Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Short-Sleeve Seamless V-Neck

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 Short-Sleeve Seamless V-NeckGood basics are hard to find — so when they go on sale, it’s even better. Through May 25, Banana Republic is having an online-only Memorial Day sale, marking down lots of simple tees and camisoles, all available in white, black, brown, and navy. Our favorite is this short-sleeve seamless tee, pictured here in “true indigo” — we’d wear it beneath a suit, or with trousers and a blazer, or perhaps a pencil skirt and a cardigan. Was $30, now $20. Women: Short-sleeve seamless v-neck tee – True indigo

Reader Mail: Can Oxford Shoes Be Worn to Work?

VANELi Ipswich OxfordToday’s reader mail has to do with shoes…

I am going to be a summer associate in a couple months in a large New York City law firm. I also have been secretly drooling over women’s oxford style shoes in the last few months. My question is are these shoes appropriate or do I stick to basic pumps for summer associates? What about as a first year attorney? If so, would they ever be appropriate with a skirt or only with pants? Thanks!

Born – Pace (Black Leather) – FootwearThis is a great question, as the style seems to be on deep discount at a lot of stores (including the pair featured above, on sale at Nordstrom for $65: VANELi Ipswich Oxford) For our $.02, the shoe pictured above is totally appropriate for the office — with the higher vamp, it’s perfect for girls who have a slightly hard time walking in pumps — and it’s great for getting a more comfortable shoe that still has a great heel. (We own the Born oxfords, pictured at right — very comfy — available at Zappos for $102: Born – Pace/a>.) That said, we believe our mother would call this a “nun shoe” — unless the oxford has 4″ heels and looks very fashionable, you will feel a bit less attractive if you wear it with skirts. Does it mean that makes it somehow inappropriate for the office? No. But it just might not be the look you’re going for. [Read more…]

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Thursday’s TPS Report: White House|Black Market’s Colorblocked Day 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.

27Sigh… we are seriously loving this dress from White House|Black Market. The silhouette reminds us of much more expensive dresses — David Meister and Black Halo on one end, Rouland Mouret on another — yet it’s somehow much more ladylike and less sexy than any of those designers. Gorgeous, gorgeous. And it’s marked from $148 to $79 — sold, American. Colorblocked Day Dress

Suit of the Week

Pique Dress & Jacket SetFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning.  In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

This week’s Suit of the Week is the lovely Albert Nipon pique dress and jacket, currently on sale at Neiman Marcus.  We like the fact that it’s cotton and very breathable in the summer — yet because of the texture of the pique knit, wrinkles are less noticeable.  It’s ladylike, but is just as appropriate at an office as it is a socialite’s luncheon.  It’s priced at $209 for the set (was $298).  Pique Dress & Jacket Set

Deal Alert — eDressMe Sale

eDressMe.com is having sales of up to 90% off dresses. We’re definitely in what we call “lucky size” territory here, but it’s worth a look. Check out evening dresses such as the one at left, as well as office-appropriate dresses — some marked as low as $50.  One Shoulder Evening Gowns by Flip, pictured in white but available only in black size 12 —  was $198, now $99.

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