Coffee Break: Gramercy Cap Oxfords

Cole Haan Gramercy Cap Oxford | CorporetteI’m not usually a fan of oxfords, but they’re growing on me — they certainly look cute with many of the ankle pants styles that are out right now. I was shopping and spied these, and was absolutely shocked by how lightweight they are; my son’s Crocs may weigh more. I didn’t stop to try them on, but they’ve been on my mind ever since — I may have to go back or just order them for myself. The shoes also come in tons of other colors (some with crazy deals and lucky sizes): black, bluegold metallic, dark silver metallic, rose gold metallic, sandstonefatigue green, “ironstone lizard,” “tawny port,” dusty rose, and white. The pictured shoes are $198 at Amazon and Cole HaanCole Haan Gramercy Cap Oxfords

A few lower-priced options are here, here, and here. This shoe comes in wide sizes, and this one in narrow and wide sizes.

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Blanc Short-Sleeve Dress

Weekend Max Mara Blanc Short Sleeve Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

How many black simple dresses is too many? I once wore a different black dress every day of the week just for kicks (a big project had just ended), so clearly I have a fairly high tolerance for them. This one looks absolutely gorgeous — love the high neckline, the sleeves, and the interesting flared/pleated detail at the waist — it’s like a reverse fit and flare somehow. The dress is $295 at Saks. Weekend Max Mara Blanc Short-Sleeve Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option, and two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Michael Stars ‘The Artist’s’ Print Wrap

Michael Stars 'The Artist's' Print Wrap | CorporetteI’ve been a fan of Michael Stars t-shirts for years, but the scarves are new to me.  The brand has several scarves available at Nordstrom right now and they’re all brightly colored and lovely — vibrant yet soft somehow.  The pictured scarf is $58 at Nordstrom. Michael Stars ‘The Artist’s’ Print Wrap

Here’s a lower-priced version.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Wool-Flannel Blazer

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

Gucci wool flannel blazerI feel like an ’80s movie right now: ohhhhh yeaaaah. This blue green wool flannel is so, so pretty up close, and I love the leather buttons, including how many of them there are on the cuffs. (And: styled with flared pants, be still my heart!) It’s $1,890 at Net-a-Porter. GUCCI Wool-flannel blazer

A few lower-priced alternatives are here, here, and here.

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Frugal Thursday’s TPS Report: Playing Favorites Blouse

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

Melani Playing Favorites BlouseThis is an oddly titled blouse (that must be a misspelling or typo, right?) but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s lovely and kind of perfect if you’re not a fan of sleeves.  I like the high neckline, the ruched detail at the shoulders, the way it’ll lay beautifully under blazers and cardigans, and the discount: select colors are marked to $59 (down from $99), including green, navy, and blush.  There are actually a number of Melani pieces called “Playing Favorites” with a similar pattern, such as a sleeved blouse and a dress.  Nice. Antonio Melani Playing Favorites Neice Blouse [sic]

Here’s a similar plus-size option.

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(Because of the federal holiday tomorrow we’ll probably be treating today like a Friday — stay tuned for a sales roundup.  Lots of good ones starting already!)

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Suit of the Week: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney 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.

I think this suit is a great example of a very modern, yet very conservative, suit. The tapered pants hemmed right above the ankle, the zips on the pants — all paired with a really traditional blazer — love. The whole look is sleek, professional, and modern. The length of the pants puts this suit firmly in the “fun” bucket — i.e., not for court or a big client meeting — but it really tests the boundaries for me. The jacket (Ingrid wool blazer) is $1,295, and the pants (Vivian wool-gabardine tapered pants) are $610.

Here’s a similar, much more affordable suit in blush (blazer, pants), and here’s a plus-size option for tapered pants.

tapered pants suit

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