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Archives for September 2009

Suit of the Week

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iconFor 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’re loving this fabulous sculpted jacket and flattering skirt from Dior.  It’s oh so elegant, bu still professional and serious, and those pockets are seriously fun and flattering (look how tiny her waist looks!)  We also love the little details, like the silk lining.  The jacket (Sculpted Fringe Jacket) is $2,750, and the skirt (Front-Slit Skirt) is $890.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Grey Twist Dress

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iconReader M suggests this lovely grey twist dress — which, we think, nearly sold out a week or two ago but is now available in the full range of sizes on the site (00-16).  We love that it seems a bit more conservative than the Black Halo line of dresses — the sedate color, the cut of the arms, even the very slight slit in the skirt — all strike us as great for a casual day at the office.  We’d probably wear it with a fitted blazer and the highest heels we could stand. It’s $148 at White House|Black Market, and reader M suggests trying code 8924 through 10/4 to get another $25 off. Grey Twist Dress

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Poll: Are tall boots ever acceptable for a conservative office?

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We haven’t done a poll on this in a while, so here’s the question of the moment: are tall boots ever acceptable for a conservative office? We’re seeing lots of over-the-knee styles available at surprisingly respectable places like Saks, and obviously engineer boots, cuffed boots, and more are regular weekend wear.  But what about for the office?

To us, this is one of those things that a young woman can’t be too cavalier about — if you want to be taken seriously, avoid clothes that will make some people joke that you’re a “dominatrix.”  After all, if Condoleezza Rice can take flack (from a female reporter, no less) then we would say that these should be strictly off-limits for a conservative office proper.  (If you want to wear them for commuting purposes or with pants, we think, have at it.)  We might also argue that this is perhaps the dividing line between a casual office and a conservative office — in a casual office you can get away with more fashionable, trendy pieces.   But that’s just our $.02, obviously — what are your views, readers? [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Elie Tahari’s Holly Double Knit Skirt

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We love a sale on a good basic, and today we’re loving this stretch pencil skirt from Elie Tahari. The high waist, the leather belt, and clean lines make this a sure bet. Was $398, now $237 at Nordstrom’s (available in sizes 2-12). Elie Tahari ‘Holly’ Double Knit Skirt

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The Hunt: Professional Winter Coats

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Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Sure — everyone who lives in a cold climate knows that you’ve got to have a warm winter coat. But who makes the most professional winter coats? What qualities define it — and how crucial is it to your office style? For our $.02, it’s knee-length, which covers skirts but doesn’t overwhelm you if you’re petite, and is slightly bigger than the size you normally wear, so you can fit your suit jackets beneath it. Also, we’ve always heard that a wool/cashmere blend is much warmer than a pure cashmere blend. You should try to get it dry-cleaned once a season (too much more and it will look worn too soon), and hope to have it last at least 3 winters. Although funnel necks seem to be in this season, we’re in favor of the traditional “walking coat” for the your basic (but preferably one that does have the option to fasten all the way up to your neck, so you don’t need to rely on scarves to keep you warm). These are the best winter coats we can find online, but we really suggest going to the store to check them out — the wool should feel soft, not scratchy, and that’s something best compared in person; furthermore, the intangibles (such as inside pockets and a fun printed lining) aren’t often featured online).

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: St. John’s Fringe-Trim Tweed Knit Blazer

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Wow — gorgeous tweed jacket from St. John’s.  We love the fit of it, the delicate fringe outlining the collar, and the simple black buttons.  We’d wear it, most likely, as shown — with black trousers and a black top.  iconIt’s $1295 at Saks.com (free shipping if you use code SeptShip9).  St. John – Fringe-Trim Tweed Knit Blazer
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