Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: J.Crew’s solid three-quarter sleeve stretch shirt

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Today’s TPS report was suggested by reader S, who writes:

I’ve been obsessed with this J Crew classic shirt for work … it fits me and my freakishly long torso so well, and they switch in a bunch of new colors every season! They’re normally $58, but it seems like they’ve been rotating which colors go on sale, so I’ve been able to slowwwly build my collection until I eventually get them all. Perfect under everything and over anything. Also, I’ve had a few monogrammed and they look so classic and crisp.

As luck would have it, they are on sale at the moment, and (depending on color) priced at either $39.99 or $48. N.B.: they come in petites as well. Women’s solid three-quarter sleeve stretch shirt

Update: A reader suggests we try code EXTRA20, which expires today.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Bandolino’s Inlet in Plumberry

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Women's shoes/bags: Bandolino Inlet - Plumberry
I scream, you scream, we all scream for purple pumps — particularly when they’re part of a secret 20% off sale going on at Piperlime today only.  (All regularly-priced pumps are 20% off.)  We love the purple leather, embossed with snakeskin, and we adore the lower-than-3″ heel (it’s two and a half, but hey).  They’re regularly $79 at Piperlime; with the code PUMPS they’re now $63. Women’s shoes/bags: Bandolino Inlet – Plumberry

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Suit of the Week

For 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.

albert niponWe know, we know: not everyone here is a size four. But if you ARE, then it is your lucky day, because that is the only size left available for this week’s Suit of the Week. (We normally don’t like to be so exclusive, but, hello, the suit was gorgeous and the only one even slightly interesting this week.) This lovely Albert Nipon suit in the almost-neutral color of raisin has clean, flattering lines — in fact, it is so clean that we can even let the tonal trim pass, despite the fact that it might be interpreted as frilly on any other suit. And the discounts, ye gods! It was marked at $380 at Neiman Marcus, but is now marked at $152. Take another 25% off at checkout, and it comes down to $114. Lovely.  Albert Nipon Pleated Suit

P.S. Please try to ignore the small furry handbag the model is carrying.

Wedneday’s TPS Report: Tracy Reese Sculpted Skirt

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iconWell, this is something you don’t see every day — a perfectly shaped skirt that is both flirty and classic at the same time. We’re loving the sculpted shape, and the fact that it’s washable. We’d wear it with the highest heels we could passably walk in, and a fitted top with clean lines. It’s available for pre-order at Nordstrom’s for $125. Tracy Reese Sculpted Skirt
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Poll of the Week: Should Anyone Wear an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini To An Office Function?

This came up a while back and we wanted to postpone until it was actually warm enough to go swimming, but here is a question for the ages: if your conservative office has a pool party, boating trip, or something else where swimsuits would otherwise be appropriate, what do you wear? Particularly in light of the British scandal over some Speedo photos, we wondered what the masses thought.

For our $.02… it’s hard to answer this from a meta level, actually, because every part of our brain screams FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT WEAR A SWIM SUIT AMONG COLLEAGUES.  While on vacation amongst people you don’t know, it’s almost like being alone — no one can really judge, and so many people wear a swimsuit inappropriately (too small, too loose, too burnt to a crisp, etc) that it’s hard to single any one person out as The Worst Offender Of All Time at a public beach. However, change the group to fifty people who you vaguely know by name or reputation alone, and that “no judgments” rule changes big time. So, for our two cents, we’d wear a sundress or the most sun-dressy cover-up we could find, and leave the water to private vacations.

As we’ve demonstrated, this question is inevitably tied to personal body issues — but the more interesting question may not be what you would do, but what you think others should do.  So please answer as if you’re advising a little sister who has no body issues.

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Cole Haan Sabra Canvas Box Tote

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iconWhat a great summer bag!  The straw-colored canvas, the snappy kelly green leather — le sigh.  It’s a great price at eBags at the moment, too — now $199 (was $350). Cole Haan Sabra Canvas Box Tote
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Update: eBags has another 20% off sale going on right now — it’s valid sitewide, which should include this bag. Wild Wednesday: Extra 20% OFF at eBags.com

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