Archives for April 2010

Suit of the Week

62For 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.

For today’s suit pick, we’re loving this linen/cotton blend from Ann Taylor Loft, available only online.  We like that it comes in navy, white and a creamy beige, as well as that it’s available in sizes 00-18 in regular and petites.  We know, short-sleeved jackets get a bad rap sometimes, but this one truly does strike us as a perfect solution for a situation where it’s ridiculously hot and you’re still expected to look presentable.  The jacket (Linen/Cotton Jacket with Waist Tie) is $79.50, and the skirt (Linen/Cotton Pencil Skirt) is $59.50.  Matching cropped pants (not pictured) are also available in two fits for $69.50 each.  (Julie Linen/Cotton Cropped Pants and Marisa Linen/Cotton Cropped Pants).

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Beauty Wednesday: Laser Hair Removal

laser-hair-removalFor today’s beauty post, we thought we’d talk about a beauty decision this author made a while ago that was one of the best purchases ever made:  laser hair removal.  There are a ton of other articles that weigh the pros and cons and advise about how to find a good laser hair removal spot, but we thought we’d just write about it from a totally personal perspective.  We also asked a few friends who had also had it done to weigh in. (Pictured:  Ministry of Sound – Laser Light Show with DJs Deep Dish, originally uploaded to Flickr by Anirudh Koul.) In any event, this can be a bit of TMI, so we’ll put the rest of this after the jump — read on if you’re interested.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Ruched Cotton Dress

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

Donna Ricco Ruched Cotton DressNordstrom has a ton of cute work-appropriate dresses in the $150 and under range right now.  We’re really liking this simple black faux wrap dress which, apparently, is almost a “stretchy denim material,” according to the one reviewer (who raved about the dress).  We like the collar, we like that it’s lined, and we like the ladylike length of it.  Lovely.  It’s $118 at Nordstrom in sizes 4-14.   Donna Ricco Ruched Cotton Dress


Coffee Break: Darleen Pump

Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel PumpWe like the look of this pump from Joan & David — particularly because it’s only a 2.5″ heel, which is our preferred shoe height.  It comes in both black and brown, and the black is on sale today — was $88, now $79 at Endless.   Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel Pump

(Oh! We just realized it also comes in pewterand red at  Zappos, and those colors are $75.)


What Is the Casual-But-Professional Uniform For Women?

business casual uniform for womenToday’s reader question brings up an interesting question, we think:  What should the “casual but professional” uniform be for women?  Here’s the reader’s question:

In a couple weeks I’ll be wrapping up my MFA and have to do a public reading.  Publishers and agents are known for showing up at these end of year readings, so it’s really important for us readers to sell ourselves.  I’ll be reading from my teen fantasy novel (sorry, no sparkly vampires), and am worried about not dressing right.  I don’t want to be creepy all black goth girl fantasy writer.  Or super corporate hack looking.  I don’t want to look too dressed up or too casual.  If I was a guy I’d wear a suit jacket, dark wash denim and an ironic t-shirt (the wardrobe staples of screenwriters).  How do women on the creative side of creative industries dress? And does the “slacker but I own a jacket” guy look have a counterpart in female fashion?  Should it?  Also, if it matters at all, I’m totally broke.

So this raises a few questions in our minds.  First:  Should there be an equivalent “uniform” for women?  Think about the button-down plus jeans look — you see it on everyone from heads of state to moguls.  It conveys a very specific message:  “I am real — and I am here to work.  And perhaps knock back a few after work.”  It’s a friendly, approachable, I’ve-let-my-hair-down-but-I’m-still-a-professional look.  For our $.02, we think there probably should a standard uniform for women  — after all, it’s a question of effectively communicating a message.  It’s one of the tricky things about having so many more wardrobe choices than men — when there is no uniform, it means the message we convey with our clothes is never quite as neat and unmistakable as it can be for men. Which can be a problem, because it means we might be mis-communicating.  A little black dress that, to us, looks professional, can be — to some men — flirty.  Body-grazing khakis and a twinset can seem too matronly. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: San Sebastian Dress

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

42.indexed LeTrainBleu has a bunch of great office dresses that have just a hint of an indie vibe right now — for example, this lovely silk crepe de chine dress, with dolman sleeves, a wide boatnecked scarf collar, and a belt to nip in your waist.  We might get daring with shoes with this one, and perhaps a cuff, to accessorize it for the office.  It’s $189 at LeTrainBleu.  San Sebastian Dress