The Hunt: Black Bags

The Hunt: Basic Black Shoulder Bags & Satchels | CorporetteSure, 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.

I love a tote bag as much as the next person — but for some reason, I associate smaller bags with spring and summer.  Here in NYC it means longer days, dining and drinking with friends outside, and long walks to and from work.  It also means lighter commuting shoes (ahem, flip flops usually), and less need for shoving STUFF in your bag (scarves, hats, etc).  I think a black satchel or shoulder bag is something every woman should have — some of the classics that we’ve rounded up in previous Hunts are still available, such as the Kate Spade Cobble Hill, or the Rebecca Minkoff Cupid, or the LV Pont-Neuf (rounded up in 2013)… or the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Lil Ukita (rounded up in 2012; there are a TON of the “Classic Q” bags that one should consider here).  Readers, what is your must-have basic color for a bag?  Have you bought any great shoulder bags or satchels lately (or, do you wear any classics that are still available)? 

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Giraffe Print Dress

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

Escada Giraffe Print DressI always think of giraffe prints as being much tighter than this — so I love the abstract, ultra-closeup view on this chic Escada dress. I’d wear it with black (as styled here) and maybe also pastels, like a pale pink blazer or a cornflower blue cardigan. It’s (gulp) $995 at Bloomingdale’s. Escada Giraffe Print Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

Catherine Catherine Malandrino Fallon Sheath DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

When I was getting married, I wanted to start a blog that only featured white clothing, because for once I wanted everything to be white (ok, fine, or cream or sand or so forth) for wear to the rehearsal dinner, on the honeymoon, during the wedding weekend, etc, etc. I’ve never quite gotten around to starting that blog, but I think this dress is a gorgeous rehearsal dinner dress, or even a low-key City Hall wedding kind of dress. If you are UNLIKE me and will wear a white dress even if it’s not wedding-related — kudos to you! — then this is also a gorgeous dress. It was $158, but is now marked to $76 at Last Call (where they have a ton of cute Catherine Catherine Malandrino stuff on deep discount). Catherine Catherine Malandrino Fallon Sheath Dress


Weekly News Update

Spring Business-Casual Picks | CorporetteLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Looking for some new finds for your spring work wardrobe? YouLookFab offers six suggestions for business-casual pieces.
  • Love Your Job discusses the most common reasons that women lawyers consider leaving the profession. Are they consistent with what you’ve heard from colleagues who are thinking of calling it quits?
  • The New York Times’ Sinosphere blog examines a new study from China that found that maintaining a higher percentage of women on company boards reduces fraud.
  • This NPR story looks at a new study that discusses the hot topic of the moment, women’s salaries — and the act of negotiating higher ones.
  • A related story in TIME reveals that female job-seekers tend to steer clear of positions that require stereotypically male traits like assertiveness.
  • Hmm, “How To Leave Work at 5 P.M. and Still Get Everything Done”? Does that involve starting work at 5:00 a.m.? Although this Forbes blog post may not get all of you out the door at 5:00, the productivity tips included are still worth a read.
  • Lifehacker checks out Kitestring, a “just in case” webapp that might make your mom a bit less worried about your online dating activities.
  • What’s that about your boss’s wedding? Oh, wait, it’s a Boss Wedding? Above the Law explains.
  • If you’re just finishing up your taxes (don’t worry, we won’t judge), PopSugar Smart Living has eight last-minute tips for staying accurate.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Walter Iris Blouse

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

Walter Iris BlouseFor some reason, everything I wanted to post today is sold out (darn it) or down to lucky sizes only. Boo. This gray and light blue blouse looks interesting, lovely, and kind of modern — for some reason, I’m seeing it with a navy cardigan, gray ankle pants, and perhaps a hot pink or bright yellow accent somewhere — shoes, delicate necklace, bangle. It was $108, but is marked to $42 at Bluefly today (size S only, alas). Walter Iris Blouse

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Psst: Another great lucky-size option: this Lauren Ralph Lauren peplum blouse at Nordstrom in size 10. And — I’ve posted this before, but this Lauren Ralph Lauren fit and flare skirt at Macy’s is now down to $49 (lots of sizes still left).  Ladies, have you found any great deals lately?


Coffee Break: Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather HoboOne of these days I’m going to have to add a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag to my collection because I’m constantly drooling over the Classic Q line. I like this leather hobo in contrasting colors — and for once I like the red version better than the blue (although I love the blue accents on the cream). All of the colors are marked 33% off at Nordstrom: they were $428 but are now $286. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo