Splurge Monday: Isobel Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

DvF Isobel DressHow did it get to be March already? This black dress is boring, I’ll grant you — but it does look like it’s beautifully made, and kind of the perfect basic piece for your wardrobe. Love that mid-V, the wide straps, the high back, and the flattering seaming (which you can’t see at all on DVF, but you can on the Bloomingdale’s page). DvF has it on sale, as well: it was $428, but it’s marked to $298 at dvf.com (sizes 4-14 in stock). DVF Isobel Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress

Here are a couple of lower-priced options (here, here) and a plus-size alternative.

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Weekend Open Thread

Vince Camuto 'Phoebe Stripe' Tee | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’m not usually a fan of stripes across the chest — but this one looks fabulous. Love the colorblocking, the diagonal lines, and the striped details on the sleeve. The tee is $69 at Nordstrom (available in black, pictured, as well as gray). Vince Camuto ‘Phoebe Stripe’ Tee

Weekly News Update

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  • WindowsWear lets you look at — and shop — retail window displays and the 35,000+ brands sold in those stores.
  • Fashionista rounds up several of the best YouTube makeup tutorials that show you exactly how to contour and highlight, conceal blemishes, enhance your brows, and more.
  • The Business of Fashion looks at how cosmetics companies are expanding their “multicultural,” “ethnic” beauty products (though not enough, say the commenters).
  • A couple weeks ago we shared a link about Jones New York closing its stores and its wholesale business. Fashion Snoops shares some info from WWD that the company, whose spring collection will be its last, is “pursuing strategic alternatives for the brand” (which some are interpreting as seeking a buyer). Meanwhile, Ann Inc. (parent of Ann Taylor and Loft) is looking for a buyer as well, reports Bloomberg Business.
  • The Los Angeles Times looks at why so many women are leaving science, tech, and engineering fields in large numbers (no big surprises here). Over at Above the Law, Leigh McMullan Abramson writes why she left her law career to become a writer.
  • Thought Catalog lists the ways that confident alpha women do things differently (dating, etc.) than other women.
  • Vogue gives a peek at Candice Bergen’s new autobiography — an excerpt about playing Murphy Brown. (If that sentence means nothing to you at all, please read this while you make the rest of us feel old.)
  • Rather than a Laugh of the Week, today we’re giving you … the Head-scratcher of the Week, from Wired.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Fitted Non-Iron Windowpane Shirt

Banana Republic Fitted Non-Iron Windowpane Shirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

A non-iron shirt is hard to go wrong with, and I like this white one with its wide windowpane pattern. It’s available in regular (sizes 0-16) and tall, and is $79.50 (although right now BR is having a sale — 30% off full-price items). Banana Republic Fitted Non-Iron Windowpane Shirt

Here’s a plus-sized option.

Psst: check out our previous discussions on the best button-front shirts, as well as our guide to bespoke blouses.

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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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