The Picture Perfect Professional Fashionista

blazer and jeansWe can’t believe we forgot to blog about this — Jezebel had the most perfect picture of Claudia Schiffer looking absolutely gorgeous whilst out and about with her kid. Yes, she’s a supermodel, but what struck us was how professional and chic and fashionable and gorgeous she looks. And annoyingly, a few days later, they had another picture. We almost want to revisit the idea of scarves, which we have not purchased since our college days haunting flea markets.

 

Friday’s TPS Report: Ann Taylor

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

ann taylor hammered silk topAnn Taylor has a lot of great sales right now. We like this hammered silk top (although it does seem to be a slightly fall color).

Call for Comments! What’s your go-to “briefcase”?

briefcases for womenWe’re prepping for our next “Hunt” article: this time, we’re tackling briefcases/attaches/totes for businesswomen. Sure, the USB drive is all you need most days, but what do you carry when you’re going to a big meeting or to court and need to carry some serious documents (and look serious doing it)?

Suggestions welcome — please comment below when you get a chance. If possible, please mention where it can be bought. (For example: the classic nylon Kate Spade bags — are those sold anywhere, still? We’ve been trolling the various sites and can’t find them anywhere…)

Photo courtesy of lanuiop’s Flickr set.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Alice & Olivia Tee – $148

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.

Alice & Olivia TeeThis cotton/silk tee by Alice + Olivia is fabulous — with the pintucking and fabric it seems much more lux than the $148 it costs. We think the bright pink would be lovely under a black suit, perhaps worn with a long scarf in complimentary colors — perhaps a light blue scarf with red effects or a white scarf with green in it. Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Update: It’s come to our attention that it’s on sale at Bloomie’s, but is now only available in size L. If you’d prefer more options, the top is available (in white only) at Fashion Chateau. They also have a 15% off sale going through 5/27.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Theory Shirtdress

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.

Theory ShirtdressWe like the high neckline, bold print, and nice shape of this Theory shirtdress, available at Bergdorf Goodman. We’d wear a slip underneath it (just in case!) and with a low heel (particularly if it’s as short a dress as it looks on the model). One of our theories is that prints should always come from an expensive, well-respected brand. Don’t be buying a printed dress at Ann Taylor Loft or Old Navy — not only will people instantly recognize it as being of that brand, but frequently they’re poorly made, with the fabric not lining up properly on the seams. Theory works.

OK, some seriously cute stuff on sale at Net-a-Porter

Damn you, Bunnyshop, for tipping us off to such a great sale. But lots of great pieces here for the office also. We’re too tired to figure out how to make the pictures look the way we want them to (booo) but here’s a hint of what’s to come:

net-a-porter sale

  • Tory Burch Eugina Rope Dress, marked to $175 from $350. Nice long length (unlike many of the other dresses on the site, which are waaaay too short for the office.
  • A great Marc by Marc Jacobs Dixie cotton sweater. We generally prefer our sweaters in silk or cashmere, but hey, we make exceptions. So adorable! Originaly $368, now $184. We also love the Marni brooches the good folks at Net-a-Porter styled the sweater with.
  • We went back and forth on this one for a while — that ruffle! — but it’s so unique we had to pass it along: An Anna Sui Deco backless top, from $282 to $141.

We’re thrilled to see that the art deco stuff looks like it’s coming back in style.

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