Thursday’s TPS Report: Single-Button Jacket

Nine West Single-Button Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Yellow blazers are kind of a thing right now, and I like this mustard yellow one for fall. I’d wear it with navy, dark gray, and even an accent of purple (such as, ahem, purple pumps). The jacket is $79 at Macy’s, and available in sizes 2-16. Nine West Single-Button Jacket

Psst: here’s a plus-size option.

By the way, ladies: the Nordstrom Clearance Sale is on!  I may have time to do a roundup later today, but thought I’d spread the word… tons of Minkoff bags from first look…

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Suit of the Week: Boden

Boden suitingFor 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! This week I’m swooning over this jacquard suiting from Boden, available in a polka dot pink as well as navy (and a solid, non jacquard black). I like the A-line cut to the skirt, the three buttons on the jacket, and — on the most sedate of the 3 colors — the fun lining on the black jacket. Of course after doing the graphic I found two dresses in the same fabrics, so those are options too. The jacket (Lombard Jacket) is $228, and the skirt (Aldwych Skirt) is $108; both available in sizes 2R-18L.

Psst: I have a call in to customer service to see if the skirt is a solid black or a polka dotted jacquard.  They’re going to call me back and let me know…
Also: Here’s a similar plus-size option.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cardigan with Tie Front

Jones New York Cardigan with Tie Front | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Jones New York has a number of cute cardigans right now, and this long black one with camel accents looks chic yet cozy and wearable. It’s hand-washable, and available in regular sizes — and plus sizes! — for $99 and $109, respectively. Jones New York Cardigan with Tie Front

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Fall Collection

Ann Taylor's Fall 2014 CampaignDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has always been one of my favorite workwear brands, and their fall collection is absolutely gorgeous. (And ladies, do note: they’re currently offering 40% off sale styles, with no code needed — huzzah!) I thought I’d take a look at some of the hot new pieces just hitting stores now — readers, do you have any favorites from Ann Taylor’s fall collection?


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Coffee Break: Glazed Leather Tote

Giani Bernini Glazed Leather Tote | CorporetteI found this nice looking tote while looking for comps to last week’s splurgey coffee break, the Milly tote, but I liked this one enough to feature by itself. I like the gray and blue combo, which seems like a lovely neutral, but it’s also available in black/brown and black patent. It’s $198 at Macy’s. (Through today, code BTS gets you 20% off, bringing it to $158.) Giani Bernini Glazed Leather Tote

Psst: here’s a lower-priced option.

Gray Hair: An Open Thread

Gray Hair Care: An Open Thread | CorporetteWe’ve talked about gray hair before (as well as aging gracefully in general), but not in a long while, so I thought we’d revisit — ladies, do you dye your hair?  (One friend told me she went blonder to help hide the grays!)  Do you rock the gray — and if so, do you care for it with special products?  I’ve noticed Amazon has a ton of products to brighten gray hair and keep the yellow out, which I’ve been told is important.

For my $.02, I haven’t ever dyed my hair (not counting some experiments as a teenager with “wash out red dye” (it was a thing) and, briefly in college, experimenting with blue hair dye), but I’m starting to wonder whether I should!  I first started seeing gray hair at age 26 (thank you, bar exam!) and it’s definitely growing.  If I had darker hair I would LOVE to rock the salt and pepper look — one of my old editors had hair like that, and I always thought it was so chic and cool.  If I were to go all gray I would equally love to rock the silver hair look — one of the partners I used to work for had a super stylish silver bob.  (I even like the silver streak look, like Stacy London!) But now, where it’s brown hair mixed with about 1-2% gray hairs throughout… I’m less of a fan, and have been trying to make an effort to tweeze about 5 silver strands each night.  (Which apparently is the worst thing to do, whoops!) I suspect I’ll hold off dyeing it until the percentage of gray grows to 5-10%, but that’s me.

(And just in case this is in question: I don’t think there’s anything professional or unprofessional about gray hair — I think it’s totally a matter of personal choice.  In my situation I have noticed that my gray hair tends to be a different consistency than the rest of my hair, which sometimes requires extra attention to smoothing so I don’t get a frizzy, frazzled look — the halo of gray! — but maybe that’s me.)

So let’s hear it ladies — do you have gray hair(s)? How do you feel about them? How do you care (or cover) them? 

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