Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Stretch Twill Ankle Pants

eShakti Stretch Twill Ankle Pants | Corporette

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

I was intrigued to see that eShakti now offers customizable pants (and jumpsuits!). You can put in your own custom measurements, as well as add belt loops, remove pockets, and change the length — wonderful. The pictured pants are twill (they also offer ponte and crêpe pants); I also like that they’re machine washable. They’re $52.95. eShakti Stretch Twill Ankle Pants

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Juliette Dress

Pendleton Juliette Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the look of this simple black sheath, on sale at Pendleton — the cutouts at the neck add some interest but aren’t overwhelming or inappropriate, and the just-below-the-knee length is perrrrfect.  I only wish it came in more colors!  The dress is on a great sale, too — it was $199, but is now marked to $78, available in petite and regular sizes 4-18.  Pendleton Juliette Dress

Here’s a similar dress that’s available in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: White House | Black Market

summer skirt 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.

Before everyone gets excited and wonders if this is a reversible suit (which would be kind of awesome, yes?) I should be clear: this is two suits.  There’s a white one with black lines, which first caught my eye, and then I decided I liked the black one with white lines better.  Both are available at White House | Black Market in regular sizes 0-16; the white one comes in petite sizes as well; the black one is an online exclusive (and does not come in petite sizes.)  Which do you like better, ladies?  Both look great to me for lightweight summer skirt suits.  The black jacket (Piped Jacket) is $150, and the skirt (Contrast Black Suit Pencil Skirt) is $88; the white jacket (The Piped Long Sleeve White and Black Jacket) is $150, and the white skirt (Black and White Piped Pencil Skirt) is $88.

Here’s are a few similar plussize options.  (Psst, don’t forget to check out new page featuring lots of plus-size workwear.)

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Balina Jacket

Joie Balina Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Piperlime is closing at the end of this month, which means there are some crazy deals to be had (but lots of lucky sizes).  This tweed blazer, still available in M and L, was $425, but is now marked to $395 — take an extra 40% off and it comes down to $195.  Not bad for a cool tweed moto jacket.  (I’m also in love with this blouse, even though, yes, a strapless bra is most likely required for it… sigh. Wouldn’t it look just perfect beneath a blazer?)  Joie Balina Jacket

Also: Just in case you make purchasing decisions based on the sales at the brand’s sister stores (I know I do), note that today, BR is offering an extra 40% off sale styles (and card members can take an extra 40% off regular styles), Athleta is offering 20% off dresses, Gap is offering 40% off sweaters and tops and 30% off everything else, and Old Navy is offering 30% off regular price items, and 20% off sale.

As for the pictured jacket: here’s a more affordable version (on sale for $40!) and a similar plus-size version.

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Brinton Pants

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Theory Brinton PantsCall me a sucker for a slight flare, but I like the look of these high-waisted cotton blend pants with a “subtle flare.”  I’ve always thought flared/bootcut pants are more flattering with sleek tops, but I also like the look here (which I think is a cropped blouse, but a similar look could be achieved with a loosely-tucked blouse).  The pants are $295 at Theory.  Theory Brinton Pants

Update: It looks like both Nordstrom and Amazon have the pants on sale for $176, sizes 00-12.  In fact, Nordstrom seems to have several pairs of Theory items on sale for 30%-60% off…

Here’a a plus-size option, as well as a more affordable option. Along these lines: check out our recent guide to washable pants for work!

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Belted Zip Front Wool Dress

Akris Punto Belted Zip Front Wool Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I feel like this dress has been around, in one form or another, since I started this blog. (Here’s a very similar style, chosen for a Splurge Monday by guest poster Stephanie from Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle.) I like the zippered yoke, the ladylike length, and the self-belt — it looks minimalist and chic. It’s $895 at Nordstrom. Akris Punto Belted Zip Front Wool Dress

A few lower-priced options are here, here, here; here’s a plus-size alternative.

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