Weekend Open Thread

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I’ve been catching up on Elementary lately, and I often hear people talking about their love of Lucy Liu’s style. (I have a number of friends who’ve seen her in person, and all agree she is STUNNING in real life.) Anyhoo: her style always feels aggressively casual to me on the show, but it is definitely a really polished look for the weekend. This dress reminded me of her (although the colors are all off, of course — she dresses from the Olivia Pope moodboard of beigey grays and whites); throw on some beige booties  and delicate jewelry and you’ve got a great weekend look. The dress is $118 at Nordstrom, available in regular and petites. Adrianna Papell Split Front Shirttail Shift Dress


Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista talks to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s costume designer.
  • Fast Company has news that Stitch Fix is expanding its selections to include maternity and petites (h/t to The Broadsheet), while Racked reports on Target’s new plus-size line.
  • Lucky tells us that John Frieda’s Ocean Waves is available again — with a new name.
  • NPR looks at why more of us should be taking lunch breaks.
  • An old lawyer friend of Kat’s wrote for American Theatre on gender disparity on the New York Theater stage — the response to the article (in the comments) is almost as interesting as the article itself.
  • Above the Law looks at U.S. News’ rankings for law grads with the most debt.
  • Buzzfeed rounded up 30+ tips for relieving anxiety and stress.
  • PopSugar Smart Living gives you 20+ tips to make moving easier.
  • The Guardian tells us that TripAdvisor doesn’t want your “political” reviews.
  • The Onion gives you your Laugh of the Week.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

Ann Taylor Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There is just a teeny, tiny splash of mint here, which elevates this cardigan beyond your basic black and white. I always like mint with cobalt, as well as dark purple, but that’s me — obviously neutrals like black, navy, gray, and beige would look great with this cardigan, as would pastels. It’s $59.50 full price, but today is marked to $29.50. Loft Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

A couple of plus-size alternatives are here (reversible) and here.

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Coffee Break: ‘Bond’ d’Orsay Leather Pump

Kurt Geiger London 'Bond' d'Orsay Leather Pump | CorporetteWe’ve had a fairly conservative week thus far — a black suit! beige pumps! a white blouse! — so I’ll admit: I was on the hunt for a really colorful, playful pair of heels. These Sergio Rossi pumps were strong contenders, but then I saw these Kurt Geigers — while less crazy in color, that super skinny stiletto is h-o-t. I think the pink is fun, but note that they do come in a black, as well as a beige patent. They’re $500 at Nordstrom (read the reviews re sizing if you’re tempted). Kurt Geiger London ‘Bond’ d’Orsay Leather Pump

A couple of lower-priced d’Orsay pumps are here and here (available in pink and other colors).


Trends and the Conservative Office

trends-for-conservative-officesWhat trends can a younger woman safely wear to work?  You don’t want to dress too “old” — but you also doesn’t want to appear too trendy and/or in styles that are inappropriate for workwear. How do you find a balance so that you look professional without feeling like you’re wearing someone else’s clothes? Reader K wonders…

Would you be interested in doing a feature directed at the youngest of your audience? 23-26yo females? This would be regarding the interface between young/trendy and office appropriate. While a lot of the items TPS features are great-looking, I can also see a way in which it might be premature for a younger demographic to be shopping in those styles. I would like to look dignified, for example, but not necessarily older than I am.

This is a great question. The conservative office is all about the classic, chic look — you will always be well served to have a crisp white blouse, a simple sheath dress, a pair of great pumps, and a well-tailored blazer and matching skirt and pants. That said, there do exist trends within those relatively narrow boundaries, and THOSE are the trends that I think you can experiment with, without too much fear that they make you look inappropriate. So let’s dig in.

First, let’s define the kind of trend we’re NOT talking about for a conservative office:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Wrap Front Blouse

Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been ogling this wrap front blouse for a few weeks now — it looks like an interesting take on a simple white blouse. I see it with a bold color somewhere — a necklace, or perhaps a fun pencil skirt — but obviously it would be very easy with neutrals as well. The blouse was $125, but is now marked to $95 at Last Call. Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse

Here’s a similar style in plus sizes.

Psst: I noticed that one of the reader favorite dresses from the past, the Karen Kane ruched dress, is on sale at Nordstrom in basic black for $86.

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