the pictured black as well as cognac, gray, pink, red, and a tricolor. I like the bit of red peeking out of the black one — it’s a nice little detail. Marsi Bond Michelle Tote

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How to Build Your Network — and Maintain It

how to build your network -- our best professional networking tipsThis is kind of an abstract post, so I’ll ask some questions up front for you to think about as you read over it — what are your best professional networking tips, particularly regarding how to build your network, and then how to maintain a network? Which networks, associations and affiliations have been the most fruitful and the most enjoyable for you? Have you seen a lot of overlap and “lucky coincidences” between your various networks, associations and affiliations? 

I’ve been thinking about different business relationships you have to cultivate over the course of your career, from people in your network to mentors to sponsors and beyond. When I was younger, if you had asked me about “how to build your network,” I might have defined it as very self-focused. You choose who you want to bring into your orbit and keep them there — people who are handpicked for knowledge or skill or experience as it relates to you.

This version of “how to network” might be represented visually like this:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Belted Shirtdress

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

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with shirtdresses — I feel like I hate most of them, but this one from 1.State just feels so cool and casual (and I think it would even fly at more conservative offices, provided it wasn’t a big day and you wore grownup accessories with it, like these pumps). I like the slight slit in the skirt and also the sort of D-ring belt, and I like the way the collar looks as well. It has a removable slip lining and it’s hand washable (line dry), and it’s $119 at Nordstrom, available in sizes XS–M. Belted Shirtdress

Update: Unfortunately, the dress has sold out — but here are options from Everlane and Mango.

Two plus-size alternatives are at Nordstrom and ModCloth.

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