Coffee Break: Carved Small Huggie Hoop Earrings

Ron Hami Carved Small Huggie Hoop EarringsI always like a good huggie earring — they’re so comfortable to wear, are small and work-appropriate but have a bit more personality than your basic stud, and are incredibly versatile.  I like the look of these small carved hoop earrings, on sale today at Last Call — they were $225, but are now marked to $110.  Ron Hami Carved Small Huggie Hoop Earrings

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The Hunt: Basic Sheath Dresses

best-sheath-dressSure, 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.

We haven’t done a roundup of sheath dresses in almost a year (2014, 2013), so I thought we’d do one today. For my money, the best sheath dress for work has:

  • a work-appropriate hem length (with no slits to compromise that — test with the mirror trick!)
  • a high enough neckline and shoulder situation that you don’t need to give any extra thought to which bra to wear
  • a dark, neutral color like black, navy, or dark charcoal

And — for me at least — I think a sleeveless sheath dress is best because it looks best beneath blazers and cardigans.

I’ll round up some other dimensions though, as well:

Ladies, what do YOU look for in a great sheath dress? Have you bought any great ones recently, or worn any classics into the ground? 
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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Ripple Striped Ribbon Cardigan

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

M Missoni Ripple Striped Ribbon CardiganBergdorf Goodman has a ton of nice pieces on sale right now (up to 65% off!).  For this lovely, sunny Monday morning (yaaaaay!), I’m liking this classic Missoni cardigan.  I love the vertical ripples and waves of colors — so flattering and interesting.  (There is a matching shell, also on sale, if you’re interested in a very classic twinset look.)  I’d wear this with black, white (how great would this look with a white sheath beneath it?), and, if worn with separates, I’d add a pop of light blue — on the weekends I think it would be great with a white tank and light blue denim skinnies, for example.  The sweater was $595, but is now marked to $357 at Bergdorf.  M Missoni Ripple Striped Ribbon Cardigan

Here’s a similar plus-size option, as well as a more affordable option in regular sizes (and petite and plus sizes).

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Weekend Open Thread

Frame Denim 'Le Color Rip' Skinny Jeans (Film Noir)Something on your mind? Chat about it here. 

I am really loving the destroyed denim trend, and these Frame Denim skinnies are calling my name.  Which are your favorite denim brands, ladies?  Which are your favorite denim styles right now?  The pictured jeans are $199, available in sizes 24-31.  Frame Denim ‘Le Color Rip’ Skinny Jeans (Film Noir)

Here’s a more affordable version in blue (I keep hearing good things about Vigoss for budget denim, and liked the pair I bought although I eventually returned them because they were too big), and a more affordable version in black.  Here’s a distressed plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Brooke Bolero Neck Dress

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

JNY Brooke DressOne of 6pm’s featured sales today is “Chic at Work,” so I took a look around — lots of nice pieces, but lucky sizes abound.  One of my favorites that still has a good range of sizes is this nice black bolero dress from Jones New York.  I like the crisp fabric with 6% elastane (looooots of stretch), as well as the fact that it’s fully lined.  The black is available in sizes 6-14 for $57, as well as a “dressy denim” up to size 16 for $39.99.  (JNY.com has the same dress in red for $45, as well as more sizes of the denim one for $45.) (Note that 6pm also has some JNY Olivia blazers on sale for under $40.)  The pictured dress:  Jones New York Brooke Bolero Neck Dress

Here’s a plus-size version (available in five colors).

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Coffee Break: Power Pumps

Weitzman PowerThese 3.5″ heels from Stuart Weitzman look great — simple, classic shape, with a pointed toe (trendy) but not SO pointed that they’ll be out when almond toes come back into vogue.  These beige “adobe” heels (pictured) are $355 at Zappos; they also come in black patent; Stuart Weitzman has a few more colors in stock at their website as well. Stuart Weitzman Power

These shoes are similar and only $88.

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