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- Ann Taylor – 30% off full-price tops and sweaters; up to 40% off all sale styles
- Athleta – All sale up to 60% off
- Banana Republic Factory – 50% off everything; extra 15% off purchase
- Boden – Up to 50% off; 20% off sale & new-season styles
- Brooks Brothers – Friends & Family Event: 30% off almost everything
- Express – All women’s jeans $49 + styles from $20
- Everlane – Up to 30% off spring essentials
- J.Crew – 40% off your purchase; swim from $24.50
- J.Crew Factory – 40% off entire site & storewide, plus extra 20% off orders $125+ with code
- Loft – $29 everyday shirts
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This is really lovely. And very interesting. My first reaction was that I loved it, then I had to look at it more and consider it for a minute. I finally settled on thinking it’s lovely. I want to see it in person/on a real person.
Speaking of splurges and british fashion, does anyone have a Mulberry Bayswater bag? Either the regular size or the east-west size? I am considering ordering one but would love some reviews first!
I am thinking of ordering the regular size Bayswater as well so I would be very interested in getting Corporette opinions-mostly, do you think it is big enough for work?
I’ve got a bag with the same dimensions that I use for work now – it fits my laptop (macbook) or a few books/notepads. Legal sized files can fit, but it gets tricky if they are bulky because the bag is just barely long enough for legal size.
I am considering either a regular Bayswater or the Picadilly (the extra large version) and would also love to hear opinions!
I stopped considering the Picadilly size because there was a purseforum discussion about how heavy it was even when empty…FYI.
I was afraid of that. And I thought it might be a little *too* big.
Yes, I have it in Navy…love it!
I have to ask – does anyone actually wear these 3/4 length sleeves in the winter (think, temps below 55) ?
I do. Usually with a longer sleeved, thinner weight top under (think relatively narrow sleeves that are longer and sort of ruche/scrunch up).
I loooove this sweater, btw. The collar is fabulous; and the color is beautiful. Huge fan of this shade of green — very fall but without being so autumnal that I feel out of place wearing it during the rest of the year (I’m thinking of you, burnt orange!). I even like the belt & I’m not normally a fan of sewn-on belts on anything. Now just wish I could actually buy it!
I do! But I live in FL where winter temps rarely get very low, or if they do they don’t stay low all day. It’s not all that uncommon during the winter for me to arrive at work in the morning wearing a coat and not need it when I step out for lunch.
I wear 3/4 sleeves in the winter a lot – I’m always hot, no matter the time of year, so don’t often need long sleeves. Plus, things bunched around my wrists annoy me.
That said, I have to confess this sweater really doesn’t do it for me. I’d look like a wookie in it. The shape of the collar is kind of nifty and the color is lovely, but it’s very bulky and chunky to me.
Yes. I have some 3/4 sleeves that are in clearly winter fabrics–wool flannel, thick sweater/blazers, etc. I wear a coat over them and then am fine indoors.
I wear 3/4 all the time, especially 3/4 sleeve t-shirts. I find that long sleeve Ts can be too long and I’m constantly pushing them up. 3/4 solves that problem.
I do, I do. I have long arms, so it’s hard to find jackets and shirts that are long enough (or I have to have them let out). For me, there’s enough room to fudge the arm length with a 3/4 sleeve.
And, I love this item. Wish I could buy it!
3/4 sleeves tend to look better on me because I have short arms. (And they are less annoying!)
I do also, but only because my arms are SUPER long and 3/4 is just easier for me!
surrounded by lawyers
I take 3/4 sleeves as an excuse to show off cute gloves while outside.
Yes. I hate long sleeves. They drive me crazy. 3/4 sleeves are fine indoors and I usually have a coat on outside.
I have been waiting for the 3/4-length-sleeves trend to end. I don’t know who it looks good on – it either makes women look gangly or like their sleeves shrunk.
I disagree. I think 3/4 sleeves is flattering on every woman because it makes your arms look more elegant and thinner. I just read the book “How to Never Look Fat Again” and the author recommends 3/4 sleeves for everything. I always roll up all of my long-sleeved shirts to 3/4 length for the same effect. Long-sleeved sweaters in particular look too boxy/manly on me, maybe because I’m on the taller-side.
