Wednesday’s TPS Report: Vesta Sheath Dress

Alex Marie Vesta Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

You have to be careful with geometric necklines — if they’re too crazy, or the dress is too tight, you end up looking like the comic relief in an ’80s movie (Dr. Monica Demonico, anyone?). Still — I like this dress. It looks flattering, interesting, and professional — all for $129. It’s a Dillards exclusive, available in sizes 4-18. Alex Marie Vesta Sheath Dress

Here’s a lower-priced alternative that comes in regular and plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Tessie Pump

Ivanka Trump Tessie Pump | CorporetteOne for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go… hey, Elvis was on to something with his blue suede shoes. As one commenter pointed out, I have an odd love for cutouts with flats — but I also like them in heels. These simple pumps (with a relatively low 2.75″ heel) look perfect. They’re available in blue suede, as well as black and tan leather, for $135. Ivanka Trump Tessie Pump

Here’s a lower-priced option (and one more with different color choices).


Are Midi Rings Appropriate for the Office?

Midi rings Midi rings at the office: yea or nay? In terms of the bigger picture, how do you know whether to try out a fashion trend at the office? What makes certain jewelry or accessories too trendy or unprofessional for work? Reader J wonders:

I normally don’t wear any rings other than my wedding bands but I recently bought some midi rings on a whim and I am wondering if they are appropriate to wear to the office. I am a solo attorney, so I can wear what I want but I don’t want to look unprofessional. I’m thinking like 3 max on my right hand and I would not wear them to court, just on days that I am at the office. What do you think?

We’ve talked about how to start a professional jewelry collection, when to splurge on jewelry, wearing religious jewelry to the office, when to wear pearls and how to buy pearls, but not this.  I just yesterday saw a Facebook post where people wondered whether midi rings were “connected somehow or separate,” so there’s obviously some confusion there — let’s discuss. (For the record, they can be both! But most of the ones we’re discussing below are separate.)

For my $.02:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Daniela Plaid-Print Silk Blouse

Parker Daniela Plaid-Print Silk Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Parker is one of those brands that I forget about, but they have SUCH pretty blouses right now. My favorite is this print (which is also available as a dress, although it’s a bit short on the model for my taste). But: love the print! It’s 100% silk, and I think it would look stunning whether tucked in or worn out. It’s $220 at Amazon (and eligible for Prime). Parker Daniela Plaid-Print Silk Blouse

Here’s a lower-priced option that comes in regular and plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: ‘The Urbanista’ Headband

Mrs President & Co 'The Urbanista' Headband | CorporetteHere’s a serious question: are headbands ever appropriate for the office? I am normally in the “no” camp (at least for most women) but this two tone gold number has me questioning that. I like the thin, spindly nature of this one, which looks both delicate and comfortable. It’s (!) $70 at Nordstrom. Mrs President & Co ‘The Urbanista’ Headband

Here is a lower-priced version (also here and here).


The Hunt: Strappy Pumps

SJP Phoebe Patent Leather Mary Jane PumpSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

It’s that classic winter conundrum — you commute in to the office in snowboots or Wellingtons, wearing tights for warmth, and then find that your regular pumps feel super slippery with tights on.  My answer to this has historically always been to keep strappy pumps at work to wear with tights (if not commute in strappy pumps)!  However, we haven’t talked done a round up of strappy pumps in almost a year, so let’s discuss… Note that if you have fleece-lined tights (or other really thick tights) these strappy pumps may not be the best option.  Readers, what shoes do you wear with tights in the winter?  Are you a fan of strappy pumps for this purpose — or do you prefer to wear booties and shooties?  Bought any great ones recently?
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