Tuesday’s TPS Report: BCBGMAXAZRIA Merino Wool Cardigan

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.

32This is a great kind of sweater to keep at the office all summer as an alternative to your trusty black blazer. It’s merino wool — way too heavy to wear outside in any weather above 70 degrees — but inside, where the airconditioning is blasting AND you’re sitting still, the warmth will be appreciated. Furthermore, merino wool keeps its shape better than cotton, cashmere, or silk, and this baby will still look structured and refined even after you’ve worn it for days at a time. We love the color, too — the light gray registers with us as season-appropriate, and gray has a way of matching everything (even other grays). It’s $170 at Saks.com. BCBGMAXAZRIA Merino Wool Cardigan

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Furla’s Nika Shopper Grande

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.

31Furla always makes beautiful, functional bags — so we were thrilled to see this lovely brown leather bag in the sale section of Saks. We like the creamy, rich leather, and the fact that it’s big enough to be your “everything” bag for the summer (15″x11″x5″). Was $710, now $397 at Saks.com. Furla – Nika Shopper Grande

Weekly Roundup

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30– Forbes looks for its Moby Dick: the great white button-down shirt for women. [Forbes]

– Which long-wearing eyeshadow is the best?  [Fashionista]

– Eight questions to ask before you hire a financial planner. [Get Rich Slowly]

– Are you saving TOO much for retirement?  [WSJ’s The Wallet]

– It’s always worth some effort: how to manage your reputation online.  [NYT]

– Finally:  how to take great amateur photographs by using simple composition rules.  [Amateur Snapper]

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

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