Coffee Break: Alice High Heel

Boden Alice High Heel | CorporetteOooh: I love the look of these high heels from Boden — I love the way the T-strap doesn’t come all the way up to to the ankle, as some do, but instead sits lower on the vamp of the foot, which is a much more flattering look. I’m more a fan of the solid/colorblocked shoes myself (such as the purple/navy/teal ones, pictured), but they also come in some polka dotted versions for the girliest of girls among you (but you may want to revisit our conversation on when girly clothes become unprofessional). They’re $178 at Boden. Boden Alice High Heel

Here’s a lower-priced alternative.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Ottoman Knit V-Neck Peplum Top

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

Halogen Ottoman Knit V-neck Peplum TopIf you like the ease of t-shirts but hate the thinness or sheerness, you may want to consider this top — the ottoman knit is a sturdy, ribbed effect that’s just a bit more interesting than ponte.  I like that this one has a respectable V, and the little peplum looks perfect for wearing with pencil skirts, jeans, suits — anything.  It’s available in black and navy, regular and petites, for $68 at Nordstrom.  Halogen Ottoman Knit V-Neck Peplum Top

Here’s are three plus-size options. (Don’t forget to check out our new page with plus-size workwear picks!)

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Suit of the Week: Basler

Black Womens PantsuitFor 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 first noticed the three button blazer with darts and peplum — which turns out to be the most unusual piece of a fairly standard black suit. It all looks well made, though, and I like the many separates offered, all of which are made from a triacetate/polyester blend; the bottoms are lined in acetate and are machine washable; the blazers are lined in viscose and the care instructions are to dry clean. At this price point I’d put the suit in the same league as Theory and some of the Hugo Boss lines, which surprisingly is a fairly small league — lots below it (Ann Taylor and the like), and lots above it (Armani and the like). There are two blazers (BASLER Three Button Pleated Back Blazer and BASLER Short Two Button Blazer), both $495, two pencil skirts (BASLER 24.5″ Pencil Skirt and BASLER 26″ Pencil Skirt), both $250, and a straight leg pair of pants for $275 (BASLER Diana Pants) and a wide leg for $295 (BASLER Bella Pants). All of the pieces are exclusive to Bloomingdale’s; all are available in black, and some are also available in navy, sizes 34-50.

Here are some lower-priced suit separates and a few pieces in plus sizes (blazer, pants, and skirt).

Basler Black Suiting | Corporette

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Howard Blazer

Rag & Bone Howard Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I had to rub my eyes a bit when I saw the price on this blazer — $129!!! For a Rag and Bone blazer! (If inventory holds, there are also one or two lucky sizes left on this leather lapel blazer from the brand, marked down to $139). The colorblocking isn’t for everyone; nor is the cotton blend boucle, but it’s a great find for the right woman. It was $535, but is now marked to $129 at Barney’s Warehouse (final sale only, alas). Rag & Bone Howard Blazer

(Note that these shoes are on sale as well — recommended here.)

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Coffee Break: Desktop Light Therapy Lamp

Hammacher Schlemmer Desktop Light Therapy Lamp | CorporetteWomen make up 75% of those suffering from depression due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a condition that’s caused by shorter daylight hours in the fall and winter. The primary treatment is light therapy — and while I’ve played around with light therapy lamps in the past, the ones I’ve had were always horribly ugly and difficult to position to actually get the light to shine on your face. So I like the clean and simple look of this desktop light from Hammacher Schlemmer. Note that this sucker is pretty large (see the computer in the background of the picture!) but it could serve a second purpose as a document holder — just tape your paper to it and away you go. This one is $99. Hammacher Schlemmer Desktop Light Therapy Lamp

Ladies, do you have a favorite lamp to help with SAD?

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Silk Broderie Anglaise Crossover Blouse

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

The Kooples Silk Broderie Anglaise Crossover BlouseOoh — I love the embroidery on this silk crossover blouse from The Koooples.  The V is a bit low, I’ll grant you, so a camisole is a must — this might be the one situation where I could get behind a nude-for-you camisole rather than a white one (so you don’t “ruin” the lines of the blouse), but that’s me.  Lovely.  It’s $325 at Saks. The Kooples Silk Broderie Anglaise Crossover Blouse

Here’s are three less expensive versions (the latter two also from the Kooples), as well as a plus-sized version.

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