Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Martin + Osa’s Candy-Stripe Cuffed 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.

We like this lovely basic fitted shirt from Martin + Osa, which generally specializes in casual clothes — we like the darts below the bust, the wide cuffs, and the overall look of the stripes.  We especially like that it’s on sale for $29.95 (was $69.95) and still available in two colors and lots of sizes.   Martin + Osa’s Candy-Stripe Cuffed Shirt

Poll Results: T-Shirts and Suits Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage

can women wear tshirts with suitsLast week, we asked whether t-shirts could be worn under suits — and if so, if they needed to be fancy. As always, the poll continues, but the initial results are in:
– 55% said a simple, classic, and mundane t-shirt was fine to wear under a suit (similar to the one pictured)
– 34% said it should be a little fancy — satin detailing, a nice fabric, a rich color, etc.
– 5% said it made no difference what kind of t-shirt as long as the suit buttons up
– 3% said t-shirts weren’t acceptable to wear beneath suits, ever.

Pictured above: Organic cotton Halogen Scoop Neck Tee, available at Nordstrom for $22 (or, two for $35).

Surprisingly, a lot of commenters sang the praises of Target t-shirts — we’ll have to remember to check those out.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Max Studio Skirt “8202U12”

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.

We’re a little obsessed with this skirt, although we’re not entirely sure if it’s too casual for work. The case for it: it’s a black pencil skirt from Max Studio (available in slate gray, as well), and it has such cool detailing on the bottom of it — intricate and beautiful “chiffon ribbons hand-embroidered through raw-edged panels of a sinfully soft high twist jersey.” The case against it: it’s a pull-on skirt in a twist jersey (t-shirt material) and the description on Max Studio.com talks about wearing it to work as well as the beach. Here’s our thought: it’s gorgeous, comfortable, and on sale — we’d wear it with a black slip to work (to forgive any lack-of-working-out sins) and then rock it however on the weekend. Was $148, now $88. SKIRT

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…]

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