Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Peacock Shirt with Tie

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

BASLER Peacock Shirt with TieI feel like I am seeing beautiful blouse after beautiful blouse this season — including this gorgeous peacock-themed one from BASLER. I love the vibrant teal and royal blue, mixed with the more muted brown and green, and I love the ombre effect — I think it would look stunning by itself, and very chic under a blazer or cardigan. I’m a bit . . . intrigued? . . . that a $350 blouse is made from polyester, but it is machine washable, so there you go. It’s $350 at Bloomingdale’s. BASLER Peacock Shirt with Tie

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How to Keep White Blouses White

How to Keep Your White Blouses WhiteHow DO you keep your white blouses and tees white? Reader L wonders, and as summer’s heat is upon us I think now is a great time to discuss this…

Currently, I’m living in hot and sunny south Florida. Not to be overly gross, but my whites just do not stay as white as they should simply because of all the sweating that I do here! I know that I could go see a dermatologist or I can try a new deodorant, but that’s not my question/issue. My question is: other than bleach, what do you do to keep your whites fresh and white? It’s my opinion that Florida living prevents white clothing from ever looking totally clean, and that’s a total damper on a DC girl who lives an ill-fitting black/gray/blue suit and a white button-up. What do you do?

We actually have talked about the best deodorants for the working woman — but as you note, this is a different question. (Pictured:  Stretch Poplin Blouse, on sale at Saks as part of their new designer markdowns (up to 40%!) – was $395, now $237.) The tips that I know of for keeping whites white: [Read more...]

Calling All Tuckers…

how-to-keep-shirt-tuckedAre you a tucker?  If so, this reader has a question for you on how you keep your shirts tucked neatly…

Do you know of any device that will help a woman keep her shirt neatly tucked in? I envision something along the lines of suspender types of things that might function something like the shirt bodysuits they sell at Victoria’s Secret. For example, they could be made of a stretchy fabric and could clip (or be sewn?) onto the front and back of the shirt on each side, and would run between the legs along the bikini line. Am I just crazy? I’ve done some internet searching, but all I can find is some horrible military things that clip from the bottom of one’s shirt to the top of one’s socks. Not exactly useful if a woman is wearing a skirt. Has anyone had a tailor install such things on shirts to keep them in place? Any other good tricks?

bodysuits for workWe must admit, this is a fascinating question. We’re not much of a tucker, but obviously there are some women out there who swear by it. (We’re a little curious as to whether there will be any “it’s a little embarrassing but it works” tricks, like tucking shirttails into underpants — come forward, ladies, you’re in a safe place.) The most we can say is that we continually see bodysuits from retailers, such as the Wolford turtleneck pictured above (Colorado String Bodysuit, available at Saks.com for $245) and of course the button-front bodysuits they sell at Victoria’s Secret (pictured at right, Essential bodysuit in solids, available for $32.50). Readers, what are your tips and tricks for keeping shirts and blouses neatly tucked? Are there any “rules” you have for when a shirt should absolutely be tucked (e.g., do shirttails matter)? To be honest, we’ve just gone by the gut here — if it looked good with pants untucked, we wore it like that. For our $.02, we can think of very few examples when a shaped shirt cannot be worn untucked.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Fitted Non-Iron Shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Today’s TPS report is written by City Girl, who writes about a variety of topics pertaining to city living as a professional woman, including beauty and fashion for the workplace.

Women: Fitted non-iron shirt - Light citrusThis shirt is a winner – and this is coming from a complete skeptic when it comes to cotton no-iron shirts. In fact, even though it fit well, I initially bought just one to try it out. I wore it and washed it (delicates/cold cycle, for your reference) and hung it up. Then I sighed, as it had some wrinkles at that point. I figured I would at least have to iron the collar and the cuffs, which invariably happens with so-called no-iron shirts. But no – the next morning the shirt had no wrinkles, and the cuffs and collar had somehow stiffened up. I have no idea what the technology behind it is, but I am sold – I have already bought two more of those shirts and they have held up just as well so far. I also really like the fit, as it is fitted, but not overly so. I wore one of these shirts on an awful 90-degree-summer-hit-DC-way-too-early day, and the shirt was comfortable and still looked good at 8pm, despite not having been starched by the cleaners. Final note: this rave review for the fitted cotton no-iron shirt. I did not find the classic version to fit as well, and it had French cuffs, which require ironing to look good, no matter the material. The fitted version has very simple cuffs. $59 in a variety of colors at Banana Republic. Women: Fitted non-iron shirt – Light citrus

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Martin + Osa’s Candy-Stripe Cuffed Shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

We like this lovely basic fitted shirt from Martin + Osa, which generally specializes in casual clothes — we like the darts below the bust, the wide cuffs, and the overall look of the stripes.  We especially like that it’s on sale for $29.95 (was $69.95) and still available in two colors and lots of sizes.   Martin + Osa’s Candy-Stripe Cuffed Shirt

Thursday’s TPS Report: Bratique Helene’s 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Today’s TPS report is written by City Girl — you can read her full experience with Carisssa here!

Bratique Helene 3-4 sleeve wrapThanks so much for inviting me to guest review on Corporette! I love my shirts from Bratique Helene — their creator, Carissa Brown, gifted me with a couple of their shirts, and they have quickly become wardrobe staples. The blue wrap shirt is just beautiful. The design is genius — there is just enough extra material to give room on the bust-line, but it is darted in such a way as to be very flattering and fitted. I really love the wrap design as it provides plenty of coverage to be work-appropriate (and my law firm is as conservative as they get), yet is great to wear on weekends or out to dinner. The blue color is even more gorgeous in person than on the picture, and the material is great quality. I was impressed at how well it holds up after drycleaning — the quality of the material and the tailoring is very apparent in that after a couple of dry cleanings, it has retained its structure and shape. Finally, I also wanted to mention that Carissa is a master at sizing — I am between sizes, and based on my measurements she recommended different sizes for different shirt styles and everything fit perfectly. Overall, it’s been a great experience, and I look forward to shopping at Bratique Helene many more times.

The 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Shirt is $80, and available at Bratique Helene.