Tuesday’s TPS Report: ‘Ultimate Weave’ Dress

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

‘Ultimate Weave’ DressToday’s dress was recommended by reader A, who notes: “I just ordered this dress and love the simple but flattering cut. It’s also long enough for work & fabric can be hand washed/machine washed (though it says dry clean). Would look lovely on its own, or with a navy blazer on top. The colour is what made me go “wow!” – it would flatter practically every skin tone – from very dark to porcelain-skinned redheads! At over $200 (free shipping though), bit expensive but I think this one’s worth it.”  We think it looks lovely, and might also suggest trying it with a charcoal blazer to mute some of the color for the office. It’s $228 at Nordstrom. Classiques Entier ‘Ultimate Weave’ Dress

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  1. Beautiful color. Like most things at Nordstrom, I’m waiting for it to go on sale before I consider it.

  2. I also bought this and think it’s great.

  3. I tried this dress on at the store and thought the material was a little too thin and shiny for the office (or at least my office). It felt more like a nice dress to wear that I would wear to a daytime wedding in the summer than something I would throw a blazer over. Just my opinion.

  4. It’s gorgeous, but I wish it came in more colors. I just can’t pull off that sort of purple/pink/fuschia color.

  5. Love!

  6. It would be great in my office as long as it went with a sweater/blazer. I love it.

  7. I love this (and I generally love blouses cut in this drapey way, too), but how do you make it work with a blazer or sweater? Doesn’t it get all bunchy and look strange underneath? Any suggestions?

    • I love drape necks… I recommend a cardigan left open if you can pull it off without a frump factor — adding a blazer is just too much going on

    • I agree it’s hard – works best with a relatively wide v-neck cardigan so that the detail of the “cowl” has room (and looks revealed intentionally, rather than stuffed in). Depending on how the colors worked in person, I think navy or gray.

      • I have a couple of cardigans (from Jigsaw in the UK, but they’re not unique) which have no buttons, but whose sides have a very slight drape on the sides and then hang straight down to about hip level – or higher, for the less short. I think something like that would work.

        Mind you, this dress screams “wedding” rather than office to me, but more because my office is pretty informal than the reverse.

      • Gray would be great — black may also work… I wouldn’t do another bright color though – you might end up looking like a pinata

  8. I love this but agree that it looks a bit dressy for the office.

  9. divaliscious11 :

    This is really quite pretty, but I think I’d only wear it to work if I had some other occasion that I’d be attending, such as evening social event etc… I think it could be toned down with a cardigan during the day, and then a great evening dress for a social/networking event or dinner etc…

    I have a shirt dress in a similar fabric/sheen that I wore once, but it was also the day my son was graduating from kindy, which is the only thing that kept me from feeling too party dressy!

  10. That color is stunning.

  11. Question….
    I am a 3L and a Law Clerk at a firm which I hope will offer me a job after graduation. The office is a mid-size firm in a small(ish) city and the dress code is corporate causal, however, some of the employees dress MUCH more casual than corporate. I typically try to dress a little nicer, but lately I’ve been in a fashion slump. Although I have several suits, I would definitely be overdressed and my corporate casual uniform has lately consisted of some form of gray pants, a black shirt, and black shoes. Needless to say, it’s not an exciting look… I was wondering what others consider to be corporate casual? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

    • Can you just wear the bottom half of the suits? Generally, suit pants/skirts work fine on their own.

      • Yes, in fact I am wearing the charcoal gray pants from my gray suit today!

    • I have the same typical uniform… sometimes I mix it up with black pants with a gray shirt – ;-)

      I have been getting ready for warmer weather though by getting a couple pencil skirts, and brighter colored short sleeve tops that I can wear under cardigans in the fall as well…

    • divaliscious11 :

      Add some zest with your accessories. Find some funky pins, scarves etc… if you don’t go overboard, it will give a nice pick me up. I realized over half my wardrobe is black, but its the little things that make a difference.

      • Good suggestion with the accessories. When you say scarf, do you mean like a pashmina or a silk scarf?

        • Be careful with scarves — silk ones can age you A LOT — and pashminas look more suited to a winter coat/sweater look

        • I think silk scarf. When I see someone wearing a pashmina in the office I assume it is only because their office is freezing cold that day :) (mostly b/c it is my last resort as well!)

        • divaliscious11 :

          Both. I don’t mean a big square, (which remind me of old ladies) but I like a small square tied around the neck for a bit of color for example.

          I will use a pashmina when appropriate. For example, a couple of Friday’s ago, I think I wore a dark denim (casual day) with a white colord shirt under a black cashmere crew with a grey boyfriend jacket and a dark red pashmina tied European style versus draped.

          I also like funky pins. Today I have one a black skirt and top, but have a red/black/grey tweed flower pin to give a splash of color, like this one…


          I love Talbot’s accessories, but I almost always wait until they are on clearance… wishing I hadn’t clicked over here, but too late….

      • divaliscious11 :

        Also try Etsy for some original, funky options…

    • Anonymous :

      Law-Less, that is exactly my (main) fashion problem (except I’m at a small firm in a big city). Finding the right balance between not being overdressed and conveying the “I’m a responsible, hard-working, talented professional who you should really hire” message is so HARD.

  12. Loooooooove it! Adding this to my wish list along with the Trina Turk yellow Etiquette dress you posted a couple weeks ago.