Archives for June 2010

Suit of the Week: Armani Collezioni Dot Suit

iconFor 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.

This week, we’re loving this Armani Collezioni dot suit from Saks.  We love the tiny dots (a classic) and a printed silk interior, and we like the fitted cut of the jacket and the highish pockets.  Gorgeous!  The jacket (One-Button Dot Jacket) is $1,465, and the pants (Dot Classic Pants) are $595.  (Incidentally — don’t forget to check out the Saks saleicon — lots of good stuff up to 60% off.)


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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Non-Iron Medium Stripe Tailored Fit Dress Shirt

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Non-Iron Medium Stripe Tailored Fit Dress Shirt with DOW XLA™Brooks Brothers’ semi-annual sale is on, which makes it a great time to stock up on basics like this simple Non-Iron Medium Stripe Tailored Fit Dress Shirt.  They come in petites and regulars, as well as in styles like classic, fitted, and tailored.  Most were $89, now $53.   Non-Iron Medium Stripe Tailored Fit Dress Shirt

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Coffee Break: ‘Depoe Bay’ Pump

Jeffrey Campbell 'Depoe Bay' Pump We’ve noticed this shoe before, and now the comfort ratings have us totally mesmerized — we like this Jeffrey Campbell pump, particularly in the brown, but also in the black and the khaki.  We like the decoration — the buckles and O-rings are fun and reminiscent of saddles — and the brown tone keeps things out of the S&M arena.  We’d try them with a seersucker blazer and simple skirt, perhaps.  They’re $124 at Nordstrom. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Depoe Bay’ Pump


Colored Suits and the Working Woman

colorful suits and younger women

2016 update: check out our latest discussion on colorful suits, particularly light blue suits for summer… 

Today’s reader mail comes from A, who wonders whether colored suits are appropriate for her…

Is baby blue totally off limits? I have a pale blue, Ann Taylor Loft cotton/nylon suit, c. 2005 that I’ve never worn. Gut feel says pale, baby blue is out, out, out. I’m new to summer, having just left San Fran after 4 years, so not sure how to dress for warm weather. Any advice?

Colored suits can be a very regional question. Our guess is that in D.C. or other points South, a head-to-toe pale blue suit (or red suit or purple suit) would be just fine. In other places (particularly other urban places), we’d advise you to break the suit up. For example, a blue blazer can be great with a sheath dress in black, navy, beige, or even white — it’s a nice summery touch. Similarly, a pale blue skirt or pair of pants can be great for early summer. (Be sure to dry clean both pieces together!)  (Pictured: MASSIMO ALBA Blazers – Item 41158308, available at for $325 (was $540) in sizes S and M.)

Readers, we haven’t had a post on this in a while — what are your thoughts re: colored suits? In your comments, please be specific about where you’re located.

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Ruffled Silk Wrap Dress

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Neiman Marcus Ruffled Silk Wrap Dress The floral trend is finally getting to us:  we’re loving this dress, exclusively at Neiman Marcus.  Love the mix of the muted, asexual gray with the feminine ruffles and flowers — it’s a great combination and one that works well for the office.  We’d probably keep accessories pretty simple here because it’s such a big print — perhaps some layered silver necklaces and a cuff, and a platform pump in a black, gray, or a skin tone.  The dress is $195 at Neiman Marcus, sizes 4-16.  Ruffled Silk Wrap Dress

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