Wednesday’s TPS Report: Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio BlouseSaks has started its spring sales already, including this lovely blouse from Lafayette 148.  We would wear it with a pencil skirt and pumps, or perhaps beneath a suit — we like the idea of the tall collar standing up beneath lapels.  It is linen, which (while prone to wrinkles) can be great when it’s 90 degrees and you’re at a professional event.  It’s on sale for $136, down from $228. Lafayette 148 Dotted Patio Blouse


  1. I’m a young-looking 26 year old; would this tiny polka-dot print make me look even younger? It’s cute, but I’m worried I can’t wear it to the office and be taken seriously.

  2. I’m sure it depends on your office but there’s a subtle boys club at mine and so as a young-looking 27 I would stay far far away from this blouse at work (although I’d wear it on the weekends). I might dare wear that style in a solid color but in a print I think it’s too young for some of us.

  3. to Emily:

    I think if you paired it with a suit as suggested and some conservative jewelry (I was thinking maybe pearl stud earrings?) you can pull it off. I agree though, it’s hard to work with a short-sleeved collared shirt – there’s just something about it that makes me think of the junior department and their “dress up” clothes for teens.

  4. Me too! I’d pair it with a jacket and I think it would be fine.

  5. Love it–and love the tall collar!

  6. I appreciate this brand’s lines and silhouettes, they are classic American sportswear in nature.

    However, I do have a pretty steadfast rule that I don’t wear ruffles. Lace, yes, ruffles no.

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