Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Cotton/Wool Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt

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

So I’ve just had a lot of fun trolling the Saks sale, with prices up to 40% off. (There are actually quite a number of cute things under $200, but that’s no fun for a Splurge Monday!)  For today I’m liking this gorgeous wrap skirt from Yves Saint Laurent. Love the texture to it — it’s a blend of cotton, wool and silk — and that it looks classic but really interesting and unique; I also love the longer length and the belt buckle on the side. Gorgeous.  It was $1450, now marked to $869.99 at Saks.com.  Cotton/Wool Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt

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P.S. Let’s ignore the odd cropped top that it’s shown with, and collectively pray that cropped tops don’t come back in fashion.

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  1. Don’t know how I feel about wearing wool in the summer. (In Dallas, TX it’s stifling!) But, I love the wrap effect. So dainty! Reminds me of a tulip. :)

  2. This looks cavewoman-esque to me. Like Wilma Flinstone business wear. I think it is because, at first glance, the skirt looked like it was an animal skin wrapped around the woman.

    Not a fan.

    • I’m with you — I usually love the Monday splurge pieces and often think I might even pay for the splurge, but I am just not a fan of this one.

  3. I agree – it’s a pretty skirt, but *ick!* on the crop suit top.

  4. Sorry for the threadjack right away but:

    I need a pair of small huggie style earrings in white gold, with or without stones. Easier said than done – has anyone bought or seen a pair recently? Where? I’m trying to avoid going to department stores…

  5. Cropped tops are already back! I wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts so just a little sliver of tummy shows. No muffin top worries!

    • uhh everything you just described is my problem with crop tops. I assure you there would be muffin top worries for me

    • Anonymous :

      I really, really hope you are 22 or younger.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      No tummy should ever, ever show at work. EVER.

    • For work, here’s my rule: the shirt needs to be long enough in the front and the back so that no skin shows, even when you raise your arms over your head.

  6. Little Lurker :

    Frantic Threadjack!!!!

    I am currently job-hunting in the nonprofit sector of my city (just graduated college and intend to be here for a while), with substantial internships and a liberal arts degree. Last week, a national non-profit based in my city posted a job opening for the “Assistant to the Executive Director”, requiring more experience than I have, but all of the skills I already possess.

    This weekend I inadvertently met someone who is in town for the conference they’re hosting RIGHT NOW. We got to talking about work history and interests, and when I told him about the job opening, he said “Oh, I know her — want me to introduce you?” (!!!)

    This afternoon I’m headed to crash the conference (with their permission) to attend the plenary and meet with not only the Executive Director but the person leaving the position. Still feeling a little dazed that this is all happening so fast…

    ANY advice would be welcome! What to wear, what to say, how to follow up…

    • First of all, congratulations! Just to have an ‘in’ is important, so I tend to think you treat it as an interview. It is, in the sense that it is your first impression of them and it’s their first impression of you. But it’s not in the sense that you won’t get to talk to the ED much, since his/her focus is on the conference.

      So a suit is appropriate, and if you are concerned you will be overdressed, perhaps a pants suit or slacks, blouse and blazer. Wear comfortable shoes. Sometimes at these things, you might have to walk more than you thought. If you have a bag where you can stash your resume without it getting wrinkled, that’s not a bad idea, but I imagine the focus of the ED is going to be wholly on the conference. While it will be nice to meet him/her, I wouldn’t expect to be able to say much more than, “I’m so pleased Person I Met This Weekend invited me to attend since I’ve been following this group for years. I really enjoyed the session. I hope I get to talk with you again, since I plan on applying for your assistant’s position.” If you can get out this much, I would think SUCCESS! and then meet and try to talk with the current EA for a few minutes. Applaud the EA on his/her efforts too b/c you know he/she put a lot of work into this conference.

      Good luck, and keep us posted, Little Lurker.

      • I agree with all of this, but would also add: be prepared for ANYTHING, including being suddenly invited to a one-on-one lunch to talk about your qualifications. Yes, it’s a very remote possibility, but if anything even close to this happens, you don’t want to be kicking yourself for assuming it wouldn’t.

