Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Leopard Print Burnout Top

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

Loft Leopard Burnout TopMaybe it’s me, but it seems like blue leopard accents are EVERYWHERE right now. I haven’t been able to get this lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirt out of my head since I first saw it a few weeks ago — it looks like a great layering tee for work or weekend. Obviously, you can wear it on top of a camisole for an easy, relaxed look.  That said, if you want to get creative with it, you can always try it as a base layer beneath a sheath dress — it looks like it would be a great match for a dark gray sheath dress, maybe with a similar neckline or a V. The tee is $24.50 full price, but is now $10, no code needed. The shirt is available in sizes XXS-XL (also available in grey/black), and is machine washable. Loft Leopard Burnout Top

Here are a few plus size versions

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Coffee Break: Seymour Textured-Leather Tote

Anya Hindmarch Seymour Textured-Leather Tote | CorporetteOoh, I love this 10×15 tote from Anya Hindmarch — the yellow color is so striking, and I think it would be a fun briefcase alternative. I’d wear this color of yellow all year long, but particularly now in the fall as a complement to dark greens, reds, and oranges, as well as a fun pop against dark gray and navy in general. The bag was $1,795, but is now marked to $628 at The Outnet. Anya Hindmarch Seymour Textured-Leather Tote

(Here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives: Kate Spade New York has a similarly styled bag that has a color block of yellow and yellow details (final sale), and this mustard tote from Aldo is reduced to just $51 at Bon-Ton.)

Thursday’s TPS Report: Abella Poplin Peplum Blouse

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Classiques Entier Abella Poplin Peplum BlouseI gotta say, I’m a bit surprised that the peplum trend is still going strong. Not only is it going strong, but I find myself liking it more and more every day. Take, for example, this pretty blouse from Classiques Entier…  I like the crispness, the light blue color, and perhaps even a bit of the wit — taking such a staple from the boys’ closet and making it so feminine. It’s 40% off, too — was $148, now marked to $88.80 at the Nordstrom Clearance Sale (check out our other workwear picks from the sale!). Classiques Entier Abella Poplin Peplum Blouse

Here’s a plus-size non-iron blouse.

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Psst: Surprise! The 75% off Kate Spade sale has been extended another day.  Huzzah!




Suit of the Week: Armani Collezioni

Armani Featherweight Wool 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’re still working on our Nordstrom sale roundup, but in the meantime… I fell in love with this dress and blazer combo when I first saw it a week or so ago — it looks so classic, yet feminine.  Love.  The jacket (Armani Collezioni Two Button Featherweight Wool Jacket) is $1245, the pants (Armani Collezioni Straight Leg Featherweight Wool Pants) is $595, and the dress (Armani Collezioni Featherweight Wool Dress) is $995.

On the more affordable side of things, here’s another lightweight wool navy suit: blazer, pants, and sheath dress. Similarly, here’s a plus size version: blazer, pants, and pencil skirt.

Psst: You can save up to 75% at Kate Spade New York’s surprise sale, going on now through 11/5!



Armani Collezioni Featherweight Wool Suit | Corporette

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Atwood Blazer

Sunday Best Atwood Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the simple, structured look to this $125 (!) blazer at Aritzia (where they actually have a ton of nice looking blazers under $150). This one is fully lined, and made of an imported wool twill stretch fabric. Sadly, I can’t find a matching pant, skirt, or dress, so this blazer is purely a separate. Still: it’s a really nice looking one, and for $125 it’s hard to beat. Sunday Best Atwood Blazer

Here are two similar plus-size blazers.

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Psst: The Nordstrom Clearance Sale just started, with savings up to 40% through November 11.  Stay tuned for a roundup later today, but at first glance (at the shoes, handbags, and accessories at least), it looks like there’s great inventory for Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, and Cole Haan shoes, as well as Kate Spade New York bags and jewelry, as well as bags from Michael Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tory Burch.


Coffee Break: Moonlace Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf

DVF Moonlace Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf | CorporetteYes, yes, I love a good blue detail — but I also like the mixture of prints on this scarf. What fun! Five different patterns mix and mingle, making this a lightweight statement piece that packs a lot of punch. I’d wear it with a very simple, neutral outfit otherwise, such as a black scoopneck tee and black trousers. The scarf is $178 at Diane von Furstenberg Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf

Here’s a lower-priced scarf with multiple patterns.

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