Coffee Break: Peterson Shopper

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Peterson Shopper | CorporetteI’m liking this simple tote bag from Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Hooray for the tassle and interesting belted look on the outside, and hooray for all of the pockets hidden in the colorful lining. It was $348 but is now marked to $192 at 6pm. Other color options are tan and white, both available at Zappos. Ralph by Ralph Lauren Peterson Shopper


When to Tuck

when to tuck blousesWe haven’t talked about whether a professional must tuck her shirt in YEARS, and not one but two readers wonder… so let’s discuss. First, reader A wonders about tucking:

I recently read a fashion post suggesting that a woman in a professional environment should never wear her shirt untucked. I am fairly short (5’3″) and busty, and the tucked-in look usually isn’t very flattering on me. Though I can sometimes pull it off with a blazer on top, tucking my shirts tends to make my torso look very short and my bust look huge. Is it really necessary to wear only tucked shirts in a professional setting? I’ve always thought reasonably tailored, hip-length shirts were fine untucked, even in a conservative environment. What do you think?

Meanwhile, reader S wonders:

I was wondering if you could weigh in on a debate I’m having with a couple friends — we’ve been discussing whether it is more professional to wear a button-down shirt tucked or untucked with dress slacks/trousers. One person says untucked and tucked are equally professional, one person says tucked in is ok only if the trousers are worn with a belt, and one person says tucked in is always more professional! Thoughts? (And thanks!)

I’m curious to hear what the readers say here. We’ve talked about how to keep your shirts tucked, rounded up blouses especially for busty women, as well as done Hunts for crisp button-front blouses and silk blouses… but I’m not sure we’ve ever talked about whether you MUST tuck your shirt in for big events like interviews or presentations.  For my $.02, as someone who (like reader A) is short and busty, the tucked-in look is rarely a good one on me, and I would consider an untucked, fitted blouse — worn with trousers or a pencil skirt — to be a classic workwear outfit.  I would make a few caveats, though, for when you can wear a blouse untucked: [Read more...]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Diamond Textured Wrap Dress

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

Diamond Textured Wrap Dress | CorporetteI love all the twists on the basic black dress here — the wrap front detail looks so flattering, but also totally work appropriate, and you have to zoom in to see the cool texture to the top half of the dress. While it looks short on the model, it is 36.5″ long, which would be fine on my 5’4″ frame. I like that it’s lined and — huzzah — has a hidden back zip. It’s $395 at Rebecca Taylor (which has amazing deals from time to time if you’re on their email list). Diamond Textured Wrap Dress

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Coffee Break: Air Tali OT Wedge 40

Cole Haan Air Tali OT Wedge 40 | CorporetteThese peep toe wedges are from Cole Haan’s popular Air Tali line, and while the wooden heel and open toe make them better for a casual day, I can’t get over that gorgeous purple. They’re available in three widths and four other colors, including black, beige, silver and gold, for prices ranging from $118-$168. The pictured shoes are $129. Cole Haan Air Tali OT Wedge 40


The Hunt: Flared Skirts

Flared Skirts: The Corporette Round-UpSure, 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.

The pencil skirt is always considered “the classic” workwear piece — but flared skirts (whether they be A-lines, flounces, trumpets, or circle skirts) are a classic — and they’re everywhere right now (much like fit-and-flare dresses). We haven’t rounded up flared skirts in about a year, so I thought I’d round up a few — interestingly, the “flirty” skirt from last year’s roundup is still available at White House | Black Market Readers, have you bought any flared or A-line skirts lately? Any classic pieces that you bought a few years ago but still wear (and, even better, still see it for sale)?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Liam Long-Sleeve Colorblock Sheath

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

Black Halo Liam Colorblock Sheath DressThis colorblock sheath has so much going for it — I love the flattering but modest silhouette, the mixed fabrics (you have to zoom in to appreciate the sweater knit at top), and two lovely conservative colors. A+ all around. The dress is $390 at CUSP, available in sizes 0-12. (I’m also kind of in love with those heels, which don’t seem to be for sale at CUSP. Anyone have any leads?) Black Halo Liam Long-Sleeve Colorblock Sheath

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