Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Split-Neck Cotton Dress

New York & Company Split-Neck Cotton Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m kind of impressed with the dress selection at New York & Company right now — lots for under $30. I like this split-neck cotton dress (pictured), but I also like this draped keyhole sheath dress (but please don’t wear it as tight as pictured on the models). The pictured dress is cotton, machine washable, and available in four colors, sizes XS-XL. It’s normally $35, but is marked to $25 today. New York & Company Split-Neck Cotton Dress

Here’s a plus-sized option.

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Coffee Break: Naretta Pump

Ted Baker London Naretta Pointy Toe PumpThese pointy-toed heels look lovely — I love the brightly colored coral (pictured) and the sharp metallic accents. The shoe also comes in a pretty pink, a black suede, and a black patent leather version — they’re all part of the big Nordstrom sale that just started. The pumps were $190, but are now marked to $132. (They are not on sale at Zappos, but I always find the video of the Zappos model walking in the shoe to be super helpful for determining whether I like it — for example, I didn’t realize the vamp was asymmetrical until watching the video.) Ted Baker London ‘Naretta’ Pointy Toe Pump

In admin news: my apologies for all the video ads, you guys. I’ve removed all of the ads I could find on the back-end (I know I have to get the one at the footer of the page still) and I’m also coordinating with the various ad companies involved in selling the ad space on this blog. Sigh.


Should You Say No to Sports at Work?

sports-at-workYour office is planning an athletic event, and you want to stay far, far away. Even if you’re worried about feeling awkward, should you go anyway to take advantage of the networking opportunities? How can you say NO to work-related sporting events, like golf and tennis outings, and what are you missing out on if you do? Reader B wonders…

Your recent post about dressing for summer events led me to an older post about how to dress as a golf newbie… and boy, the comments struck a chord with me. Or maybe a nerve. I’d love to see a post, and more discussion, on how to deal with outings of all types — particularly when they’re for expensive and time-consuming sports that you don’t play and don’t want to pick up.

A lesson (or even a few lessons) are absolutely NOT enough to get me through a golf scramble. Can I swing and miss 18 times while joking gracefully? Can I pull off an outright refusal? Is it a bad idea to drive the beer cart (this always sounds like it should come with a costume), or just show up for drinks/dinner afterwards? And what do I do after 17 miserable holes, when my division manager is standing at the 18th with his arms folded to judge my golf game?

For reference, I’m in engineering, not law, with 15+ years of experience.

Interesting question, Reader B! In the past, Kat has recommended participating in athletic work events, even if you don’t think your skills are so hot, but we thought we’d get another opinion as well. We talked to Women on Course founder Donna Hoffman (who also advised us on our recent post on proper golf wear) to get her take on this situation. “Golf is so much more than getting the ball in the hole,” she says. “There are so many more benefits” — including the camaraderie, and the opportunity to build relationships.

Here’s what Hoffman recommends for Reader B:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Slim Ankle Pant

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Sloan Fit Ankle PantsI have mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again: olive pants are a surprise workhorse for wardrobes. Wear the color with neutrals like black, navy, or white, but — as shown — olive also looks great with a pop of cobalt; YouLookFab has done capsules with olive and light pink, and I’ve always been a fan of olive and purple (both light and dark). These slim ankle pants look lovely, and they’re part of Banana Republic’s 40% off sale today. They were $89, but with the sale come down to $53. They’re available in sizes 00-16, in petite, regular, and tall lengths.  Huzzah. Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle Pant

As usual, the sister sites are having sales as well — Gap is 25% off (code HURRY) and Old Navy is 25% off your order (no code needed); Athleta is offering free 2-day shipping.

Here are two plus-sized options.  If you’re on the hunt for similar cobalt shoes, here’s a link to the BR ones; M.Gemi also has a number of heels and flats in that color.

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Suit of the Week

T Tahari Pinstripe SuitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Oooh: good price on this pinstriped black suit from T Tahari — with a ton of sizes left. The cropped nature of the pants makes them for casual suit days only, but as always, know your office. I like the chalky vertical stripes, and the fact that this one comes up to size 16. The jacket (T Tahari Faux-Leather Trimmed Pinstripe Jacket) was $148, but is now $59, and the pants (T Tahari Pinstripe Cropped Twill Pants) were $98, but are now marked to $39.

Here’s a plus-sized alternative.

T Tahari Pinstripe Suit


Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

nordstrom-workwear-half-yearly-sale-2015Happy almost-Memorial Day, you guys: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale has started. There are a ton of great workwear pieces in there, including brands like:

Some particular pieces that caught my eye…

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  • Veronica Beard Print A-Line Skirt – I’m still drooling over the dress from Monday, so I was intrigued to see a bunch of Veronica Beard pieces in the sale. This is my favorite — a black and white midi skirt. It was $450, but is now on sale for $270 (limited sizes, alas).
  • L’AGENCE Contrast Panel Pleated Crepe Dress – This crepe dress looks lovely, and — to me at least — walks that delicate line between feminine and floaty, and professional. It was $525, but is now marked to $315.
  • Max Mara ‘Ottavo’ Jersey Sheath Dress – Max Mara continues to blow me away with their simple, classic sheath dresses. This gorgeous one, with an almost stripey print, is marked 40% off — was $765, now $458.
  • Armani Collezioni Fitted Piqué Jersey Jacket – This fitted pique jersey looks perfect for summer — classic, wear it with everything. It was $1,345, but is now marked to $575.


I’ll round up bags and shoes later (probably tomorrow) — but I will quickly note that there are a lot of Stuart Weitzman and SJP heels in the sale. Which favorites will you be looking for, ladies?