Splurge Tuesday’s TPS Report: Belted Silk Wrap Blouse

Carolina Herrera Belted Silk Wrap Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Hell-o. We’ve seen a ton of iterations of this belted/wrapped blouse combo (some good, some not) — I usually like ‘em all. I do think the key to making it non-bathrobe-like is the emphasis on the waist (or, the flared bit below the belt). The more the waist is emphasized, and the wider the flare is, the more dramatic it looks, and the better. I like that this one is silk, and Carolina Herrera definitely knows feminine but professional blouses. This blouse is $2,290 at Neiman Marcus. Carolina Herrera Belted Silk Wrap Blouse

Here’s an option that’s a bit more affordable; also check out Anne Fontaine.  Here’s a crisp white plus-size option, as well as a silk wrapped blouse in plus sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Pleated Top

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Ann Taylor Pleated TopAnn Taylor has started the weekend sales early and strong: take an extra 60% off all sale styles, and 40% off all full price styles. There are a TON of crepe blouses among the sale styles, many of them highly rated. Lots of lucky sizes, so start your filter there, but this shirt is the rare one that has almost all sizes left in one of the colors. I like the look of it — the seafoam green feels like a slightly different hue than other greens I’ve seen recently.  Reviewers tout how great it looks after being washed as well as how it fits. Huzzah. It was $79, then marked to $69, but with the 60% off code (SHOPBIG) it comes down to $28. Pleated Top

Here’s a plus-size pick in a seafoam green, as well as a very different but lovely crepe shell.

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Coffee Break: Lila Twirl Earrings

Maria Black Fine Jewelry Lila TwirlI’m intrigued by these cool earrings that curve around your lobe. The brand has a ton of similar earrings; for some reason I like these the best. They seem interesting but effortless, cutting edge but work appropriate, and I think once you got the curved loop figured out, they’d be very comfortable (much like my beloved huggies). (They remind me a bit of these earrings, which were also a solid piece.) They’re $475 at Net-a-Porter. Maria Black Fine Jewelry Lila Twirl Earrings

P.S. Note that Net-a-Porter is a member of the “Responsible Jewellery Council,” which commits to follow a code of practices that addresses “human rights, labour rights, environmental rights, mining practices, product disclosure, and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain.” Interesting — this is my first time hearing of the group.

P.P.S. Net-a-Porter also has a lower-priced option from Maria Black in gold-plated silver.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Perfect Parisian Sheath

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Ports 1961 Perfect Parisian Sheath | CorporetteOh kay! Game on. I was going to blog about this baby back when it was available for rent, but then I got distracted. But NOW, it’s even better: it’s available for sale. And it’s $87… down from $695. My strongest association with Ports 1961 is with an old commenter who was obsessed with the brand. (Shayna, this one’s for you, wherever you are.) ANYHOO: I’m not a huge fan of the desk-to-dinner dress (just change, say I), but this one looks like it would walk the line beautifully. It’s $87 at Rent the Runway’s clearance sale, with almost all sizes 2-12 still available. Ports 1961 Perfect Parisian Sheath

(Psst: the absolute best part of RTW is the pictures of customers wearing their dresses — definitely check ‘em out if you have not already. It’s fun to see women of all shapes and sizes, and it’s always kind of a pick-me-up to see people gussied up at happy events like weddings, parties, and more.)

Another good workwear option is this Cedric Charlier dress.

Here are a lower-priced option and a plus-sized alternative.

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Suit of the Week: McQueen

McQueen Crêpe Cobalt 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 found this lovely suit while writing about the Armani cobalt blazer — I worried that cobalt waned for a moment in popularity, but it seems to be back this season. I love the sharp shoulders of this Alexander McQueen blazer, and I love how everything about it is tailored to define your waist — angled pockets, single button, and padded shoulders. The cropped pants aren’t my favorite (they seem to be getting into pedal pusher territory), but I can see wearing them as a separate and together with the blazer when I wanted a Statement Look. The jacket (Alexander McQueen Crepe blazer) is $2,085, and the pants (Alexander McQueen Cropped crepe tapered pants) are $785.

OK, tough act to follow, but here are other options: a lower-priced skirt suit in a bright shade of blue and a plus-sized suit that comes in a “navy” color that’s brighter than most.

McQueen Womens Suit

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Sunmosa Ponte’ Seam Detail Dress

Classiques Entier 'Sunmosa Ponte' Seam Detail Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love a good discount, and there’s a ton of Classiques Entier on sale at Nordstrom for 40-60% off. This simple sheath dress (and its sleeved version) is now 40% off, in both the blue pictured as well as simple black. I like the high neckline and interesting seaming details at the waist, and the color seems really lovely. It was $228, but is now marked to $136.80 (sizes 0-16). Classiques Entier ‘Sunmosa Ponte’ Seam Detail Dress

Other great sale pieces: here, here, and here.

Here’s a lower-priced option (and one more, here), and a plus-sized alternative.

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