Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Austin Reed (big sales!)For 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.

UK retailer has a ton of women’s suits marked down from 30-80%.  While the “end of line” suits page has the steepest discounts, with lucky sizes (and lucky matches), today I’m in love with this sharp navy suiting.  I love the buttoned-up vibe to the collarless jacket and the navy/black combination, and the notched neckline, ladylike hem, and high back on the dress.  (The site’s “try it on” feature, available with the dress but not the jacket, is pretty cool also.)  The jacket (Austin Reed Navy Contrast Detail Jacket) is marked down from $410 to $206, and the dress (Austin Reed Navy Contrast Detail Dress) is marked down from $289 to $196. [Read more...]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Sleeveless Sheath Dress

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Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sheath DressThere are a ton of cute sheath dresses out right now (Ann Taylor in particular has a number, all currently part of the 40% off sitewide sale — if the prices/inventory hold for another day that’s likely where tomorrow’s TPS report is coming from!).  For TODAY, though: I’m loving this simple black sheath dress — love those princess seams and the split round neck, as well as the fact that it’s lined — do note that it’s a pullover style, though.  (Hooray for no exposed zippers, I suppose?) It’s $129 at Bloomingdale’s, available in sizes 4-16. Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Chelsea PT MJ Lo Pump

Cole Haan Chelsea PT MJ Lo PumpBasics can be funny things — to some women, metallic shoes are “basics” because they can wear them with everything — the same way that I would wear, say, a leopard blazer or animal print heels with almost anything in my wardrobe.  (Admittedly, my wardrobe is primarily dark solids, and I would probably wear it on a casual, no-big-meetings kind of day.)  But taste is a huge (and very personal) thing — I’ve always thought metallic shoes look gaudy and gross, and even this tiny touch on this otherwise fabulous 3″ heel (on sale at Zappos, btw) would be too much. For those of you who are a fan of the metallic shoe look, these do seem like a subtle way to integrate them into your office or try the look. Readers, which controversial “classics” or “basics” are the ones that you love the most?  The pumps were $298, but are now $199; lots of sizes left. Cole Haan Chelsea PT MJ Lo Pump

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Psst: Jennine just had an interesting discussion on The Coveted regarding her husband’s hatred (and her love) of leopard prints.

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Mehira Linen Blazer (and Deal Alert!)

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Deal Alert: Saks Friends & Family Sale (plus today's pick, this Joie Linen Blazer down to $178)This fun leopard blazer first caught my eye over at Zappos, but for once Saks has the best price — not only is it marked from $298 to $238, but it’s eligible for their Friends and Family sale, so the price comes down to $178. (They also have it in a pale pink “mink” and a creamy “porcelain.”) I like the mix of linen and leopard print — it seems fun but also like a versatile basic. The Mehira cut seems to be a Joie classic (although some have buttons and some do not) — they have it in a “caviar” print at Nordstrom, and there are very limited sizes of other solid colors (navy, black) around the web. Off Fifth has a chambray linen version marked down to $130.89. Ladies, what else do you like to buy at Saks during their F&F sales? Joie Mehira Linen Blazer

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Coffee Break: Btalia Satchel

Steve Madden Btalia SatchelIt isn’t surprising that I like this bag: it’s clearly inspired by the Balenciaga bags that I’ve been drooling over for many moons. I normally don’t like things that are so clearly “inspired by,” but for $65-$88, it’s hard to say that it isn’t a great way to at least “try” the style. I like the fun colors it comes in (Zappos has a ton for $88; Macy’s also has a bunch but on sale for $65). Note that it is a pretty big satchel — 14″ wide at the bottom, 11″ tall, and 4″ deep. Steve Madden Btalia Satchel

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Claudette Mayfair Jacket

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Claudette Mayfair JacketHappy Monday! The outfit here is not my favorite, but I do like that sharp-shouldered tweed jacket and the nice green. I’d wear it with lavender or a nice dark purple or navy. It’s part of some good sales going at Steven Alan — the blazer was $925 but is now marked to $462. Claudette Mayfair Jacket

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