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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Theory Yeneth Dress

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.
Theory Yeneth DressWe like this dress from Theory, particularly worn with a boyfriend blazer or a cropped jacket.  The skirt’s print is colorful and young without being crazy, and we love the illusion of the high-waisted skirt.  Meanwhile, the boatneck top is a great backdrop for a set of pearls or perhaps a trio of delicate gold necklaces from someone like MariaChavez Jewelry.  (The picture gives the dress an unfortunate “swim suit” quality that isn’t super flattering — something to cover the arm openings and accessorize the boatneck are key.  We’d also, ahem, wear a better bra with the dress.)   Was $335, now $224 at Pink Mascara. Theory Yeneth Dress

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Aquascutum Laural kimono dress

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.

Aquascutum Laural kimono dressYowza. The architectural arms… the draped chiffon top… the high wool pencil skirt… le sigh. Today’s splurge is the kimono dress from Aquascutum,* available exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com. We love how it’s fashion forward, without being inappropriate or in-your-face fashionista. We’d accesorize this baby with high heels — colorful ones in purple or red if you wanted — and perhaps a resin or plastic bangle bracelet, to match or contrast with the shoes, worn high on the forearm. Priced at $1,150. Aquascutum Laural kimono dress

* We were going to make some snide comment about the crazy names those hipster kids are coming up with today — but, color us ignorant: Aquascutum is a “quintessential British” brand that has been around a long, long time. (All this really means is that you and Cary Grant were probably snickering at the same name.)

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Old Navy Camisoles

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.

old navy camisolesOld Navy is having some great sales right now: the clearance section, for starters, is 50% off with code HALFOFF. (If you’re an outdoor runner, be sure to check out their fleece pullovers in the bargain section — great for layering.) In the non-clearance section, there are a number of great basics, both for work and for the weekend, such as these lovely camisoles. Regularly $8, they’re now $5 each if you buy two. We’ve spoken of their camisoles before, but briefly: they’re simple and thin for when you want something to wear under a button-down (lest the buttons gape), they’re great beneath sweaters when you want a slightly smoother line without the discomfort of a Spanx-like apparatus, and they’re great when you’re wearing a dress or shirt that is just a bit too low cut. We particularly like the blue shades for this last purpose — if you’re trying to raise the neckline of a blue dress you all too often have to resort to white (or purple or green or some other non-blue color) because it’s too hard to find something to match; we like that the Dark Night and Dark Sea Blue camisoles a) increase your chances of getting a match and b) even if it doesn’t match, it’ll look better than white. Women: Women’s Basic Camis – Dark Night

Psst: check out our more recent articles about the best camisoles for work!

Also check out:

  • Women: Women’s Basic Camis – Dark Sea Blue
  • Women: Women’s Micro Performance Fleece V-Neck Pullovers – Ireland

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Brooks Brothers’ Cashmere Twinset

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.

Brooks Brothers Cashmere CardiganOk, stick with us here — we know the picture at right is a bit frumpy. But: we present you with a Brooks Brothers Italian cashmere sweater set, available in many sizes in white (camel as well), deeply discounted. (The cardigan was $248; now $99. The shell was $188, now $75.) We suggest buying the pair. As a twinset, winter white is all the rage; you can also wear it to spring indoor affairs where you’re not quite sure if the AC will be blaring prematurely. The shell can be worn year-round — we suggest layering it on top of a button-down shirt or blouse (particularly one that’s on the chiffon/see-through side); this academic look brings class and sophistication to an otherwise iffy blouse. And as for the cardigan — well, we don’t need to tell you how freezing offices can be in the summertime. A white cashmere cardigan can be the perfect office staple to go over any outfit. Available for $174 (together) at Brooks Brothers. Cashmere Cardigan & Cashmere Shell

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Rafe Gloria Platform Peek A Boo T-Strap in Black

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.

tights with peeptoe shoes to workWe really, really like these peep-toe t-strap heels, in either black (with green and purple accents) or brown (with red and beige accents) — especially for wearing with tights in the wintertime.*  They’re classic in shape and subdued in color, but the colored accents make them far more interesting.  The platform sole helps offset the 3.5″ heel, also.  They’re marked from $325 to $130 at RevolveClothing.com.  Rafe Gloria Patent Platform Peek A Boo T-Strap in Black

*In summertime we’d probably relegate them to weekend wear — both because the peep toe can be inappropriate to wear with bare toes, and because the patent and suede accents say “fall and winter” to us.

Tuesday’s TPS Report: BOSS Black ‘Deonne’ Shirtdress

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.

This simple shirtdress is a great classic to pull out in warmer months (spring, are you here yet?). The cotton/polyester dress has side slits for moveability, and side pockets that close with buttons so they don’t affect the “European” (read: close) fit of the dress. We love the darts along the ribcage; very flattering. We also like the price: $294, down from $495 (at Nordstrom). BOSS Black ‘Deonne’ Shirtdress