Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: No Peep Easy to Iron Striped Shirt

marks and spencer no peep easy to iron shirtOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader J wrote in to recommend this shirt, noting: “I just bought a shirt from Marks & Spencer and thought, as a larger chested woman, it was the greatest thing ever. They sell ‘no-peep’ shirts which feature an extra (hidden) button around the bust, making sure that there are no gaps without making the shirt look weird with an extra button. They sell a bunch of them and I thought it would be great to share my find with other women who often have this problem.” Nice! We’ve rounded up other blouses for the busty, and I’ve often noted that England is awesome for bust-friendly clothing, but I haven’t seen the M&S “no peep” line before. The shirt is £18, which comes out to around $28. Nice. (To convert to U.S. sizes, check this size guide.) Marks & Spencer No Peep Easy to Iron Striped Shirt

Note that M&S is offering free delivery to the U.S. on all orders until 12/17.

Psst: I also like this silk one, and this plus-sized one.

Update: Note that 6pm is having a 12-12 sale with prices marked to $24, $36, and $48 — lots of 80%+ discounts to be had, like this nice JNY blazer or this Tahari dress, both for $24.  Here’s a link to the general officewear section of the sale, and one for the blazers on sale (some of which are not showing up in the officewear section, annoyingly).

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Printed Cotton Pencil Skirt

Boden Printed Cotton Pencil Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I can’t help it, I love this green and black skirt. It’s a great color, it’s fun, and (to me, at least) it didn’t register as “green leopard!” until I saw Boden describe it that way. It was $88, but is now marked to $52.80. Boden Printed Cotton Pencil Skirt

For a plus-size alternative, here are a couple of pencil skirts with interesting prints.

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Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Austin Reed Signature BlazerFor 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.

Austin Reed has some crazy sales going — lots of lucky sizes, unfortunately. This Signature black suit, though, is still available in most sizes — and while the discounts aren’t the steepest (33-36%), it’s still something. It looks classic and lovely. The jacket (Signature Collarless Zip Jacket) was $410, now marked to $262; the skirt (Signature Skirt) was $229, but is now marked to $148; the pants (Signature Trousers) were $248, but are now marked to $165.

Here’s a plus-size alternative (only one size left, alas).

Austin Reed Signature Womens Suit

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Scoop Neck Sheath Suit Dress

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Anne Klein Malachite DressThere’s a great deal on this dress today, which I liked even when I thought it was more: it was $99, but is now $56. I think it’s an unusual color for a sheath dress, but I suspect it’ll be a versatile one.  Obviously in the spring and summer you can wear it with white/navy accents… right now I think it would be great with black tights, tall boots, a black boyfriend sweater, and pop of purple in there somewhere — perhaps a belt, perhaps a necklace. It’s available in sizes 0-14 for $56, and eligible for Prime. (There’s a nice “matching” blazer as well.) Anne Klein Scoop Neck Sheath Suit Dress

I’m kind of surprised I can’t find a matching plus size AK dress, but ah well: I like this green plus-size sweater dress (very different green though).

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Iona Sleeveless Round Cutout Sheath Dress

Raoul Iona Sleeveless Round Cutout Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Let’s face it: I have rarely met a keyhole dress that I didn’t like — but this wine-colored dress has something special. I love the stretchy knit, the fun cutout, and the other little details throughout — the darts at the hip and bust, the faux-collar at the neck (which I haven’t seen before, I don’t think), and the banded waist. Lovely. I’d avoid a necklace here and go with a great pair of earrings, perhaps a cuff, perhaps a brooch or two on the clavicle. It’s available in limited sizes at Neiman Marcus — was $375, now marked to $225. Raoul Iona Sleeveless Round Cutout Sheath Dress

Here’s a similar plus-size option, and a few great affordable options.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Stellita Fit Wool Herringbone Jacket

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Brooks Brothers Stellita Fit Wool Herringbone JacketHappy Green Monday! We’ll be rounding up the sales happening later today, but for the moment, it’s Splurge Monday! Brooks Brothers has done it again with a gorgeous, rich color in a professional, versatile blazer. I love the berry color, as well as the herringbone pattern and texture to the wool. Gorgeous. I’d wear it with just about any neutral (black, navy, gray, winter white, beige — I’d even try it with brown) and if I wanted to play with a pop of contrasting color, I’d try a dark green. The blazer is $498, available in sizes 00-16. Brooks Brothers Stellita Fit Wool Herringbone Jacket

Here’s a very similar plus-sized blazer (here’s a less similar but far more affordable option), and here’s a more affordable regular-sized option (and a much less expensive option).

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