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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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Time Line Wink’ Ponte Knit Skirt

Nic + Zoe 'Time Line Wink' Ponte Knit Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I always like a good pencil skirt with an interesting detail, and this $128 one from Nic + Zoe fits the bill. I like that it’s different and interesting without being either feminine or masculine, which feels like it makes it very versatile. It’s available in sizes XS-XL at Nordstrom. Nic + Zoe ‘Time Line Wink’ Ponte Knit Skirt

Psst: Here’s a plus size knit skirt with an interesting detail as well.

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Busty Blazers

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2017 Update: We still stand by this advice below about busty blazers, but you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of the best dress shirts for women with large breasts — several of the companies listed also make blazers!

Which are the best blazers if you’re small and busty?  Reader K wonders:

One of my biggest obstacles when it comes to finding business appropriate clothes are my breasts. I feel like it’s impossible to find a jacket or blouse that won’t either pull or else drown me. Either my jacket is so big that I can’t find my arms (and definitely not my waist) or I can’t close it over the girls. I’m a 32G (by nature, not by choice) and a size two everywhere except my chest. I would like to look both professional and not like a child wearing her mom’s jacket. I work in banking, so jackets are a must. (And yet, I’m young enough that I don’t have the kind of funds to have tailor made clothes.) Am I all alone in the world? Is there anyone out there who makes professional clothes for small women with large breasts?

Interesting.  We’ve talked about whether jackets must button to “fit”, how to dress professionally with curves, where to get blouses for the busty, and even how to find such clothes on a budget — but not how to find blazers that fit an hourglass frame. In our last thread on the best suits for small women, Theory seemed to be the winner, which you may want to try — but I’ve never found the brand to be particularly curve-friendly. (If you’re petite as well as small-statured, here was our more recent thread on the best workwear for petites.) I’m curious to hear what the readers say, but here are some thoughts:

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Platinum Jersey Tee

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

Talbots Platinum Jersey TeeI’m always a fan of the simple tee beneath blazers, and this jersey tee from Talbots is highly rated, and available in a huge range of sizes (XS-XL in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites) and eight colors. For those of you hunting for the opaque white tee, take note: this one is double-layered in the front. It’s machine washable, and I like the boatneck. It’s $49.50 (with a very limited sale selection marked as low as $15.99.) Talbots Platinum Jersey Tee

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Collection Sheath Dress

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Limited Collection SheathI’m intrigued by the new “Collection,” er, collection, at The Limited. They have a ton of suiting options, including this simple sheath dress — and they all look pretty great (and they’re all machine washable, I think). Love the high neckline, and the nipped in waist. It’s available in sizes 00-16 in regular, petite, and talls, in navy, gray, and black, for $98. Limited Collection Sheath

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The Hunt: Flared Skirts

Flared Skirts: The Corporette Round-UpSure, 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.

The pencil skirt is always considered “the classic” workwear piece — but flared skirts (whether they be A-lines, flounces, trumpets, or circle skirts) are a classic — and they’re everywhere right now (much like fit-and-flare dresses). We haven’t rounded up flared skirts in about a year, so I thought I’d round up a few — interestingly, the “flirty” skirt from last year’s roundup is still available at White House | Black Market Readers, have you bought any flared or A-line skirts lately? Any classic pieces that you bought a few years ago but still wear (and, even better, still see it for sale)?

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