        I interviewed for my current job at 7:30 am, over Skype, on less than 12 hours notice, while on a business trip for something totally unrelated. Seat-of-the-pants! But if you’re ready, you can handle it. You want to be able to go with whatever someone suggests, without looking nervous at all.

      • I agree with all of this, but also don’t forget to bring a nice copy of your resume (just in case they ask for it) and a business card if you have one!

      • agree with all the above, plus if you have not yet applied for the position be sure to reference the conference/meeting in your cover letter when you apply

    • Good luck! Wear a suit or, if you don’t own one, a modest pencil skirt or sheath dress with a cardigan or blazer.

  7. I don’t like it. I think it’s a combination of the color (too light) and the curves on the flap, which vaguely remind me of an insect’s carapace.

  8. I can’t imagine how this would work on a woman with hips that are significantly larger than her waist.

  9. I really like this skirt, but am wondering how long it is? For someone short (5’4″) I worry it would be mid-calf … not the most flattering length.

    • I’m 5’4″ and while I haven’t got this skirt, I have had a couple in a similar length. It looked horrible on me length-wise, because it kept hitting all the wrong spots on my legs.

  10. Not a fan of the color. Or the jacket.

  11. bibliophile :

    The crop top trend is very scary. Lately I’ve been seeing a disturbing amount of it in stores, and on people too. I just want to tell them to put their navel away.

    I have mixed feelings about this skirt. I think the wrap skirt design is cute, but fabric, color, etc. I am not sold on.

  12. This is for the poster on Friday who was looking for places on the water for a 3-night girls’ getaway weekend.

    Yesterday I had drinks at the newly-renovated Seacrest hotel in Falmouth on Cape Cod. It’s gorgeous and right on the most beautiful beach in the area. We sat at the outdoor bar overlooking the pool and the beach.

    Here’s a link:

    • Oh, I love Falmouth! I miss leaving out east.

    • I stayed there pre-renovation (last summer actually) with my mother and we had a great time. I like any place where there is a bar on the beach… :-)

      • That outdoor bar was good. This was is even better – comfortable seats, better selection, etc. I took my dad there for a drink yesterday. My parents’ anniversary is next week so I think we’ll go there for dinner.

        By the way, my parents live in the Cliffs, which overlook the Seacrest.

  13. That skirt is UGH.

  14. It makes me think of a giant snack bag (the brown paper bags).

  15. is anyone else eagerly watching the news to see if NY will legalize same sex marriage??? I am so excited that this may actually happen here…

  16. Just wanted to share (because I’m pretty sure my interns were more excited about lunch break than my news): I got a job today! I’m a May 2010 law grad, I’ve been in a state trial level clerkship since August 2010, and I’ve been looking for work preferably as a one-client attorney, or non-practicing in the HR or policy fields. I applied for a job with the state doing HR investigations, reports, and whatnot (JD preferred but not reqd), and after two great interviews, I got the job offer today!

    I am not going to be able to get anything done today!

  17. Threadjack , first of all to thank everyone for their Seattle restaurant suggestions a couple of weeks ago. My trip was this past weekend and we ended up having two really nice meals – the first at Tulio and the second at the Book Bindery. Tulio was a large group dinner – fantastic Italian food, nice atmosphere and great service. Book Bindery was “a deux” and I cannot fault the meal at all, from the amuse bouche to the little chocolate-and-hazelnut macarons that they give you to take home at the end. Seriously. Go there. Everything was lovely but a particular highlight was the dessert – we had a “fluffernutter”, which is a composed dessert that arrived at the table looking for all the world like a peanut butter and banana sandwich with banana milkshake. Fantastic.

    Other than that, I would like to say that I have now joined the Classiques Entier fan club and that Sofft shoes are the best (thanks to Nordstrom Rack, I am wearing these today: http://www.sofftshoe.com/Sofft-Fiorella-in-Black-color).

  18. Hello! I think there was a controversial article about part time primary care physicians discussed last week, but I can’t seem to find it. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Would you mind pointing me in the right direction?

  19. I love the skirt, but think it is lame without the top. I think the total outfit is adorable, but only for the very young. And I mean VERY. And never for work. You might see an outfit like this somewhere where there is a lot of money and a very moderate climate – like let’s say Mexico City.