Tuesday’s TPS Report: Maggie Ruffle Detail Silk Blouse

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

Reiss Maggie Ruffle Detail Silk Blouse | CorporetteI was looking at blazers online recently and saw this gorgeous blouse. The product page absolutely doesn’t do justice do it, nor does our little thumbnail (taken from one of the suit pages)– it’s a simple, collarless, buttoned silk blouse with ruffled edges. The effect of the ruffles is to give some interesting texture when close up, but also some weight to the placket, so that when it’s worn unbuttoned a bit you get an interesting, almost slouchy drape. I also love that the stripes on the ruffles go in a different direction than the stripes on the blouse. Love it. The blouse is $245 at Reiss. Reiss Maggie Ruffle Detail Silk Blouse

Here’s a blouse with a lower price tag (more sizes here), another lower-priced option, and one that’s available in regular and plus sizes.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Open Blazer with Cropped Back

Sportmax Code Open Blazer with Cropped Back | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I wasn’t familiar with Sportmax Code until LookLive brought it to my attention, but it’s apparently a diffusion line from Max Mara. I love the look of this blazer with a slightly curved hem, so it’s a bit cropped in the back — it’s an interesting take on peplum, and a more fluid look to my eyes than some of the blazers with big notches in the back. I like. This one is $475 at ASOS. Sportmax Code Open Blazer with Cropped Back

A couple of lower-priced versions are here and here, and two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

Ann Taylor Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There is just a teeny, tiny splash of mint here, which elevates this cardigan beyond your basic black and white. I always like mint with cobalt, as well as dark purple, but that’s me — obviously neutrals like black, navy, gray, and beige would look great with this cardigan, as would pastels. It’s $59.50 full price, but today is marked to $29.50. Loft Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

A couple of plus-size alternatives are here (reversible) and here.

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Coffee Break: ‘Bond’ d’Orsay Leather Pump

Kurt Geiger London 'Bond' d'Orsay Leather Pump | CorporetteWe’ve had a fairly conservative week thus far — a black suit! beige pumps! a white blouse! — so I’ll admit: I was on the hunt for a really colorful, playful pair of heels. These Sergio Rossi pumps were strong contenders, but then I saw these Kurt Geigers — while less crazy in color, that super skinny stiletto is h-o-t. I think the pink is fun, but note that they do come in a black, as well as a beige patent. They’re $500 at Nordstrom (read the reviews re sizing if you’re tempted). Kurt Geiger London ‘Bond’ d’Orsay Leather Pump

A couple of lower-priced d’Orsay pumps are here and here (available in pink and other colors).


Thursday’s TPS Report: Wrap Front Blouse

Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been ogling this wrap front blouse for a few weeks now — it looks like an interesting take on a simple white blouse. I see it with a bold color somewhere — a necklace, or perhaps a fun pencil skirt — but obviously it would be very easy with neutrals as well. The blouse was $125, but is now marked to $95 at Last Call. Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse

Here’s a similar style in plus sizes.

Psst: I noticed that one of the reader favorite dresses from the past, the Karen Kane ruched dress, is on sale at Nordstrom in basic black for $86.

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Suit of the Week: Theory …(and, the Differences Between the Different Gabes)

Theory-different-gabesFor 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.

OK. I don’t know if I’m the only one who has been confused by Theory lately, but there have been so.many.tweaks to staples in their line, with minimum changes to the name of the style.  Their staple suiting pieces have, at least in recent years, been the Gabe (blazer), Golda (skirt), Max (bootcut pants), Emery (wider trousers), Betty (sheath dress).  Let’s take the blazer for example — first it was just the Gabe blazer. Then it was the Gabe B. blazer.  Then it was the Gabe B.2 blazer.  Now it’s the Custom Gabe Blazer.  I saw this “Urban Gabe Blazer” at Last Call and my head exploded — was this a new diffusion line?  So I called the store to see if they could give me some insight.  It’s actually pretty simple:  all of the old Gabe blazers are obsolete and not being produced any more (including the one pictured below, which is why it’s on sale).  The newest version is the Custom Gabe, which has a wider lapel and is more structured through the bodice.  “Urban” is the name for the fabric that went with one of the previous versions (the Gabe B.2 I believe); the current fabric they’re using is named Edition.  (“Tailor” is another fabric name you may recognize, which I believe went with Gabe B.) The new fabric is a similar wool blend, but has a bit more stretch and feels a bit softer.)  Some of the old product pages still exist on Nordstrom, so I’ve taken screenshots of them all here for comparison purposes if you bought one in the past, liked it, and are trying to stock up on sale online (Gabe B., Gabe B.2, Custom Gabe).

In the MEANTIME, yes, Last Call has a pretty good price on an older version.  The jacket (Gabe B 2 Urban One-Button Blazer) is $299, formerly $375; the pants (Max 2 Urban Bootcut Trousers) are $199, down from $275.  Additionally, there’s a less traditional blazer, also in the Urban fabric (Theory Lanai Urban Open-Front Blazer), was $375, now $279.  Last Call has all three in both black and oatmeal.

Plus size readers, please discuss: what is the classic black suiting that comes in plus sizes, and is thought of along similar lines? What is your go-to brand? I could link to a similar black suit for a plus-size comp, but I’m more interested in the discussion — is there a brand or suit that has a similar Hall of Fame status?

Theory suiting