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Workwear sales of note for 6.02.23:
- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – $50 off $150; $100 off $250+; extra 30% off all sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off purchase
- Boden – Sale, up to 50% off
- Cole Haan – Up to 50% off select styles; extra 20% off sandals & sneakers
- Eloquii – 60% off all tops
- Express – 30% off all dresses, tops, shorts & more; extra 50% off clearance
- H&M – Up to 60% off online and in-store.
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off “dressed up” styles (lots of cute dresses!); extra 50% off select sale
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; 60% off 100s of summer faves; extra 60% off clearance
- J.McLaughlin – The Sale Event: extra 30% off
- Loft – 40% off tops; 30% off full-price styles
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty.
- Shopbop – Up to 60% off sale
- Sue Sartor – Lots of cute dresses on sale!
- Talbots – 25-40% off select styles
Other noteworthy sales:
- CB2.com – Up to 40% off; pop-up sale up to 30% off
- Joss & Main – Up to 60% off, plus an extra 20% off with code
- Tuft & Needle – Save up to $775 on mattresses (Reader-favorite brand; Kat really likes hers!)
- West Elm – Up to 25% off in-stock furniture; up to 60% off clearance
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I have a jacket with ruched sleeves like that – it’s so flattering, so comfortable and I’ve gotten tons of complements!
Very flattering cut. I like it. I also think it would be great for a casual Friday with a pair of trousers and simple blouse. Plus, the sleeves are stylish without being to trendy. Nice pick!
Very flattering cut. I like it. I think that it would go great for a casual Friday with a pair of trousers and simple blouse. Plus, the ruched sleeves are stylish without being too trendy. Great pick!
I tried on a Calvin Klein ruched sleeve blazer recently and I just couldn’t get into the style… it was comfortable (soft fabric is always nice!) but just looked sloppy on me, and the whole point of a blazer is to look neat…
Looks nice. I just bought an black Ann Taylor blazer with ruching at an outlet store for $69 – will be a great summer jacket, can dress up an outfit or can wear it with jeans. Interestingly, though, I had to size it up to a 12 when I am normally an 8.
Adorable. This would be a really cute take on the basic black blazer. I think it would also be a casual Friday choice for me with gray or tan slacks (or even winter white). It’s a little pricey for just a jacket without matching pants, but it does seem to be a good quality wool.
On a completely unrelated note, we’ve been interviewing candidates for a reasonably senior job opening in my office for the past several weeks. A number of candidates have shown up 30 to 90 minutes early, which has been a minor inconvenience for us and has reflected rather poorly on the candidates. Our office is in NYC upstairs from a large shopping area with many indoor coffee shops and public seating – it should be fairly easy to comfortably kill an hour. “Better early than late,” yes, but that only applies to 5-10 minutes early. Just a reminder to all those of you who are interviewing!
90 minutes? are you serious?
Yes! 3 people of about 10 have been over an hour early. I thought it went without saying that this was a no-no, but it just happened again this morning so I figured it was worth the public service announcement!
I may be giving people too much credit for common sense, but is it possible a secretary sent them the wrong interview time or something? That is completely crazy.
Nope, they’ve all acknowledged that they’re (very) early, though not particularly apologetically. And the people who’ve had contact with the candidates in advance are among the most peeved about this so it doesn’t seem like anyone has been saying something along the lines of, “the earlier you show up, the better.” So odd, I know.
That is crazy. I feel bad if I’m more than 15 minutes early, and in fact have driven around many a neighborhood to kill 5-10 minutes so I arrive at just the right time. What are people thinking
That’s really weird. If I’m not familiar with an area or don’t know how long it will take, I normally try to get there early, but I’d never actually walk into the office more than 15 minutes early. That’s what Starbucks is for, people!
I agree! Get there an hour ahead of time, spend 45 minutes walking, reading, sitting your car listening to the radio… oy!
I’ve had interviews in somewhat isolated areas where there isn’t anything around for a quick stop. Even so I try not to get there THAT early, but sometimes it can’t be helped. It’s not possible to sit in a 100+ degree car for 30 minutes so I show up exactly on time. I will never go in that early though.
If it was 100 degrees out and I was in the middle of nowhere and had to go to the bathroom or something I still wouldn’t “arrive.” I’d walk in and tell the receptionist I was far too early and ask if I could use the restroom. Then I’d go back to my car, turn on the ac, and drive around a bit.
Unbelievable. I second the grab a coffee or tea and relax at the coffee shop for a bit before going into the interview. I’m a punctual person, but that’s far to early to be twiddling my thumbs in an office before an interview. I’d much rather walk around, get some fresh air, and review my resume and other materials one last time.
