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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Boden’s Brondesbury Blazer

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We’re loving this boiled wool blazer from Boden (available in the cheerful honey yellow, pictured, as well as gray and navy).  We love the structure and fit of the blazer, as well as the stretch and give of boiled wool — this jacket will look like a blazer but feel a bit like a sweater.  You’d probably get the most wear out of the gray color, but oh, that yellow — we’d wear it with gray slacks and a white blouse (or perhaps a blouse that had some purple accents, as pictured).  If we wore it with a black tee beneath it we’d be sure to work other colors into the outfit, to avoid looking like a bumble bee.  It’s $148 at BodenUSA.com, available in UK sizes from 4 through 20.   Boden’s Brondesbury Blazer

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Reader Mail: How to Wear Long Necklaces

36" Cluster Drop Necklace
Today’s reader mail has to do with long necklaces…

What are the rules of thumb for long necklaces?  I love the look, but I only have a couple and wear them all too rarely because I’m never sure that the necklace “fits” the outfit.  I remember a number of “we would wear this with” suggestions (I love those, by the way – they’re often my favorite part of the TPS reports), but I did a search on the site and couldn’t find much beyond that.  You’ve suggested long necklaces with boatnecks, and I generally think turtlenecks would work too, but are there any other general guidelines you can think of?

We love long necklaces, but agree that the outfit has to be right, as does the length of the necklace for your body type. For example, a necklace that’s in the 30″ range is going to hit you right at your bust — which if you’re busty is just going to look weird. Our preference is generally for what they call “opera length” necklaces — 36″ or so.  This length gives you a bunch of options for how to wear it.  For example, wear it long and loose when you’re wearing things like a shift dress with a blazer — the length of the necklace will compliment the length of the blazer and add visual interest.  Another option is to wear it long, but knot it at the bottom to give it more of a pendant/V-shape to the look — we like to wear it this way when we’re wearing it with a boatneck or turtleneck.  A great option if you’re wearing a crewneck or a boatneck is such as to double the necklace, wearing the first “loop” of it close to your neck (not quite a choker, but above the crew neck) and the other loop down your chest.  Finally, you can double the necklace and wear the loops evenly across your chest — this looks nice with turtlenecks and scoopnecks.

In general, we would advise against wearing long necklaces with a v-neck — in general this kind of necklace will lower the eye, not raise it, which is generally what’s needed with v-necks.  Readers, anything to add? (Also:  have you seen any long noteworthy necklaces lately?)

Pictured above: 36″ Cluster Drop Necklace, available at Brooks Brothers on sale for $49.60 (was $248).

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Chie Mihara Ishan Heels

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Women's shoes/bags: Chie Mihara Ishan - Sand and peachReader D wrote in to suggest this lovely neutral shoe from Chie Mihara.  As she noted, “I have these and they are AMAZING.  They go with everything and the gold strap adds terrific interest and focus.”  We like the four different neutral tones, as well as the walkable heel.  They’re on sale at the moment at Piperlime, too, for $219 (formerly $370). Women’s shoes/bags: Chie Mihara Ishan – Sand and peach

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Elizabeth and James Panama Blazer

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Elizabeth and James Panama Blazer
We’re loving this cropped, fitted blazer, although not in the picture from Shopbop.  This kind of blazer is a perfect way to dress up something with a bit more volume — a slightly billowy dress, t-shirt, or tank.  The details are what make this blazer worthy of the splurge (to us, at least) — the silk lining, the 5 buttons at the cuffs, the peplum in the back, and the asymetrical hem.  Lovely.  It’s $385 at Shopbop.com.   Elizabeth and James Panama Blazer

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Weekend Open Thread

Stuck at the office over the weekend? Got something on your mind? Discuss it here. Pictured: Butterfly Tea Cup and Saucer, $215 at Vivre.

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