Tuesday’s TPS Report: Tweed Peplum Top

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

Rebecca Taylor  Tweed Peplum TopTruth be told, I’m kind of over the peplum look — but I do think this Rebecca Taylor top looks like an outstanding version. I like the navy tweed, which is going to give it a lot more structure than just a peplum blouse, and I like the details — the leather at the waist, the way the pattern goes diagonal on the flared bit, the exposed edges on the darts, and — hold on to your hats — for once I actually like the exposed zipper. Nordstrom has it in limited sizes for $350; Rebecca Taylor still has it in all sizes. (And, while not tweed, Zappos has a lovely, more blousey peplum Rebecca Taylor top on sale for $159.) Rebecca Taylor Tweed Peplum Top

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Cap Sleeve Ruffle Suiting Dress

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Rebecca Taylor Cap Sleeve Ruffle Suiting DressIt seems like now is the time to buy dresses with short sleeves — who knew? I’m loving this cap sleeve suiting dress from Rebecca Taylor, available at Bloomingdale’s. Love the lace-up detail in the back, the fitted empire waist, and the subdued ruffles. The dress is $350. Rebecca Taylor Cap Sleeve Ruffle Suiting Dress

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Femme’ Pencil Skirt

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Rebecca Taylor 'Femme' Pencil SkirtNordstrom has a few Rebecca Taylor pencil skirts on sale today. I’m liking this “femme” pencil skirt, which has a ruffled flounce in the back and has some nice seam detailing. Was $225, now marked to $129.90. Rebecca Taylor ‘Femme’ Pencil Skirt


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Suit of the Week

iconiconFor 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

There are a ton of summery suits out there right now — we considered two separate white suits (which ultimately struck us as a little too reminiscent of a grandmother’s wartime “I’m getting married” suit) and a seersucker suit (which we may still post at some point).  Ultimately, we fell in love with this gorgeous set from Rebecca Taylor, although we do wish it were just a skirt instead of a dress, both to give it much more wearability as well as to lessen the drycleaning requirement.  Still:  the gray is flattering, the “blouse” is interesting, and the jacket — man, we love the ruffles and the ribbon trim on the jacket — the whole effect is detailed and interesting without being too girly: a tough feat when we’re talking ribbons and ruffles.  The jacket (Rebecca Taylor Ribbon Trim Jacket) is $395, and the dress (Rebecca Taylor ‘Work-to-Date’ Mock Two Piece Dress) is $375; both available at Nordstrom.

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Reader Mailbag: Where to get suits for short women?

petite suitsWe’ve had several requests from readers on where to get great suits if you’re a petite woman. We addressed this a bit last summer, when we advised a reader how to shop for suits if you’re not in the “normal” sizes of 4-12. But we thought we’d recap, as it’s an important topic and we have more readers now, who will hopefully weigh in with more advice. From the very petite friends we’ve polled:

  • Theory is reportedly amazing (which makes sense to this author, as my normal size of 4 or 6 becomes a <cough> 10 in Theory — in other words, size 0 will be legitimately teeny, and size 00 practically minuscule.). The Max C pant is a “cult” item. [Read more...]

Suit of the Week

We’re loving this vintage-inspired skirt suit from Rebecca Taylor.  All the little details make it so gorgeous and interesting:  the notched collar, the puffed sleeves, the pickstitch detailing, the backpleat on the jacket, and we love, love the defined waist.  The fabric flower/boutonniere is actually our least favorite part, if only because you have to treat it as an accessory and therefore can’t accessorize that much more once you’ve got it on — we’d say earrings or necklace and you’re good to go.  The jacket is available at Nordstrom for $365 (Rebecca Taylor ‘Coco’ Jacket) and the matching skirt (Rebecca Taylor Slim Skirt), which also has a backpleat, is $220.

Rebecca Taylor ‘Coco’ Jacket Rebecca Taylor Slim Skirt