Ask the Edit Vol. IV, No. Twenty-One

Jun 29, 2017

Hello,

I just started a new job on the Senate side, and my new boss is much more conservative than my old boss when it comes to dressing for work.  I need two or three new suits just to make it through the summer.  Where do you shop for non-designer suits?  Please don’t say Ann Taylor.

CS

For non-AT suit options, I suggest starting at Dillard’s.  This Tahari ASL belted suit is a nice option.  This tweed Albert Nipon suit could be worn together or as separates.  For a suit with a bit of a summer vibe, this coral ASL suit is a nice option.

Another great option for basic, affordable suiting is Anne Klein.  This one-button navy suit could work in any woman’s closet.  Their flare leg trousers are also one of my favorite pairs of work pants.

For plus-size ladies, Eloquii has a couple of options each season.  One of their summer suits is this blush number.  For basics, the Sejour brand at Nordstrom usually has a few great choices in stock.

Belle,

You posted about your favorite mascara a long time ago, and now I can’t find the post.  Which one is it that you love, again?

Also, thanks for bringing the look for less posts back. They’re my favorite.

KK

I like Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ Mascara.  If the $32 price tag is a little rich for your blood, try Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie.

Dear Abra,

You keep posting photos of the cutest tan clutch to your Instagram.  I can’t find it anywhere and I need it.  Help!

Sincerely, Meg

It’s funny because every time I post a photo of that clutch to Insta someone asks where I got it.  The “clutch” is actually a leather envelope pouch that I received in a Popsugar box three Christmases ago.  It’s made by Loeffler Randall, and sadly, out of production.  There is one available on eBay, however.

For something in a similar color, try this Maison Martin Margiela pouch or this Mackage zip pouch.  If it’s the envelope style you’re after, this Minkoff envelope clutch or this affordable Dune clutch is the way to go.

Belle,

I’m in the market for a long, white button up blouse.  I need something long enough to wear as a swim cover-up but also with jeans.  Everything I find is just wrong, usually too short or too boxy.  Any thoughts.

Tara

Hmmm…this was a tough one.  I think it’s just the wrong time of year to be looking for a button-up, but I did find a few choices.

This Nordstrom tunic top has a pale blue stripe across the middle, but I think that makes it even more chic.  It’s also sale-priced at $91.  Mark & Graham makes a linen tunic (which you can add your monogram to).  I also found this simple basic from Mountain Khakis.

The Mark & Graham is probably the closest to what you’re looking for.  If that doesn’t do it, you might consider using a men’s shirt as a pool cover up.  You could belt it, or have it taken in.  Not a perfect solution, as you probably couldn’t wear it with jeans, but a temporary one.

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  1. raq says:

    This isn’t a full button-up, but rather a 1/4 button-up tunic, but it has the right look I think you are going for- https://factory.jcrew.com/p/womens-clothing/shirts_tops/tunics/popover-tunic/C9354

  2. Kimberly O'Donnell says:

    I also have this white, button up tunic from Garnet Hill and I really like it… I have it in three colors. https://www.garnethill.com/easy-linen-tunic/387924?&defattribvalue=main

  3. Sof says:

    Related to Q1 – Does anyone have recommendations for dress suits, particularly for summer? BR has some great options but the cut of their dresses just does not work on my body shape (my hips don’t lie, etc.). I don’t even know where to begin.

  4. Virginia says:

    For the envelope clutch, I’ve liked this one a ton:
    https://www.saddlebackleather.com/leather-envelope-clutch

    I have it in black and have been thinking about adding a tan one.

  5. D says:

    For question 1, go over to the outlets at National Harbor and hit the J.Crew outlet and the BR outlet. (Both outlets also sell online, but if the brands are new to you, it’s worth your time to check them out in person.) The National Harbor stores have a good selection of workwear compared to other outlet locations that may be more casual. Basically everything I wear comes from those two stores. (Once you know what size you wear, sign up for their emails – there’s always a coupon and a sale and it’s so easy to shop online.)

  6. Maria says:

    For the button-up issue, Zara and COS has options which would work. And both have sales!

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