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Monday’s TPS: LV Epi Leather Alma bag in Grenade

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Happy Monday!  Not so happy?  Perhaps you feel like you’ve been kicked in the head already?  Yeah, us too.  But, good news!  This is a four day work-week!  Woo hoo!  Still, you’re going to need sustenance to make it through the week, and we suggest this little ditty, to your right.  Louis Vuitton bags have long been classic; the Alma bag is particularly favored among business women.  Made of durable and luxurious Epi leather; it’s large enough to fit all your technology, a large paperback, a huge sunglasses case, and more. This season they have two limited edition colors, Grenade (at right) and a darker purple, Cassis.  We’re sure both would be surprisingly versatile — after all, what can’t you wear purple with?   Available at Eluxury.com for $1,240. Louis Vuitton – Epi Leather Alma – Grenade.

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Suit of the Week: Monogram Gray Pinstriped Skirt Suit

Each Wednesday we’ll feature a suit we think is nice. Fashionable, wearable, businesslike, etc, etc.

There are four brands that most young businesswomen purchase suits from: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Theory. It’s actually hard to find suits that are a good “step up” from those — while you can get one of those suits for $300-$700, the next price range seems to be in the $2000s. Anyway, we were intrigued when Banana Republic announced that it was going to have a new “higher” line, Monogram. We’ve read that it hasn’t been doing so well (perhaps because the website stinks!) but we are loving this gray pinstriped suit from the Monogram line. We love a lot of things about it: the fit, the seasonless dark gray fabric that is 60% wool, 40% silk. We’re also intrigued by the wrap collar — so many times a suit with a bit of detailing is a bit too “society lady,” and little less “business lady” — there may be fur detailing, or sparkly buttons, or bows attached. This wrap collar is the perfect kind of touch to a suit — it’s unique and innovative without detracting from the fact that the suit means business. The pencil skirt is $115, and the blazer is $275. Close-up of that wrap collar below:

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Monday’s TPS Report – TSE Italian cotton twinset (Saks)

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

TSE cardigan sweaterA good sweater set will take you through the summer with grace and style. We like this floral crewneck sweater from TSE, sold at Saks. You can wear it as a set, obviously, or wear the tank as a vest, on top of a collared button-down shirt. The best thing about the twinset is the ability to wrap the sweater around your shoulders for the hot commute into the office and then put the sweater on for the chilly air-conditioned day.

Tip: We’ve always found that the trick to the “cardigan over the shoulder” thing is to button the entire sweater (otherwise it looks like a cape), put the buttons against your back (not facing outward), and bring the arms up over the shoulder as neatly as possible and knot it once. We prefer to tie the sweater on top of our shoulders, rather than around our arms, but we’ve seen it both ways.

Wednesday’s TPS Report – Tracy Reese Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

tracy reese pencil skirt net-a-porterThis Tracy Reese canvas skirt is, admittedly, kind of crazy, but we keep coming back to it at Net-a-Porter. We usually don’t go for big patch pockets on our hips, either, but we like these — again, functional enough for a building pass and a debit card for our lunch run. We’d wear it with a black fitted cardigan or jacket for the office — maybe with a red heel — and then wear it out for cocktails with a bright top and a big clutch in a contrasting color. (Purple and yellow, perhaps, or orange and pink.)

UPDATE: If you like the print, there’s a puff sleeve wrap dress on sale at Nordstrom’s in the same print. It’s only available in size 4 and it’s on sale from $350 down to $139. If you’re interested, go now!

Monday’s TPS Report – Nanette Lepore Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

nanette lepore jacket nordstromHappy Monday! We’d splurge on this Nanette Lepore “Come Together” jacket for a nice summer basic to keep at the office; we actually prefer the indigo to the white. The wide portrait collar is distinct but still professional, and the pockets are just big enough to hold a building pass and a Blackberry. We’d add brooches to the portrait collar but leave our clavicle exposed and free of necklaces. Available at Nordstrom.

Friday’s TPS Report – Rosette Tee from Gap

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Gap Rosette TeeToday’s find is a great white tee with just a few embellishments — we’re always looking for something like this to wear under a navy or brown suit. (While you’re there, we also recommend this clean pencil skirt (on sale!) or this Dobby top— the top is a bit casual for the office, but we’d love to wear it with shorts or jeans on the weekend.)

(Also: we were interested to note that Gap, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Old Navy have *finally* consolidated their shopping bags and shipping process — woo hoo!)

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