August 2020: Reader’s Top Five Faves

Well Dressed - August Readers' Favs

Our Reader Favorites Series rounds up the Top Five Favorites from the month. Think of this round-up as recommendations from our community of like-minded women. If they love it, you probably will too! 

It’s always fun to see what ends up being popular each month. The Nordstrom Sale heavily drives August’s faves, and the pieces below reflect some kind of return to “real” clothing (yay!!!). For the first time in months there is not a jogger or sneaker on the list!

The line up below is ideal for not only transition weather but going back to work in some capacity. 

Let’s take a look: 

August Top Five Faves

August Readers' Favs

This line up make me extra happy.  These five pieces are almost a capsule in and of themselves and any one piece will upgrade your current closet.  Many of you have these already so let us know what you love in the comments below. 

Side Slit Cardigan

Halogen Side Slit Cardigan in Cobblestone

Cardigan, $41

This cardigan is perfect for transitioning from summer to early fall. It’s available in all sizes, petite, and missy up to a size 18 and is currently 40% off its original price. Pick it up in cobblestone (above), black, or pale pink. Pair it with any summer sleeveless top to bring the look into the new season, or throw it over a cotton tee and joggers while working from home.

Peplum Top

J.Crew Peplum Top

Peplum Top, $64

I absolutely LOVE this top. Last month, I featured it in a Buy Now, Wear Now and Later Post and it quickly became the best selling piece of the entire month. I was lucky enough to see it on a few readers who shared pictures with me and it’s adorable! 

Right now, it’s on final sale at J. Crew with the promo BYESUMMER it’s marked down to ONLY $25!! Sizes run up to a 14. 

Sheath Dress

Tahari Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress, $128 

This simple sheath is everything we look for in a classic go-to-work dress. It has figure flattering ruching at the waist, a short sleeve, and just the right amount of stretch. When I traveled for work (remember that?) this is what I would throw in my suitcase with a neutral-to-me heel. It made packing and getting dressed for early mornings so easy. Sizes are limited, available in navy and pink. 

The “Perfect” Black Pant

Spanx Perfect Black Pant

Black Pants, $128 

Like a legging, but a little better, these Spanx pants have been getting rave reviews from readers who picked them up during the Nordstrom sale. You can wear them with anything from a cozy sweater to a casual structured blazer (below). Available in missy and plus at Nordstrom. Petite? They offer a similar style in petite sizes at Macy’s.

Cotton Blazer

Gibson Cotton Blend Blazer in Red

Blazer, $98 

Finally, this cotton blend blazer comes in six colors, including the gorgeous red option above. This is what you wear when you want something more elevated than a cardigan but still casual-ish. I like it with jeans, or ponte pants for a polished and relaxed look. Sizes are limited in some colors but available in missy and plus. 

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June 2020: Reader’s Top Five Favs

The Well Dressed Life Top 5 for June

Our Reader Favorites Series rounds up the Top Five picks from the month. It’s based on our analytics and feedback from you.

Think of this round-up as a “must have” list generated by our readership. It’s always fun to see what ended up being popular from the contented I lined up a the end of May. 

June was all over the place. Opened! Closed! Opened! Closed!

Who knows what is going on anymore. 

From chatting with many readers, it sounds like we are all just taking it day by day. What else can we do?

Personally, I’m trying to savor every second of warm, beautiful weather because it feels like the summer is flying by despite being the longest year ever.

So as we get ready for whatever July is about to throw at us, we may as well do it looking good! 

June 2020: Reader’s Top Five Favs

 

The Well Dressed Life Top 5 for June

 

Once again, you picked some great pieces that can easily be worn now or later, whether you’re working from home, headed back into the office, or having dinner outside. 

Let’s break them down. 

Classic Striped Top

 

Boden Striped TeeStriped Top, $38

This striped top from Boden will end up being a reader favorite for all of 2020 – that’s how popular it is. 

Boden actually makes two options. This one is a slimmer fit. They call this a “slash-neck” top, which is the same as a boatneck. It’s available in sizes 2 -22. 

Your other option is their traditional Breton top, with a slightly more relaxed fit, also in sizes 2 – 22. 

