Coffee Break: The Love Letter Necklace

Vanessa Mooney The Love Letter Necklace | CorporetteSo. OK. I am really enjoying the new show Younger… but I am now starting to have a necklace complex. Why is the 43-year-old uptight editor always wearing huge statement necklaces (some of which I quite like)? Is it a comical, older-lady-only thing? Do we, like, need it to hide our cleavage wrinkles or something? (And, sigh, I just got a new Alexis Bittar necklace on Gilt, too.) If delicate necklaces are more your speed, then I like the look of this one from Vanessa Mooney… the dangly spike pendants look lovely. The necklace is $146 at Shopbop. Vanessa Mooney The Love Letter Necklace

(If you’re still into statement necklaces, though, then here are two nice ones at Last Call.)

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Thursday’s TPS Report: ‘Yara’ Textured Clean-Cut Shirt

Reiss Yara Textured Clean-Cut Shirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I feel like we’ve had a ton of white blouses on here lately, but there are so many good ones out right now! I like this textured, fluid blouse from Reiss — available in navy as well — it looks simple but chic, and I love that it’s machine washable. It’s in the Reiss Outlet — it was $180, but is now marked to $90. Reiss ‘Yara’ Textured Clean-Cut Shirt

A couple of plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Loft

women interview 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 been eyeing Loft’s Custom Stretch suiting for a few weeks now for a possible Suit of the Week — but something more fun always seems to win out over the basic fabrics available there. So I was excited to see this navy linen skirt suit (available exclusively online), which looks like more of a fun suit. I like the slightly heathered/space-dyed look to the fabric, and the simple, classic shapes look great for spring, summer, and early fall. The jacket (Custom Stretch Blazer) is $138, and the skirt (Loft Custom Stretch Pencil Skirt) is $69.50. The jacket is available in petite, tall, and regular sizes 00-16; the skirt is available in petites and regular sizes 00-14.

Here’s a plus-size option (jacket + skirt).

Navy Linen Women's Suit

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Coffee Break: Wool and Cashmere Scarf

Nordstrom Wool & Cashmere Scarf | CorporetteThis wool/cashmere blend scarf looks great — the fabric blend gives it some weight as well as wind-blocking properties. We’ve talked before about how to layer a wrap or ruana over a blazer; this looks great for that purpose. I could also see this being my go-to scarf for every spring/fall evening out where you aren’t sure how cold the night is going to be. This one was $98, but is now marked to $65 at Nordstrom (available in 12 colors!). Nordstrom Wool and Cashmere Scarf

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Coffee Break: Dorma Flat

Tahari Dorma Flat | CorporetteIf you’re the kind of girl who hates a literally flat flat, this teeny tiny wedge heel looks perfect. I like the bold colors here, but Lord & Taylor also has it in a more muted “toast.” The pictured shoes are $45 at 6pm. Tahari Dorma Flat

Here’s a similar shoe that’s available in wide and narrow sizes.

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The Hunt: Stylish, Professional Satchels

stylish satchelsSure, 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.

Satchel or shoulder bag, ladies?  Every year we do a hunt for a basic black professional purse that is not a tote, which gets a special roundup of its own. (Here’s our roundup for purses from 2014, 2013 and 2012).  I’ve always had a preference for shoulder bags myself — I like to keep my hands free, and I don’t like a strap crossing my bust — so I was really shocked to see how few shoulder bags are out there right now, particularly in the non-designer realms.  Satchels, crossbodies, and bucket bags really dominate the market right now.  We talked about the crossbody bag a few weeks ago — I’m curious about your thoughts on bucket bags for work, as they seem a bit boho-casual to me. (But: I do love this bag for the weekend.)  Anyway, lots of beautiful satchel bags that look ladylike and professional… ladies, what is your favorite kind of purse for work? Have you found any great stylish, professional satchels recently?   (Angie at YouLookFab had a fun debate on bag shapes this a while ago — to pick up where she left off, are YOU Team Satchel, Team Shoulder Bag…. or are you Team Tote for work?)

Here are a few subcategories of professional purses that seemed deserving of their own mini-roundup…

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