Coffee Break: Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel

Botkier Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel Bag | CorporetteBotkier is one of my favorite brands, and I love the subdued hot pink color to this large satchel. At 12.5″ x 19″ x 5″, it’s big enough for most file folders as well as a ton of other stuff. It’s also available in a caramel brown and a lovely gray for $320 at Last Call. Botkier Legacy Studded Large Envelope Satchel

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Manta Ray Dress

Thomas Sires Manta Ray Dress | Corporette Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been ogling this fun cotton canvas dress from indie brand Thomas Sires for a while now, and I thought I’d post it today. I love the black/white print, which kind of looks zebra-like from one angle and chevron-like from another angle. The darts in front look flattering, but what I really like — which definitely makes it a bit controversial for work — is the exposed notches in the back, which expose a bit more of your back and shoulders than normal dresses do. I’ve been pondering — is it unprofessional? Am I being a prude in hesitating? I’d love to hear what you guys think. Ultimately I think that it will be fine in the office, particularly when paired with a blazer or cardigan for most big meetings. The dress was $375 but is now marked to $250 at Of a Kind. Thomas Sires Manta Ray Dress

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Coffee Break: Margot Pump

Nine West Margot Pump | CorporetteEveryone knows that I love a good purple pump — but I’m not a huge fan of Nine West, normally. Still, this shade of purple is SO right (and the shoe SO highly rated — and available in a zillion different colorways!) that even I would give it a shot. They’re $79 at Zappos (and as low as $39 in some colors at 6pm). Nine West Margot Pump

Psst: Prefer wearing flats? Nine West has a purple suede option for you too, albeit in a darker shade. Also: Ferragamo + purple + flats = gorgeous splurge.

Splurge Monday: Everly Peplum Jacket

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

Zoe Everly JacketHappy Monday! I’m digging this black and white tweed peplum jacket from Rachel Zoe — it has so many traditional feminine elements (peplum! tweed!) yet somehow feels fresh and… kind of badass.  Very cool.  It’s $450 at Piperlime.  (And here’s a fun question, readers: what do you think of the brown leopard clutch styled with the all-black outfit? I normally don’t like to style black and brown together, but maybe that’s me… the leopard perhaps works better because of the black spots? Hmmn.) Rachel Zoe Everly Peplum Jacket

P.S.: here’s a less expensive version (also here and here), and a plus-size version.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Elbow Sleeve Pieced Yoke Top

Lands' End Elbow Sleeve Pieced Yoke Top | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the look of this ballet-sleeved t-shirt from Lands’ End. Their shirts were one of the top choices in our last roundup of work-appropriate t-shirts for their quality, comfort, and weight, and this one looks like a great, slightly-special option to wear with some nice jewelry (a brooch, a long necklace, or even a heavier/statement necklace that hits at clavicle length). It’s $30 full price at Lands’ End, available in three colors in regular and plus-sizes (the latter for $35). Lands’ End 60/40 Blend Elbow Sleeve Pieced Yoke Top

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Coffee Break: Etsa Long Double Breasted Coat

Apiece Apart Etsa Long Double Breasted CoatI seriously think this is going to be the winter of the coat! I like this mint-green wool number from Steven Alan — it’s so unusual to see such a light color, and it’s really fresh and fun. The collarless style is a big one for fall, and I like that this coat is long enough to wear with a dress. It’s $595, available in sizes 0-8. Apiece Apart Etsa Long Double Breasted Coat

Psst: here’s a lower-priced version and a plus-size option in a slightly darker blue.