Either is fantastic, it just depends on the fit you like best. 

Amazon Romper

 

Olive green romperRomper, $31

So much of the clothing I buy on Amazon gets returned. I try out all the popular picks that the Instagram influencers are pushing, to see if any of it is worth it. Remember, most of these influencers are getting paid by Amazon to peddle their merchandise. 

And most of it is crap. 

But I discovered this romper on my own (thank you very much) and it’s so great. It’s soft and cozy, just thing to throw on after the beach or pool, or if you’re simply hanging at home. 

You can’t beat the price, and it washes well. I take it out of the dryer when it’s still damp and lay it flat to finish. 

You can see it on me here:

 

Poplin Top

Striped Puffed Sleeve Blouse from Banana RepublicPuff-Sleeved Blouse, $63 (ON SALE FOR $25)

This blouse is on sale for $25 so if you need something for Zoom calls or you’re headed back to the office, grab it while there are still sizes. You can pair it with navy summer trousers, or simple white shorts. It’s available in “regular” and tall sizes. 

Banana Republic has been incredibly dependable during this shut down. There shipping is still fast, and their inventory is one of the few in retail that is still offering a solid size range. 

Linen Pants

 

Old Navy Black Linen PlantsLinen Pants, $30

Need a lightweight alternative to shorts? Give these linen pants from Old Navy a try. I live in these bottoms. They are currently under $30 and available in a range of colors in “regular,” tall and petite up to an XXL.

Skip the color “feather” it’s see through. 

To style them, you can keep it stay-at-home simple with a cotton tee, or pair it with a silk cami and heels for dinner outside. 

Tinted Moisturizer

Bare Minerals Tinted MoisturizerTinted Moisturizer, $33

There are a lot of reasons I don’t regularly feature beauty products. First, I’m not an expert, second, I’m loyal to what I use so I don’t have a lot of “new” recommendations, and finally, beauty brands are notoriously limited in shade offerings. 

But bareMinerals has always done a great job including the fairest (me) to the deepest shades. I love this tinted moisturizer for days you need light coverage with a smoothing effect. It feels good on your skin and doesn’t clog your pores. A little goes a long way. 


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May 2020: Reader’s Top 5 Favs

The Well Dressed Life Readers' Top 5 for May

Our Reader Favorites series rounds up the Top Five picks from the previous month. It’s based on our analytics and conversations, and feedback from you.

Today’s picks look a little boring, but they pack a big punch if you’re trying to either minimize your wardrobe or build it out with versatile pieces.

May 2020: Reader Top 5

Sam Edelman White Sneaker

Think of these items like the best of the best of all the options we featured in May. 

Linen Joggers

Linen JoggersLinen Joggers, $35 

I own these in the color above (blue – narrow stripe) and navy. They are great shorts alternative. Yes, they are linen, so they do wrinkle, but, surprisingly, that doesn’t bother me. I wore the nave pair last weekend with this popular white top from J.Crew Factory, and these Tory Burch sandals

They run true to size, available up to a size 18.

Tie-Front Shirt

Banana Republic Tie Front ShirtTie Front Shirt, $35 (ON SALE FOR $17)

This simple tie front top from Banana Republic comes in sizes up to and including a XXL and petite options. As I write this it is an additional 50% off, making it about $17. Grab a few colors if you can, it’s available in white, blue, a pretty yellow and black. 

They say it’s “cropped” but it’s not. It sits at your natural waist. So if you find that top are always too long, this would be a good option for you. Wear it with your favorite summer jeans, shorts or joggers. 

Jeggings

Butter JeggingsJeggings, $39

Perhaps the best and most affordable pair of jeggings that look like skinny jeans I’ve ever seen. First of all, these are under $40 – that’s Old Navy kind of pricing. 

Second, they fit fabulously. And they still fit me after three months of barely leaving the house. They are available in black (above) and a dark blue denim (here). Sizing is decent, from a 24 – 34 waist. 

Eyelet Shirt

 

LOFT eyelet shirtEyelet Shirt, $35

I love, love, love this sweet top. You can’t go wrong with a closet full of white tops. By adding some texture and detail – like the eyelet here, you get something that feels basic but looks special. That’s how you easily elevate an outfit. 

