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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Coffee Break: Bellabeat Leaf

Bellabeat LeafI get a lot of pitches that go in one ear and out the other, but for some reason this jewelry/wearable tech hybrid caught my attention.  Like a Fitbit, it tracks your steps, but it also helps you moderate your breathing (before an important presentation, for example), tracks your sleep, your fertility cycle, and gives you alarms for things like waking up and standing up.  And it looks pretty as a necklace, a bracelet, a clip, or more.  Nothing new here, but it’s nice to see so many things for women in one device — and it’s only $119.  Commenters on the morning thread were talking about the Misfit trackerladies, which are your favorites?  Bellabeat Leaf

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: ‘Meet Me at the Punch Bowl’ Dress

Modcloth 'Meet Me at the Punch Bowl' DressOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

It’s always a surprise to me when there’s a dress that’s been kicking around forever and I haven’t featured it on the TPS report — and this affordable ponte dress (which comes in a ton of colors: black as pictured, blue, “berry,” and green) is one of those. Obviously this isn’t for every body or every workplace — know your office! — but if you’re in a casual office, I think it’s a flattering fit and flare dress that can be dressed up or down accordingly.  It’s $54 at Modcloth, available in sizes S-4X.  ‘Meet Me at the Punch Bowl’ Dress

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Grayson Jacket

Babaton Grayson Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m usually more in favor of sleeker blazers, but if a slouchy, boxier look is your thing, this silk Grayson jacket at Aritzia is on a pretty great sale — now $77 (was $155).  It’s available in both a light and dark gray, and I kind of like it as styled here with a white midi skirt (but please: no crop tops at work unless, perhaps, you work in fashion).  It’s available in sizes 00-10 (and also comes in solid colors for $82-$115). Babaton Grayson Jacket

Here is an alternative that’s available in petite and plus sizes; here is another plus-size option.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Scuba Fit & Flare Dress

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

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Scuba Fit & Flare DressI found this dress the other day while doing our round-up of fit and flare dresses for the office, and while the striped waist details made it more of a “fun” dress than I was including in the roundup, I still really like it.  It’s the kind of dress that feels a bit more casual to me, but still appropriate for a casual office or casual day — and it just looks so flattering.  Love the scoopneck, the sleeves, and yes, the fun stripey waist detail. It’s machine washable, and available in sizes 4-12 for $138.  Marc New York by Andrew Marc Scuba Fit & Flare Dress

Here’s a plus-sized option, as well as a more affordable one.

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The Hunt: Fit and Flare Dresses

tailored fit and flare dressesSure, 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.

We haven’t rounded up fit and flare dresses in almost a year, so I thought we’d take another look.  It’s such a popular silhouette that I’m going to focus this Hunt on not only work-appropriate ones but on solid, conservative ones that will be workhorses in a wardrobe.  Ladies, which are your favorite fit and flare dresses — and do you have any favorite accessories to wear with them (blazers, cardigans, shrugs, etc)?  

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