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


Wednesday’s TPS Report: New Jeanne Jersey Wrap Dress

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New Jeanne Jersey Wrap DressI’ve been doing this blog a long time now (almost 7 years!) so I can say this with some authority: Saks Off Fifth has some of the lowest prices I’ve seen on DvF dresses. There’s a good selection of prints and solids for her wrap dresses (Jeanne and Julian), most at $137, down from $398. I may remember seeing the dress in years past as low as $125, but that is rare — so if you like it, consider pulling the trigger today. Full disclosure: the wrap dress, while iconic, may not work for everyone — personally I’m not a fan of it and get a lot more wear out of dresses like the Bevin, Jori, or the April (now as low as $119), but that’s me. The pictured dress is available in sizes 0-12 for $137. New Jeanne Jersey Wrap Dress

Here are two plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: ‘Luna Pearl’ Fluted Earrings

Lagos 'Luna Pearl' Fluted Earrings | CorporetteI love pearls, and I hate post earrings, so it is perhaps not surprising that I really like these pearl earrings with lever backs from Lagos. Two things to note: First, these are pretty big earrings — 12MM — but that can be a great look, particularly for a woman with more of a preppy vibe. Second, I would not recommend wearing these with a pearl necklace — the whole look would just be too matchy-matchy for me. (But, hey, you do you.) The earrings are $295 at Nordstrom. Lagos ‘Luna Pearl’ Fluted Earrings


Tuesday’s TPS Report: Wool Windowpane Pencil Skirt

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Windowpane Skirt Brooks BrothersI’m a sucker for MOST black and white patterns, truth be told, but I especially like this black and white windowpane skirt. It’s got a borrowed-from-the-boys feel on an otherwise feminine garment, and has a preppy but fresh vibe.  (I am less keen on the matching jacket, either as a separate or a set… but it does exist.) The skirt is $161 at Brooks Brothers. Wool Windowpane Pencil Skirt

(Another suit separate where I don’t like the matching jacket: these gorgeous plaid wool trousers.)

Here are a few more affordable options, as well as two plus-size options.

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