Suit of the Week

28We’ve been a fan of Kay Unger suits and dresses for a while now — they’re well-made and have a way of flattering curves without hugging them. We like the way this ruched suit looks — and not only is it available in camel, black and brown, but it’s on sale, also. The jacket (Kay Unger Ruched Jacket, Misses) is $169 (was $338), and the skirt (Kay Unger Slim Knit Skirt, Misses) is $79 (was $188). Note that both pieces are available in petite, as well — handy if you need different fits for your upper and lower body. (Kay Unger Ruched Jacket, Petites and Kay Unger Slim Knit Skirt, Petites)

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Shumaq Marlena 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.

Shumaq Marlena Dress in BlueThere are some crazy sales going on right now at Couture Candy — up to 80% on lots of items! For today’s TPS, we like this lovely dress from Shumaq. We like the white placket against the navy blue, with a bit of cream embroidery; for the office we’d wear it with a cream or white boyfriend cardigan and, perhaps, purple leather pumps. Was $202, now $101 at CoutureCandy.com (also available in brown). Shumaq Marlena Dress in Blue

Poll: Can Fishnets Be Worn at a Conservative Job?

can you wear fishnets to workA while back, someone commented that instead of nude hose they wore nude fishnets in the summer. This piqued our curiosity — we used to do this also, back in the days after college, but not in a long while — we stopped because it felt inappropriate. So we thought we’d take a poll… (Pictured: I Bought Fishnets! originally uploaded to Flickr by badlyricpolice.)

For our $.02, fishnet tights are generally inappropriate for the office environment. Let’s face it, they conjure up images of dancers (both professional and otherwise) and hookers — and that association is a little too much for bosses of either sex. Besides, the goal of a working wardrobe should be to avoid what we’ll call “the second look” — you don’t want any of your coworkers to look at you once casually in the hallway and then be forced to look a second time in order to answer the question, “Were my eyes deceiving me or is she really wearing that?” Even if they answer the question with a blase “ok, well, I guess that’s acceptable,” the second look in and of itself is something to be avoided. We would argue, though, that fishnet trouser socks could be appropriate as long as they’re in a neutral color. (Our reasoning here is that only perverts are staring at your ankles; otherwise, what you wear there is unlikely to elicit the dreaded second look.) [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: One of 2 Women’s ON1072 Pump

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.
One of 2 Women’s ON1072 PumpFor today’s TPS, we like the slightly funky, slightly vintage, slightly menswear-inspired look of One of 2’s taupe pump. We like the heel height (under 3″) and we like the rubber sole, which in our experience makes a pump so much more comfortable. (It’s available in black and brown as well.) We also like the price: $154 at Endless.com. One of 2 Women’s ON1072 Pump

Giveaway Winners!

25OK. We’re sure there’s some fancy technological way we could have done this, but in the absence of that, here was our method for picking the five winning commenters: we printed out all the comments, cut them into strips, folded them twice, and put them in our trusty Longhchamp bag to pull them out of. You know, the old pull-the-winning-comment-out-of-the-Longchamp-bag trick. Works every time.

The winners are:
– Rachel (commenting April 18 at 9:50 am)
– J (commenting April 16 at 2:21 pm)
– City Girl (commenting April 16 at 2:09 pm)
– Ashley (commenting April 16 at 3:56 pm)
– Leslie (commenting April 16 at 12:06 pm)

Congratulations, winners! We’ve already contacted everyone by the e-mail address you provided.

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Dior Soft Shrinked Cannage Hobo

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.

Dior Cannage HoboHappy Monday! Our splurge of the week is this gorgeous and distinctive lambskin Dior hobo. We love that it isn’t a neon yellow, the way some of the bags are right now (yellow bags are everywhere this season!) and that it’s a big enough bag to be functional as well as beautiful (it’s 15″W by 17″H by 4″D, and comes with a cell phone pocket). It’s for sale at Saks.com for $1400. Dior – Soft Shrinked Cannage Hobo

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