Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Leaf Print Long Sleeve Dress

Loft Leaf Print Long Sleeve Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This pretty rayon and tencel dress looks great for work — and it has sleeves, squee! I like the detail at the waist, and the fact that it’s machine washable. It’s $69 full price, but today is marked to $34. Loft Leaf Print Long Sleeve Dress

Two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Coffee Break: ‘Medium Pashli’ Leather Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim 'Medium Pashli' Leather Satchel | CorporetteHmmn. Azure? Or electric blue? Azure? Or electric blue? Phillip Lim’s very popular 3.1 satchel hasn’t been my favorite in the past — I just wish it were big enough for, say, a legal-sized notepad — but these two (two!) new blue colors are both calling my name. So: azure? Electric blue? Azure? Electric blue? Hmmmmmmn. The bags are $895-$1095. 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Medium Pashli’ Leather Satchel

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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How to Look Stylish and Professional at a Business Casual Office

business casualWhen you’re used to dressing conservatively for work and your new office is much less formal, how do you put outfits together to look casual but still professional and stylish? Some women would react to a dress-code switch like this with a “Score! Jeans and comfy shoes EVERY day,” but others are bigger fans of dressing conservatively in a casual office, like Reader J, who wonders…

I just started a job as an in-house attorney at a tech company. Before this, I worked at a big law firm with a conservative dress code. Now I’m in the dilemma of having a closet full of clothes that are too dressy for my job. I enjoy dressing up, but I don’t want to look too stuffy in this new environment. My boss wears hoodies everyday, and I was told that I’d be teased if I dress up too much. Any suggestions for where to shop for casual outfits that are still cute and classy?

In the past we’ve talked about wearing jeans to work and what to wear for a big meeting at a casual office, as well as the stories linked above.  Now let’s revisit some of that advice and take a look at several examples:

(Pictured: Nordstrom’s very popular open front cardigan by MOD.lusive by Bobeau, $25-$42 in lots of colors and regular and petite sizes.)

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Keyhole surplice ponte top

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

Keyhole surplice ponte topeShakti has a number of customizable ponte tops right now that look lovely. This keyhole top looks wonderful if you like a fitted look — you can choose the sleeve length (anything from sleeveless to three quarters), as well as the length of the top (above hip, at hip, below hip), as well as providing your own measurements for bust, waist, and hip. It comes in sizes XS-6X, and is a mere $59. (If you’re new to eShakti and sign up today you get a $40 coupon, too.) Keyhole surplice ponte top

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Suit of the Week: Austin Reed

Austin Reed Blue Tweed Jacket | CorporetteFor 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 always like a light blue suit — it isn’t too twee when worn together (just a bit more color than a light gray, really) and the pieces tend to be workhorses when worn as separates. (Just be sure to dry clean the pieces together so they fade evenly.) This light blue tweed suit from Austin Reed looks lovely. Pair it with neutrals like white, black, creams, grays, navies — even browns. If you’re feeling bolder, try it with a burgundy accent in fall, or a kelly green or even a pastel in the spring. The jacket (Austin Reed Blue Tweed Jacket) is $325, and the skirt (Austin Reed Blue Tweed Pencil Skirt) is $196.

Here are lower-priced and plus-sized alternatives.

Austin Reed Blue Tweed Suit | Corporette

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Previously, on Corporette…

Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

One year ago…

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