Wednesday’s TPS Report: Pleated Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

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

Nordstrom has a ton of cute dresses in the $80ish range during its anniversary sale.  Today we’re liking this ponte knit sheath dress from Adrianna Papell.  The scooped neckline is flattering, while the pleats from the empire waist strikes us as new — it almost seems like a modern rendition of a Joan dress on Mad Men.  Love.  It’s available in “chianti” (pictured) as well as a deep “arctic” blue.  Was $118, currently marked to $78.90.   Adrianna Papell Pleated Ponte Knit Sheath Dress


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Reader mail: Is vintage couture too quirky or dated to be conservative?

Today’s reader mail has to do with a more vintage style — appropriate given this morning’s TPS!

I love to dress vintage couture in the classic colors (black, gray, navy). The quality is unquestioned (chanel, valentino, armani, donna karan). Thing is – how to ensure I don’t appear “quirky” or “dated” or “over the top” – while being distinctive. Does it mean I need to strip myself of all embellishments? I’m guessing no double-cs … but … No camellia? No armani lapel rosettes?

Interesting question, and we’re curious to hear what the readers have to say.  For our $.02, no, you don’t have to strip yourself of embellishments.  BUT, you do have to assess whether every outfit looks like you’re just stopping by work before you go on stage at the local theater.  It shouldn’t look like you’re in a costume, in other words.  Rosettes and camellias wouldn’t make anyone think that — vintage hats or gloves are another issue.  You might also want to think about “balancing” your entire look so that it’s not head-to-toe vintage — which may also help you maintain a consistent style from day to day.  For example:  one day, wear vintage shoes and slightly vintage-inspired makeup with a modern dress; the next day, wear modern shoes and neutral makeup with a vintage suit.  Everything should be part of your consideration: makeup, hair, shoes, outfit, accessories, bag.

Readers, what are your thoughts?

360 Review: Rachel Menken of Mad Men

In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.

This week’s 360 review is in honor of the women of Mad Men, which just began it’s second season last night. (AMC is showing repeats all week if you missed it!) In addition to showing us exactly what sort of daily glamour was par for the course back in 1960, the show also manages to show us the rampant sexism and horrible working conditions for women. It’s a great show; we highly recommend it. One of our favorite characters last season was Rachel Menken, the wealthy daughter of a department store scion (played by Maggie Siff). She’s a modern woman, of sorts — she runs the store, she hires the advertising company, she’s waiting to marry someone she loves. She also has some crazy suits. Let’s take a look…

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