Archives for August 2016

Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

dark green wool women's suit brooks brothersFor 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.

Yasssss. Love this olive suit, made from “Tollegno wool from Italy” (huh). It’s unusual to see a suit with such a high stance for the buttons, but I think with all the darting it works. (Sad trombone, though — seeing the blouse featured beneath the suit just makes me feel like they missed an opportunity to give the suit a fun lining, or at least a colorful ribbon detail on the inside.) I like the pieces as a suit and by themselves (even the high-waisted skirt is cute!), and it’s nice that they’re offered in regular and petite sizes. The blazer (Wool Twill Hacking Jacket) is $428, the pants (Wool Twill Trousers) are $268, and the skirt (not pictured) is $248. All sizes are available in petites and regular sizes 0-16.

Here’s a similar suit in plus sizes, as well as a much more affordable green blazer in sizes XS-4X.


Beauty Wednesday: Dry Shampoo

dry shampooLadies, what is your favorite dry shampoo? What’s the top quality you look for — and what turns you off about other dry shampoos?

As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite dry shampoo (after trying a few) has remained Psssst!, the super cheap, super old-school-looking dry shampoo. Here’s how I apply it before bedtime: I pick up the top two inches of my hair (like where bangs would be if I had them) and spray the dry shampoo at the sections from the front and the back). Even though I have dark brown hair and the spray is stark white, it all absorbs overnight. After that, my hair is kind of a non-issue. It doesn’t smell like anything; it doesn’t look oily; it doesn’t feel overly textured or cornstarchy — it just is. That’s kind of what I’m looking for in a dry shampoo, to be honest — to be able to spray it on and forget about it. (I wish there were a name for this, but I’d say the “ability to forget about it after I’ve made the decision to wear it” is increasingly something I’m looking for in beauty and fashion.)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Honor Dress

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

washable midi dressOoh: this well-reviewed dress looks both slinky and professional, if that’s possible, and the midi length feels friendlier than other dresses like this I’ve seen, where the only way I can envision them looking good is if you wear sky-high heels. I like the sleeves, the fact that it’s machine washable and lined, and the price — it’s $118 at Boden, available in three colors, sizes 2-16 in regular and long sizes. Honor Dress

Hunting for plus size midi dresses? Try these.

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Coffee Break: The Modern Point Flat

Italian-made Flats: Everlane The Modern Point Flat The pointed loafer — particularly with slits along the vamp so the top feels like a separate piece — is one of the biggest trends in shoes that I’m excited about for workwear. First and foremost, because these kinds of loafers often look great with dresses — and also because they can be more comfortable than ballet flats (because there’s more of a vamp). I keep hearing great things about these Everlane pointed loafers, and they’re only $155. Nice. Everlane The Modern Point Flat

Here’s a lower-priced option.


Four Reasons to Do a Seasonal Clothing Review

Four Reasons to Do a Seasonal Clothing ReviewWhether you’ve got a small apartment closet or yours rivals that of Kim Kardashian’s, reviewing your clothes on a seasonal basis is still a great idea. I’ve always been a fan of seasonal clothes storage, using clear sweater bags to store out-of-season fabrics, colors, and styles — as well as physically moving out-of-season clothing to the back of the closet, and moving more seasonally-appropriate clothing to the front. I even do this with socks (I only wear no-show ankle socks in the summer) and lingerie (I don’t wear lacy bras with summer t-shirts and dresses, and I’ve also found I have a preference for unlined bras in the summer, as a foam lining or whatnot can feel a bit hot). Some pros to a seasonal clothing review that I’ve found over the years:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool

Pink Blazer: J.Crew Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I kind of love that they’ve called this color “wild flamingo.” Not just flamingo, guys — it’s WILD flamingo! Unless you work in a creative field I think an all-pink suit would be a bit difficult to wear, but a pink blazer could be just the thing to add a pop of color to a wardrobe built on neutrals. I’d wear it with all black clothes and a red lip just for a bit of fun contrast. The blazer is $198 at J.Crew, available in sizes 000-16 in regular, petite, and tall. Here are links for the matching pants and skirt, should you want to coordinate. J.Crew Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.

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