Archives for November 2016

Suit of the Week: Talbots

Fvintage-dot-jacquard-pantsuit-navyor 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.

Speaking of wearing interesting suits to court — here’s a lovely vintage dot jacquard suiting set from Talbots. This is a great example of something that’s just a little bit feminine, with tiny light blue dots — but in a muted color and a traditional shape.  I like that it’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes, and that it’s on a kind of great deal right now: take an additional 30% off sitewide all marked prices (which for the suit are already on sale). The marked price for the jacket is $169-$189, the pants are $99-119, and the dress (not pictured) is $119-$129.  Vintage Dot Jacquard Suiting

Looking for a great deal on a suiting set with lucky sizes? Check this glen plaid stretch suiting from Halogen — lots of regular sizes left in the blazer but lucky sizes only in the pants and skirt (and no markdowns at all in the plus sizes, alas).


Can You Wear Interesting Suits to Court?

Can Lawyers Wear Interesting Suits to Court?Can you wear “interesting” suits to court — colorful, patterned, fanciful, haute? (You know, kind of like in our weekly Suit of the Week feature?) Reader E asks — specifically wondering about this teal LK Bennett suit that Kate Middleton is wearing here and here — and I think it’s a great question for all the women lawyers:

This is a lawyer-specific question – can you wear interesting suits to court if it’s still a suit? I agree with previous suggestions here that a dress/blazer combo, unless its meant to be a suit, is not formal enough for court. But, my question is, what about things that are true suit sets but are more interesting – like an AT tweed suit, or the LK Bennett dark teal dress and jacket suit set that Kate Mid. has? Or do you think court suits have to be black/grey/navy and totally plain? Thx!

I can’t wait to hear what the readers say here.  For my $.02, I always think of my reaction to an article years ago about a young public defender who wore Balmain (at the time, their blazers had super pointy shoulders) and other couture suits to court.  The impression it left on me was a bad one — it seemed like she was not showing any respect for her clients or the fact that she was there to represent THEM, in life-altering matters, before stodgy judges and juries who may or may not have approved of her fashion choices (or her designer budget). Plus, as readers have pointed out in the past, wearing ostensibly designer, moneyed things in front of juries can be a bad move, particularly if you’re a public defender.

NOW: A crazy/trendy Balmain suit is one thing — a dark teal LK Bennett dress and jacket is another.  But where is the line? And are there different rules for “first appearance before the court” and “day 30 of a 6-month trial”? For my $.02:

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

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

I’m really excited that this is back in stock — I always thought it was a great dress. (A while ago it went out of stock almost as soon as I saw it!) It does have a very high neckline, but that could be nice if you want to wear a statement necklace or otherwise use it as a simple backdrop for a big jewelry piece. It’s also good to see that it has a non-exposed zipper. There are a lot of cute Catherine Malandrino dresses right now that you might want to take a look at, some with more of a party vibe. The pictured dress (which you can find in red at Macy’s) is available at Nordstrom in sizes 2-14 for $82. Catherine Catherine Malandrino Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and herehere’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Metallic Card Case

kate-spade-metallic-card-caseOooh: of course I’m going to love the metallic cobalt card case from Kate Spade — but the whole collection looks fun, especially if you’re the type who a) likes to have a colored wallet/card case so it’s easy to find in your bag, b) you like feminine, girly things, or c) you are trying to find a small gift for a person who meets either a) or b).  (I did try the use-a-card-case-instead-of-a-wallet-in-my-clutch trick the last time I wore a clutch and I really liked it.) Anyhoo: the card case is $50, and comes in a metallic cobalt, hot pink, and a more muted rose gold that isn’t pictured here; the larger wallets go as high as $158; they’re available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,. (The confetti one in the picture is the “Grant Lane” collection, also fun.) kate spade new york Rainer Lane Metallic Card Case

Sale Alert: MAC is offering 25% off all orders through 12/4. Wish I’d known that before I ordered the Soar lipliner (one of their bestsellers) during Cyber Monday, but hopefully all the mascara samples I got (the Cyber Monday deal) will make up for that.


Beauty Tuesday: My Lip Balm Wardrobe

The Lip Balms Every Working Woman NeedsI was thinking about lip balms the other day — totally basic, boring lip balm — and I was surprised to realize that not only do I have SEVERAL favorite lip balms, that they each have their own purpose (and that I’m perhaps looking for a better option in a few places). So: here is my lip balm wardrobe — and I’m curious to know: which are your favorite lip balms, and why? Do you have specific purposes for each of your lip balms — and what are the lip balms every working woman needs?

Update: Goodness, I didn’t realize people felt so strongly about the phraseology of balm vs gloss — I’ve updated this post to more accurately reflect the discussion, which, yep, is just about lip balms for working women. (I’m one of those people who gets distracted if my lips are dry, so perhaps I’ve got more lip balms than most ladies?)

The lip balm I put on every night before bed: Caudalíe. As I’ve mentioned before, I love that it has antioxidant properties and is formulated with 99.5% naturally-derived ingredients. The scent is minimal, and I find it comfortable to wear on a nightly basis.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Walker Top

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

I love this gorgeous, wrap-inspired top from MM. LaFleur. It’s so chic and refined, but simple and versatile at the same time. It looks great with ankle pants as pictured here, and it would also work well with trousers or pencil skirts. I think you could even layer this on top of a tank dress or a sheath dress if you wanted to give it a go. MM. LaFleur notes that the top, which is made in the U.S. from silk jersey, is “bust-friendly,” “middle-friendly,” and “maternity-friendly.” It’s $240 and available in sizes S-XL. (XS is currently sold out, but you can ask to be notified when it’s back in stock.) The Walker Top

Two more affordable tops are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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