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Current by Susan Martin

Design inspiration

Coming later this month: A new book by sisters and founders of the popular style blog A Beautiful Mess. In “A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home” (Potter Style, $21.99), authors Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman offer more than 100 craft ideas and projects including a hand-painted kitchen rug, a color wheel clock and, we are not kidding here, flowers crafted from paper coffee filters that can be attached to drywall or wood surfaces such as a headboard.

Team work

Buying new clothes for back to school can be a numbers game. Jersey numbers, that is. Sure you can pick one up from a local sports team, but popular-brand clothing for boys, girls and juniors are often varsity-inspired as well.

Numbers land on T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, but they also show up in home decor. PBteen offers sporty varsity numbers on peel-and-stick wall decals, for example. Sports-themed bedding also incorporates numbers – including #1.

Off to work

This from Getting dressed for work is no walk in the park. There’s much to consider, from office vs. outside temperature to finding the right balance of conservative and stylish. With that in mind, we bring you polished pieces that you’ll reach for Monday through Friday, for years to come. Here are three:

• Madewell Essential White Boyshirt ($50, in Optic White. We love the slightly oversized fit of this button-down. Every woman needs a great white shirt, for obvious reasons.

• J.Crew Collection Stripe Skirt ($128, in Navy/Vanilla. This skirt will pair perfectly with your silk blouses.

• J.Crew Japanese Crepe Blazer ($228, in Deep Sea. Take your typical black blazer-topped look up a notch with this gorgeous cobalt iteration.

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And finally ...

“These colors – purple, platinum, red – change lives and launch careers.”

Celebrity stylist Kyle White, on hot hair colors, in Elle magazine’s August issue.