Wear this with summer denim, shorts, or even with skirt to work. Sizes option include “regular” up to an XL and plus size. 

White Sneakers

 

Sam Edelman White SneakerWhite Sneaker, $40

Finally, if you’ve been looking for a simple pair of white sneakers to wear with everything from jeans to dresses, pick up these by Sam Edelman. They are on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $40 in almost all sizes. 

When you wear a white sneaker, you want them to look slim on your foot, and not have a ton of detail. These have just enough to look fresh, without being distracting. 


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April 2020: Reader’s Top 5 Favs

April Readers' Top 5

Before we dive head first into our May content, let’s take one more look at your favorites from last month. For our new readers, every month we round up the most popular items featured on the site determined by you. 

Think of this like a “best of” list, vetted by our community. 

April’s Top 5

April Readers' Top 5

Once an item makes it to a month’s top 5, they become part of our basics, so I feature them in future posts to help you build a truly functional, mix-and-match wardrobe.

Let’s jump in … 

Tank

Banana Republic Soft Satin Tank

Soft Satin Tank, $64.50 (On Sale for Under $40)

Can we please protect Banana Republic? It’s one of the last remaining retailers that offers modern, yet conservative workwear at reasonable price points in all sizes. This tank is a must-have whether you go (eventually) to an office, or need a layer for casual sweaters. It’s available in seven colors, including black and white, in regular, petite, and tall, from XXS – XXL. Currently, it’s on sale for under $40. If you need a fresh layer and have it in your budget, consider picking up a few.

Sweatshirt

Old Navy Tie Dye SweatshirtTie Dye Sweatshirt, $20

Readers loved this Old Navy Sweatshirt in pink and blue (above) “dip dye” – a grown up way to wear the tie dye trend. It’s not a heavy sweatshirt, but is still soft and cozy. Best worn with your favorite jeans and crisp white sneakers. It’s under $20 at checkout, with lots of size options (including tall). If in between sizes, size up. 

Jeggings

Butter JeggingsJeggings, $39

As much as I want to feel put together at home, comfort is still a huge factor. I have to be able to be productive at work and hop on the floor to play with the baby. These jeggings, by 1822 Denim are perhaps the most perfect pair of work from home pants. They are cut like a jean with the stretch and comfort of a legging and are under $40. I absolutely love them.  They run true (with a lot of stretch) and come in black (above) and blue denim here

Sneakers

Dolce Vida SneakersSneaker, $69

I miss cute shoes, so I picked up these adorable Dolce Vita sneakers. This print is called “leopard” but it’s subtle, and pretty. They were part of our Work From Home Capsule, and add just a little bit of personality to a any of our comfortable basics. They ended up being one of the top selling sneakers I’ve ever featured! 

Sweater

Everlane Cashmere SweaterCashmere Crew, $100

Finally, this perfect cashmere sweater from Everlane rounds out our top FIVE for April. It comes in an array of colors, is super high quality, and comes in sizes XXS – XXL. I’m hoping, as the retail landscape changes, they start to offer more depth in their sizing. Especially since the future of stores like J.Crew is hanging in the balance, there is a need for simple, classic American style, that prioritizes size inclusion.


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March 2020: Reader’s Top Five Favs

March Top 5

Usually our Reader’s Favorite post is a round up of the top 12 items for the month. However, this month I pared it down to the top 5, that feel appropriate for this current season of our lives. 

March’s Reader Top 5 Favorites 

March Top 5

Remember, in the spirit of maintaining normalcy, we’re trying to get up and get dressed. It doesn’t have to be every day.

But by know we now that it does make a big difference in our mood and productivity. And since many of us feel busier than ever, every little bit helps in keeping us on track. 

LOFT Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt 

LOFT Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt1. Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt, $49.50

I featured this sweet top on Monday and it immediately jumped to the top of our favorites list. It’s cut like a sweatshirt and feels just slightly heavier than a tee. I love the subtle puff sleeve detail, and 3/4 sleeve with a band finish. It’s sort of box, but doesn’t feel oversized. 

