Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been seeing a lot of what I’ll call the “mullet” trend with dresses, pants, even blazers — it’s one color on the front and another color on the back.  I’m not a fan of this, in general… and yet, I love this teal notch neck dress from Dorothy Perkins, which incorporates that element (at least, the upper back of the dress is all black).  I like the dark teal color with tiny polka dots, I like that it’s machine washable, and I like that it’s 110 cm long (43″). I also like that it’s $44, full price. Happy Friday!  Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

The pictured dress comes in sizes 4-18, but here’s a few plus size options that are similar: here and here.

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Coffee Break: Southport Avenue Cameron Bag

Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron | CorporetteOooh: I like this pretty tote from Kate Spade, now on a pretty steep (50%) discount. I like the interior pockets, the fun lining, the feet, and the fact that it zippers on top — all very important! It’s available in gray, beige, and black, for $224 at Kate Spade New York (final sale, alas). Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron

Thursday’s TPS Report: Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

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

Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim TopNordstrom has a ton of nice Classiques Entier on sale right now, and I’m liking this structured, thick tee with leather trim details. It seems like a great way to elevate ankle pants or the like for the office — I can particularly see it being great if you tend to run hot (or you have an aggressive radiator in your office). The top was $198, but is now $98.98. (And please check out this gorgeous dress and matching jacket, also — they’re not in the price points for our Thursday posts but I love that dress!) The pictured top: Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

Here’s a more affordable option, which also comes in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard 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.

This Nina Ricci floral jacquard suit strikes me as incredibly unusual. First, I’ve never seen a wool floral jacquard quite like this one. Second, the curved panels and cutaway peplum make it look incredibly lux (a good thing, considering the price). And here’s the most unusual thing about it: it has all of these fantastic design elements, and yet it still seems like it’s totally wearable for a conservative job. The jacket (Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard Jacket) is $1990. The skirt, while apparently sold out at Barney’s, is still available at MyTheresa.com for $1050.

The alternatives pale in comparison, but here’s a blazer + sheath dress option with a similar vibe for about $60 total (!), and knitwear brand Misook has a bunch of nice collarless navy blazers and separates, in both regular and plus sizes, at Last Call. Meanwhile, for those of you with an extra $10K burning a hole in your pocket, may I direct you to this vaguely similar blazer.

Psst: Check out the Secret Sale at Kate Spade Saturday — up to 75% off! (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Nina Ricci womens suit

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Annie Dress

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Hobbs Annie Dress I was excited to see that British store Hobbs not only has a web presence, but is also shipping to America — and they have a pretty nice outlet section as well.  I like the little details on this greige dress — the darts up and down the bodice, the high neckline, the ladylike hem . . .  It’s a bit of a summery dress, but I think it could still be dressed up for fall with some dark brown knee-high boots and a burgundy, olive, or chocolate sweater — what do you say, ladies?  It was $280, but is now marked to $185. Hobbs Annie Dress

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Coffee Break: Samantha Pump

Fitzwell Samantha Pump | CorporetteI’m not a big fan of metallic toes, but I love this little accent on these Fitzwell pumps, and I think all of the colors look gorgeous.  (It’s available in black suede, pictured, navy suede, black leather, and leopard pony, ha cha cha). I always think of Fitzwell as a comfortable (but affordable) brand, and these seem true to form — the shoes are $69-$79, and available in sizes 5-13, in regular, wide, and extra wide sizes, at ZapposFitzwell Samantha Pump

(Here’s a similar option in flats.)

Psst: check out The Corporette Guide to Comfortable Heels if you’re on the hunt…