Wednesday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Sleek Flap-Pocket Blazer

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

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Banana Republic’s new online-only sale of 30% off “work basics” includes a lot of classic pieces. Take, for example, this cotton-blend blazer. It was $150; but is now $105 (through 7/26). It’s got matching bottoms, comes in petites and talls, and is available in sizes 00 through 16. We love a deal on a versatile piece! Women: Sleek flap-pocket blazer – Black

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Poll: How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Outfits?

Reader L wrote in to us with an interesting idea for a poll — how far in advance do you plan your outfits? This is particularly interesting given that we don’t think our personal system has been working. Long ago, in our early 20s, we decided to let the “mood” of the morning decide what to wear each day — it seemed true! and right! and a lot of other things that now sound somewhat naive and overemotional. Whatever the basis for the decision, though, the practical effect of each morning is that, oh drat, we’re-running-late-yet-AGAIN and quick-just-grab-the-suit-or-dress-and-jacket and run out the door. (This seems particularly sad given that, you know, we write a fashion blog.) So we’re rethinking. Photo credit: Closet, originally uploaded to Flickr by Becaberry.

Readers, how far in advance do you plan your wardrobe? We’ve tried to hit broad strokes in the poll, but please tell us in comments why you’ve taken that particular plan of attack. Obvious things factor into the decision — the weather, what’s clean, what fits — but what else?

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Antonio Melani’s “Chelsi” Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.


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iconOk, we’re totally loving this black and gray plaid dress. Great neckline, great hemline, great pattern. In order to keep the floaty fabric from seeming too “dinner party” we’d keep everything kind of neutral and professional: black or white cropped blazer (not a cardi), and closed-toe pumps to match. It’s available at Dillard’s for $169 (among, we might add, quite a few cute other Melani dresses that reader C alerted us to!) Antonio Melani “Chelsi” Dress
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Tool of the Trade: Facebook’s Privacy Settings

Picture 20Facebook continues to grow in popularity, and it’s now entirely possible that your coworkers, bosses, former teachers–as well as your real friends–will see everything you post on there. Or at least they will if your privacy settings aren’t set just so. By setting things up properly, though, you can prevent everyone but a handful of people from seeing:

  • pictures that other people tag of you (because your friends may not have the same aversion to posting drunken pictures of you as you might),
  • status updates (because maybe you don’t want that guy you only vaguely remember from high school commenting when you post a sarcastic status update about being excited for another long day at the office)
  • your phone number, IM screen name, etc.

and more. (It seems to be easier to set up a “yes” group rather than setting up a “no” group — this way you don’t have to remember to add people to the “no” group as time goes on. Furthermore, if you’re like us, Facebook has become a bit like a high school reunion and office cooler party all at once, and while your number of “Facebook friends” has grown to stratospheric levels, the number of real friends has remained somewhat, well, small.)

Because this can be a bit confusing, we thought we’d post a primer on how to set your privacy settings… after the jump.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Tory Burch’s Simone Sweater

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

simoneWe had hoped this sweater would be part of the Nordstrom anniversary sale, but alas, it is not. We love, love, love, the print and the flattering pink shade. It’s fun, it’s feminine, but it’s neither Barbie (the black pattern tones down the print) nor goth (imagine the sweater in a dark red). We’d wear it with gray slacks and a black jewel-neck t-shirt beneath, or perhaps over a black sheath dress. Tory Burch ‘Simone’ Merino Wool Cardigan

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Weekend Open Thread

Stuck late at the office or over the weekend, and have something on your mind? Discuss it here.
Pictured: Noritake “Elements Marine” Mug, 12 Oz., available at Macys.com for $11 (was $16)

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