Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Pinch-pleat top

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

Pinch-pleat topReader D wrote in to recommend this great shell, which, she notes, “has a beautiful neckline that’s lovely under suit jackets and cardigans. It falls at just the right length on the hip to wear untucked, but it also long enough to stay tucked in. I bought two colors today: “boudoir,” a pretty ballet pink, and “ivory,” a wear-with-anything soft white that doesn’t lean yellow.” I really love the pinch pleat detailing, and the wide straps to the shell — perfect if you’re comfortable baring your upper arms at the office. It was $69.50, now marked to $25.49, and available in about 7 colors for regular sizes, petites, plus sizes, and plus size petites. Pinch-pleat top


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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: New York & Company’s City Style Ribbed Sweater Shell

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New York & Company Women's City Style Ribbed Sweater Shell - Black
With fall so nearly here, we’re eager to start wearing our twinset shells on top of our blouses for more of a collegiate look.  It’s a great way to deal with gaping buttons, and to dampen an otherwise loud print.  We’d rock it with a suit and a brightly-colored printed blouse, or for a layered look with a blazer and trousers (or a pencil skirt) made out of different fabrics.  This sweater shell (which does come with a matching cardigan, for another classic fall look) is $26.50 at New York & Co.   New York & Company Women’s City Style Ribbed Sweater Shell – Black

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The Hunt: Sweater Sets

Sure, 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.

Well, we were surprised when we started hunting for twinsets for this feature. To us, twinsets are a great summer basic — they’re the perfect solution for a deathly hot commute (you just wear the tank or tee and throw the sweater in your bag or over your shoulders) and then when you get to the office and the uber-airconditioning, you can be nice and warm in your cardigan.  Sure, we get a lot of use out of them as separate pieces — we wear the sweater top on top of white shirts, or we wear the cardigan by itself over dresses. Still, we like to buy the set as a whole — it’s a better addition to the closet that way; it ties your wardrobe together and extends it and gives you another option for a work-appropriate outfit.  Also: great for travel.

So we were surprised at how hard it was to find a collection of twinsets for this week’s The Hunt. Furthermore, there was a huge price gap — anything that had the least bit detailing was going for $1000 plus, with everything else just being a basic. Very interesting! Please tell us in comments — do you still wear sweater sets? Would you buy them if they were easier to find in stores?

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