Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant

New York & Company Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I haven’t seen a deep teal pant this season, so I like this pair from New York & Company. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals (ok, fine, I wear a lot of black), so a fun way to infuse color that lets me keep my black cashmere sweaters is always a positive. The fact that the pants are $26 marked down from $52, and available in sizes 0-18, is even better. New York & Company Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

giftguide-stocking-stufferCall me crazy, but I always like to do stocking stuffers as thoughtful little presents that may be everyday, almost boring things — but done better. For today, I’ve rounded up some small gifts that definitely fit that description.

Our previous gift guides are linked below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find more good stuff:


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Long Flights: How to Look Professional But Be Comfortable

dressing for long flightYou want to look professional during a long flight with colleagues, but you’re understandably not too eager to wear a suit for several hours of waking, sleeping, and eating. So, with your trusty flight outfit of a fleece + yoga pants staying in the closet at home, what can you choose that will be comfortable but still appropriate if you end up sitting next to your boss? We’ve talked about traveling internationally in comfort and style, what to pack for an extended business trip, and traveling with coworkers, but not this exactly. Reader N wonders:

Could you do a post on comfortable, but professional attire for international or long flights? I have an upcoming business trip where my boss and two colleagues will be on a long flight with me. I want to look presentable but still be comfortable for the long flight. Thanks!

I can see this being a concern not only in this situation (traveling directly with coworkers) but in a situation I’ve been in, where there’s a conference that almost everyone in your industry attends, so even if you’re not traveling with direct coworkers, you end up seeing a million colleagues all over the airport, on flights, and via other travel hubs. A lot of sites have comfy-looking, wrinkle-free travel clothes (we just featured a washable top from Chadwicks’s line on CorporetteMoms’ Washable Wednesday) — but what is the chic alternative to the flowy pants-with-matching-loose-jacket look?  A few thoughts:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Silk and Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Brooks Brothers Silk and Cashmere Crewneck SweaterOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Brooks Brothers has always had a huge sale (up to 70% off) in previous years — I’m not sure if I missed it, if it hasn’t happened yet, or if this is it: they’re currently offering 25% off sitewide, including items already on sale. This silk and cashmere crewneck sweater looks great. I love the wide neckline (I would call this more of a boatneck rather than a crew, but that’s me), the “novelty jacquard knit,” the cashmere/silk combo… all very nice. It was $128, but is marked to $102 — with the sale it comes down to $76ish. It’s also available in gray, sizes M-XL. Brooks Brothers Silk and Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Here are two plus-sized options.

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Suit of the Week: Hobbs

Hobbs Invitation Julietta JacketFor 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Since a reader mentioned British retailer Hobbs’s new US website, I’ve been checking in, and I was excited to see that a lot of great work-appropriate pieces are on sale.  (Be sure to click the little flag on the top right hand corner to see the correct currency; you don’t want to get overly excited unless you’re looking at the right one!)  The black “Invitation Julietta” suiting stood out to me — it looks classic, clean, professional, and generally great.  The Julietta Dress particularly caught my eye — it comes in both white and beige versions (both pictured below) — it’s normally $385 but comes down to $240 in the sale.  The matching jacket (Invitation Julietta Jacket) is normally $345, but comes to $230, the matching skirt (Invitation Julietta Skirt) comes from $195 down to $105, and the matching pants (not pictured) (Invitation Julietta Pants) come from $210 down to $115.

Here’s a similar plus-size option (jacket and skirt — and some pieces in the set are part of Amazon’s great sale that lets you take an additional 30% off last minute gifts), and a budget-friendly option.

ADMIN UPDATE: Some readers are reporting seeing a video that starts playing immediately once you visit the site. If anyone can tell me what the ad is for, and where it is on the page (above the logo? right below the logo? between the 1st and 2d post? near the bottom of the page?) that would be hugely appreciated — we need that info to investigate the situation and make it stop.  Thank you in advance!

Hobbs Julietta Suit

Hobbs Julietta Womens Suit

Deal Alert – Limited Sale

FYI — Limited is offering 60% off sitewide today — plus free shipping.  Almost everything comes in petite and tall sizes, and a lot of it is machine washable. There are some great classics to consider getting, including:

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