Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Marc by Marc Jacobs Posh Turnlock Dot

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.

Tory Burch ‘Simone’ Wool CardiganWe like this happy blue leather bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs — it’s got a polka-dotted lining, inside pockets for your technology, and zippers that pull down to the base of the bag (which has feet, so the leather is protected if you set the bag down). It’s also a bag that we wouldn’t feel bad about having on our arm if we happened to be running around in the rain — April showers, anyone? We also like the price, which is rare for a Splurge Monday — $498 at Zappos, which isn’t that bad for a designer bag. (It also comes in a more demure putty gray, if the indigo is too much for you.) Marc by Marc Jacobs – Posh Turnlock Dot (Indigo) – Bags and Luggage

Weekly Roundup

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Marissa Mayer young– Great article on Marissa Mayer, one of Google’s first employees and now a young millionaire. [NYT] The WSJ profiled her wardrobe choices a while ago: we are jealous. [WSJ] (Personally, we’re fans of the great sweater, pants, and shoes she wears in the picture at left.)

– Interesting article on Ikram Goldman, stylist to Michelle Obama as well as many of Chicago’s elite ladies. [Chicago Trib]

– The Chicago Tribune road-tested some tights — which hold up the best in terms of fabric and color. [Chicago Trib] (We wouldn’t recommend wearing more than gray tights, or perhaps very dark jewel tones, to the office.)

– Hiring Partner weighs in on what to wear to get and keep a job. [Hiring Partner]

– Very interesting article about what the spate of layoffs mean for the professional classes of workers — and America. [WSJ]

– Finally: we will one day have to learn how to put clips from a movie on YouTube. But in the meantime, Fashionista has a post about a movie we’ve long wanted to talk about: the sartorial choices of Swell, the heroine of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. If you haven’t seen it, you must!! [Fashionista]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Tommy Hilfiger Maddi Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater

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.

Tommy Hilfiger Maddi Boyfriend Cardigan SweaterThis cotton boyfriend cardigan actually comes in white and yellow — gray is no longer available — but we love it all the more because it’s that much more appropriate for spring. Spring is also known as “cardigan time” to the office-going woman, so now’s the time to start stocking up on your basics as well as fresher shapes if you haven’t already. We’d wear this cardigan open, over a shift dress, with the sleeves pushed up and some long necklaces, or perhaps buttoned-up over a pencil skirt with a collared blouse beneath it. It’s marked down from $69 to $49 at Macys.com. Tommy Hilfiger Maddi Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater

Thursday’s TPS Report: Brooks Brothers’ Merino Silk Cashmere Cable Turtleneck

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.

Brooks Brothers’ Merino Silk Cashmere Cable TurtleneckWarmer days are coming! Or so the oracles say. But in the meantime, it’s ridiculously cold (in New York, at least). For that reason, we hope you’ll share our excitement at this lovely, basic, soft turtleneck made of a blend of merino, silk, and cashmere. This sucker is WARM — yet lightweight at the same time. We like that the cable knit gives it a bit of personality, as well. The best part is the price: it’s deeply discounted (but with tons of sizes left) and available in black, brown, and light grey at Brooks Brothers for $55 (was $138). Merino Silk Cashmere Cable Turtleneck

Suit of the Week: Jones New York Pinstriped Pant Suit

Jones New York Pinstriped Pant SuitIt is another week without a really standout suit — perhaps the economy is driving everyone towards more basic suits? In any event, we like this pinstriped pant suit from Jones New York, available at Macy’s. In particular, we like the chalk stripes, and the three pockets and buttons.  It comes with a knit shell, which we would jettison immediately, wearing the suit with something more luxurious, such as silk or cashmere.  Available at Macy’s for $320 (for both pieces).  Jones New York Pinstriped Pant Suit

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Silk Ruffle 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 Ruffle DressWe like this silk dress from Banana Republic for today’s TPS. The ruffles are nice additions without being ostentatious, and everything — the jewel neckline, the cap sleeves, the knee-length hem — is appropriately ladylike yet professional. Available in ash (shown) and lavender for $130 at Banana Republic. Women: Silk ruffle dress – Wood ash

* Incidentally, if you have time, check out the sale at BR’s sister site, Piperlime — lots of great brands available for great prices in lucky sizes.

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