Best Blazers & Jackets

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Yesterday I took a sidetrip from the task of rounding up pretty floral dresses for a new post about how to wear floral prints to work to look for a great summer jacket to pair with the dresses.

This Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer is such a catch that I’ve decided to start the week with it!

Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer in Black - summer work blazer under $100 - professional fashion - office style #commandress

Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer - summer work blazer under $100 - professional fashion - office style #commandress

The jacket’s classic tailoring and neutral colors ground a pretty floral print and even navy lace (in the second picture).

I also love the jacket’s easy one-button style paired with sporty ruched sleeves – which are a fantastic option for hot weather.

The Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer is $78 from Nordstrom in Black or Ivory. It’s available in sizes S (2) through XL (16).

It’s dry clean only, but the affordable price will help pay for the blazer’s maintenance!

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ellen Tracy Mixed Media Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I first admired this stylish work dress when browsing for items to feature in Mad Men Style (sniff), but the reward for waiting to feature it is that it’s on sale now (albeit sold out in some sizes).

Ellen Tracy Mixed Media Sheath Dress - professional fashion - office style - work dress #commandress

Ellen Tracy Plus Mixed Media Sheath Dress - professional fashion - office style - work dress #commandress

I love the abstract floral print and the subtle navy and black color-blocking.

The Ellen Tracy Mixed Media Dress is on sale at Nordstrom for $83.70 in regular sizes and $89.50 in plus sizes. Curiously, the dress is still full price ($139.50) in petite sizes.

If you like to have a matching blazer – or prefer separates – check out this Ellen Tracy Plus Georgette Overlay Knit Tank ($41.70 on sale; regularly $69.50; washable) and Ellen Tracy Plus Two-Tone Crepe Blazer ($89.70 on sale; regularly $149.50).

The top ($35.70) and the blazer ($83.70) are also on sale in regular and petite sizes

Ellen Tracy Plus Two Tone Crepe Blazer & Washable Print Top - professional plus size fashion - office style - plus work dress #commandress

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Jacket & Pencil Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

One of the things that’s always on my mind when picking work clothes to feature on Commandress is how to dress like a “grown up” without looking like I’m playing dress up in an older woman’s closet.

We all know that there’s not much wiggle room when you’re looking for professional clothes that are conservative AND cute.

So I was very pleased to discover Ming Wang’s Embroidered Rose Jacket and Midi Pencil Skirt, which hit that perfect note of pretty (so I feel happy!) and professional (so I feel ready to conquer the world!).

Even better, the skirt and jacket are now on sale – more details at the end of the post!

Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Jacket & Pencil Skirt - stylish black suit | floral black suit | how to wear floral print to work #commandress

Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Pencil Skirt & Jacket | Ted Baker floral work top | Ben Amun tassel necklace - modern pearl necklace - professional pink outfit - floral work outfit #commandress

I love those abstract embroidered roses! They add a lot of interest, but are understated enough to leave you with the impression that I’m wearing a little black suit.

Because the skirt and jacket are knit, they’re also extremely comfortable and washable – making them perfect for travel and busy days.

Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Jacket | Ted Baker Geo Floral Top for work - professional top | Ben Amun Tassel Necklace - modern pearl necklace | professional fashion - office style - business casual work outfit #commandress

I enjoyed playing up the suit’s pink floral embroidery with this dark Ted Baker Taneya Geometric Floral Top (currently on sale for $59 at Bloomingdale’s; also available for $85 from Ted Baker in more sizes). The back of this washable top is soft black jersey, which makes for a comfortable fit.

Ted Baker is known for his bold florals, and there were several other pretty tops under $100 to pick from – like the ones here, hereherehere and here.

The Ming Wang jacket and skirt also look great as separates – here’s a look at the top and skirt from the front and back.

Ming Wang black rose suit | Ted Baker floral top - pretty work top | how to wear floral to work | business casual outfit - spring work outfit - summer work outfit #commandress
Business Casual Makeover - black floral business casual #commandress | summer work outfit - spring work outfit - what to wear to work in summer | Hobo Morena Tote Back - best briefcase for women - professional handbag

The Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Jacket is on sale for $103.95 (limited sizes; regularly $295) and the Ming Wang Embroidered Rose Midi Pencil Skirt is on sale for $61.25 (regularly $175) from Dillard’s.

The Ming Wang Plus Embroidered Rose Jacket is still available in size 2X from Dillard’s for $126 (regularly $360).

Shop the Post – Ming Wang Suit & Ted Baker Tops

 


 

More Details & Shop the Post – Accessories

This post also includes several of my favorite accessories from brands like Ben-Amun, Ivanka Trump, Kendra Scott and Hobo.

I’ll add a Shop the Post with direct shopping links after today’s newsletter goes out!
 


 

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Thank you to Elle Smith Photography for taking such beautiful pictures on Jekyll Island!

Disclosure – This post includes products provided by Ming Wang and also includes affiliate links. As always, all opinions shared here are our own.