Tuesday’s TPS Report: Slim Jersey Pants

Donna Karan New York Slim Jersey Pants | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Donna Karan has specialized in basics like these pants for years, and you can see why: these pants look awesome. Professional, sleek — but sexy somehow, too. I like the seams, the comfort level (they’re made of jersey), and the vented hems. They’re $595, available in limited sizes. Donna Karan New York Slim Jersey Pants

Here’s a lower-priced alternative in regular and petite sizes, and a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Bangle Fitbit Bracelet

FUNKtionalWearables Hally Bangle Fitbit BraceletThis cool little bracelet hides a secret: your Fitbit. It’s part of a growing trend to conceal/jazz up your less-than-attractive plastic Fitbit bracelet, and I like it, particularly for the office. (But: of course you can just wear the regular Fitbit bracelet to work also.) Etsy seller FUNKtional Wearables has a ton of cute styles; I like this metal bracelet for a conservative workplace. It’s $39 on Etsy. FUNKtionalWearables Bangle Fitbit Bracelet


The Hunt: Purple Pumps

Edelman Orella PumpSure, 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’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: purple pumps are one of my favorite things to wear to work. I like all shades of purple, truth be told, but my absolute favorites for pumps are the ones the color of wine, with a lot of reddish brown in them (but too dark a color to be considered a classic red or even a cordovan pump). They add a tiny bit of pizzazz, and look great with a variety of colors, including: black, navy, gray, cobalt, olive/army green, and beiges and whites.  We haven’t done a roundup in a while (2014, 2012, 2010).  Ladies, what color heels (not black or nude) do you find to be the most versatile color for pumps? Have you bought any purple pumps recently, or loving any older pairs?  

Some roundups of special interest shoes (most links go to Amazon, Nordstrom, or Zappos):

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Wool Peplum Jacket

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Peplum Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday! We all know I love a good festive blazer, but I think this twill and silk jacquard peplum blazer is MORE than just something to wear to a holiday party — it’s a chic, interesting blazer to throw on even on top of other black outfits, because there’s no danger you think you’re mixing and matching a suit. I love the texture, and the fitted, structured shape. It’s $1,495 at Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Peplum Jacket

Here’s a lower-priced option (sizes 0-14).

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Weekend Open Thread

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Zappos has this gorgeous heel in six colors, and it’s hard to choose which to drool over more.  For me it’s gotta be the blue, but it’s a really close call with the purple or the taupe.  They’re $129, available in sizes 5.5-10.   (Note that Nordstrom only has it in four colors, but is worth checking for the 96 (!) positive reviews.)  Steve Madden Fringly


Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista gathered the return policies for a bunch of retailers who accept returns on opened beauty products; some are stricter than others and some are more lenient than you might expect.
  • DailyWorth shares “6 fashion rules powerful women always follow.”
  • PopSugar Smart Living gives you a list of 10 things you should buy at Target.
  • At Above the Law, Kathryn Rubino comments on the recent “Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?” Bloomberg Businessweek piece.
  • Fortune advises doing anything more after a job interview than sending a single email or note, or making one phone call — and shares several amusing examples of what NOT to do.
  • Fast Company has tips on preventing yourself from being known at work as the person (i.e., woman) who always takes on the “office housework.”
  • Do your houseplants or office plants always end up dying on you? GQ tells you about five hardy plants that are — literally — not delicate flowers.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: Play with the “office buzzword generator” from Racked.

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