Coffee Break: Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper

Lands' End Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper | CorporetteCoated canvas is always a nice option — it’s thick, durable, and easy to clean. This large canvas shopper at Lands’ End (which, they proudly note, was seen on Vogue.com) looks like a great tote bag for schlepping all your stuff — I like the option to personalize it in a fun color, also. The bag is super affordable — $68 marked down to $55 — and available in four color options. Nice. Lands’ End Women’s Print Coated Canvas Large Shopper

Can You Wear a Sheath Dress and Jacket to an Interview?

Theory 'Betty 2' Stretch Sheath Dress | CorporetteAre you required to wear a skirt suit for an interview, or are sheath dresses acceptable? We’ve talked about interview attire (including what to wear beneath a suit jacket) before, but let’s discuss again. Here’s Reader L’s question:

I have an upcoming call back interview at a big law firm. I am a 2nd year associate. Can I wear a Theory sheath dress and jacket or do i have to wear a skirt suit? I only ask because the Theory sheath dress is wonderful, comfortable, and super professional. The internet basically says absolutely not … but this is a West Coast based firm. Any thoughts are much appreciated!

For my $.02, I think that while a skirt suit is the default conservative option, pants suits are becoming more and more acceptable — and a sheath dress with a matching blazer isn’t that far behind. A few notes on this, though:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt

Elie Tahari Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m really liking the flared skirts that are starting to be everywhere (like the Kenzo skirt we featured a few weeks ago). This black and white pattern looks flattering yet versatile. Bloomingdale’s shows it with a crisp white blouse; I’d also wear it with a fitted, hip-length sweater in almost any color. It’s also available in a deep-red wool blend, and Neiman Marcus has it in dark green tweed. Lovely. It’s $268 at Bloomingdale’s. Elie Tahari Bonnie Tweed Print Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option, and also a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf

Umbra Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf | CorporetteThere are a lot of options for shoe shelves, but something about this one reminds me of the one I had under my desk for years at the law firm. We had big, covered L-shaped desks, and I mostly spent my working time facing either sideways or at the corner of the L — so when I found shoe shelves on sale one day at a random discount store on 14th Street, I decided they would be perfect to go on the inside floor of my desk. If you have a lot of pairs of shoes that live at the office, I highly recommend this method over the shoes-in-filing-cabinet method (which I’ve also used). This one looks nice, requires no tools for assembly, and is stackable if you have a lot of shoes (or more space). They’re sold two to a kit, marked down from $30 to $22 (with free shipping on all Umbra products through 10/18). Readers, how do you store your shoes at the office? Umbra Bronze Carrie Stacking Shoe Shelf 

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress

Ted Baker Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Verrrry innnteresting. I saw the name of this dress first and was intrigued, and asked my VA to hunt around to see if she could find a video of it online. (Here you go.) I like it even more, albeit for the right woman (and the right office) — I think if you’re comfortable making a high fashion statement, this dress is really fun, and is work appropriate but very interesting. I like. The dress (also available in green) is $295 at Nordstrom and ZapposTed Baker Rozean Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress

Here’s a lower-priced version and a plus-size alternative.

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FIFTY Columbus Day Sales – and Kat’s Top 8

33 Columbus Day Sales! || CorporetteHappy Columbus Day!  Sales are already heating up so I thought I’d round up the noteworthy ones — my top picks are in bold.  As always, we’ll add any new ones we hear about over the weekend, so please stay tuned!

  • 6pm – 10,000+ shoes, clothing, and accessories for $20.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off your entire purchase.
  • Anne Klein – 30% off sitewide.
  • Anthropologie – 15% off full-price dresses.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase.
  • Bare Necessities – 50 bras, 50% off.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Tons of stuff in the 5F collection, with prices up to 75% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – 25-50% off selected merchandise.
  • Bluefly – Up to 75% off outerwear. Warehouse sale 80% off.
  • Boden – 40% off, mid-season sale. One week only!
  • Brooks Brothers – Select women’s shirts (and men’s dress and sport shirts) 3 for $189 or up to $98.50 each.
  • Cole Haan – prices up to 60% off.
  • Club Monaco – Up to $100 off with code FALLSALE.
  • CUSP – The Denim Event: $25 off one pair, $75 off two pairs, $125 off three pairs.
  • C. Wonder – Extra 50% off sale items.  $5 shipping through 10/15 only.
  • Dorothy Perkins – All sale items are half price or less.
  • DvF.com – Additional 25% off sale items with code EXTRA25.
  • eBags – Up to 65% off.
  • eShakti – 30% off sitewide.
  • Eloquii – Up to 70% off.
  • Express – All sweaters 40% off, all outerwear 30% off. $25 off every $75 you spend (excluding jeans), with code 1870.
  • Forever 21 – Extra 30% off sale items with code TAKE30.
  • French Connection – Up to 40% off selected styles.
  • Gap – Buy 1+ item, save 20%; buy 3+ items, save 30%; buy 5+, save 40%.
  • Hendri Bendel – $50 off $250, $100 off $350, $150 off $450.
  • Hugo Boss – Sale, up to 40% off.
  • Intermix – Additional 30% off all sale items.
  • J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles with code WEEKENDPLANS.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off entire site.
  • Jones New York – $50 off a $200 purchase.
  • Karen Millen – Mid-season sale with up to 30% off.
  • Kate Spade – Take 20% off all sale merchandise with code FALLSALE20.
  • Kate Spade Saturday – 20% off all outerwear and sweaters with code BUNDLED.
  • Kohl’s – Additional 20% off with code YES2FAM.
  • Lands’ End – 25% off with code COOL.
  • Last Call – Additional 30% off everything.
  • The Limited – 40% off sitewide, including sale items… and (online only), 60% off select sweaters.
  • LK Bennett – Prices up to 50% off in their sale section.
  • LOFT – 50% off select fall favorites with code EXPLORE, additional 50% off all sale styles.
  • Macy’s – Super Saturday extra 20% off with code SUPER.
  • Madewell – The Finally Fall Event: 30% off fall-ready styles with code OHFALL.
  • New York & Company – Buy one get one 50% off on new arrivals. $100 off $200 purchase with code 3812, $50 off $100 purchase with code 3811.
  • Nordstrom – Prices up to 60% off. 
  • Piperlime – 20% off with code FALL20.
  • Reiss – Sale prices up to 50% off in their outlet.
  • Shoes.com – Take 15% off sitewide (plus free shipping) with code SHOES15.
  • ShopBop – Prices up to 70% off.
  • Talbots – Up to 50% off full-price styles.
  • Theory – Friends & Family shop 25% off with code THEORYFF2014.
  • White House | Black Market – $50 off your entire purchase of $175+.

Readers, are you looking forward to any big sales this weekend? Which ones will you check out first?