Wednesday’s TPS Report: Bryant Dress

Emploi New York Bryant Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I only just heard about the brand Emploi New York (although apparently not only have they been around for years, but they often hit Rue La La) and really like the look of their entire collection. It’s founded on the idea that a businesswoman needs a dress that “would not break her bank, would feel great against her skin, and would give her a shot at the corner office.” Nice. The pictured dress is available in sizes XS-L for $129 at Emploi New York. Emploi New York Bryant Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Friends & Family Sale

FYI – ShopBop’s Friends and Family sale has just started, with 25% off sitewide with code FAMILY25.  ShopBop is home to a ton of great brands, and the editor’s picks are usually SPOT on in terms of what’s trendy, interesting, and now — their jewelry collection is also drool worthy.  There are also a ton of great basics, though — so I’ve rounded up a few pieces that are classics that have been around forever (and probably will be).  It’s also nice that they offer free 3-day shipping (although you can use your Amazon Prime membership for faster shipping), and, as always, free returns. Readers, what are you eyeing for the ShopBop sale?  If you had $1K to spend, what would you buy?

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