Tuesday’s TPS Report: Nanette Lepore Joy Hunt 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.

Nanette Lepore Joy Hunt JacketWe love this jacket from Nanette Lepore.  The wooden buttons, the creamy white tweed, that peplum flounce… love it, love it, love it.  We’d wear it on top of sheath dresses primarily, but also with wide trousers.  We also love the price: it’s on sale from $495 (there’s a version that is a deep pink still at that price) to $294 at Nordstrom.   Nanette Lepore ‘Joy Hunt’ Jacket

Suits for Tall Girls

Reiss Maxine Suit2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on suits for tall women.

Last week we posted advice (as well as a call for readers’ advice) on where to buy suits if you’re petite.  In comments, people noted that it’s just as hard getting a proper suit if you’re tall.  As one reader put it:

We already know about BR, JCrew, and AT and Talbots carry some tall pants (but not tall jackets). I am hoping to hear of some cult labels. I know that being petite is not great in that you cannot find stuff that hits properly at the joints (particularly when pants are bootcut), but us tall ladies cannot create fabric out of none. That is to say, it’s very difficult to wear suits and look like Olive Oyl! Please help.

Well, they do say that the look of “floodies” is coming to suits in a big way this year, so perhaps you’ll naturally be stylish? (Pictured:  Maxine suit, available at Reiss for $144.) But seriously… As we have no suit-wearing friends who are very tall, we’ve begun our research on the Internet.  As the reader mentioned, lots of places do carry tall pants, and Benetton and Club Monaco get general raves from tall women for their pants.  There are some specialty shops out there, as well:

  • Tall Couture sells separates such as jackets
  • Moi-Même is a personal tailoring service that “was founded by a businesswoman who needed a few well-fitted women’s pant suits to wear while meeting with clients, but was simply too tall to fit into the pre-hemmed pants found at department and specialty stores.”

Readers, weigh in — where do you shop for suits if you’re on the taller side?

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: CC Skye Bardot Bag

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.

CC Skye Bardot BagFor this week’s splurge, we like this grained leather tote from CC Skye. The gold hardware is playful without being annoying or too blingy, and the structure is functional but chic. We also like that it can be worn over your shoulder or on your arm, as pictured. Available at Zappos for $701. CC SKYE – Bardot (Black) – Bags and Luggage

Weekly Roundup

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high heel falls– Think you’re bad on heels? Here’s a round-up of professional stiletto-wearers felled by too-high heels. [Jezebel]
– The WSJ does a helpful review on whether or not Obama’s housing bailout can help you. [WSJ]
– It can be done: fine wines for less than $10. [WSJ]
– When to buy a certificate of deposit (and when not to!) [WSJ]

(Sorry so much WSJ-heavy news… if anyone thinks we’ve missed any big stories this week that would be of interest to Corporette readers, please comment!)

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Long-Sleeve Shirred 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.

Banana Republic’s Long-Sleeve Shirred TopThis is a fine basic top for work: slightly detailed but otherwise unadorned. It’s great by itself over interesting pants or a skirt (perhaps with a brooch or an opera-length necklace), as well as beneath a cardigan or jacket. It’s also a great price, as it’s currently on sale at Banana Republic for $14.99 (was $34). (Last we checked, there were lots of sizes available in black, turquoise, and orange, and only limited sizes left in the other colors.) Women: Long-sleeve shirred top – Black

Reader Mailbag: Where to get suits for short women?

petite suits2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the best petite suits.

We’ve had several requests from readers on where to get great suits if you’re a petite woman. We addressed this a bit last summer, when we advised a reader how to shop for suits if you’re not in the “normal” sizes of 4-12. But we thought we’d recap, as it’s an important topic and we have more readers now, who will hopefully weigh in with more advice. From the very petite friends we’ve polled:

  • Theory is reportedly amazing (which makes sense to this author, as my normal size of 4 or 6 becomes a <cough> 10 in Theory — in other words, size 0 will be legitimately teeny, and size 00 practically minuscule.). The Max C pant is a “cult” item. [Read more…]
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