Coffee Break: Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: I love the clean lines of this briefcase-like tote from Furla. I’ve pictured it in pink here, but it’s also available in basic black as well as cream. Love the size (14″W x 10″H x 3″D), the metal feet, and all of the available pockets. The bag was $448, but is now $239.99 at Saks Off Fifth. Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option in pink.

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A Weatherproof Tote for Work

bags-weather-2Is it possible to find a quality work tote that won’t be ruined by bad weather but still looks stylish? How can you protect your bag from the elements? Reader C wonders…

Kat, I’d like to upgrade my work tote bag to something special but I worry about caring for it when commuting in rain and snow. The best thing about my 20 year old vinyl tote is that it’s indestructible, but it’s also pretty shabby. I’d like something classy but worry about the weather ruining it. Thanks for your advice.

We’ve talked about upgrading to a Prada bag (and upgrading your bag in general), what your tote bag says about you, how to lighten your loadthe best bags for commuting (and the best bags for interviewing!) — but we haven’t really talked about this. I’m curious to hear what readers say.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Loveappella Seamed Wrap Dress

Loveappella Seamed Wrap Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

At first glance I thought this dress was DVF, until I looked closer at the price — $78! I’m not familiar with the brand but there are a lot of glowing reviews in there, and for $78 it’s hard to go wrong. Love the hemline, the color, and the pockets (!). Loveappella Seamed Wrap Dress

Here’s a plus-sized alternative (and another with a bolder print).

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Suit of the Week: Nine West

womens suitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Happy Wednesday! I’m loving this Nine West suit, even though I think that most of the bang for your buck will be coming out of wearing the dress and blazer as separates. I love that inverted notch neckline, the single button, and the single slit in the back. The dress looks flattering and chic, although I’d swap out the belt for one of my own, and the pants look nice as well.  (I’m all for wearing flats with pants, but I feel like these are hemmed too short — I wish they were just a smidge longer.)

Anyhoo: the suit is available in sizes 2-16; the dress comes in three colors, and the pants come in two colors. The jacket (Nine West Women’s One Button Inverted Notch Collar Jacket) is $99, the dress (Nine West Women’s Bi Stretch Pleat Neck Self Belt Dress) is $44.50-$89 at Amazon, and the pants (Nine West Women’s Stretch Modern Suit Pant) is $69.

Here’s a plus-size option (also in petites and regular sizes).

Nine West purple suit

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Previously, on Corporette…

Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

First, check out our updated Guide to Interview Suits

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Interwoven Striped Tweed Jacket

Nanette Lepore Interwoven Striped Tweed Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

LOVE this tweed little number, which Kate found on sale at Amazon. Yes, it’s pink, but it’s a dark pink, almost a purple, which to me means that you can wear it across multiple seasons, assuming it’s weather appropriate. Wear it with a light blue blouse (chambray for a casual outfit) or even a cream or white sheath dress or pencil skirt — I’d even try it with other pastels like pale pink, mint, or yellow. In the fall, try it with a darker purple (this dress was apparently part of the set), a navy, a dark emerald green, or a dark charcoal (as pictured). It’s kind of an amazing sale — was $448, now marked to $188 (eligible for Prime). Nanette Lepore Interwoven Striped Tweed Jacket

Psst: The sale price has jumped around a bit this week, from $161 to $153 to the current price, so it may change again soon.

Here are a few lower-priced options (here, herehere) and a few plus-size alternatives (here, herehere).

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