Tuesday’s TPS Report: SoCa St. John’s Abstract Pasley Print Top

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.

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iconIf you’re a fan of prints, get the best quality clothes you can afford — preferably designer. There are two reasons for this: first, prints are more memorable, and you’d surely prefer everyone thinking, “Oh, there’s Susie wearing her St. John blouse again,” rather than, “Geez, Susie loves that Old Navy top.” Furthermore, you frequently get what you pay for with designer prints in that the details of the garment, like the seams, are designed to work with the print. In any event, we love this yellow paisley top from SoCa St. John — the twist in the neckline, the delicate but bold print… We’d wear it with trousers, untucked, with a cropped jacket, or perhaps beneath a skirt suit. Beautiful. It’s on pre-sale at Nordstrom for $225. SoCa St. John Abstract Paisley Print Top
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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Gryson’s Lucy Twistlock Tote

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.

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iconOur weakness is, truly, for bags, and we love this one. The shades of gray, the Italian leather — all with intelligent pockets and metal feet, and big enough to fit a notepad or file? Score. The fact that Saks has marked it down as part of its Designer Sale only sweetens the deal. Was $825, now $577.50. Gryson – Lucy Twistlock Tote
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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Kenneth Cole New York Ruched Tee

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.


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iconMaybe it’s cheesy, but when we interview, we love wearing French blue beneath a black suit. It’s our feminine take on a man’s shirt — not as feminine as pink or some other pastel, not as stark as white. This top is a great one for that purpose: the ruching is flattering without being distracting, and the neckline is nice and high. The price is right, too — it’s $39 at Nordstrom.com. Kenneth Cole New York Ruched Tee
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Thursday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Fitted Non-Iron Shirt

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.

Today’s TPS report is written by City Girl, who writes about a variety of topics pertaining to city living as a professional woman, including beauty and fashion for the workplace.

Women: Fitted non-iron shirt - Light citrusThis shirt is a winner – and this is coming from a complete skeptic when it comes to cotton no-iron shirts. In fact, even though it fit well, I initially bought just one to try it out. I wore it and washed it (delicates/cold cycle, for your reference) and hung it up. Then I sighed, as it had some wrinkles at that point. I figured I would at least have to iron the collar and the cuffs, which invariably happens with so-called no-iron shirts. But no – the next morning the shirt had no wrinkles, and the cuffs and collar had somehow stiffened up. I have no idea what the technology behind it is, but I am sold – I have already bought two more of those shirts and they have held up just as well so far. I also really like the fit, as it is fitted, but not overly so. I wore one of these shirts on an awful 90-degree-summer-hit-DC-way-too-early day, and the shirt was comfortable and still looked good at 8pm, despite not having been starched by the cleaners. Final note: this rave review for the fitted cotton no-iron shirt. I did not find the classic version to fit as well, and it had French cuffs, which require ironing to look good, no matter the material. The fitted version has very simple cuffs. $59 in a variety of colors at Banana Republic. Women: Fitted non-iron shirt – Light citrus

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Free People Drippy Jersey Knit Jacket

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.

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iconToday’s TPS report is this great navy blazer in comfortable stretch jersey. This seems to reflect a burgeoning trend — tonally matching panels in jackets — and we think the whole effect looks cool and professional, all at the same time. We love the close fit, the power navy, and the slim lapels and pockets. It’s $118 at Nordstrom. Free People ‘Drippy’ Jersey Knit Jacket
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Tuesday’s TPS Report: ABS Allen Schwartz Fitted Crepe 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.

ABS Allen Schwartz - Fitted Crepe Dress w/ Waist Darts (Black) - ApparelIf you’re looking for a basic sheath dress, this is a great one. We love the wide crewneck, the darts at the waist, and the ladylike length of the dress. It’s $211 at Zappos, which has just started offering free overnight shipping on clothes. ABS Allen Schwartz – Fitted Crepe Dress w/ Waist Darts (Black) – Apparel

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