Wednesday’s TPS Report: Sunburst Ponte Sheath Dress

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

Ivanka Trump Starburst Ponte Sheath DressI’m kind of loving Ivanka Trump’s new clothing line (right? didn’t she used to just do shoes?), and I like the fact that most of the dresses seem to go up to size 16. This sunburst ponte sheath dress looks great for work and beyond, and I like the zipper detail on the front. It’s $134 at Nordstrom (sizes 2-16). Ivanka Trump Sunburst Ponte Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel

Botkier Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel Bag | CorporetteBotkier is one of my favorite brands, and I love the subdued hot pink color to this large satchel. At 12.5″ x 19″ x 5″, it’s big enough for most file folders as well as a ton of other stuff. It’s also available in a caramel brown and a lovely gray for $320 at Last Call. Botkier Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel

Deal Alert: Kate Spade’s Surprise Sale

Gwendolyn DressKate Spade is having a surprise sale today, with prices up to 75% off.  There are a ton of great totes for work (as well as work dresses and jewelry) so I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites:

  • Pictured above: The Gwendolyn dress, available in coral and white — it was $398, now marked to $139; lots of sizes left.  Also check out the Peplum Dress, also $139, available in black and “alma green.” The Crepe Blazer also looks like a great deal — was $398, now $149.
  • The Gatsby Dot Huggies look like great small-but-blingy earrings for a workday — they’re $29 (were $78).


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    • Gold Coat Maryanne — an old Corporette favorite in black, cashew beige, and gulabi pink.  Was $478, now $199.
    • Streetcar Darya — was $1,295, now $299 (it’s haircalf with cowhide trim, and 14K gold plated hardware.)
    • Wellesley Fallon, available in black and red — was $478, now $179.
    • Spot Nylon Calista — what a fun laptop bag! It was $295, now $129.



Managing Severe Allergies at Work

Allergies at Work | CorporetteHow — and when — should you tell employers about your requirements for an allergy-friendly office? Reader J wonders:

After reading your latest article, Frequent Doctors’ Appointments, I found the courage to write you. I do suffer from severe allergies (foods and aerosols). I have graduated from university (physics), some work experience (energy business) and added up some economics studies, because I was unsure about being able to handle a “normal” office job. By now, I believe more in myself and am searching for a job (consulting/energy), but I will have to tell my future employer about my limits: 1) The rooms in which I work must be free of plants (important!). 2) I might have problems working “on schedule” in August and September. (In our climate here I have been struggling with asthma attacks, circulation problems, and developing new allergies for the last 5 years.) 3) The office should be mostly fragrance-free. These are the “basic conditions” about which I plan to inform any prospective employer in the second interview. How do I best do it without kicking myself out of the game immediately?

Hmmmn. First, J, I’m sorry to hear that you have such severe allergies! I’m not sure that arriving with a list of demands is the best way to go about this, but I’m curious to hear what readers say. The whole letter reminds me a bit of the recent news story about the female academic who had an offer rejected because she was too “demanding” in her requests while negotiating. That’s one way to do it — give your employer a list of things you’d like granted after you have the offer in hand and are negotiating. But a few notes about your situation:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Manta Ray Dress

Thomas Sires Manta Ray Dress | Corporette Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been ogling this fun cotton canvas dress from indie brand Thomas Sires for a while now, and I thought I’d post it today. I love the black/white print, which kind of looks zebra-like from one angle and chevron-like from another angle. The darts in front look flattering, but what I really like — which definitely makes it a bit controversial for work — is the exposed notches in the back, which expose a bit more of your back and shoulders than normal dresses do. I’ve been pondering — is it unprofessional? Am I being a prude in hesitating? I’d love to hear what you guys think. Ultimately I think that it will be fine in the office, particularly when paired with a blazer or cardigan for most big meetings. The dress was $375 but is now marked to $250 at Of a Kind. Thomas Sires Manta Ray Dress

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Coffee Break: Margot Pump

Nine West Margot Pump | CorporetteEveryone knows that I love a good purple pump — but I’m not a huge fan of Nine West, normally. Still, this shade of purple is SO right (and the shoe SO highly rated — and available in a zillion different colorways!) that even I would give it a shot. They’re $79 at Zappos (and as low as $39 in some colors at 6pm). Nine West Margot Pump

Psst: Prefer wearing flats? Nine West has a purple suede option for you too, albeit in a darker shade. Also: Ferragamo + purple + flats = gorgeous splurge.