Tuesday’s TPS Report: ‘Jori’ Ruched Sheath Dress

Diane von Furstenberg 'Jori' Ruched Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the color of this dress, and I think the neckline and the hemline both avoid the problems DvF dresses sometimes run into (too low cut, too mini). Yes, this has more of a summer vibe to it, but it’s priced as such (40% off) — and I’d start wearing it in February with dark purple/black accents for a spring/Pucci vibe. It was $325, now marked to $195 (sizes 0-14) at Nordstrom. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Jori’ Ruched Sheath Dress

Here are a lower-priced option and a couple of alternatives available in plus sizes.

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The Hunt: Flat Boots

flat knee high boots for work Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Flat dressy boots are one of those know-your-office situations — just a few years ago they were fairly scandalous, but now they’re everywhere.  We haven’t done a roundup in a year (here’s our 2013 and 2012 roundups), so I thought I’d poke around… these are my favorites.  First, a few specialty categories that may be of interest — note that if you’re really on the hunt for a custom style, check out  Duo boots — you have the ability to tailor your fit, but they already have a large sale section that is up to 30% off today.

Ladies — have you bought any great flat boots for work lately? What are the top qualities you look for in an office-appropriate boot?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Adalia Wool-Crepe Dress

Roland Mouret Adalia Wool-Crepe Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow. Net-a-Porter has a number of Roland Mouret dresses and I kind of love them all. This one gets the featured spot because of all those interesting details — the “precision paneling” that defines the waist and hip, yes, but also the faux slit/wrap effect on the front, the luxe look of stretchy wool crepe, and that light gray, almost lavender color. It’s almost sold out, so if you have $2390 to spend on a dress (or you’re expecting Santa to be very good to you this year), then you’d better hurry. Roland Mouret Adalia Wool-Crepe Dress

Here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives and a couple of plus-size options.

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Weekend Open Thread

Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

This may be a weird weekend pick, but it’s been on my mind since I saw it (for reasons other than my love of a colorful case). This little insulated bag basically creates a portable, non-electric slow cooker. I love the idea that one is gifted to a family in Africa for every one bought, and I think it would be great for a variety of women — the one whose power goes out often, the one who hates the idea of leaving the slow cooker on while she’s not there, the woman who perhaps may be driving a good distance for holiday parties… The blue one is $54.54 at Amazon, but it looks like it’s a Lightning Deal, available for $44.98 until 2pm EST. Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker

Psst: We’ve talked about slow cookers before (and super lazy dinners for them).  Random Q: Has anyone found a healthy liner for the crockpot (a friend recently pointed out that the ones I’ve been using are likely filled with chemicals and more, and it’s made me a bit freaked out.)

Weekly News Update

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  • Barneys’ The Window features seven stylish-but-comfortable shoes favored by its accessories team, like these Leopard-Print Haircalf Milly Pumps.
  • Racked has your ’90s nostalgia moment for today: Delia’s is closing stores and filing for bankruptcy. Racked also takes a look at the regulation and impact of counterfeit and knockoff fashions.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s At Work blog looks at data gathered from LinkedIn profiles to find out the most likely next jobs for people in certain careers. (There’s a search box on the page if you want to look into your possible future…)
  • Forbes shares some stats about workplace gift-giving and tells you some of the weirdest gifts people have received from coworkers.
  • DailyWorth shows you 10 myths about maternity leave in the U.S.
  • New York magazine has an essay by a woman who came to realize that at 40, she would be just fine if she never has kids (and actually prefers it that way).

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: No Peep Easy to Iron Striped Shirt

marks and spencer no peep easy to iron shirtOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader J wrote in to recommend this shirt, noting: “I just bought a shirt from Marks & Spencer and thought, as a larger chested woman, it was the greatest thing ever. They sell ‘no-peep’ shirts which feature an extra (hidden) button around the bust, making sure that there are no gaps without making the shirt look weird with an extra button. They sell a bunch of them and I thought it would be great to share my find with other women who often have this problem.” Nice! We’ve rounded up other blouses for the busty, and I’ve often noted that England is awesome for bust-friendly clothing, but I haven’t seen the M&S “no peep” line before. The shirt is £18, which comes out to around $28. Nice. (To convert to U.S. sizes, check this size guide.) Marks & Spencer No Peep Easy to Iron Striped Shirt

Note that M&S is offering free delivery to the U.S. on all orders until 12/17.

Psst: I also like this silk one, and this plus-sized one.

Update: Note that 6pm is having a 12-12 sale with prices marked to $24, $36, and $48 — lots of 80%+ discounts to be had, like this nice JNY blazer or this Tahari dress, both for $24.  Here’s a link to the general officewear section of the sale, and one for the blazers on sale (some of which are not showing up in the officewear section, annoyingly).

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