Deal Alert: Take 60% Off Sale at Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor's HUGE Sale | CorporetteAnn Taylor has a lot of sales; personally the one that I wait for is the one where you can “take 60% off sale.” It’s a great time to stock up on classics like their tropical wool and triacetate suiting, as well as their popular shoe collection; here are a few other picks from the sale, below.  N.B.: Some pieces are final sale, but not all. Ladies, what are your latest favorites at Ann Taylor? 

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

Ann Taylor Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There is just a teeny, tiny splash of mint here, which elevates this cardigan beyond your basic black and white. I always like mint with cobalt, as well as dark purple, but that’s me — obviously neutrals like black, navy, gray, and beige would look great with this cardigan, as would pastels. It’s $59.50 full price, but today is marked to $29.50. Loft Marker Stripe Cotton Cardigan

A couple of plus-size alternatives are here (reversible) and here.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Wrap Front Blouse

Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been ogling this wrap front blouse for a few weeks now — it looks like an interesting take on a simple white blouse. I see it with a bold color somewhere — a necklace, or perhaps a fun pencil skirt — but obviously it would be very easy with neutrals as well. The blouse was $125, but is now marked to $95 at Last Call. Neiman Marcus Wrap Front Blouse

Here’s a similar style in plus sizes.

Psst: I noticed that one of the reader favorite dresses from the past, the Karen Kane ruched dress, is on sale at Nordstrom in basic black for $86.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: New Jeanne Jersey Wrap Dress

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

New Jeanne Jersey Wrap DressI’ve been doing this blog a long time now (almost 7 years!) so I can say this with some authority: Saks Off Fifth has some of the lowest prices I’ve seen on DvF dresses. There’s a good selection of prints and solids for her wrap dresses (Jeanne and Julian), most at $137, down from $398. I may remember seeing the dress in years past as low as $125, but that is rare — so if you like it, consider pulling the trigger today. Full disclosure: the wrap dress, while iconic, may not work for everyone — personally I’m not a fan of it and get a lot more wear out of dresses like the Bevin, Jori, or the April (now as low as $119), but that’s me. The pictured dress is available in sizes 0-12 for $137. New Jeanne Jersey Wrap Dress

Here are two plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Reversible Tote Handbag

Target Reversible Tote HandbagI was on the Target homepage for something random recently, and this bag popped up. It’s polyurethane, with a magnetic closure and no structure by itself, as near as I can tell. There are a number of fun colors, and I like that most of the bags have a more muted color on the reverse — the reverse of this happy yellow one is a gray, almost putty color. It’s $36.99 at Target. Reversible Tote Handbag

Dec. 2015 Update — This bag is still in stock!

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The Hunt: Beige Pumps

beige pumps2017 Update: Check out our latest roundup of nude-for-you heels!

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.

One of my must-have pieces to keep at the office is always a good beige pump.  It’s an easy neutral for all skin tones, as noted by commenters in our roundup last year, and most people find it to be a real workhorse. We’ve been doing the beige pump roundup for so long that the Hall of Fame listing (the shoes that have been around for forever) is impressively long — we’ve also rounded up a few shoes we like in wide, narrow, and other categories.  Pictured below: some of the more noteworthy beige pumps we found this year.  Ladies, have you recently bought any beige pumps that you love?   

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