Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Wrap-Bodice Dress

Talbots Wrap Bodice Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This wrap-bodice dress has mixed reviews, but hello: it’s marked down to $17-$30 at Talbots, and it’s available in regular, petite, plus size, and plus size petites. I like the ruching detail, the faux wrap skirt, the three-quarter length sleeves, the work-appropriate hem, and the fact that it’s machine washable (and “travel friendly,” whatever that means). It’s part of the big sale at Talbots right now where they’re offering an extra 50% off markdowns (the prices DO reflect the discount). Talbots Wrap-Bodice Dress

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Thursday’s TPS Report: ‘Brushed Flower’ Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

Karen Kane 'Brushed Flower' Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This faux wrap dress from Karen Kane has been around for a long while — every season they do it up in new prints, colors, and sleeve lengths. It’s machine washable, has a nice neckline and length — although it can be a bit clingy, so size up if that’s a concern. I like this pretty black/gray/blue floral version that is part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (this is the last weekend for it, ladies! — what were your greatest hits and misses from the sale?). It will be back up to $128 when the sale ends August 3, but is currently marked to $84.90, available in sizes XS-XL. Karen Kane ‘Brushed Flower’ Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

A few plus-size options are here, here, and here; this one is available in petite sizes.

Two other cute finds from the Anniversary Sale (with limited sizes): this cute pink blazer, and this intriguing gray plaid fit and flare dress.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Windowpane Skirt

Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Windowpane Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This flowy skirt from Brooks Brothers’ Red Fleece is unexpected — the flowy shape (with ruffle!) does not often meet a windowpane’d wool. I can see it being interesting for work with a very subdued outfit — navy turtleneck, navy tights, maybe red pumps — but I’m curious what you guys think about it, because there is also a definite holiday-party vibe to it. Yea or nay? The skirt is $148 at Brooks Brothers, available in sizes 0-14. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Windowpane Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option (and another that’s available in petites), and a plus-size alternative (14-24).

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Taneah Modern Georgette Blouse

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Theory Taneah Modern Georgette Blouse | CorporetteThis silk blouse with raw edges looks kind of perfect to me — it’s perfect for wear with ankle pants, although of course I’d throw a cardigan or blazer on top to cover my arms at the office. The long placket reminds me of men’s tuxedo shirts (I’d probably also wear a camisole or demi-camisole beneath it, at least the first time wearing it), and the whole thing looks refined, chic and elegant. I’ve pictured it in red, but it’s also available in the classics: ivory and black. (Fun question: do you prefer ivory or white?  I didn’t have an opinion until I went wedding dress shopping, but I think I’m more of an ivory girl.) The blouse is $225 at Neiman Marcus, ShopBopTheory, and Bloomingdale’sTheory Taneah Modern Georgette Blouse

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: ‘Terry’ Wool Blend Sheath Dress

Max Mara 'Terry' Wool Blend Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Aaaaaah… sometimes I want everything that Max Mara makes. This dress is amazing — I love the slightly off-center ruching, the “stretch wool with a hint of silk,” the hidden zipper in back, and the tasteful slit in the back. Lovely. It’s currently marked to $479, but the price will go back up to $795 when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends. Max Mara ‘Terry’ Wool Blend Sheath Dress

A few lower-priced alternatives (lucky sizes only) are herehere, and here; here’s a plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress

White House | Black Market Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

White House | Black Market has a TON of great stuff on sale right now — for steep discounts. Take this sheath dress, for example: it was $140, but is now on sale for $39.99 — and tons of sizes are left from 00 to 14. I like that it’s machine washable, fully lined, and skirts the whole zipper issue by being a pull-over style. A few more picks from the sale: this short-sleeved sweater jacket, this beige/white shift, and this lovely purple A-line dress. Pictured: White House | Black Market Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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