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Clothes That Work: Marsha Blackburn

Seven women who always look professional talk about dressing for success—where they shop, what they’re buying, and outfits that go from office to cocktails

Blackburn buys good-quality, tailored pieces, like these two old favorites: a wool and silk Féraud pantsuit and a silk blouse by Gasp. Photograph by Matthew Worden.

Congresswoman, Tennessee

Her Capitol Hill look: “Updated tradition­al—suits by Ellen Tracy or Elie Tahari with straight skirts or trousers. For warmer weather, I really like a pink light-wool skirt suit I have.”

What she’s buying for spring: “White shirts by Brooks Brothers or Calvin Klein, and I’m looking for a new basic khaki trench coat.”

Work carryall: “A brown leather Furla tote—it’s a good size for holding files.”

Signature jewelry: “A gold necklace or strand of pearls.”

Where she shops in Washington: “I’ll run into Filene’s Basement or Loeh­mann’s—I prefer to buy things on sale. After all, I’m a conservative.”