Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: The Christie Flare Pant

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week, we welcome guest poster Becki Singer of Shopping’s My Cardio.

The Christie Flare PantHere’s another store I almost can’t believe I’m suggesting. But this spring, I wrote a feature on my site about red pants, and the fact that they’re sweeping the fashion world right now. Prophetic at the time, it’s common knowledge now – but shelling out big bucks on a trend piece just doesn’t feel right. Instead of a splurge, I opted for these uber-cheap red trousers from Victoria’s Secret…and they’re perfection. The fit is surprisingly flattering, the stretch is indispensable, the shade is a perfect tomato red, and they’re machine-washable to boot! Ditch your fears about red-white-and-blue, and pair these with a navy blazer, a polka-dot blouse, and a sky-high stacked heel for the office. They’re $49.50 at Victoria’s Secret.  The Christie Flare Pant

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Suit of the Week: Victoria’s Secret

For 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.

So: let’s all try to ignore the come-hither look from the model, and the fact that the suit comes from Victoria’s Secret — call me crazy, but I think this could be a cute suit, as well as two really nice separates, for even a conservative office.  On the jacket, I like the obvious grosgrain seaming on the back, as well as the peplum details.  The skirt looks like your basic ponte pencil skirt, but I like that instead of a slit there are closed kick pleats.  The suit is available in both black and “plum velvet” (pictured).  The jacket (Ponte Jacket) is $128, and the skirt (Pencil Skirt) is $49.50.

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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Washed Corduroy Blazer

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

Washed Corduroy BlazerCorduroy blazers can be a great staple for the colder months — they’re warm and professional looking, but also a bit more laid back than your typical wool blazer. Today, I’m liking these stretch blazers from Victoria’s Secret (available in sangria (pictured), nutmeg, and black, with lots of sizes still left).  The blazer was $78, but is now marked to $49.99. (Enjoy free shipping on orders of $100+).  Washed Corduroy Blazer


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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Silk georgette tiered-cuff blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Reader M writes in to suggest this lovely blouse, which has great pleating at the neckline, tiers on the sleeves, and, yes, comes with a cami.  We like that it’s a a little frothy without being girly; we also like that it’s a blouse without the fuss of gaping buttons.  We’d wear it with a high-waisted skirt; we might also try it with a black turtleneck beneath it for blustery winter days.  It’s on clearance at Victoria’s Secret for $29.99 (was $48), available in green, pink and black in sizes XS-L.   Silk georgette tiered-cuff blouse

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Suit of the Week

For 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Maybe it’s us, but we’re liking this version of the boyfriend jacket paired with the pencil skirt.  Both pieces seem like they would work well on their own as separates, but together this seems like a very professional take of a very trendy style (hello, ’80s!).  We’re curious about the fabric, which supposedly “resists wrinkles and stays in shape”– readers, please comment if you have experience! The jacket (Long and lean jacket in seasonless stretch) is $89, and the skirt (Front pleated miniskirt in seasonless stretch) is $39.50, both available at Victoria’s Secret in sizes 0 -14.

(We just called Victoria Secret’s to see if anything else matches the jacket, other than the miniskirt, and the answer is why yes, lots of things — choose the color you like (e.g., 163, charcoal heather) and mix and match to your heart’s content.  Such as:  the Christie fit flare pants, or the Christie fit pant.)

(Also, in the runner-up department: we wish this weren’t red.)

Reader Mailbag: Where to get suits for short women?

petite suitsWe’ve had several requests from readers on where to get great suits if you’re a petite woman. We addressed this a bit last summer, when we advised a reader how to shop for suits if you’re not in the “normal” sizes of 4-12. But we thought we’d recap, as it’s an important topic and we have more readers now, who will hopefully weigh in with more advice. From the very petite friends we’ve polled:

  • Theory is reportedly amazing (which makes sense to this author, as my normal size of 4 or 6 becomes a <cough> 10 in Theory — in other words, size 0 will be legitimately teeny, and size 00 practically minuscule.). The Max C pant is a “cult” item. [Read more...]