Weekend Open Thread

Kate Spade New York Polka Dot Knit Dress | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Gah, love this. I had it stuck in my reminder system for a Splurge Monday — and I suppose you could still wear it to work through what I used to call “stodging” it up. Add pearls, a dark blazer, dark tights, classic pumps, and suddenly the dress gets a lot more respectable for work. But really I see this gorgeous dress shining on the weekends — what a fun, happy dress. It’s $468 at Nordstrom. Kate Spade New York Polka Dot Knit Dress


Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Deco Flare Dress

fit & flare dress - Loft Deco Print Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love a good deco print. I am that girl who, upon finding the amazing bar in Tribeca with deco wallpaper, is surreptitiously taking photos of the wallpaper. (Ahem.) SO: This dress from Loft caught my eye. I was worried it was a party dress, but the material is more of a jersey — so it’s a bit of a casual take on “deco.” Still, it’s a lovely fit and flare, and for the current price ($39 after an extra 50% off; final sale), it’s not bad. Loft Deco Flare Dress

(Note that it is also available in petite maternity sizes.)

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Coffee Break: Peridot 1 Dress Pump

Adrienne Vittadini Peridot 1 Dress PumpThis lovely 2″ heel caught my eye over at Zappos — and then promptly sold out. Amazon has more colors but lucky sizes only (unless you like this silvery gray snakeprint one, which has a ton of sizes). It really just does look like a lovely, walkable heel, and I love that relaxed bow detail. It’s $44-$99 at Amazon; the navy patent and champagne snakeprint are available in additional sizes at 6pm for $44-$59. Adrienne Vittadini Peridot 1 Dress Pump


Cute Office Supplies: When To Use Them

Cute Office Supplies | CorporetteOur post the other day about the cute file folders got me thinking: When should a professional woman actually use cute office supplies? Should you use them only in a home office? Only for presentations? As part of a cohesive system for all of your office work? (Pictured: Smiley Face Binder Clips, $4 for 40 at Amazon.)

For my $.02, I’ve always loved cute office supplies — something about going to Staples or Kate’s Paperie or the like takes me back to the happy feelings of back-to-school shopping. (Yeah, I was that kid.) But once I got to my law firm, this is how I actually used them: for personal things in my office only. I had a nice folder for keeping track of my CLE credits, and a nice folder for holding my old timesheets and the like — things that I filed myself and didn’t need to hand off to someone else. They sat on my desk (as part of my organized office system) and made me happy — but they were but a small pop of color amidst the seas of red Redwelds, brown Bankers Boxes, and beige manila folders. It was still worth it to me to seek out pretty things and buy them, but it was just for a bit of silliness to cheer me up at the office.

Ladies, when do you use cute office supplies? Do you have a place for them in your life?


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Thursday TPS Report: Printed Tube Dress

print dress - Zara Printed Tube Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader C wrote in to recommend this dress, noting: “I bought this dress and I absolutely love it — great with a black blazer (or even a red one!) Nice length, sleeves aren’t too bulky under a jacket. But SIZE UP. The L fits like a 6.” Oooh, love the dress, great find, C! Unfortunately the dress only comes in sizes XS-L. (Ladies who have a hard time finding clothes small enough, you may want to check this one out.) It’s $69 at Zara. Zara Printed Tube Dress

This dress goes up to size XL and is also available in plus sizes in a similar style. Here’s one more that goes up to size 18.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Ricca SuitFor 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.

First: Love the skirt suit, love the color; classic but with a twist. But: the matching pants for this are tight and cropped, like so many other suits for sale right now, which will always look to me like a “fun suit.” (I need at least straight pants, bootcut pants, or proper trousers for an “important meeting” suit.) The jacket (Reiss Ricca Jacket) is $445, the skirt (Reiss Ricca Skirt) is $230, and the pants (Reiss Ricca Trouser) are $240.

Ladies, what are your thoughts — what kind of pantsuits are your favorite for important meetings? Or do you default to skirt suits on those occasions?

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.