Below I’m wearing it in a large. I decided to sized up from my usual medium for a little more room. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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🌈This month we have to do everything we can to stay positive and grateful. . We know the news is devastating. . So we need to protect our mental health for the well-being of ourselves and our families. . After two days of feeling dark I got up, got dressed and headed into my sun filled office. . Today I feel ready to take on everything being thrown at us and more. . Some days are going to be better than others. So let’s just give ourselves and everyone we know grace and assume we are doing the very best they can. . Today I’m wear the @loft top I featured on Monday’s blog post. It’s like a tee shirt and a sweatshirt combined. . ❤️I ordered it in white and gray. . 👇🏼for all of my outfit details follow the link in my profile and click “Shop My Outfits” . Hang in there friends, we got this💕

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 Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jean

Old Navy Rockstar Jeans

Super Skinny Jeans, $30

These fan favorites make our list almost every month. They are just an easy jean that fit well and feel great. As much as I love a designer jean, these are my next round picks for our time at home. Right now, they are an additional 30% off, putting them at around $20. They are available in all sizes including regular, petite and tall up to a size 20. 

Sam Edelman Bootie

Sam Edelman Booties in Whiskey LeatherAnkle Booties, $60

Do you “need” these right now? No. Will you be happy you have them in the fall? Yes. 

So do yourself a favorite and if you have it in your budget, scooped them up while they are  still on sale. You want to get them in the Whisky Leather. And maybe when all this is over we’ll pick a day and all wear our boots at the same time because we all have these! 


 Old Navy Utility Jacket

Old Navy Utility JacketUtility Jacket, $42 

Good weather right now is a gift. So go take the family for a walk around the neighborhood or turn off the T.V. and sit outside with a glass of wine. Keep this inexpensive utility jacket from Old Navy on hand to keep the chill off while looking pulled together and chic. 

Adidas Running Shoe

Adidas Edge Lux 3 Running ShoeRunning Shoe: $64.00

These are one of my favorite sneakers that have bee getting plenty of use around here. They are super lightweight, but still supportive. I run, walk and work out in them. I like that they feel slim on my feet (which are a size 10 so that’s important!). We are making family walks a priority, especially when the weather is nice. 

I can’t believe how much better I feel after some fresh air and a few hellos to neighbors – from a very safe distance. 🙂 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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🌟Our Reader Favorites series is a round up of your top picks from the past month. . Typically, February is the worst month to write about fashion. . We’re stuck in between winter and spring so I usually struggle with content. . 🤗But this February the retail gods gave me lots to feature and you loved the mix of better basics and trendy outfit builders. . So head over to the blog to see this months collection, with size inclusive options included. . And today, every piece I’m wearing is a Reader Favorite. . I have a couple hours scheduled in the office and then I’m swapping out my moto for a hoodie so I can coach my daughters running team. 🏃🏼‍♀️ . 👆🏼for details follow the link in my profile and click “Shop my Outfit” or “New on the Blog”

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Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist View Postand wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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Reader Favorites February 2020

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Historically, February isn’t a great month. Stuck in between the never-ending dreariness of January and the beginning of spring, I often struggle with content and product recommendations.

But this February was fantastic!

I’m starting to find my stride with our publishing schedule, and delighted retail offered up pieces worth featuring.

So let’s wrap up winter here on the blog and move into spring by rounding up your top picks from last month. 

Your February Favorites are a wonderfully wearable mix of wardrobe staples and interesting pieces perfect to zhush up what you already have hanging in your closet.

Reader Favorites from February 

 

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Booties, $60  |  Zebra Blouse, $85  |  Tweed Blazer, $139  |  Glitter Pump, $195   |  Tie Neck Blouse, $37  |  Metallic Tie-Waist Top, $50  |  Faux Leather Jacket, $88  |   Slingbacks, $99  |  T-shirt, $29  |  Navy Pants, $89  |  Black Pants, $50  |  Eyelet Top, $109  

Please scroll through for all available size options. Inventory is limited on some pieces due to popularity. 

Sam Edelman Booties

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Booties, $60 (on sale!)

