Suit of the Week

There are a lot of dowdy suits out in the stores right now, which we don’t entirely understand — with the economy being what it is, why is no one selling smart, great suits that you can wear to that second-round interview or look uber-professional in if you’re fighting to keep your job?  (If you haven’t realized it yet:  if you have a job, you’re fighting to keep it.)  But, that said, our choice for suit of the week is a bit unusual because it’s from Victoria’s Secret.  Stretch cotton in classic putty or black, with a ladylike but cute pencil skirt and a cute upturned jacket collar with three-quarters sleeves.  It’s a classic suit with just a bit of a twist, and for those of you looking for less expensive suits, this one definitely fits the bill:  the jacket is $98 and the skirt is $59.

Poll – How Casual A T-shirt Can Be Worn Beneath a Suit?

tees-beneath-suitsLast week, we were surprised to see comments saying that a t-shirt is not appropriate to be worn beneath a suit, and we thought, a) perhaps we’re talking about different things, or b) perhaps we’re terribly wrong. So we thought we’d explore.

For our $.02: Agreed, agreed, you can’t wear a Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert shirt beneath a suit, nor can you wear the kind of v-neck from the Gap that you would paint a garage in. And of course, a silk or cashmere sweater or button-down shirt is preferable. But, we would say that a “dressy” cotton t-shirt like the ones we linked to that day, or very classic tees in a thick cotton or machine-washable fabric (e.g., a crewneck without a ribbed neckline), are totally acceptable to wear beneath a suit, particularly in a solid color like white. Our reasoning here is that we’ve just never studied another woman’s clothing that closely beneath her suit. Is it too tight? Too sheer? Too old-school rayon shell-like? If it isn’t any of those things and the suit looks good, the top generally fades into the background. It’s there to provide the woman with an option to take off her jacket if she needs to, but — as we’ve said before — we generally think you should keep the jacket on if you’re roaming the halls or going to meetings. In addition to being acceptable, there’s a benefit — if it’s machine-washable, it makes a working woman’s life that much easier.

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But enough of our two cents — what do you guys think?
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Psst: Check out our guide to the best tops under suits!

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Silk Pleated V-neck 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.

Banana Republic’s Silk Pleated V-neck DressWe love this silk v-neck dress from Banana Republic — the ruching at the sides guarantees a good fit of the drawstring waist, but it’s also guaranteed to be incredibly comfortable. High neckline, ladylike hemline — throw a cardigan or cropped blazer on top of it for the office, and rock a wrap with it when you go out on the town for drinks after work. We especially like the shark grey color. Available at Banana Republic for $150. Women: Silk pleated v-neck dress – Shark grey

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Diane von Furstenberg Julian Wrap 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.

11Saks has started a three-day Friends and Family event, where you can get a discount of up to 25% on almost all of the merchandise — which means it’s a great time to check out some of those items that never go on sale (or if they do, only have lucky sizes and weird prints left over). For example: The DvF wrap dress. Some hate it, some love it, some say the key is to wear it backwards. Either way, it is a classic, and a very recognizable designer addition to your wardrobe because of her recognizable prints and thick silk fabric. Normally $325, with the discount (code SFAFAM9) it comes to $243. Not bad — not bad at all. Diane von Furstenberg – Julian Wrap Dress

How to Keep a Working Wardrobe While Losing Weight

how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how to shop for clothes while losing weight. (Congrats!)

We’re still behind on reader mail (sorry, ladies!) and catching up…  Today’s question is about how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight.

I was recently laid off from a somewhat conservative field. I’ve very overweight and have been using my unemployed time to try to lose some weight. I’ve lost 15 pounds and my dress clothes no longer fit.

I’m still very overweight and I estimate that I need to lose about 10 more pounds before I can fit into the size 18 at Ann Taylor or the Tahari sets at Macys and Filene’s Basement. I’m estimating that it’ll take me 6-8 weeks to lose that additional weight. In the meantime, I’m trying to network, going to industry events, and I want to be prepared for any last minute interviews or other events. Even 5 pounds can make a difference in the way clothing fits and since I don’t know how long I will be unemployed, I’m trying to avoid having to buy new dress clothes every few weeks.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Prada Buckle Pump

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.

9Spring sales are starting to happen, and we love the shoe sales going on right now at Barney’s, including these great Prada pumps (available only in lucky sizes, alas). We love the walkable heel, as well as the not-quite blue, not-quite black color of them. Were $625, now $249. Prada Buckle Pump

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