Thursday’s TPS Report: Sheer Chiffon Blouse with Silk Trim

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

Rachel Zoe Sheer Chiffon BLouse with Silk TrimHappy Thursday!  I’ve noticed this chiffon and silk blouse a few times now at Last Call, and I always think man, what a lovely basic.  It is sheer, so I’d either wear it with a white camisole for work, or I think it would be the perfect thing to layer beneath sheath dresses, sweaters or sweater vests.  It was $250, but is now marked to $89 at Last CallRachel Zoe Sheer Chiffon Blouse with Silk Trim

(It’s described as a “winter white” on the product page, but I think of this plus-size silk option as being MUCH more of a winter white.  Here’s another silky plus-size blouse.)

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Dapper Ryan’ Graphic T-Shirt

Clashist 'Dapper Ryan' Graphic T-Shirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Hey gurl. Looking for a great way to show a youthful — but professional — energy? A graphic t-shirt with a blazer. You can do this with a concert shirt, an ironic tee, or something else — but for today’s workwear pick I’m really liking this Ryan Gosling tee. (Love the necklace it’s styled with as well.) The tee is $54 at Nordstrom. Clashist ‘Dapper Ryan’ Graphic T-Shirt

Update: Drat, looks like it’s sold out — note that Etsy has a Clashist tee featuring the power suits of SATC’s Samantha.

Psst: curious for some of our other wear-it-to-work recommendations on this day in previous years? Here’s 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2009.

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Coffee Break: Nesting Desk Set

office-suppliesI am lately obsessed with the color combination of coral and teal. It’s a hard look to pull off in outfits or interior design, but I like this small, happy pop of color here with this desk set from Poppin, which has tons of bright desk supplies.  The nesting desk set is $16. Paperboard Coral + Aqua Checka Nesting Desk Set

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The Best Washable Pants for Work

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2017 Update: We’ve updated links — enjoy this post on washable pants for work! 

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.

We haven’t talked about washable pants in far too long, so I thought I’d do a round-up today. (If having machine-washable garments is important to you, check out our Washable Wednesday feature over on CorporetteMoms, or our roundup of the best brands of washable workwear.) As we’ve discussed before, these are my best tips for how to wash your washable pants:

  • Look for stretch if you’re shopping online. If you want to narrow your search to pants that are machine washable, look for ones with stretch in them — they almost always are washable. (But most online descriptions will tell you what the recommended care is.)
  • Get them tailored only after you’ve washed them first. After the first wash there may be a little bit of shrinkage — wait to get them hemmed until then. (But, note that there are a ton of brands that offer shorter inseams for “regular” pants, so you may not need them hemmed.)
  • Wash them in cold water at home — and don’t put them in the dryer. At least, not for very long. I usually like to put my pants in the dryer for about 15 minutes — it gets the wrinkles out, and just a bit of time with the dryer sheet makes them softer. I always wash my pants on cold, and I usually do use Woolite and the delicate cycle for my pants.
  • Hang them upside down to dry. The weight of the waistband will pull the pants taut, effectively smoothing them out. (I almost never iron ‘em!) When you put them on the hanger, do your best to keep the crease the pants came with — if there was no crease, just put the inseams together neatly.
  • “Dry clean” on the label usually means you can wash them (but proceed at your own risk).  The big thing to know here is that “dry clean only” means, well, DRY CLEAN ONLY. If it just says “dry clean,” though, you usually can either dry clean them or wash them. Your mileage may vary here, but: unless I really loved the pair of pants, I would give “dry clean” pants a whirl in the washer, as well — particularly if the pants are made up entirely of natural fibers (one of the benefits to unlined pants).  You may want to do a spot test first.

Readers, which are your favorite styles and brands for washable pants for work?  What are your best tips for caring for them? 

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Weekend Open Thread

Steve Madden Vaale Cross Strap Sandal Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Is it sandal weather yet? It’s totally sandal weather, right!?  Maybe? Kinda? If, like me, you’re dreaming of pedicures and hot weekend sandals, these sexy, slightly gold sandals from Steven look great.  (They also come in black.)  They’re $108.95 at Nordstrom. Steven by Steve Madden’Vaale’ Cross Strap Sandal

This looks like a nice option that comes in narrow and wide widths as well.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Textured Peplum Jacket

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Textured Peplum Jacket Ooh: we all know I love a white blazer (but really — go find one if you haven’t already!), and this cute, collarless, textured number from the Limited looks great. I like the jewel neck, the tiny grosgrain ribbon around the waist, and the peplum and three-quarter sleeves (both of which, IMHO, keep it far away from lab coat territory).  It was $128, but is marked to $64 today. Textured Peplum Jacket

Here are two plus-size options.

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