You might be sick of me talking about these, but not since this Old Navy Dress has an item been so popular. Simply put, these boots are the best. Pick them up now while they are still on sale and you’ll wear them right up to sandal season and again in the fall.

Banana Republic Blouse

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Zebra Blouse, $85 (Lots of other colors and prints)

Just a simple blouse to wear with your favorite pants or jeans is often all we need to make getting dressed in the morning easy-peasy. This blouse, from Banana Republic comes in all sizes and if you’re not wild about the zebra print (see what I did there?) you can pick it up in black, white, or a more subtle cheetah print. 

Halogen Tweed Blazer

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Tweed Blazer, $139 (Available in all sizes)

The cornerstone of our Workwear Wardrobe Capsule this tweed blazer is a stunner.  It’s available in petite and missy here, and in plus size here. It looks great with jeans, navy bottoms or, if you’re brave, a crisp pair of white pants.

Badgley Mischka Pumps

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Glitter Pump, $195  

I mentioned how beautiful I thought these glitter pumps were in February’s Ten List and was both shocked and delighted to see how many of you bought such a show stopping shoe. They are expensive and completely impractical, which makes them even more fun. 

Anne Klein Blouse 

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Tie Neck Blouse, $37

Need a layer for under blazers or cardigans? This is it. Originally featured in our Workwear Capsule, it’s simple, chic and has the perfect tie neck. It’s available in  XXS- XL in white here, and a fresh black and white polka dot print here, both on sale for under $40. 

J.Crew Blouse

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Metallic Tie-Waist Top, $50

This lovely lady is making her second straight appearance on our Readers Favorite list. She’s a stunning date night top from J.Crew on sale for under $50. I love it with black pants, skirts, or jeans. It has just the right amount of shimmer to make it feel special without feeling over the top. 

Levi’s Moto Jacket

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Faux Leather Jacket, $88

In my attempt to be more cool, I picked this faux leather moto up for myself.  I love it and so did you!  It’s just an easy piece to throw on with your jeans, a casual dress or even leggings or joggers, to give your look some edge. The price ($88) can’t be beat for the the quality. Pick it up in missy sizes here and plus size here

J. Crew Flats 

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

 Slingbacks, $99

These slingback flats elevate a basic look with their subtle wink to rocker chic. I own these and regularly wear them with slim ankle pants and jeans. They are currently on sale for under $100 with limited sizes. 

J. Crew Tee

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

T-shirt, $29

I wear these AND my almost 13 year old daughter wears these, so that’s where I am in life. This is a solid basic tee, available in over a dozen colors, though black and white are my go-to’s. Consider going up if you’re in between sizes. They don’t cling to your body but are cut slim enough to show your shape, but I appreciate the extra room the next size up gives me. 

J.Crew Pants

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Navy Pants, $89

These slim cut ankle pants with a side-zip from J.Crew are what I call a “good navy.” The blue can’t be confused with black. It still reads blue but has depth too it. These come in classic, petite and tall up to a size 16 available in navy and six other colors.

Side-zips are a flattering option that helps minimize a midsection you might not be crazy about (raises hand). They are sliming and unfussy, making them an ideal spring bottom. 

 

Everlane Pants

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Black Pants, $50

Another fantastic side-zip pant, this time from Everlane. And they are not on sale, $50 is just the price! I appreciate Everlane as a brand. They focus on ethical manufacturing and transparency with extremely reasonable prices. Sizing could be better, these come in a 00 – 16, so it’s not terrible either. Go up if in between sizes. 

Talbots Top

The Well Dressed Life's Readers Favs February 2020

Eyelet Top, $109  

Finally, our What to Buy at series continues to be a new favorite series and our Talbots feature received tons of positive feedback from surprised readers. Yes, some of Talbots pieces can look and feel frumpy, but their spring new arrivals offer a handful of better items that look like you picked them up at a special little boutique.

Like this eyelet top that will freshen up a pair of dark jeans instantly. 

Another piece that almost made the favorites list was this plaid blazer, (you can see me in it here) that’s also getting lots of love from readers. 


Our Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

If you enjoy our content and would like to help us grow, please consider following on Instagram and join our Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.


