Coffee Break: Charm Bilfold Wallet

Ferragamo Charm Bilfold WalletI originally was going to link to this lovely wallet, but then started looking and found this charming little charm billfold wallet.  Luuurve the purple saffiano leather, the fun charms, and the PERFECT size for making a lunch run (IDs, cards, etc).  It’s even a good price for a (very) nice gift for some lucky person: $165.68 at Farfetch, import duty included.  Salvatore Ferragamo Charm Bilfold Wallet

Farfetch has a ton of other Ferragamo items in that same purple, priced $192 and up, as does Bloomingdale’s (priced $276 and up).  If you’re looking for something more affordable, Last Call has this saffiano coin purse for $18, or this larger wallet for $40.


Wearing Thigh-High Stockings at Work

thigh high stockingsWhat if you like your legs covered when you wear skirts — or your office dress code doesn’t allow bare legs — but you don’t like wearing full pantyhose or tights? Are thigh-high stockings acceptable to wear to work? Are some more appropriate than others? Reader N wonders…

I was wondering if you might consider doing a post on thigh high pantyhose that are functional and work appropriate. I hate the feeling of full pantyhose, but can’t go without, so I want to try thigh highs but have no idea where to start. Thanks!

Great question! We’ve talked about how to care for pantyhose, whether you should wear them in the summer, how many workplaces still require them, the appropriateness of fishnets at the office, rounded up everyone’s favorite lingerie brands, but not this. (Blast from the past: this 20-year-old Chicago Tribune fashion Q-and-A actually recommends layering opaque tights under thigh-highs.)  I’m going to apologize in advance for the sure-to-be-interesting AdSense ads that will follow us all around the interwebs, but I do think this is an important and legitimate question for working women — I’ve had a number of friends who preferred thigh-highs for hygiene, comfort, or other reasons, and there’s no reason they should be stigmatized.

The good news: it seems like there’s a HUGE variety to choose from out right now, in part (perhaps) because over-the-knee boots are so popular. Thus, we’re seeing a ton of “over the knee” socks and tights. Some of the bestsellers that I’m seeing: [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Pencil Dress with Kimono Wrap Detail

ASOS Pencil Dress with Kimono Wrap Detail | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader E wrote in to recommend this dress, saying: “I just got this dress from ASOS (in the green) in the mail and I’m really liking it. I’m wearing it today for work under a blazer and with an opera length necklace which definitely dresses it up enough for a business casual office. But without a blazer it would be fine for a slightly more casual office or a brunch or baby shower or something like that. I’m 5’3″ and it reaches right to my knees so there’s a chance it might be a little short for tall people. Oh — and I laugh that they call this sleeve design ‘kimono wrap’ because I think it’s just because they don’t want to say ‘looks kind of like a bathrobe but in a totally good way.’ Oh, and the fabric is the kind of poly-blend meant to imitate silk [best way I can describe it] but it’s lined so that it doesn’t cling too much.)” The dress is available at ASOS for $79 in green, black, and orange. ASOS Pencil Dress with Kimono Wrap Detail

Here’s a plus-size pick in a pretty green.

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Suit of the Week: Burberry

Corporette's Suit of the Week: BurberryFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Happy Wednesday! I’m loving the leather trim and teeny tiny crosshatch pattern on this cotton gabardine suit from Burberry. The single button fit with slightly peaked lapels is classic, and the crisp seams on the ankle pants remind me of one of my favorite pairs of pants. The jacket (Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Fathingstone Jacket) is $1350, and the pants (Burberry London Taverham Leather-Trimmed Wool Pants) are $495, both at Saks.

Here’s a more affordable suit, as well as a plus size option that has leather accents: jacket, dress.

Update: A couple more alternatives to check out: this one from Helmut Lang (price reduced), and this Tahari ASL skirt suit in plus sizes.


Corporette's Suit of the Week: Burberry

Beauty Wednesday: What’s Overrated?

Overrated (But Classic) Beauty Products -- and What's Worth It | CorporetteIn the wake of all the makeup sales lately, I’ve been perusing the “best seller” lists, and am continually surprised to see some of the listed products because I’ve tried them and been underwhelmed. I thought today it might be fun to discuss classic beauty products — what’s worth the hype, and which beauty products are overrated? For your review, Sephora has a list of best sellers as well as a list from Allure’s Best Beauty Products of 2014, has another list of Award Winning Beauty; and Ulta has a list of their fan favorites.

My list of the overrated beauty products includes:

  • Diorshow — Meh. I briefly liked Benefit’s They’re Real!, but am still on the hunt for a good mascara.  I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a mascara gift set for the season so I can try a bunch.
  • NARS Lip Pencil – I have this in a dark mauve and I hate the way it wears.  I’m ok with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, but I’m always baffled when I see this one on best-of lists. (Note that Sephora has a limited edition Chubby Colour lip set for $25 with four shades.)
  • Naked Palette.  I WANT TO LIKE THIS SO BADLY!  It just seems like a lot of blah to me.  Even for daily, low-key makeup, I reach for a million other things first.
  • Benefit’s High Beam – meh.  I do really like the eyebrow highlighter pencil in a very similar shade, though.  In general, I prefer Nars the Multiple to add a bit of shimmer to my cheeks before I head out for the evening.  I had a gold highlighter from Josie Maran (which they don’t seem to make anymore) that I loved, and was excited to see Benefit come out with a similar gold highlighter, but after watching the video it looks like it isn’t intended for my pale skin at all.  I’ll still try it the next time I’m in a store, though…
  • Benefit’s Benetint – I feel like I’ve been trying to like this one for 20+ years.  Meh.
  • Tarte cheek stains — in fairness, I’ve never owned one of these, but I’ve tried them on in the store a zillion times.  They just don’t look like anything on me.

My list of classic beauty products worth the hype:

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Wool Draped Sheath Dress

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

OneForty8 by Lafayette148 New York Wool Draped Sheath DressI thought I’d swing by Gilt today and see what was available, and there is, as always, a ton of great dresses — if you know what you’re looking for. I like this wool draped sheath dress from OneForty8, which apparently was created by Lafayette 148 New York just for Gilt.  I love the color (“dusk”), the waist details, the sleeves, the modest hemline, and the mix of wool (95%) and lycra (5%). It’s $159 (“was $418″), and is still available in most small and medium sizes. OneForty8 by Lafayette148 New York Wool Draped Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size version that’s similar.  (By the way: we’ve just started a Pinterest board for pretty plus-size picks we find that aren’t necessarily similar to what we’ve picked for the TPS reports — check it out.)

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