Thursday’s TPS Report: Lace Crop Grey Cardigan

White House | Black Market Lace Crop Grey CardiganOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m not usually a fan of lace for the office, but this grey cardigan (with matching camisole) looks lovely and amazing. I feel like the gray color keeps it from feeling boudoir, and in general it looks really pretty but professional. I like that it’s machine washable, too. The cardigan is $88, and the camisole is $48; both are available in sizes S-XL. White House | Black Market Lace Grey Crop Cardigan

Psst: Here’s a similar cardigan available in (limited) plus sizes.

P.S.: Happy Rosh Hashanah!

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Suit of the Week: Stizzoli

Corporette's Suit of the Week: StizzoliFor 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.

Fun story: I was originally going to make this affordable Jones New York houndstooth blazer and dress the focus of today’s Suit of the Week — but while looking for the plus-sized option I found this gorgeous suit (pictured).  The Stizzoli brand is totally new to me, but everything they have at Saks is amazing (albeit pricey); I’m a bit bummed they only come in plus sizes!  The jacket (Tweed Printed Jacket) is $635; the skirt (Tweed Skirt) is $330 — there is also a matching dress for $525.  All are available in sizes 14-24.

(If you really like the JNY suit, note that they have a ton more options — including plus sizes — on JonesNewYork.com, where the entire site is 25% off (anniversary sale).)

houndstooth tweed suit

 

Tales from the Wallet: Wedding Finances

Money Milestones: How Your Wedding Affects Your Finances | CorporetteWhat are the financial implications of getting married — and how does your wedding budget affect your overall financial health? What other major milestones affect your financial health?  I’ve often read that how you handle a few major milestones in your life — wedding!  grad school!  baby!  buying a house!  divorce!  retirement! — can have a significant impact on your overall financial health.  So I thought we’d start a series on Money Milestones.  (We’ve already talked about how where you live affects your finances, as well as what a general money roadmap, through life, should look like.)

First up:  the financial implications of getting married.  The question to everyone who’s been through this: what choices did you make that affected finances? What would your advice be to someone just going through it (either for the first time or again)? To those of you who decided NOT to get married because of the financial implications — please share some of your thoughts with us!

For my $.02, these are my best tips:

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Printed Open-Front Blazer

BCBG Max Azria Printed Open-Front Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the abstract print, the asymmetrical shawl collar, and the twist on the traditional blazer shape. The blazer is part of a great sale, too: it was $228, but is now $133 at Saks Off Fifth (limited sizes, alas). BCBG Max Azria Printed Open-Front Blazer

Psst: Check out these lower-priced and plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Helina Flat

Naturalizer Helina Flat | CorporetteThis flat is one of the best sellers on Zappos, and I can see why — I like the round cap toe, the metallic chain detail, and the N5 comfort footbed. Zappos has it in this bronze version (which I suspect would make a great nude-for-you shoe for some skin tones), as well as black; Nordstrom has it in four colors (including navy and beige). It’s $69, and available in regular, wide, and narrow sizes 4-12. Naturalizer Helina Flat

Fun But Professional Patterns and Colors

Fun but Professional Patterns and Colors | CorporetteCan fun colors and patterns ever be professional? Reader S wonders:

The only black piece of clothing I have is one blazer and I don’t have a single white thing. You could find me in a floral skirts with striped tops, long bright dresses, and when I occasionally wear jeans, I always pair them with shirts and blazers. My favorite patterns are stripes and florals, favorite colors are purple, red, orange. Can this ever be professional? I feel very uncomfortable in black and would hate to give up my favorite pieces. The field where I hope to find a job is business causal.

Great question, S! We’ve talked about how to start wearing prints, as well as how to mix prints — but not in a long while (other than this brief mention in our post on how to shop your closet and Play Clothes). So let’s talk about it. First: I don’t think there is anything inherently unprofessional about prints, colors, and patterns — indeed, some of the most adventurous dressers, who mixed prints and patterns in the boldest ways, are some of the male partners I knew at my old law firm.  The easy advice here is that it’s very, very easy to throw on a solid cardigan or blazer that picks up one of the colors in your print, throw it on with a neutral trouser or skirt, and go to work.  But let’s have a bit more fun with it…

Fun but Professional Patterns and Colors | Corporette

Layer multiple patterns and anchor them with a solid piece, either in a neutral (black or white) or a color from one of the prints. (Check out our new Professional Prints board on Pinterest to see the pictures bigger, and click through for the sources.)

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