January Reader Favorites 2020

January Readers' Favs

January was a month that would never end.  By the time it was over I was expecting it to be March. But, alas, here we are in February. So let’s cross our fingers for a short winter and round up your favorites from the first month of 2020. 

Reader Favorites of January 2020

 

January Readers' Favs

Metallic Top, $50  |  Fitted Dress, $35  |  Sheath Dress, $20  |  Cashmere Sweater, $98 |  Sneakers, $85  |  Slingbacks, $99  |  Hoops, $55  |  Puff Sleeve Top, $85  |  Black Pants, $120 |  Red Blazer, $52   |  Moto Jacket, $98 

There’s a lot of good things here, from a gorgeous date night top (at a fantastic sale price) to a rocker moto jacket – I was so happy to see some not so basics make this month’s list. 

Let’s jump in:

Date Night Top

Valentines Date Night Outfit Ideas

Metallic Top, $50: I scooped this gorgeous blouse up the second I saw it. It’s just the thing for a date or night out with the girls. Pair it with jeans for a more casual look, or dress it up with a slim fitting pair of black pants. 

Review from our loyal reader Samantha:

As always, a wonderful recommendation!! I never have anything to wear when I (rarely) go out in the evenings so I knew this top would fill a big void in my wardrobe. My local J.Crew happened to have this top in store so I was able to try it on. Wrap and even faux wrap tops are hard because I am much smaller on top than bottom. Beautiful and fits perfectly! I snagged it on sale for around $30 but love it so much would have probably paid more. I already have 2 or 3 occasions where I plan to wear it. Thank you!

Fitted Dress, $35: H&M is my not so secret resource for affordable pieces that look high end. You might need an alteration here and there, but it’s beyond worth it. This dress and the stunning blue/grey color looks incredibly hight end for under $40. 

Sheath Dress, $20: This dress is always at the top of our list – it’s that good. The fact that it’s $20 (FOR A WHOLE DRESS!)  doesn’t hurt either. 

Cashmere Sweater, $98: If I could live in cashmere sweaters, I would and they have, over the years, become a big part of my everyday uniform. My go to is to pair this with dark jeans and pretty flats for a work from home outfit that is finished but not formal. This one comes in black and camel, with a 3/4 length sleeve so it’s ideal for transitioning into spring. 

Embellished Slingbacks

Slingbacks, $99: When you have a wardrobe based on better basics, you need a few things to infuse personality, like these slingback flats from J. Crew. They jazz up any outfit in a subtle way and are surprisingly comfortable. 

Hoops, $55: I get countless requests for jewelry options that are affordable, yet well made, so I was thrilled to find Gorjana. Everything I’ve seen so far I love, and am happy to recommend. I own these hoops and wear the frequently. They are lightweight but don’t feel cheap, and the price point is right on the mark. 

Puff Sleeve Top, $85: Banana Republic has done such a good job growing up with us. (I bought my first interview suit there in 2001.) They offer so many great pieces, like this puff sleeve wrap-inspired top. It comes in five colors for sizes missy, petite, and tall, from XXS – XXL. 

Black Pants, $120: Back in my personal shopping days, Lafayette 148 was a client favorite. They are just a fabulous, professional wardrobe workhorse – with a price tag to match. So when one of their basics goes on sale, you have to grab them. Typically they are $300 +, but right now there is a nice selection on sale at Off 5th for half that. Size wise the run full, more in line with Talbots fit, so keep that in mind when ordering. 

Red Blazer, $52: Speaking of Talbots, this red velvet blazer is adorable and on also on super sale. It’s available in missy, plus and plus petite up to a size 24. Don’t be scared to wear velvet to work. With a classic bottom or dark jean, it will bring some texture and interest into your look. 

Moto Jacket, $98: Pretty much the opposite of the Talbots blazer is this rocker chic moto for under $100. Wear it with jeans, throw it over a dress, it adds just the right amount of edge to the pieces already hanging in your wardrobe. 

Feather Weight Sneakers

Sneakers, $85: These sneakers are light as air on your feet while still giving support. I picked them up to be gym sneakers, but quickly started wearing them all the time. They come in black (above), white with gold detail, and a super fun black and grey combo with a hint of leopard.

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