They look good on me! (..she said, modestly. ;-)) Obviously, there’s a risk that they just look like too-short regular sleeves, much like capris can look like too-short pants, but I don’t think that’s a big issue for anyone except the very, very petite. The beauty of the 3/4 length sleeve is that almost any length looks intentional.
For my part, I find they accentuate my slim arms and wrists. If that means I look gangly, then I guess gangly is the look I’m going for… though it seems unlikely with my, ahem, hips and thighs. =) Plus, they offer a great way to showcase a fancy watch or special bracelet. That being said, I’m not a fan of winter weight jackets with 3/4 sleeves. I live in an area with extremely cold winters, so I just wouldn’t get much use out of something like the jacket pictured here. I do 3/4 lengths sleeves on shirts and sweaters in the spring and fall, and on jackets in the summer. Love them!
I like 3/4 sleeves, but I live in Florida where they’re very practical. During the winter, it is cold enough to wear a jacket in the morning, but it will be too hot in the afternoons to be wearing a sweater or long sleeves all day. I’ve been wearing them happily for at least 10-12 years.
Yes, sometimes, though I wear 3/4 sleeves more frequently in fall and spring.
I do, and I live in the Very Cold Midwest. My office is always very warm, so when I take off my outerwear, the 3/4 sleeve is perfectly comfortable.
I try to avoid 3/4 sleeves in anything except very lightweight shirts (and even those I find I don’t wear very much). I’m quite cold natured, so I generally find them uncomfortable in anything but the summer, and, in the summer, I want to wear short sleeves.
I love 3/4 because it’s year-round and means most of my clothes can be worn most of the time. I shy away from wool, linen, cut-in sleeveless, and longsleeve styles as limiting.
Lovely and very unique. And maybe it’s just me, but it looks down right cozy. Though I can’t quite get behind the olive green color (but that’s mostly due to my feeling that it would look wretched on me with my coloring). Great pick!
Olive green is great for some colorings. This sweater style jacket is very slim, and may be slimming as well. I have something very similar with short sleeves for spring and summer, and I wear it a lot and it is very slimmng.
I adore this. I was actually searching for something similar the last week. I had a boiled wool jacket that I loved that somehow ended up in the washing machine and will now fit a stuffed bear. I so wanted a replacement this year and fell in love with this sweater. But the price is just too high for a sweater imho.
Does anybody know of a great knock off in this style?
J’adore. Le sigh.
- j -
Love! Now THAT is a structured cardigan! <3
What fresh jd said-exactly. Now inspired to look for an inexpensive version. Love 3/4 sleeves since they are climate-versatile (long-sleeves underneath for cold), comfortable, and stylish.
Love this pick! What a beautiful jacket.
LOVE IT! Ahhh to have $600 to spend….
I guess I’ll be the lone voice of dissent – I can’t decide if I think it looks reptilian, or like green chain mail. Not a fan.
I thought I was the only one!!! I had to scroll waaaaay down the comments to find something to agree with.
The whole thing looks like a home-sewn attempt at a Star Fleet jacket crossed with the arms of a sweatshirt.
Sorry. I hate it.
You have company. Green chain mail is exactly it. I’m not a fan of the sleeve hems, either.
Beautiful. Olive green has always been one of my At Least It’s Not Navy colors:).
I love this.
I love it!!! Sooo beautiful and luxurious looking.
Oh, I love that! The color, the 3/4 length sleeves (they go overboard with heat in my office in winter), everything. If only I could justify spending that kind of $$.
Very unique and beautifully photographed. Need to see it in person. Could be gorgeous on or really fugly.
Gorgeous. Was in Banana Republic this weekend and they had some similar styles. Not as refined, of course, but might be a good less pricey alternative.
I love this color!! And structured sweater jackets are such a nice, professional look. Just wish it didn’t have those flap pockets (less clean/slenderizing line).
Can’t budget it, but a great inspirational piece!
Absolutely beautiful. A great find. Well done, Kat. A great go-to-jacket — could wear to any client and feel on top of the world, could throw over jeans and a tee to go to the movies or to parent-teacher conferences.
As for 3/4 length sleeves, I wear them almost all the time in winter, and I’m in a cold climate. They are supremely flattering to most women, IMO.
