Frugal Friday: Long Sleeve Turtleneck

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

Halogen turtleneckI’ve often suggested layering pieces beneath sheath dresses, but it’s been hard to find good pictures, so when I saw that this lightweight turtleneck not only had good reviews, was recommended by reviewers as being a great layering piece, and then Nordstrom actually SHOWED it as a layering piece beneath a sheath dress, I had to post it.  The lightweight turtleneck layer isn’t for everyone, obviously, but if it is for you it’s been hard to find recently — this Halogen turtleneck comes in black, gray and white and looks perfect.  Layer it beneath cardigans, sheer blouses, sheath dresses, vests, blazers, thicker sweaters (they’re particularly great beneath itchy ones!), and more. The turtleneck is hand washable, and $39; it comes in regular and petite sizes XS-XL. Halogen® Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Here’s a more lux version (Vince) if you’re on the hunt, and here’s a plus-size version (Lands’ End) that also comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes in a zillion colors.

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Coffee Break: Deco Watch

Michele-Deco-Diamond-WatchWe haven’t talked about professional watches for women in far too long — what are your favorites right now?  This Deco watch by Michele comes in a million iterations at Nordstrom, all well-reviewed — the silver version pictured (watchface only) is $690; there are more bedazzled versions and larger versions, with prices up to $1,995.  I like the fact that you can interchange the straps — of course I’ve pictured the crackly purple strap, but a stainless steel strap or simple black strap might be better for, say, a first day at work, but a purple strap like the one pictured can be a fun way to mix it up. (If you can find it, a strap that is close to a nude-for-you is a very chic look — this pink or perhaps this rose gold looks like the closest I could get.)  The silver watchface is $695 at Nordstrom. MICHELE ‘Deco 16′ Diamond Dial Watch Case, 29mm x 31mm


Tips for Full-Time MBA Students

MBA tipsA new MBA student has plenty on her plate: classes and projects, networking events, recruiting opportunities — not to mention the typical grad school challenges of making new friends and (for some) adjusting to a new city. Reader R wonders…

Hi there, I was wondering if there could be a post centered around starting a full-time business program? I’m moving in for orientation next week and would love to see a post (with reader comments) about how to balance schoolwork with social activities and career recruiting/networking, suggested reading (BusinessWeek and WSJ?), how to approach recruiting events with the major companies on campus, etc… Thanks!

I think this is a great question, so I reached out to a few MBAs I know, and asked the Corporette Facebook group for tips. I’ve always thought of the experience of getting a law degree very different than an MBA, if only because socializing and networking is such a big component of the MBA, compared with the mentality of “your GPA is everything” in the first semester or two of law school. Some good tips from friends, when asked about balance and reading recs:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Cable Knit Sweater Dress

Eliza J Cable Knit Sweater Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

OK. I keep checking back to see if this highly, highly rated sweater dress is available in black, because a hot pink sweater dress is a bit much even for me — but it is not. (UPDATE: Just this morning it’s available in gray! Huzzah!) But then I saw the picture with the jean jacket and thought, you know, it could be cute with a blazer. In the reviews, people really seem to love this dress — it holds its form, it’s soft, it’s flattering, it isn’t boxy like other sweater dresses… and on and on. All this, and it’s only $98, and machine washable. Nice. It’s available in sizes XS-XL. I’d probably get the gray now that I see that that’s available, but if the pink is calling you…  Eliza J Cable Knit Sweater Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Lo & Sons Bag of Your Choice!

lo sons giveaway heatherI’m thrilled to bring you guys a giveaway today — one lucky reader will win a Lo & Sons bag of your choice.  I’ve written before about my love of Lo & Sons bags for working women (I even Instagrammed my own OG bag on one of my last trips), and so I’m excited about the new heather grey material for both OMG and the OG (pictured). It’s still lightweight and durable, but it has a subtle new texture and style; of course I love the happy blue lining.  If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, it’s a family business started by Helen Lo and her two sons, Jan and Derek.  Each bag is the epitome of thoughtful design — pockets galore, a travel zipper/sleeve to help it stay put on a rolling bag, and more. (They have really fun videos on their site showing how much stuff the bags hold, too!)  The new heather OG is $295, but note that the original nylon designs are on sale right now for $236 (20% off) as part of the brand’s summer sale.

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Stripe Pants 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.

Happy Wednesday! The stripes on this jacket are so fun — it’s a really witty take on such a classic look.  I love the different thicknesses of stripes (the pockets! I die), the gorgeous gray wool, and I love the ankle pants as styled with the oxfords. (I can’t find the ones pictured on the BB website, but here are two similar pairs at Zappos.) Lovely. The jacket (Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Stripe Jacket) is $850 and the pants (Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Stripe Skinny Trousers) are $450.

Here’s a lower-priced option (jacket + pants).






Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Stripe Suit