Kate Boggiano tanks are perfect for the office, dinner or a night on the town!

Now that summer is upon us, I need to do some serious reconfiguring in my closet. Our office is frigid in the summer — complete with spontaneous Arctic blasts — because of the industrial sized air conditioning. This causes a dilemma each morning as I dress. I certainly can’t wear a winter sweater in July (although sometimes I’d like to!), but I can’t wear short sleeves either.

My solution is a tank under a jacket. I am warm during the day, but can ditch the jacket if I have an after work dinner or (better yet) a date with hubby!

Finding tanks that don’t look too casual is a challenge. Most of the ones that I’ve found from Old Navy, Gap, etc. could easily be mistaken for my pjs… a no-no even in our casual office! I also want a tank with bit of style, so that if I take off the jacket, half my outfit isn’t missing.

In addition to my stalwarts Talbots and Ann Taylor, I’ve recently stumbled upon a wonderful company call Kate Boggiano. Kate Coxworth, president of Kate Boggiano, began the line back in November 2006. Their blouses and tops are of the highest quality and they offer ultra flattering fits!

One thing that really attracted me was that this company, though, was the clothing is manufactured in the U.S. This ensures top quality and the fastest turn around time, something crucial for optimum, consistent fit!

In addition to gorgeous blouses and tops, the line also has stunning dresses, shirt jackets, tunics, and outerwear.  In fact, the most popular ruffled blouse, the Isadora, was featured in the October 2009 issue of In Style magazine.  The line has also been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Lucky Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Second City Style, and more!

Of the dozens of choices available, two of the Kate Boggiano tanks are just perfect for my needs. First, I absolutely adore the Sophie ruffle tank. This is created in a luxurious, washable silk and has a ruffle detail that is so current! With or without a jacket, this tank is stunning and is made so well, with an exposed back zipper for easy on and off (and no makeup smudges, either!). The Sophie tank retails for $189 and is available in either cobalt (pictured) or emerald.

The other is the Rosalie ruffle tank. This is fully lined, has handmade silk cotton ruffles and a back keyhole with button closure. The Rosalie comes in so many colors, it’s hard to choose. From green (pictured), to mushroom, fuchsia, white, black and (my personal favorite) turquoise, I want every single one! Crafted of silk with a cotton and poly lining, this is a dry clean only number and retails for $199.

In addition to a lust-worthy spring and summer line, I also found a clearance section that is truly a bargain hunter’s paradise! Beautiful wardrobe staples like a white menswear-inspired shirt with elegant French cuffs or a trendy black-and-white shirtdress are available at a serious discount. So visit the clearance section, too, and shore up your fall wardrobe in advance for a just fraction of these timeless garments’ original prices!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!


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