Agreed re: 3/4 being flattering. This has come up here before, and I am, again, surprised to find people say that such sleeves are unflattering. I don’t think I have ever seen 3/4 inch sleeves look bad. Almost everyone has nice wrists. It seems like a no brainer. Agree that they must look intentional, and not like a too short jacket, but I love the look.
I love the jacket. I actually really love that color; it looks great on me, but I don’t find it very often in things that I actually want to wear. That green shows up on a lot of “military-inspired” stuff that I just don’t go for.
Vent for this morning:
I had to send one of my subordinates an “I understand what you’re saying, but you need to do this or else” email first-thing this morning. I guess the holiday weekend is really over. Sigh.
I like this, and love the color, but would want to see it on before committing $600….the part over the model’s belly looks kind of lumpy to me (or maybe I am just belly lump paranoid). Re 3/4 sleeves, I loove them – I think they do create a little bit of ‘gangly’ perception which IMHO is almost always a good thing.
Mini-rant (the sweater would help): why, why, why is the A/C always, always frrreeeezing? We moved offices a couple of years ago and this one has no office specific thermostat control and the general control is set on Arctic. Almost everyone is constantly running a space heater (so bad for so many reasons, but just necessary here) and wearing Mt. Everest style outerwear (and it’s HOT outside). I am so tired of having the heater cook my feet all day and freezing anyway :-(. There, rant over. Brrrr.
@ Amy, is this the same subordinate that got in the soup with Hall Monitor a few weeks ago? I’ve been wondering how all that was going…..
I can relate on the A/C thing. It seems like the men in my office are always warmer than the women, so if you are in a male dominated office, that may be part of it. I have had some limited luck with complaining to the facilities people, but other than that I just run the space heater a lot.
I hate the AC in my office too… It was actually a relief to have a fire drill this afternoon!
Mini-rant for the day — writing a really long reply to someone’s question on the weekend thread and then getting no sort of response!
Ha ha! I agree, this annoys me, too. Sure, a “yes” or “no” doesn’t require a response, but a detailed reply usually warrants at least a, “Thanks for the advice!”
Exactly. :) No need for a long reply, just let me know if my response was helpful.
Mini-rant. Why is it that some female attorneys appearing in court before a judge feel it is appropriate to dress as if they are attending a cookout? An attorney in traffic court appeared today in a sleeveless sweater and capris. The judge wears a robe regardless of what type of docket he or she is presiding over. Last week a female attorney showed up to a family court hearing court in a white and black flowered cotton skirt, strappy sandals, a tank top and a white cotton blazer. (These female attorneys have been practicing long enough to 1) know better and 2) to be able to afford a suit or two.) Our clients pay us their hard-earned money to appear in court with them; dress the part!
One of my biggest pet peeves! I just finished a (state trial court-level) clerkship, and I noticed this all of the time, but only from the women. Most of us professional women want to work just as hard as and get treated the same as a the men, but so many women just aren’t willing, for some reason, to play the part and present themselves as professionally.
The male attorneys are constantly in suits and ties. (Ties! Ladies, at least we don’t have to wear them!) You can tell at a glance which man is an attorney and which is a client. We ladies have it much easier (no ties, and we have much more room for creativeness or comfort in shirts and shoes, plus we can wear skirts in the heat), I don’t see why we can’t present ourselves as serious professionals.
As someone generally frustrated by the (often hideous) informality of modern society, I am in wholehearted agreement.
I have seen 1 man in court in the last year who was dressed inappropriately for the occasion (jeans, button front, tie, blazer); I have seen more pastel sweater sets than I can count (at least wear black, which from afar looks less noticeable!)
There is a female attorney in my area, probably in her fifties, somewhat privileged in the socio-economic sense – at least for around here, who regularly goes to court dressed as if she is attending a fairly nice pool party. All she really needs to complete the outfit is a tall, colorful drink with a little paper umbrella.
Better not underestimate her, though….
re: sweater jackets
At the Nordstrom sale last year, all the sales associates were calling them “swackets.”
Also horrid and dreadful, but I am still giggling.
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Could we please please please Kat have a post on structured cardigans / sweater jackets??? I know you did one on sweaters in general, but I more specific one would be great because I would really love some good structured cardigans / sweater jackets but never know where to look for them!
I was at Banana Republic yesterday, and they have some really cute ones (in retrospect, it may have been only one cute one in two colors). They (it?) look sort of boring on the site, but I thought they were really chic in person.