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Today’s Coveted Working Look: J.Crew Memo Dress

by Anne Dreshfield | March 19th, 2013   

I have to admit, there are very few things that I’m planning on saving up for and purchasing post-graduation, but J.Crew’s suiting is always at the top of my list. From pant and skirt suits to stunning work-appropriate power dresses, I just love all of the separate pieces — and I’m sure they’ll have a place in my working wardrobe for quite some time. My only problem? I’m not sure which piece to buy first!

One thing I always look for in work clothes is something that is stunningly simple but strong, just a bit feminine, and easy to pull on and just go. As I was browsing J.Crew’s suiting section, the Memo Dress in Pinstripe Super 120s caught and held my eye. And here’s a bonus: the navy blue is on sale!

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Were you expecting pinstripes that were overwhelming and hard to ignore? Thankfully, J.Crew made the pinstripe so tiny that it almost makes the gray look like textured wool from afar. Classy and subtle — always a win in my book! Here’s the blue version, which is just a subtle:

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Here’s what J.Crew has to say about the Memo Dress in Pinstripe Super 120s:

Smart and simple, this meticulously tailored dress in menswear-inspired pinstripe has chic written all over it. Our designers finished it with thoughtful details like pleats at the waist, a darted bodice and short sleeves for a most flattering fit. Crafted of four-season Super 120s merino wool. Why so super? 120 is the measure of the fiber (the higher the number, the finer the fiber), and since 120 is one of the finest, our fabric boasts a silky-smooth finish and a refined drape.

Smart and powerful, with a bit of femininity and thoughtful darts? Yes please, I’ll take two! One in each color, coming right up!

Also, here’s a good note: while the Memo Dress looks a bit short on J.Crew’s (absolutely gorgeous) model, the fit notes state that the dress is 39″ from the top of the shoulder and should fall below the knee. Office appropriate, no matter the situation or dress code? Check!

Have you invested in a timeless piece like the J.Crew Memo Dress in Pinstripe Super 1920s? I can’t wait to get my first “power” dress, and I think the Memo Dress might just be it!
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