Tuesday’s TPS Report: DKNY Tie Front Jacket

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


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iconWe’ve noticed this blazer before, but never liked the idea of it enough for a Suit of the Week — and, priced at $395, we didn’t like it enough for a “splurge.”  But now, marked down 40%, it suddenly seems like a great piece to buy and keep at the office to throw on top of other outfits that need a blazer either because you’re cold, are heading to the CEO’s office and not wearing a suit, or otherwise need to cover your arms.  We like the fact that it’s basic black, but with interesting details — the extremely wide lapels, the snap closure hidden behind the tie, and the flattering ruching/A-line effect.  Was $395, now $237 at Nordstrom.com.  DKNY Tie Front Jacket
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Reader Mail: What to Wear for a Corporate Photograph?

corporate headshotsToday’s reader mail asks an excellent question: what to wear for a corporate photograph?

I am a mid-level commercial litigator with a small firm in Chicago. In a couple of weeks, a photographer is coming to the office to update everyone’s website pic. I was wondering if you could provide advice on what the best look is for such a picture, obviously a suit, but is a shell better than button down, etc. Also, any tips on the best way to wear hair and the appropriate jewelry.

This is such an interesting question, particularly because, in many offices, you don’t get a chance to take these photographs that often — so one photograph could be your “face” in the office phone book and on the web for the indefinite future. For our $.02: You want to look neat and professional, but also attractive in a non-sexual way. We would also aim to look “friendly” and “trustworthy.” (Our theory here is that your pedigree will likely be listed alongside the picture — your schools, your honors — but your personality will, most likely, be absent. A future client, a recruiter, or a partner from another office will see that you’re smart and accomplished; but the photo also has to convey likeability.) (Also, it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind that future dates and ex-boyfriends can all find this picture if they Google you.)
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On Redesigns…

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Yves Saint Laurent Iron Pebble Muse Tote

Picture 6Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We know it’s been around a while, but we still love it and kind of think it’s approaching “classic” territory — the YSL Muse. We particularly like it in this lovely gray, currently available at Bluefly. The soft leather… the shoulder straps that sit comfortably… the bag big enough for all of your business papers… it’s just a great bag. This gray one is now $1,516 (was $1,895). Yves Saint Laurent Iron Pebble Muse Tote

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Hi all — you may notice that the site looks a bit differently today; we’re trying to get some site upgrades done. Hopefully it will all be smooth, but if not then all should be back to normal by Monday.  (And perhaps check out sfgirlbybay‘s Etsy shop in the meantime and get one of these cool posters.)  Hat tip to Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News.

Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

picture-5- Glamour rounds up some new ideas for hairstyles for the summer. Some are work appropriate; some not; we’re digging the double French twist (pictured at left).

Ms. JD wonders whether dressing up improves productivity. We’re not sure about that, but we’re pretty sure we’d be annoyed at a boss who decreed Fridays to be “High Heel Fridays.”

– If you twirl your hair, stand with your arms crossed, or crouch for the company photo, Forbes Woman has some advice for you on which body language behaviors to avoid.

– E*Trade or Schwab? SmartMoney hunts for the answers, reviewing all the e-brokers.

WiseBread has some great tips on how to conduct a successful informational interview.