Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Peplum Suit Jacket

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s pick is a great peplum suit jacket at Saks. It’s certainly affordable at $137, down from $275, and considering the discount, it has a pretty good range of sizes still in stock. To me, this looks like just the kind of blazer to keep in your office. It’s probably not going to be confused with too many suits that you have, but it also has a little personality and feminine feel to it while remaining very conservative. Check out our recent post on how to wear blazers with dresses — and we’ve also talked about how to buy a blazer to keep in the office. This certainly looks like a good one if you’re on the hunt. Peplum Suit Jacket

A plus-size option is available at White House Black Market.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale has begun! From now through June 3, you can save up to 40%. We’ll have a roundup later this morning, so stay tuned!

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Coffee Break: Marti Leather Shoulder Bag

Update: This item is now part of the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started — check out all of our 2018 NHYS picks.

I always like a nice blue bag — if you haven’t had one before you’ll be surprised how versatile the bag can be against workwear. Blue bags look great with black, navy, gray, white, and other neutrals, and can be a nice pop of contrast against reds — but blues plays nicely with other colors like pastels and darker greens and purples. Another bonus: because blue bags often don’t go well with denim, you can find them on sale — like this Kate Spade one, marked from $328 to $219. Nice. thompson street – marti leather shoulder/crossbody bag

Psst: It isn’t announced yet, but a ton of new markdowns have hit the Nordstrom site today — I think this is the beginning of the Half Yearly Sale. I’ll try to do a roundup early tomorrow!

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Coffee Break: Wallaroo Scrunchie Sunhat

best sunhat for women according to the readers!I’ve taken sun protection very seriously since around the time my first son was born — I’m not sure if pregnancy made my skin more vulnerable or what, but what seemed at the time like adorable “I’m pregnant!” freckles have turned into darker spots that are distinctly less adorable. In short: Wear a hat and sunscreen! (I’ve seen readers debate the need for sunscreen if you work inside all day, in which case you may want to just grab a hat if you find sunscreen annoying — but as I’ve been having fun getting more into skincare this year it’s worth noting that some of the chemicals, face masks, etc., that are popular now leave your skin extremely vulnerable to the sun. One of my OTC night products warned that it had “reservoir effects” and therefore you should wear sunscreen for a full week after you discontinue use. Wow.)

Readers have recommended this big, packable, UPF-50 hat as good for travel, and I think it looks great whether you’re just going for brunch with girlfriends or heading to the beach to settle in with your new novel. They’re $30–$50, both on the Wallaroo website as well as on Amazon; note that they also make one for smaller heads.

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Near or Far: Do the Benefits of Living Closer to Work Outweigh the Cons?

benefits of living closer to work - image from streeteasy campaignThere’s an amusing Streeteasy ad campaign in a lot of NYC subway stations right now, with Venn(ish) diagrams like this one, and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here. Why did you choose to live where you do? What do you think the benefits of living closer to work are — vs. farther away? Do you prefer to have some separation between work and home? In general, what was the most important factor for you in choosing where to live — living closer to work, being in a good school district, having an amazing apartment, or something else? We’ve talked before about how where you choose to live can be one of the most important money decisions you make, as well as how to decorate your home and even when to buy a home, but we haven’t really talked about the pro and cons of living closer to work or farther from work.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Single-Breasted Wool Blazer

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When you say Balmain, I will forever think of the crazy shouldered blazers they were popular for in the mid-aughts — but it’s good to know that they have more regular blazers these days. Fun fact: Apparently they’re meant to be very form-fitting and run super small. Love the darts and seaming in the back, and the outfit as styled here is amazing — I always like a shrunken blazer with wide pants. The blazer is $1,941 at MatchesFashion.com. Single-Breasted Wool Blazer

A more affordable option is at Nordstrom, where there are also options in plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

best-selling espadrille

Update: This item is now part of the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started — check out all of our 2018 NHYS picks.

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Wow: these espadrilles have more than 100 great reviews at Nordstrom, and come in about ten colors — if you’re looking for height (4″!) with a walkable heel (2″) these might just do the trick. I like more earthy colors with espadrilles, but that’s me – they also come in a bright cobalt and fun yellow, as well as a shiny gold — there are also several beigey shades and a black. (Pictured: olive.) They’re $149, and available in sizes 5-11 and Nordstrom, Amazon, and Zappos.  Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

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