Thursday’s TPS Report: Single-Button Jacket

Nine West Single-Button Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Yellow blazers are kind of a thing right now, and I like this mustard yellow one for fall. I’d wear it with navy, dark gray, and even an accent of purple (such as, ahem, purple pumps). The jacket is $79 at Macy’s, and available in sizes 2-16. Nine West Single-Button Jacket

Psst: here’s a plus-size option.

By the way, ladies: the Nordstrom Clearance Sale is on!  I may have time to do a roundup later today, but thought I’d spread the word… tons of Minkoff bags from first look…

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cardigan with Tie Front

Jones New York Cardigan with Tie Front | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Jones New York has a number of cute cardigans right now, and this long black one with camel accents looks chic yet cozy and wearable. It’s hand-washable, and available in regular sizes — and plus sizes! — for $99 and $109, respectively. Jones New York Cardigan with Tie Front

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Coffee Break: Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt

Lands' End Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt | CorporetteHow many belts is too many belts? I rarely wear belts, to be honest, but when I saw this lovely calf hair polka-dotted belt marked to $12 I had to snap it up. Green is trending right now, but this belt is also available in red and blue for $12, and a cheetah print for $29. Lands’ End Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt

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The Hunt: Purple Pumps

Corporette Guide to Purple Pumps (2014 edition) | Corporette

2016 Update: Check out our latest roundup of purple heels 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.

This is one of my favorites, ladies: the purple pump roundup.   (A reader just requested it, and I was surprised to see we hadn’t done it since 2012 and 2010! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I think the purple pump is such a versatile shoe that every woman should have at least one purple pair in her closet. You can wear the color with conservative basics (gray, black, navy), or add it as a contrasting color when wearing red, green, or yellow pieces. It can also be a great complimentary color if you’re wearing blue or purple. (IMHO I wouldn’t wear a purple pump with pink, but never say never…) They can be tough to wear with tights, however, so they often look best with bare legs or nude-for-you hose, which makes them perfect for fall, spring, and summer.

While looking, I noticed that bright purple is super popular right now (as you can see below!), as is a darker wine-colored purple — almost more of a red. There were a few Hall of Famers that are available in purple (pictured at bottom): the low-heeled Weitzman Poco, the Edelman Okala, the Cole Haan Air Tali wedge., and the Ferragamo Vara. Ladies, what is your favorite non-neutral shoe color (i.e., not black, gray, navy, brown, or beige)? Have you found any great purple pumps lately? Do you have any favorites bought in previous years?

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ashton Shirtdress

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

Limited Ashton ShirtdressI normally do not like shirtdresses — they’re hard to look flattering, and a few years ago it seemed like retailers were purposely making them to look like you’d thrown on your boyfriend’s shirt, belted it, and left the house without pants. So it’s unusual for me to say that I really like this shirtdress from The Limited, inspired by their popular Ashton blouse — it looks clean, professional, and flattering. I like this “fireside red” color, but it’s also available in other colors: “midnight blue,” black, green, and a number of sleeveless iterations. The dress is $79.95, but if you buy one you get one 50% off. Limited Ashton Shirtdress

Psst: here’s a plus size version. FYI — although The Limited shuttered their plus-size line about a year ago, the brand Eloquii has been resurrected and is under new management (with no affiliation with The Limited).  This sheath dress comes down to $66 today with code TGIF and looks like a nice basic.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Cap Sleeve Dress

Loft Cap Sleeve Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Thursday! I dig the front pockets, cap sleeves, and tiny pleats on this sweet dress from Loft. This lovely red color is available exclusively online, but it’s also available in black. It comes in sizes 00-18, in regular, petite, and tall, for $89.50 full price. Loft Cap Sleeve Dress

Psst: here’s a similar plus-sized version.

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