Tuesday’s TPS Report: Speckled Ink Dress

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

Today we’re liking this slightly unusual dress from Plenty by Tracy Reese, which, we think, is conservative enough to be worn to the office.  We like the wrap around the front, the high neckline, and the softness of the jersey.  For a more buttoned-up look, we might wear it with a structured blazer or cardigan — perhaps in white.  It’s available at Anthropologie for $158.  Speckled Ink Dress

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  1. The dress is gorgeous. But I definitely do not see this as a work dress unless the top is well covered with a cardigan/sweater/etc – and I take an extremely liberal view about what can be worn to the office.

    Beautiful and different look for going out, though!

    • Agreed. Not even remotely work appropriate but lovely.

    • I like as a dress for a work related cocktail party. The high neck makes it client/coworker/boss safe. The flowiness makes is evening.

      It’s hard to tell fromthe photo, is there beading on it?

      • Absolutely. Even though it’s in a professional grey color, the softness of the fabric lacks the authoritative business look one would expect for the office. It’s much more of an evening piece, and a beautiful one at that.

  2. Chicago K :

    While it may be a little too “stand-out-ish” for me to wear, I really, really like this.

    The top reminds me of a sari.

  3. Beautiful dress — Too… fancy? Out there? for the office though (especially since I would end up covering up the prettiest part – the top – with a cardigan since my office is typically freezing once the air conditioning goes on!)


    Actually, it’s hard to tell with the fabric, but I could almost seeing it being a “red carpet” dress.

  5. This has a hint of toga. Not good for work.

  6. LOVE!! It’s gorgeous. I probably wouldn’t wear it to meet clients, but on a “jeans” day at the office when personality and expression are a bit more appropriate, absolutely. It looks comfortable as well as beautiful.

  7. housecounsel :

    I absolutely love it. Would have to see in person to know whether I’d wear it to work.

  8. No likey the sweatshirt material. Wish it was David Meister/Anne Klein/DvF quality and material. I also think it would be prettier in a deeper, jewel color (teal, wine, etc).

    • I agree. It just looks to medical to me in this color- like it’s a big ace bandage or other wrap put on the model in order to dress some sort of wound or bind some rib/shoulder fracture. No thanks.

    • I love the color. Muted colors are very in right now, and as someone suffering from way too much bright/jewel tone overload, I am really, really glad.

      • You must have a tan. I look completely bland and washed out in the muted colors. I will be happy when the orange trend makes its way over here.

        • I have the same problem with pastels :-(

          Gray works on me… or maybe it’s that I really like gray so I’m willing to lie to myself? ;-)

        • No tan! Not all muted colors work (I wish). But a surprising number do (or at least I think they do) & I find they actually work much better than many jewel tones in warming up my otherwise wintry, pasty self (jewel tones just bring out the veins & highlight the paleness).
          I would recommend you experiment. Lots of grays & muted (darker but not dark) greens & blues look really great; same with dusty, darker pink.

  9. Gorgeous! Really chic and a great interesting twist to a work safe dress… consider it purchased!!



  10. I’m getting an injured shoulder/broken ribs vibe. Or one of those baby sling things. Even still, I think it’s cute and would wear it to a party.

  11. Lovely frock, but no way that’s suitable for the office, IMO. The open back makes it a deal-breaker.

    • Agreed. I think you could get away with the front of the dress because it’s gorgeous. (I love the purple version). But the low, open back makes it impossible to wear to work.

  12. Never bought anything from this store because I always associated it with a teen crowd. Am I wrong? I like the dress though, but probably not for work.

  13. Love this dress! When don’t I love Anthropologie dresses? I agree that it would be prettier in a deeper jewel tone.

  14. I agree with the comments about it looking like an ace bandage. I tried this on at Dillard’s over the weekend – it was in black, which I liked better than the blue.

  15. It looks like a sari! Not an appropriateness comment, more of a, hmmm, continued globalization of fashion note:). I’d wear it, if I ever wore dresses, with a black jacket over and black shoes, pearls maybe, just to add conservative notes to balance.

  16. For those of you wonderful ladies who are more bottom heavy, any suggestions on good brands of clothing that work well for our figure? This dress actually looks like it could work because of the slight A line. Someone else on this site recommended Classiques Entier from Nordstrom, which I like too. Would love to hear any other recommendations, particularly for skirts/pants/dresses.

    • A-lines are the best for full-bottomed people like me. I love the look of the pencil skirt this season – but it is not my friend. I recently found a cute Alfani shirt dress at Macy’s that did a nice job of providing enough room at the bottom. Some of the Calvin Klein dresses have been working as well. I don’t know if there are any brands tailored for women like me; I think you just have to know what shapes work best on your body and look for those in your favorite designers. And hope that A-line skirts make a huge resurgence soon!


      • I love this! Does it wrinkle alot?

        • Definitely some wrinkles after sitting, as with any sateen or skirt, IMO, but nothing awful.

          • I ordered this; love everything, but the waist band is about 2 inches above my natural waist and the belt is too big. trying to decide if this can be fixed.

      • I bought a shirt-dress similar to this the other day and am about to return it. Something about the cut and material made me look like a rectangle — no waist, just straight down. And I’m more bottom-heavy. Never got to worrying about wrinkles. :-)

        • The belt on the Alfani dress helps with that a lot – emphasizes a smaller part before going out into the fuller skirt. That’s been my experience with shirt dresses – need a belt or something to isolate the waist.

      • ES – I saw this dress online and thought it was super cute! I also love the turquoise Alfani shirt dress at Macys but unfortunately they don’t have my size anymore.

  17. I think this is kind of strange. Definitely appreciate variety and checking out different ideas, though!

  18. Having just tried this dress on last weekend–it is a lovely dress, and soooooo comfy. The gray, and frankly, even the purple looks too sweatshirty for most offices. It also comes in a beautiful cream and blue speckle pattern that is maybe more workable. BUT: the jersey is very, very thin and has potential to cling around your stomach and rear. Unless you’re wearing an extra long cardigan or blazer, I am going to guess that most people would feel too exposed in their butt/hip area to be comfortable at work. But it is absolutely a beautiful weekend/evening dress–perfect for the humid weather we are already getting here in NYC.

    • Love, love, love when ladies who have actually worn an item review it like this. Thanks, k!

    • I’ve tried the blue/cream version on, and agree the fabric is quite thin.

      As a petite person who usually wears a women’s zero, I found this dress ran VERY small on top. I could not zip the bodice in a 0. I also found it a borderline length for work (well above the knee) so on a taller frame this might be even shorter.

      That being said, I would consider purchasing a size up, on sale, and wear it on a very hot casual day with a long enough cardigan.

  19. Love this, but not for work. I would have to try it on to see whether it looked like an ace bandage on me, though. LOL.

  20. Really like the design of the dress, but I do wish it came in a different fabric. When you zoom into the picture, it just looks too thin, too gray, too sweatshirt-y