Coffee Break: Studded Pumps

Maiyet Studded PumpsThere are some serious sales at the Barneys’ Warehouse sale online — they are now offering an EXTRA 70% off all clearance.  These are final sale prices, alas, but there are some crazy deals to be had, particularly among the shoes.  (Ladies who wear size XS in clothes, you’re going to make out like bandits.)  I like these Maiyet studded 4″ pumps, which push the boundaries a bit for work but, I think, would still work on a casual day.  They were $995, but then marked to $359 — so with the additional 70% off they come down to $107.70.  Nice. (Also fun: this skirt.) Maiyet Studded Pumps

P.S.  Kate Spade Saturday is apparently shutting down — this doesn’t seem to be reflected in sale prices on the website yet, but you may want to start perusing the selection of the reader recommended A satchels.


Thursday’s TPS Report: Double Weave Notched Bateau Dress

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

Talbots Double Weave Notched Bateau DressTalbots is having some pretty crazy sales right now — there are so many markdowns, and so steep, it’s tough to find anything over $50.  That said, Thursdays are usually the day where we feature something priced $50-$100, so I hunted around for you guys, and behold: this beaut. Not only is it a steep markdown (originally $159!), but it looks great for work — I like the notched bateau neckline, the set in waist, and the full lining. It’s available in black, red, and teal, in sizes 2-20 for misses, petites, and one lucky plus size: 22W. If the hem looks a bit long for you (38.75″), I might try the petite instead (which is still longer than most dresses, at 36.75″). (I note that the care instructions say “dry clean,” not “dry clean only” — so I might try it in the delicates cycle of my washing machine after a few wears.)  Talbots Double Weave Notched Bateau Dress

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

Halogen Trim Detail SuitFor 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I’ve written of my love of light gray pants before, but this light gray suit takes the cake, particularly for spring and summer.  I like the grosgrain trim detail on the pockets and lapels of the blazer — as well as the pockets of the matching pants and the side of the skirt.  For tops, I’d wear it with just about any jewel tone (especially a garnet or ruby red) as well as a dark neutral (dark gray, black, navy) starting around mid-February, and move to pastels and creams as we move into March and April. The blazer (Halogen Trim Detail One-Button Suit Jacket) is available in regular and petite sizes 0-16 for $138, and plus sizes 14W-24W for $148.  The pant (Halogen Straight Leg Suit Pants) and skirt (Halogen Trim Detail Suit Skirt) come in regular and petite sizes for $88 and $68, respectively, as well as plus sizes for $98 and $78.

Light gray women suit


Wednesday’s TPS Report: Vesta Sheath Dress

Alex Marie Vesta Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

You have to be careful with geometric necklines — if they’re too crazy, or the dress is too tight, you end up looking like the comic relief in an ’80s movie (Dr. Monica Demonico, anyone?). Still — I like this dress. It looks flattering, interesting, and professional — all for $129. It’s a Dillards exclusive, available in sizes 4-18. Alex Marie Vesta Sheath Dress

Here’s a lower-priced alternative that comes in regular and plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Tessie Pump

Ivanka Trump Tessie Pump | CorporetteOne for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go… hey, Elvis was on to something with his blue suede shoes. As one commenter pointed out, I have an odd love for cutouts with flats — but I also like them in heels. These simple pumps (with a relatively low 2.75″ heel) look perfect. They’re available in blue suede, as well as black and tan leather, for $135. Ivanka Trump Tessie Pump

Here’s a lower-priced option (and one more with different color choices).


Coffee Break: ‘The Urbanista’ Headband

Mrs President & Co 'The Urbanista' Headband | CorporetteHere’s a serious question: are headbands ever appropriate for the office? I am normally in the “no” camp (at least for most women) but this two tone gold number has me questioning that. I like the thin, spindly nature of this one, which looks both delicate and comfortable. It’s (!) $70 at Nordstrom. Mrs President & Co ‘The Urbanista’ Headband

Here is a lower-priced version (also here and here).


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