Oooh: I love this knit A-line coat from Vera Wang Outerwear, which looks professional but feminine. That doesn’t sound like much to write home about, but finding a feminine, flattering coat that looks good on top of other stuff can be difficult — this coat, for example (which also comes in plus sizes), is amazing, but would probably only look good on top of skin-tight clothing like leggings. Anyhoo: love the Vera Wang coat, and at $450, it isn’t even that bad as far as coats go. Vera Wang Outerwear One-Button Knit A-Line Coat
Neiman Marcus has a number of fun bags marked down, including this gorgeous calf hair satchel from MICHAEL Michael Kors. I like the mix of textures, the monogram lining (and pockets) inside, and the general vibe. It was $548, but is now marked to $383 (they also have it in a black/white version). MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Sophie Calf-Hair Satchel
Here’s a lower-priced option for $52.
Yes, these iridescent pumps are a bit wild for work — but I would still wear them for casual days and have fun with them. THAT SAID: they also come in a fun beige texture (faux snakeskin?) and a black patent. I like the 3″ heel, the classic pointy toe, and the sale: the pump was $97, but is now on sale for $59. Vince Camuto Cassina Pointy Toe Pump
Ooh: these teeny tiny wedges (which came up on a search for flats) look great — like the perfect amount of lift if you want some, but still the comfort and general look of flats. They’ve got great reviews at Nordstrom, interestingly from reviewers aged 25-44. Nice. Piperlime has it in black and navy, Anthropologie has it in a speckled black and white, and Nordstrom Rack has a few lucky sizes in a mint green (but for $65!). The burgundy shoes pictured are $168 at Nordstrom. Matt Bernson Izabel Wedge
Coated canvas is always a nice option — it’s thick, durable, and easy to clean. This large canvas shopper at Lands’ End (which, they proudly note, was seen on Vogue.com) looks like a great tote bag for schlepping all your stuff — I like the option to personalize it in a fun color, also. The bag is super affordable — $68 marked down to $55 — and available in four color options. Nice. Lands’ End Women’s Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper
There are a lot of options for shoe shelves, but something about this one reminds me of the one I had under my desk for years at the law firm. We had big, covered L-shaped desks, and I mostly spent my working time facing either sideways or at the corner of the L — so when I found shoe shelves on sale one day at a random discount store on 14th Street, I decided they would be perfect to go on the inside floor of my desk. If you have a lot of pairs of shoes that live at the office, I highly recommend this method over the shoes-in-filing-cabinet method (which I’ve also used). This one looks nice, requires no tools for assembly, and is stackable if you have a lot of shoes (or more space). They’re sold two to a kit, marked down from $30 to $22 (with free shipping on all Umbra products through 10/18). Readers, how do you store your shoes at the office? Umbra Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf