Tuesday’s TPS Report: Ponte knit belted sheath

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Talbots' Ponte knit belted sheathReader M wrote in to request this dress from Talbots, suggesting to pair it with a black jacket.  We like!  The dark green color is somber without being boring, as is the other colors the dress comes in, a purplish “cherry brandy” and black.  For our $.02, we’d pair it with something other than black — a dark gray, or a navy would be a fun way to play with colors.  It’s nice that it comes in regulars, petites, and women’s sizes, as well.  It’s $159 at Talbots.  Ponte knit belted sheath


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The Hunt: Colorful Raincoats

 Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cotton and cashmere-blend twill trenchSure, 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.

Here in NYC, last week’s tornado-like weather has made us focus on the issues that really matter: namely, colorful, happy raincoats to battle a dreary day.  We tried our best to round up some professional-looking ones in a variety of prices.

Mossimo® Black: Contemporary Long Trench Coat - Plum PurpleThis is a happy purple coat that would work well for both fall and spring, we think. It’s $49.99 at Target (and is actually available in about 9 colors).  MOSSIMO Mossimo® Black: Contemporary Long Trench Coat – Plum Purple
MICHAEL Michael Kors dark yellow cotton-poly 3-button walker jacket Love the fun yellow and the wide lapel with this MICHAEL Michael Kors coat — was $190, now $103 at Bluefly. (Also available in black and khaki.) MICHAEL Michael Kors dark yellow cotton-poly 3-button walker jacket
Jane Post Duffle Coat Look how happy she looks — perhaps it’s because her Jane Post coat is on sale from $445 to $285. We like the bright red, as well as the hood, and the fact that it’s water repellant. Available for $285 at Neiman Marcus. Jane Post Duffle Coat
Anna Molinari Cotton trench coat
iconLimited sizes left in this fabulous red trench coat, but ‘cmon — it’s 75% off, so that makes sense. Like the simple tone-on-tone buttons, the full lining, and the bracelet length sleeves on this fabulous red coat by Anna Molinari. Was $1170, now $292.50 at The Outnet. Cotton trench coat
Kate Spade Sketchpad Ivy Raincoat Love this swingy trench from Kate Spade — the mustard color is exactly the right shade to cheer you up on a gray day.  Also, the cotton/silk blend seems luxurious.  It’s $525 at Kate Spade.  Sketchpad Ivy Raincoat
 Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cotton and cashmere-blend twill trenchWeirdly enough, there were a number of great coats in the $950+ realm of things. For this roundup, we like this bright fuschia cotton and cashmere blend trench coat by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel — it’s such a fun pop of color, and we like the shiny buttons. It’s $940 at Net-a-Porter.com. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cotton and cashmere-blend twill trench

Weekly News Update

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CHANEL Patent Classic JUMBO Flap 2.55 Bag CC BlackWiseBread rounds up some ideas for buying designer bags at a discount (including an interesting interview with eBay seller Fashionphile. We looove one of the Chanel bags she’s currently listing: CHANEL Patent Classic JUMBO Flap 2.55 Bag CC Black (pictured) (bid ends in 2 days!).

– Ever wanted a tattoo without wanting it to show up all the time?  Via Jezebel, Lil’ Wayne shows something new to us: the blacklight tattoo — an actual tattoo that’s only visible under blacklight.  Wowzers.

Already Pretty advises how to wear leggings.

FINS interviewed Lois Frankel to see what she thought of the Citigroup chief’s list of “dos and don’ts” for women trying to get ahead.  Meanwhile, Sweet Hot Justice’s Legal Tease talks to her friend, a hooker, who actually provides some amazing advice:  Don’t be a porn star.  (You have to read it to fully understand what she means.)  Love it.

– WSJ’s The Juggle pondered the Goldman Sachs gender bias suit.

– Feminist blog Zelda Lilly wonders why the NYT just recently began including more women on the obituary pages — perhaps they just weren’t dying before?

– Finally: Lifehacker rounds up their favorite uses for binder clips.

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Peplum Blazer

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

Alice + Olivia Hunter Peplum BlazerHappy Monday!  We are loving this deceptively simple blazer from Alice + Olivia.  At first glance, it looks like your basic gray tweed blazer — but on closer inspection you notice the velvet trim, the flounced peplum waist , and the slight shaping to the shoulders.  Fabulous.  We’d wear it with a pencil skirt, or perhaps a high-waisted pant.  It’s $440 at Shopbop.com.  Alice + Olivia Hunter Peplum Blazer


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Weekend Open Thread

In And Out Trench Coat Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

We’ve liked this Rachel Roy raincoat since we first saw it — the “speckled jacquard” is kind of crazy, and we like that (and the stripey lining!).  We’d wear it on a rainy weekend when we wanted to look glamorous, but be practical, while meeting friends for brunch.  Was $169, now $101.40 at RachelRoy.com.  In And Out Trench Coat

P.S. Sorry we’re a bit behind the ball on the Weekly News roundup — if we don’t get to it today we’ll throw it in with the Monday stuff. Having one of those days…

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Doubleweave Skirt – Cheetah Print

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

Reader S writes in to report on this lovely skirt, noting that it’s “a fabulous find for the money. The colors are neutral and it’s not obviously an animal print.    The skirt comes to mid-knee (I’m 5’4””), is fully lined, and is made of polished cotton that hasn’t wrinkled all day.  Best $20 I’ve spent in a long time.”  Nice!  It is, indeed, $19.99 at Target.   Merona® Women’s Doubleweave Skirt – Cheetah Print


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