Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Textured Sleeveless V-Neck Dress

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Escada Textured Sleeveless V-Neck DressMan oh man — this emerald sheath dress is gorgeous. I love the slightly heathered look to the wool/silk blend, as well as the texture to the fabric — it just adds another dimension. I’d wear it with pumps and a blazer for the office, perhaps accessorized with a brooch near the clavicle, and/or a small, delicate round necklace (like my Maya Brenner initial necklace, or perhaps a diamond solitaire necklace). It’s $1,375 at Bloomingdale’s. Escada Textured Sleeveless V-Neck Dress

Looking for something similar? Here’s an $80 dress, and a really cool plus-sized version.

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Psst:  I’ve often been hesitant to give “similar” recommendations for our pricier picks since, in fact, I usually choose the pieces based on their individuality — but I thought I’d give it a go this week, at least for our pricier TPS days.  Let me know your thoughts, ladies! 

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Platinum Jersey Tee

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Talbots Platinum Jersey TeeI’m always a fan of the simple tee beneath blazers, and this jersey tee from Talbots is highly rated, and available in a huge range of sizes (XS-XL in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites) and eight colors. For those of you hunting for the opaque white tee, take note: this one is double-layered in the front. It’s machine washable, and I like the boatneck. It’s $49.50 (with a very limited sale selection marked as low as $15.99.) Talbots Platinum Jersey Tee

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Coffee Break: Architettura Candle

Fornasetti Architettura candleMy mother raised me to generally dislike what she called “dust catchers,” and this is definitely that — but it’s gorgeous. I’d burn the thyme, lavender, and cedarwood (yum!) scented candle at home, and then use the ceramic jar on my vanity, coffee table, or yes, at the office. It’s $190 (yeouch), exclusive to Net-a-Porter. Fornasetti Architettura Thyme, Lavender and Cedarwood scented candle

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Collection Sheath Dress

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Limited Collection SheathI’m intrigued by the new “Collection,” er, collection, at The Limited. They have a ton of suiting options, including this simple sheath dress — and they all look pretty great (and they’re all machine washable, I think). Love the high neckline, and the nipped in waist. It’s available in sizes 00-16 in regular, petite, and talls, in navy, gray, and black, for $98. Limited Collection Sheath

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Corporette's Suit of the Week: TheoryFor 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 think it’s official: the long blazer is back. I saw a woman wearing one a week or so ago (in the wild) and thought she looked very chic, and TONS of designers are showing them. I have mixed feelings about the trend, as someone sort of lived through it the first time (it was a big part of my look for Mock Trial and other gussied-up school events when I was a teenager — I’ll see if I can find a picture for Throwback Thursday on Instagram).  I think it’s inherently a casual look, at least as styled here, but it’s not altogether unflattering. I would probably wear it with a blouse with a bit more shape to it — perhaps a fitted button-front — but I hesitantly like it. (This “dark merlot” color is gorgeous, though, and very easy for me to like!)  Ladies, what do you think of the trend? The blazer (Theory Marcella Blazer) is $455, and the pants (Theory Louise Urban Trousers) are $275, both at ShopBop.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Pleated Lattice Skirt in Hidden Floral

J. Crew Pleated Lattice Skirt in Hidden Floral | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This pleated lattice skirt looks fun and swingy for a casual day at the office, and that pattern looks amazing — black, navy, white, with bursts of orange. Love. It’s $118 at J.Crew. J. Crew Pleated Lattice Skirt in Hidden Floral

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