Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ashton Shirtdress

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

Limited Ashton ShirtdressI normally do not like shirtdresses — they’re hard to look flattering, and a few years ago it seemed like retailers were purposely making them to look like you’d thrown on your boyfriend’s shirt, belted it, and left the house without pants. So it’s unusual for me to say that I really like this shirtdress from The Limited, inspired by their popular Ashton blouse — it looks clean, professional, and flattering. I like this “fireside red” color, but it’s also available in other colors: “midnight blue,” black, green, and a number of sleeveless iterations. The dress is $79.95, but if you buy one you get one 50% off. Limited Ashton Shirtdress

Psst: here’s a plus size version. FYI — although The Limited shuttered their plus-size line about a year ago, the brand Eloquii has been resurrected and is under new management (with no affiliation with The Limited).  This sheath dress comes down to $66 today with code TGIF and looks like a nice basic.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]
(L-all)

Thursday’s TPS Report: Cap Sleeve Dress

Loft Cap Sleeve Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Thursday! I dig the front pockets, cap sleeves, and tiny pleats on this sweet dress from Loft. This lovely red color is available exclusively online, but it’s also available in black. It comes in sizes 00-18, in regular, petite, and tall, for $89.50 full price. Loft Cap Sleeve Dress

Psst: here’s a similar plus-sized version.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

(L-3)

Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Time Line Wink’ Ponte Knit Skirt

Nic + Zoe 'Time Line Wink' Ponte Knit Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I always like a good pencil skirt with an interesting detail, and this $128 one from Nic + Zoe fits the bill. I like that it’s different and interesting without being either feminine or masculine, which feels like it makes it very versatile. It’s available in sizes XS-XL at Nordstrom. Nic + Zoe ‘Time Line Wink’ Ponte Knit Skirt

Psst: Here’s a plus size knit skirt with an interesting detail as well.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please [email protected]
(L-3)

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Sonar Knit Long-Sleeve Blazer

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

Helmut Lang Sonar Knit Long-Sleeve BlazerI looove this cool inverted-collar blazer from Helmut Lang. The company offers a number of pieces (including a dress) in this “sonar knit,” so I asked customer service at Neiman Marcus what that meant. They responded: “Sonar-knit is a process of sewing that creates waves, or gathered areas of material; it is not a tight as a pintuck or a ruched pattern of technique.” So: there ya go. I kind of like it even more now! Very cool. Psst: Here’s a $69 version and a plus-sized version. Sonar-Knit Long-Sleeve Blazer

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]
(L-5)

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Textured Sleeveless V-Neck Dress

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

Escada Textured Sleeveless V-Neck DressMan oh man — this emerald sheath dress is gorgeous. I love the slightly heathered look to the wool/silk blend, as well as the texture to the fabric — it just adds another dimension. I’d wear it with pumps and a blazer for the office, perhaps accessorized with a brooch near the clavicle, and/or a small, delicate round necklace (like my Maya Brenner initial necklace, or perhaps a diamond solitaire necklace). It’s $1,375 at Bloomingdale’s. Escada Textured Sleeveless V-Neck Dress

Looking for something similar? Here’s an $80 dress, and a really cool plus-sized version.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]
(L-4)

Psst:  I’ve often been hesitant to give “similar” recommendations for our pricier picks since, in fact, I usually choose the pieces based on their individuality — but I thought I’d give it a go this week, at least for our pricier TPS days.  Let me know your thoughts, ladies! 

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Platinum Jersey Tee

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

Talbots Platinum Jersey TeeI’m always a fan of the simple tee beneath blazers, and this jersey tee from Talbots is highly rated, and available in a huge range of sizes (XS-XL in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites) and eight colors. For those of you hunting for the opaque white tee, take note: this one is double-layered in the front. It’s machine washable, and I like the boatneck. It’s $49.50 (with a very limited sale selection marked as low as $15.99.) Talbots Platinum Jersey Tee

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]
(L-2)