Suit of the Week: Acne Studios

Acne 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.

We haven’t talked about ankle pants at work for a long while, so I’m curious: does this suit read as “conservative” to everyone else as it does to me? I think, for me, ankle pants have finally crossed the line and become appropriate for all but the most formal of work occasions (interview, presentation). I think the tailoring looks impeccable, and the wool/mohair blend sounds cozy and warm. The blazer (Acne Studios Wool Suit-Jacket) is $670, and the pants (Acne Studios Wool Suiting Pants) are $360, both at Saks.

Psst: J.Crew and Limited both have a similar look for less, and Lafayette 148 New York has a similar look (jacket + pants) for plus sizes.

 

 

 

Acne Studios womens suit

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Bryant Dress

Emploi New York Bryant Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I only just heard about the brand Emploi New York (although apparently not only have they been around for years, but they often hit Rue La La) and really like the look of their entire collection. It’s founded on the idea that a businesswoman needs a dress that “would not break her bank, would feel great against her skin, and would give her a shot at the corner office.” Nice. The pictured dress is available in sizes XS-L for $129 at Emploi New York. Emploi New York Bryant Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper

Lands' End Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper | CorporetteCoated canvas is always a nice option — it’s thick, durable, and easy to clean. This large canvas shopper at Lands’ End (which, they proudly note, was seen on Vogue.com) looks like a great tote bag for schlepping all your stuff — I like the option to personalize it in a fun color, also. The bag is super affordable — $68 marked down to $55 — and available in four color options. Nice. Lands’ End Women’s Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt

Elie Tahari Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m really liking the flared skirts that are starting to be everywhere (like the Kenzo skirt we featured a few weeks ago). This black and white pattern looks flattering yet versatile. Bloomingdale’s shows it with a crisp white blouse; I’d also wear it with a fitted, hip-length sweater in almost any color. It’s also available in a deep-red wool blend, and Neiman Marcus has it in dark green tweed. Lovely. It’s $268 at Bloomingdale’s. Elie Tahari Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option, and also a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf

Umbra Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf | CorporetteThere are a lot of options for shoe shelves, but something about this one reminds me of the one I had under my desk for years at the law firm. We had big, covered L-shaped desks, and I mostly spent my working time facing either sideways or at the corner of the L — so when I found shoe shelves on sale one day at a random discount store on 14th Street, I decided they would be perfect to go on the inside floor of my desk. If you have a lot of pairs of shoes that live at the office, I highly recommend this method over the shoes-in-filing-cabinet method (which I’ve also used). This one looks nice, requires no tools for assembly, and is stackable if you have a lot of shoes (or more space). They’re sold two to a kit, marked down from $30 to $22 (with free shipping on all Umbra products through 10/18). Readers, how do you store your shoes at the office? Umbra Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf 

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress

Ted Baker Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Verrrry innnteresting. I saw the name of this dress first and was intrigued, and asked my VA to hunt around to see if she could find a video of it online. (Here you go.) I like it even more, albeit for the right woman (and the right office) — I think if you’re comfortable making a high fashion statement, this dress is really fun, and is work appropriate but very interesting. I like. The dress (also available in green) is $295 at Nordstrom and ZapposTed Baker Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress

Here’s a lower-priced version and a plus-size alternative.

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