Coffee Break: Halftees

halftee-102_black We haven’t talked about demi camisoles in a while, but as summer is almost upon us, and everyone wants to shed unnecessary layers, now is a great time to discuss it. In hot weather, a regular slip or camisole just seems too heavy; they bunch up and they leave lines. Still: cleavage is never work appropriate, which is (often) the whole point of the camisole. Enter the demi-camisole, with a modest neckline but not a lot of fabric to bunch up around your waist. There are many companies that do this, but today I’m liking the look of these Halftees simple tanks — they come in 11 colors, are reversible, and are machine washable. Huzzah! They’re $17.99 at (but use code MOTHERS20 to take 20% off). Tank Style Halftee


Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Mary Bell Dress

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DvF Mary Bell DressOooh: I thought I was familiar with the various DvF wrap dresses, but I haven’t seen the Mary Bell before.  I like the longer, more work-appropriate length, the slightly less open feel to the V, the silk jersey, and here I am really digging the colorblocking.  Lovely.  The dress is $468 at Bergdorf Goodman.  DvF Mary Bell Dress

Here’s a more affordable DVF dress; here’s a more affordable wrap dress that comes in plus sizes and regular sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Frond Pencil Skirt

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Loft Frond Pencil SkirtLoft has a TON of nice prints out right now — I like the pictured palm frond skirt, but there are a bunch of others (this ikat cardigan, this gridstroke blouse, this tropic linen tee, or for the weekend, this floral midi dress, this space dyed pencil skirt, or this zebra stripe tank and maxi . . . ). In other interesting news, if you’re trying to build a capsule wardrobe this summer, note that if you search on the color name at Loft, it pulls up many complementary things in the same color, including solids and different prints (for example, try this search on “turquoise bliss“). It’s kind of fun to scroll through and look at the different outfits as styled on the models. The pictured skirt is available in petite, tall, and regular sizes 00-16 (as well as curvy regular and petite sizes!). It was $69 but with today’s sale it comes down to $41.40. Loft Frond Pencil Skirt

Here are two plussize options. If you’re looking for a higher end version, check out these two similar palm frond skirts.

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Coffee Break: Leather Satchel

I amBrooks Brothers Leather Satchel torn between two bags at Brooks Brothers right now. This dark blue leather satchel looks sophisticated and sleek, and I feel like the Saffiano leather would wear better. But: maybe this bright cobalt one is more me (and it’s on sale for $150-$199, depending on the day). Hmmmn. The pictured bag is $498. Brooks Brothers Leather Satchel

Here is a lower-priced option.


Thursday’s TPS Report: Floral Pleat Flounce Skirt

Ann Taylor Floral Pleat Flounce Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ann Taylor has some cute flouncy skirts for sale right now, which look great — this one on sale even has pockets. Lovely. The pictured skirt is $98, full price, and available in petite and regular sizes, 00-18. Ann Taylor Floral Pleat Flounce Skirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

Corporette's Suit of the Week: HalogenFor 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 pretty little skirt suit first struck me as green, for some reason, and I thought, oh, what an unusual color. It is in fact a gray and white pattern instead (you can see the pattern below, up close), which may make it even more versatile than a light green suit.  I like it as pictured with a simple white blouse, but I also would use the opportunity to add a bold color — a bright yellow always seems a natural thing to pair with a gray suit, but that’s me; cobalt or red are both lovely as well, while a purple or pastel tends to be a bit more safe, subdued.  The suit is available in both regular and petite sizes (as well as plus sizes, which are on sale); regular sizes run 0-16.  The jacket (Halogen® ‘Impulse’ Suit Jacket) is $138; the the pants (Halogen® ‘Taylor – Impulse’ Pants) are $88, and the skirt (Halogen® ‘Impulse’ Pencil Suit Skirt) is $69.

Update: There seem to be a number of Halogen suits on sale for 40% off — lots of nice ones, including this navy dot, this navy-white crosshatch one, and this previously featured peplum one.

Corporette's Suit of the Week: Halogen