Frugal Thursday’s TPS Report: Playing Favorites Blouse

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

Melani Playing Favorites BlouseThis is an oddly titled blouse (that must be a misspelling or typo, right?) but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s lovely and kind of perfect if you’re not a fan of sleeves.  I like the high neckline, the ruched detail at the shoulders, the way it’ll lay beautifully under blazers and cardigans, and the discount: select colors are marked to $59 (down from $99), including green, navy, and blush.  There are actually a number of Melani pieces called “Playing Favorites” with a similar pattern, such as a sleeved blouse and a dress.  Nice. Antonio Melani Playing Favorites Neice Blouse [sic]

Here’s a similar plus-size option.

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(Because of the federal holiday tomorrow we’ll probably be treating today like a Friday — stay tuned for a sales roundup.  Lots of good ones starting already!)

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cowl Neck Tulle Tank

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Gaultier Cowl Neck Tulle TankNordstrom’s designer clearance sale has some sick sales, even in our price range for Wednesday TPS reports ($100-$150).  Lots of great basics in lucky sizes (love this Akris basic white tank in sizes 12-16, this Caroline Issa pencil skirt, this black Helmut Lang knit top in lots of sizes) — the one I’m featuring is this bright, happy cowl neck sweater from Jean Paul Gaultier.  I love the feather weight, the fact that it’s hand washable, and, of course, the color.  It was $325, but is now marked to $110. Gaultier Cowl Neck Tulle Tank

Here’s a more affordable option, and here’s a similar option in plus sizes.

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Business Casual Maxi Dresses

French Connection Brushstroke Print Jersey Maxi Dress | CorporetteHow should you style a maxi dress for a business casual office? Reader P wonders…

I’m lucky enough to work in an office where I can wear maxi dresses on more casual days. It’s generally a relaxed business casual environment, with employees adjusting their dressy/casual levels depending on their external meeting schedules (so one person might be suited up while another is donning khaki capris). Do you have any suggestions for styling a maxi dress (my summertime staple!) to be appropriate and chic for the office? Mine all have wide enough straps to be work appropriate, but they seem *too* casual without a layering piece. I’ve tried to pair them with jackets and cardigans, but for whatever reason, I can’t get the proportions to line up just right. Is there a particular style/shape/length of topper that you’d recommend? Thanks!

Hmmmn. I’m still pretty anti-maxi dresses for the office, but I’m going to take Reader P at her word that, for her office, they’re totally appropriate — and this also may be a useful question for people going in to the office on a weekend and unexpectedly getting pulled into a meeting, or so forth, so let’s discuss. (Pictured: French Connection Brushstroke Print Jersey Maxi Dress, available at Nordstrom for $94, was $158.) 

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Lee V-Neck Body-Con Dress

Reiss Lee V-Neck Body-Con Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

For those of you looking for the perfect sheath dress, I present this lovely little number from Reiss.  I like the full lining, the seams, the flattering but high V, and the cap sleeves — I particularly like how the sleeves would work with a blazer, cardigan, or by themselves, and how the neckline flares up a bit so it’ll peek out of a blazer like a collar.  Lovely. It’s $340. Reiss Lee V-Neck Body-Con Dress

Here are two lower-priced options and a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Shirt Lock Belt

Shirt Lock BeltThis solution won’t work for everyone, but a reader wrote in responding to our very old post on how to keep your blouses tucked in — and noting that these Shirt Locks work wonders. They seem to be mainly marketed to the uniform set (as in, school uniforms and coach uniforms), but I could also see them being a simple solution for women who don’t like the other options such as bodysuits. This Shirt Lock was the product recommended by the reader ($18-$23ish at Amazon), but there are a number of different products for shirt stays. Shirt Lock Belt

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket

Akris Punto Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m not a beige girl, but I LOVE this cool perforated peplum blazer from Akris Punto — so lovely. It looks cool (both physically and in vibe), rich, and on trend. It’s $1590, alas (at which point, hey, just spend the extra $390 to get the matching skirt and you have a suit!). Akris Punto Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket

Here’s a (much) lower-priced version and a plus-size option.

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