During my recent Lunch at Lilly trip I was able to get several tops in cute prints but the best purchase of the day was a little more basic: the Melissa sweater
I have worn mine at least once a week since purchasing. Yes, it's lilly but really I love it because its a great wardrobe staple. And yes, it does "go" with a lot of lilly stuff I already own.
Although its called a sweater I would say its more of a knit jacket - which is what makes it such a great wardrobe piece, it looks polished but is super comfortable.
The upscale designer St. John has a line devoted to knit suits. Couldn't you just see Elle Woods in this?
I also have a knit blazer that has a little bit more structure to it.
I got it at Sams club for less than $30. I really need to go back and get it in other colors. I wore this when I traveled for work last fall, it was perfect and did not wrinkle.
I love my Melissa sweater a little more though because of the color scheme. Black suits are for waiters and funeral directors so I try not to wear too much black too often, I don't even own a black suit anymore. Navy and gray are my go to corporate or conservative event colors, but of course I love the girly pop of pink. The trim reminds me of the Thom Bowne look.
Because my office is pretty casual I do wear my Melissa with pink tops. But in a more conservative environment it would be just enough color and character paired with a navy dress.
Best of luck fashion hunting and happy Friday!