Note that it is a blend – not necessarily a bad thing. I can’t quite see the point of the ruched sleeves, but what bothers me is the combination of the rather tight fit of the jacket plus the low cut of the V. I can’t quite see what is going to fill in the V to make it look interesting. Maybe a light weight cashmere sweater or a silk blouse.
I do thin, simple cashmere sweaters in the winter.
Basic clean cut tops in neutral colors with a straight across or slightly rounded neckline in the spring/summer.
If I want interest, I add it with jewelry.
Since I have to wear this stuff so much, I like to keep the clothes as simple as possible so I don’t get sick of wearing them. Jewelry & other accessories is much easier to switch up.
I like this a lot! I never know what to do with black blazers that don’t belong to a suit, though. Too dressy for jeans, but don’t quite look right with a dress . . . do you lovely ladies have any styling suggestions? I have a few in my closet begging for an airing, as soon as I can figure out what to do with them. Is the idea to pair them with a solid colored skirt, like in a gray? Apologies for the fashion novice question. :)
I pair them with jeans (I love the jeans and black blazer look), solid color skirts and pants in colors other than black (light and medium gray, tan, beige, white, etc.), or patterned pants (black and white plaid, etc.), and then either go with a neutral shell and interesting jewelry and accessories or a bright shell and more low key accessories. This kind of look (non-matching blazer and pants/skirt) is kind of my work uniform on non-court days. I tend to do it more with pants than skirts for some reason (I can’t find as many skirt/non-matching blazer combos I like in my wardrobe, and I feel like a skirt is dressier and allows me to skip the jacket more). Works fine in my business casual office even with the old guard formal partners and even for last minute client meetings or runs to state court. (Not the jeans – that’s a casual look).
I do the same with both skirts & pants. Suits that come as a set don’t usually work for me, so I end with a lot of “separates” in my closet that I bought on sale, etc. I tend to mix and match pretty liberally. Gray & navy looks nice; gray & black or black& tan also. I love the way a tan skirt looks with a black top & black blazer. Throw in cute shoes, perhaps in a color (red, purple. . . leopard?), a fun necklace & you’re set!
Sadly, as cute as jeans & a blazer looks, I can’t do it. By the time I am wearing jeans, the last thing I want on is a suit jacket ;)
Looks great on others though!
I like to pair my black blazer (which doesn’t go with a suit) with a patterned brown/black skirt as well as with a red skirt. I’m not a fan of the black blazer with gray skirt look, for some reason it looks a bit dated to me.
Thanks, all! I very much appreciate the ideas, and look forward to trying them out!
If they’re lightweight then a black blazer with white pants is a nice look – I would stay away from any overly patterned skirts/pants because I think that’s a very outdated look (but of course that’s just my opinion).
Thread Jack: I am starting to get overwhelmed with to-dos related to my blog, which is actually a great problem to have. Does anyone have project-management software that they use that works really well? I have tools for my actual job, but I feel strange about using company resources for my personal endeavors, plus that software is expensive. Low cost or free would be great, and if they have an iPhone app to go along with it that would be even better. Thanks in advance for your help!!
As far as this jacket goes, I really like it. I like that the V allows room for a pretty blouse to show, and the ruching makes it more interesting than a plain black blazer but not so memorable that you would have to wear it sparingly.
Check out Basecamp (basecamphq.com). They offer a free account that will accommodate 1 project (or paid accounts – still inexpensive – for multiple accounts and file sharing). It’s simple and functional; I highly recommend it.
this actually looks uncomfortable to me. Wouldn’t the ruching on the sleeves dig in when your arms on the desk?
I dont have that problem with a similar jacket.
Forever21-ish to me, but I guesss if Rast makes it, he can charge more. Pass.
Did you buy the Etsy dress and if so, have you received it yet?
Yes, bought two items @Clerky and can’t wait! These: http://bit.ly/9VKcfA (spring garden dress in lavendar!) and http://bit.ly/cJCehr (romantic wrap top) I’ll post a review, promise!! And thanks to you for your reviews; I didn’t buy that Suzy Chin dress because of you. LOL. http://bit.ly/c7Xu7Q
Clerky, my comment is awaiting moderation (too many links I guess). I bought 2 dresses on Etsy from Lirola (spring dress with belt in lavender and romantic wrap top in coral). I’ll post reviews when I get them (can’t wait!). Thanks for your review of the Suzy Chin dress; I didn’t buy it after your comments that it was too clingy/thin/sexy. LOL.
I like the relatively low stance. Does anyone else feel that jackets with buttons that start too high are stodgy (usually 3-button jackets). As a petite person it’s hard to find jackets that don’t start the buttons too high.
However, the ruching seems very “juniors” and trendy to me.