Coffee Break: Individual 10 Tights

"Nude for You" Pantyhose: Wolford Individual 10 TightsI just saw a thing in O magazine about how Wolford just introduced nude tights in ten shades, which is great. They’re winning rave reviews over at Zappos, aside from a few reviewers who seem confused by the fact that Wolford named them tights. At 10 denier, though, they’re definitely more in line with sheer, very light hose — contrast that with the 100 denier of these opaque Wolford tights, or the 110 denier of everyone’s favorite Commando tights, and you can see the difference. The pictured Wolford hose are $50. Ladies, what is your favorite brand and color of “nude for you” hose? Wolford Individual 10 Tights

Psst 1: we just updated our Guide to Pantyhose.

Psst 2: We have tentatively decided to try a new sidebar feature called “recent threadjacks of interest” (currently live at the bottom of the sidebar). This isn’t mean to be exhaustive by any means, nor is it an endorsement of the comments therein — it just seemed like a fun way to highlight some of the great discussions going on.  (Yes, it took 8 years of great discussions on this blog for this to occur to me.)


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Francis Dress

Blue Work Dress: Sportmax Francis DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday, ladies! I’m loving the tailoring on this sleek, happy dress from Sportsmax — the seaming on the body and the back of the dress looks gorgeous, and I like the slightly loose, almost belled sleeves. The dress is $750, available in sizes XS-XL, at Sportmax Francis Dress

Here’s a more affordable option in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Layered Ruffle Tank

Sleeveless Top: Banana Republic Layered Ruffle TankOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This pretty, ruffled, sleeveless top looks like a great piece to layer under a blazer or cardigan for the office — and I think it would be adorable for the weekend with shorts. Oh, and did I mention it comes in basic black and white as well and is winning rave reviews? The top was originally $68 but is now on sale for $34, sizes XS-XL. Banana Republic Layered Ruffle Tank

Here’s a plus-size option.

Psst: Brooks Brothers has a killer sale going on today, with prices up to 70% off.  This nice basic suit jacket in regular and petites (with matching skirt and pants) is way down ($498 to $149); the sweater and handbag selection is also worth checking out.

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Coffee Break: Pebble Patent Shopper

white patent leather toteNordstrom notes that white bags are trending right now — so here’s a fun question: do you own white bags? How do you keep them clean?  Do you wear your white bags for work, or save them for the weekend? The only white bag I’ve ever had and wore regularly was a Treesje satchel that was white patent leather. (I think it was the Asher Zip; Nordstrom Rack still has a few non-white bags on sale today.) The fact that it was patent leather was a huge deal, because it meant regular dirt/dust/wear stains bounced off the bag, and while it occasionally did get scuffs, you could wipe off the scuffs pretty easily. But Nordstrom doesn’t have a single white patent leather bag in their roundup — so I’m linking to this lovely white patent shopper from Dooney & Bourke, available over at Zappos for $198. I particularly like the feet on the bag, as well as the fact that the handles are beige, so they’ll show dirt/cracks less. The bag also comes in black, mint, and oyster, all with beige handles. Dooney & Bourke Pebble Patent Shopper

On the more affordable side, this $25 bag at Amazon is similar and has 45 positive reviews.


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Fluid Cap-Sleeve Top

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

Reiss one-day sale 15% offGood news, ladies: there’s a one day only sale happening at Reiss today, where you can take 15% off sitewide.  This includes stuff already marked down, like this lovely blouse, which comes in this nice pink as well as a black/navy floral pattern.  I love the floaty, relaxed feeling of the blouse, mixed with the tailored waist — it seems professional but also romantic in a way.  It was originally $195, then marked to $132; with the sale another $20ish comes off at checkout. Ladies, what’s your favorite thing to buy at Reiss other than all the amazing dresses and suits — any wardrobe basics that you love? (Oh, and if you’re on a budget, do check out the Reiss Outlet — just sort by your size first!) Pictured: Fluid Cap-Sleeve Top Roseate

This $25 top has a similar vibe and comes in sizes XS-XXL; for plus sizes this top has a similar vibe, and there are a number of tops with floaty sleeves (chiffon, butterfly sleeveponcho, flutter-sleeve).

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Light Gray Summer Suit: Reiss Aleggra 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.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I kind of prefer light gray to white in the summer, even though every fashion magazine will tell you how a white suit is a must-have. (Let’s face it, though — the fashion magazine is probably telling to wear a white suit with shorts, or sleeveless blazer, or something else that’s a bit too trendy for an office where you actually would wear a suit.) Anyhoo: this light gray suit from Reiss looks perfect — sleek but light for the summer. The jacket (Reiss Aleggra Single-Breasted Blazer) is $445, the skirt (Reiss Aleggra Pencil Skirt) is $240, and the pants (not pictured: Reiss Aleggra Tailored Trousers) are $220.

Here’s a plus-size alternative (jacket + pants), as well as a more affordable option in regular and petite sizes (jacket and pants + skirt) and plus sizes (jacket + pants).

Admin Update: If the site has been weird/laggy/crashy for a few days for you, please tell us more in comments to this thread. I noticed a weird delay when I tried to comment, while logged in, in Chrome today on the Tales from the Wallet post, but thought it was just my computer.