Thursday’s TPS Report: Geometric-Print Fit-and-Flare Dress

Muse Geometric-Print Fit-and-Flare Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve always liked Muse dresses, and this cobalt, geometric, fit and flare dress is calling my name. (Looking for a more conservative fit and flare dress? Check out our recent roundup.) The pattern looks super flattering, and it’s fun without being overly twee. It’s on a great sale, too — it was $160 but is now $70, available in sizes XS-L, at Last Call. Muse Geometric-Print Fit-and-Flare Dress

Two plus-size options are here (blue/black) and here (black).

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

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For 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.

I swear I’ve posted this before, yet I can’t find it anywhere — I’m in love with this light gray superfine suit from Classiques Entier.  I’ve posted before about my love for light gray pants for work — so much more versatile than white! — but the matching jacket, dress, and (hello!) the sale all make this a great option.  The jacket (One-Button Wool Suiting Jacket) is now $166 (was $278),  and the pants (Superfine Wool Trousers) are $106 (were $178); both are available in regular and petite. I just confirmed with Customer Service that this dress (Superfine Wool V-Neck Sheath Dress) is a matching piece; it’s now marked down to $148 down (was $248).

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Tales from the Wallet: Retirement

retirement-womenLadies, how much are you saving for retirement? How large does retirement loom in your thoughts — and where does it fall in your priorities?  Welcome to our next installment of our Money Milestone series, where we’ve discussed paying for grad school, wedding finances, home buyingfinancially planning for a baby, and financial strategies for divorce.

I haven’t retired yet, obviously, but it does loom fairly large in my thoughts and priorities just because getting enough saved by the time we want to retire — and hopefully meet a personal goal of paying for college for both boys — is not going to be a simple matter.  Constant vigilance is the key, I think!  Of course, you don’t want to save so much that you can’t enjoy your life right now — after all, not to get too dark on this sunny day, but not everyone will have to worry about retirement.  We max out my husband’s 401K and my SEP-IRA every year, and we save what else we can in tax-savvy investments and with automatic investing.  (I just started using a new app called Acorns, which is interesting: you can link it to bank and credit card accounts, and it will round up every transaction and invest the difference in Vanguard funds.  Spent $8.95 at the drugstore? It’ll take that $.05 and put it in a queue to invest when you get to $5.  It’s a bit wonky right now — it mysteriously hasn’t updated in 10 days — but I think it shows a lot of promise.)

Readers, are you throwing everything you can at retirement — or are you prioritizing other goals first (like keeping investments fairly liquid for a home purchase or other big expense like a wedding, or paying down debt)?  (Incidentally, we did try to answer what retirement assets you can use for a first home purchase in a previous post.) 

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Drape Neck Jacket

Jones New York Drape Neck Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I really like the look of this drape neck jacket — the navy and white stripes are actually dots if you look up close, which feels a bit more refreshing than your standard lines, and I like the drapey shape.  It was $149, but is now marked down to $109 at Jones New York. Jones New York Drape Neck Jacket

A few plus-size options are here, here, and here.

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Coffee Break: Aubrey Pumps

Soft Style AubreyI found this lovely, almost retro pump while doing our most recent roundup of low heels for work — I still think it’s so, so pretty. I love the ribbon-like detail on the vamp, as well as the low height (2″).  I’m not usually a fan of light blue shoes (I had a teal pair of shoes once that got worn rarely), but these look gorgeous.  (They’re also in black.)  They’re $59 at Zappos, and — fun fun — they come in sizes 5.5-12, and in four widths.  Nice. Soft Style Aubrey

Know your office — peep toe pumps aren’t appropriate everywhere! Looking for more comfortable heels? Check out our guide.

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Decorating Your Office Walls

Decorating Your Office Walls | CorporetteBeyond your diploma, what are the best ways to decorate the walls of your office while keeping a professional-looking workspace? Reader V wonders…

Hi! Any thoughts on the best wall decor to send a professional image? I currently have a lot of blank space — I want to jazz it up, and I also want to make sure it contributes to my office having a professional decor. Thanks!

Great question, V! We’ve talked a lot about office decor in the past, including decorating office walls and inappropriate office decor — but not in a while.  Some thoughts:

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