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.

The Hunt: Perfect Nude Shoes

best nude shoes 20082017 Update: Check out our latest roundup of nude-for-you heels!

In “The Hunt,” we look at a variety of options for a working woman’s basic wardrobe.

Summer is approaching (or so they say) and that means nude legs. Whether one actually wears nude pantyhose or goes bare, the fact remains the same: Mama needs a good pair of beige shoes. In our experience here at Corporette, we’ve found that the closed-toe shoe is the only appropriate one for the office (the only exception is a peep toe, like the one at left). It hides a multitude of pedicure sins, and avoids anyone having to look at your toes which, let’s face it, are a little gross after walking outside even if your pedicure is fresh. Plus, you then have the freedom to get a crazy color on your toes — OPI’s Russian Navy or that Day-Glo stuff the fashion mags are hawking. However, finding the perfect summer nude shoes can be tricky. They should be as close as possible in color to your skin tone. And, really, no higher than 3.5″ — at the outside. It’s our opinion that any heel that is higher than 3.5″ is only appropriate in three circumstances:

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Tuesday’s TPS: Vera Wang Lavender Label Collection

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.

light blue purple silk top by Vera Wang’s Lavender Label CollectionHappy Tuesday! We think this light blue/purple silk top by Vera Wang’s Lavender Label Collection is beautiful (available at Neiman Marcus). The shawl collar with gathered tie detail is great, and, unlike many women’s shirts with a tie intention, it’s pretty clear how to wear it and look good. This would look lovely with wide white pants, as the model is wearing, but it also would look great with any number of colors: gray pants, a deep purple pencil skirt, a navy pin-striped suit…

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