Suit of the Week: Escada

Corporette's Suit of the Week: EscadaFor 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.

Wow: I looove this jacket and skirt from Escada. The texture and color are amazing, and the skirt looks like it drapes surprisingly well for what strikes me as a stiff fabric. I love the fitted look to the jacket, as well. The jacket (Escada Checkerboard Jacquard Jacket) is $1295, and the skirt (Escada Checkerboard Jacquard Skirt) is $575. Lovely.

Psst: Two less expensive options are this one from Tahari ASL (sizes 2-18) and this green suit from The Limited that we featured a few weeks ago. Here’s a plus-size alternative from Le Suit.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Jacquard Dress With Contrast Bodice

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

Magaschoni Jacquard Dress Contrast BodiceHappy October, guys! (Is it just me, or does it feel like it was just February?) This is probably a “not for everyone” pick, but man, I love this dress. It looks super easy to throw on, interesting, flattering, and comfortable. I’d wear it with a navy blazer, purple pumps, and pearls (or: ooh, a purple blazer and neutral heels), or, for a casual day, tall black boots, a long pendant necklace, and a navy waterfall cardigan. The dress was $318, but is now marked to $111 — it’s part of the excellent clearance sale at Neiman Marcus. Magaschoni Jacquard Dress With Contrast Bodice

(And: here’s a plus-size pick with similar colors.)

Psst: a closer look at that sale: TONS of great work shoes such as Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, and Kate Spade shoes — as well as some Choos, Manolos, and Miu Mius as low as $220 (!).  Tons of great workwear dresses under $150 from brands like Diane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, Kay Unger, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Theory, Milly, and more — as well as some high end dresses from designers like The Row, Roland Mouret, Thakoon, and more coming down as low as $380. I’m still poking around — tons of great stuff there, though.

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Coffee Break: Ruffle Wrap

Nordstrom Ruffle Wrap | CorporetteA wool wrap is great for weather like this where you’re not quite sure how many layers you’re going to need — especially if you’re going out in the evening when temperatures may dip drastically. I like the ruffle on this one and the fact that it’s 100% wool — it’s going to be much more substantial than a poly blend like the ones you buy on the street. It’s available in black, gray, and a dark and light beige, all for $98. Nordstrom Ruffle Wrap

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Leena Tailored Dress

Reiss Leena Tailored DressOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Looooove this simple black dress from Reiss. A v-neck that is, finally, completely work appropriate. A nice, high neckline in the back — with a non-exposed zipper. Plus, it’s fully lined. Huzzah! It’s $340 in sizes 0-10. Reiss Leena Tailored Dress

Psst: Here are lower-priced and plus-sized alternatives.

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Coffee Break: Penelope Flat

Footzyfolds Penelope Flat | CorporetteWe’ve covered foldable flats a few times in the past, so I don’t write about them often, but I definitely use the few pairs I have pretty frequently — I even took some with me to my cousin’s wedding a few months ago as a back-up option. I love the little mesh details and fun colors on these Penelope flats. They’re available in sizes 6-11, for $54.95, at Nordstrom. Footzyfolds Penelope Flat

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I happened to find this black houndstooth dress (and its comps, below) while looking for last week’s Suit of the Week, and I’m kind of obsessed with the crazy mix of black and white houndstooth. We all know I like a good mix of black and white patterns, but this dress by Basler takes it to a new level. It’s $895 at Bloomingdale’s (sizes 34-44). Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Psst: A less expensive crazy option is here (up to size 16), and here’s a more sedate and affordable option (up to size 18). Here’s a plus-size option.

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