Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Three-Button Knit Jacket

Neiman Marcus Three-Button Knit Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I always love knit sweater jackets like this — they’re a step up from a cardigan, but less formal (and more comfortable) than a blazer. This viscose/nylon knit looks lovely, and black is certainly versatile. The jacket was $115, then marked to $79, but with today’s sale it comes down to $47. Neiman Marcus Three-Button Knit Jacket

Here’s a plus-sized alternative as well.

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Coffee Break: ‘Desiree Unzipped’ Pump

Charlotte Olympia 'Desiree Unzipped' Pump | CorporetteThis brand Charlotte Olympia is new to me, but I noticed it a few weeks ago while looking through Nordstrom’s site (and now it’s part of the designer shoe sale going on). All of the shoes seem to have a bit of wit to them, in the best way — sophisticated, and in some cases barely noticeable. (These flats are, well, noticeable, but kind of hilarious, no?) I like the traditional color scheme (beige and black), the tassel detail… and then the amusing unzipped look. The 3″ heels are marked down: they were $895, but are now marked to $537. Charlotte Olympia ‘Desiree Unzipped’ Pump

Here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Faux Leather Trim Ponte Sheath Dress

Adrianna Papell Faux Leather Trim Ponte Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We all know: I’m a sucker for an interesting seam detail. I am also a sucker for a good dark blue/black combo — and a dress with sleeves. And then when you put that dress on sale… well, consider me smitten. The dress was $118, but is now marked down to $70.80 (a lot of sizes still left). Adrianna Papell Faux Leather Trim Ponte Sheath Dress

Also nice, and also on sale: Adrianna Papell Colorblock Jersey Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

Brooks-Brothers-womens-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.

This suit is not for everyone, obviously — but it immediately jumped out to me as a cool, timeless suit for a bold woman. I love the way the black and white pattern gets darker at the bottom of the jacket (and lighter at the bottom of the skirt), and in general the four-button, collarless look is great. I like it as styled, and would try to wear it with black or white — if I wanted to add a pop of color I’d do it with a bold red lip, or a red or pink pump, or a purple bag. (Personally I’m not a fan of the leopard print shoes with the suit, as styled — it’s pushing the boundaries for me of a tasteful, professional pattern mix.  I’d either want to add a dark brown top to stick with the leopard print shoes, or try another black and white print (dalmatian or the like) instead.  (Ladies, what are your thoughts on the leopard print shoes?)   The jacket (Wool Blend Boucle Jacket) is $398, and the skirt (Wool Boucle Pencil Skirt) is $248, both at Brooks Brothers.

Here’s a similar plus size option, and here’s a similar, less expensive option. (This previous plus-size pick has very limited sizes, but is now on sale.)

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Brooks Brothers' Black and White Boucle Women's Suit | Corporette

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Knit Moto Jacket

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

Ann Taylor Knit Moto JacketI really like the look of this knit moto jacket, on sale at Ann Taylor. The faux leather details look lux, the asymmetrical zip lends a bit of an edge, and in general it looks like a nice step up from a cardigan (or step down from a more structured blazer). It’s available in regular, petite, and tall sizes — was $179, then marked to $150, but with the extra 40% off with today’s sale (no code) it comes down to $89. Ann Taylor Knit Moto Jacket

Here’s a similar plus-size pick.

P.S. Note that Nordstrom has a ton of Jimmy Choo shoes on sale as part of their designer clearance sale.  This previously featured Max Mara dress is down to $270!

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Coffee Break: Braided Handle Tote Bag

Tumbled Leather Braided Handle Tote Bag I haven’t seen as interesting a bag as this — for as cheap as this — for a long while, so I had to post.  I love those folds in the leather, the shaped opening, and even the braided handles. It’s a faux-leather (PVC) tote bag with silvertone hardware, and at 13″H x 17″W x 5″D, more than big enough. (Also note: if you’re hunting for a great gift for a vegan friend, this may be your ticket.) The bag was $110, then was marked to $75, but with today’s sale, comes down to $45. Tumbled Leather Braided Handle Tote Bag