Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Silk Half Sleeve T Blouse

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

Uniqlo Half-Sleeve Silk BlouseReader NP wrote in to sing the praises of this blouse, noting, “I bought this blouse a month ago and am obsessed with it. Washable silk! It’s so modern but totally work appropriate. I wore it under a suit for an interview.”  Nice!  I like the high-low hem, the dolman sleeves, and the fact that it comes in eight colors.  It’s $49.95 at Uniqlo in sizes XS-L. Silk Half Sleeve T Blouse

Psst: here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Audrey Patricia Brief Tote

Lodis Audrey Patricia Brief Tote | CorporetteI am normally not an orange person, but this bright, happy tote looks wonderful — professional yet bold and fashionable.  I’d wear it with reds (ooh, especially a nice red jacket), pinks, blacks, navy, and cobalt blue.  It was $298, but is now marked to $180 at 6pm. Lodis Accessories Audrey Patricia Brief Tote

Psst: here’s a less expensive option, marked to $60 today.

Thursday’s TPS Report: 7th Avenue Bootcut Pant

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7th Avenue Bootcut PantNew York & Company has a number of cute pants right now, and considering they’re having a B1G1-50% off sale (plus free shipping on orders over $50), I thought I’d share. My top two picks would be this nice dark blue bootcut pant — it’s distinctive and interesting but still super easy to wear with white, black, or navy on top; if you want to have a bit of fun with it wear it with purple, oxblood, or the green that’s everywhere this season.  I like that the pants are machine washable, available in sizes 0-18, and highly rated. My second pick: this lovely speckled tweed pant, also machine washable.  (Fine, this skirt is pretty cute too.)  The pictured blue pants are marked $52.95. 7th Avenue Bootcut Pant

Psst: here’s a plus-size option that’s similar.

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Suit of the Week: Limited

Corporette's Suit of the Week: The LimitedCorporette's Suit of the Week: The LimitedFor 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 haven’t seen a lot of green suits before — what do we think? Too real estate agent?  I like the slightly tweedy look to the fabric (closeup below), and the zip pockets feel fresh, although I do wish that skirt were longer than 19″.  The jacket (Zip Pocket Jacket) is available in sizes XS-XL for $138, the skirt (Pleated Skirt) is $59.95, sizes XS-XL, and the pants (Drew Simply Straight Pants) are $89.95.  Note that The Limited is currently having a B1G1 promotion for jackets, pants, skirts, and dresses — buy one, get one free.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Pintuck Ponte Sheath Dress

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Ellen Tracy Pintuck Ponte Sheath Dress | CorporetteThis dress reminds me of one of my favorite dresses from last year, also by Ellen Tracy, also a ponte. This one has 3/4 sleeves and more details at the waist, but it looks every bit as wearable as last year’s version. It’s fully lined, and available online only in sizes 2-16. Ellen Tracy Pintuck Ponte Sheath Dress

Psst: Whoa, hold the phone, last year’s version (short-sleeved, slightly wider neckline) is available this year in a white and a lovely red print. Here’s a 3/4 sleeved sheath dress with some great jacquard features for plus sizes.

 

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Coffee Break: Diema Pump

Calvin Klein Diema | CorporetteI was looking through one of our old posts on comfortable heels the other day and noticed that a few readers had recommended this particular style from Calvin Klein a few years ago.  I was impressed to  see that it’s still available, full price, in numerous colors — this is the mark of a solid shoe, in my experience. It’s racked up 297 positive reviews on Zappos (four star rating), and looks like a great budget-friendly option if you’re looking for a low heel (1.5″). It’s available in five colors, sizes 5-11, at Zappos for $69.  (6pm.com has a leopard pony version for $71, also.)  Calvin Klein Diema