Archives for October 2010

Coffee Break: Reversible Loop Scarf

Reversible Loop ScarfFall is here! We’re huge fans of infinity scarves in general, but we particularly like these reversible scarves from Affordable Scarves — it’s always fun to mix prints, and these scarves take the guesswork out of it. Available in red/grey (pictured), black/grey, and yellow/grey — was $17.95, now $14.49 at Affordable Scarves.  Reversible Loop Scarf

The Hunt: The Purple Pump

Croc-embossed platforms

2017 Update: We still think these purple pumps are cute, but you may want to check out our latest roundup of  what to wear with wine-colored pumps.

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.

We often mention a purple pump as being a great solution to both the “what do I wear with navy” dilemma, as well as the “I’m bored to tears of my black shoes but don’t want people to think I’m a clown” woes.  But then again, finding a purple pump can be a tricky business — so we thought we’d round up a few for you in a range of prices.  Readers, did we miss any great purple pumps you’ve found recently?


Jessica Simpson - Jessica (Electric Purple) - FootwearWe’re not normally fans of Jessica Simpson shoes, but these are highly rated on Zappos, cute, and relatively inexpensive — $68.95 at Zappos. Available in purple patent (pictured), black, red, and a felt grey.  Jessica Simpson – Jessica (Electric Purple) – Footwear
iconThese pumps from brand Me Too are such a dark “violet” that you almost don’t even notice it — they’re also great for a woman who likes a more squared toe. They’re $88.95 at Nordstrom (available in violet (pictured), black, and pewter). Me Too ‘Pixy’ Pump
Sofft - Astoria (Violet Patent) - FootwearWe’re fans of Sofft generally (they’re part of our “most comfortable heels” roundup) and we like the fact that these have a slight point to the toe, as well as a heel height under 3″. They’re $104.95 at Zappos.   Sofft – Astoria (Violet Patent) – Footwear
Croc-embossed high heelsTalbots has some great-looking croc-embossed heels in a “dark rosette” — what’s particularly nice is that they have a 3.5″ heel (pictured), a kitten heel, and a platform heel (pictured at the very top) — all in the same dark purple stamped leather. (They also offer the shoes in a lovely light “Madison” blue, as well as a camel “Luggage,” brown, gray, and black.) The 3.5″ heels are $139 at (online only). Croc-embossed high heels
Moschino Cheap and Chic Women's Offline Patent PumpLove these gorgeous purple patent pumps from Moschino Cheap and Chic, marked 45% off at Endless — the purple strikes us as the perfect tone to provide a subtle pop of color with either navy, black, or gray trousers. Were $375, now $206.25 at Endless — — with a 25% off discount that applies at checkout, the price comes to around $155.  (Also available in a teal blue).  Moschino Cheap and Chic Women’s Offline Patent Pump
Claudia Ciuti Women's Afrik PumpThe texture in these shoes is a wonderful addition — the round toe is perfect. The price drops an additional 25% ($64.49) once you get to the final stage of checkout — was $469, marked to $257.95, comes to around $193 at checkout. Available at Endless. Claudia Ciuti Women’s Afrik Pump
Christian Louboutin Yotruche 70 python-effect pumps
iconLove. Ly. Even though we’re not quite sure what “python-effect pumps” are, we love these Christian Louboutin peep toes. They’re the classic 3″, and we like the silver heels and red leather soles. Were $1,030, now $566.50 at Christian Louboutin Yotruche 70 python-effect pumps

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Camel Wool-Cashmere Standing Collar Coat

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

Cinzia Rocca camel wool-cashmere standing collar coatWe’ll do a fuller roundup of the best winter coats sometime soon, but for today — man, this is a gorgeous coat. It’s a wool/cashmere blend (supposedly the best) and we love the thick seams with top stitching, as well as the standing collar. It’s on sale, too (although still a splurge) — was $1,165, now $699 at Bluefly (available in both camel and black).  Cinzia Rocca camel wool-cashmere standing collar coat

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Weekend Open Thread

Born - Alissa (Grey Full-Grain Leather) - Footwear Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’ve been at a conference for three days, wearing a suit and thinking/listening/networking really hard — so I cannot wait to to kick back this weekend. (Let’s just say the massage is already scheduled on Saturday!) The idea of leggings, tall boots, and a comfy oversized sweater sounds juuuust about right for the weekend, and these boots from Born (highly rated on Zappos) strike me as both cute, comfortable and stylish in a laid-back way.  They’re $185 at Zappos.   Born – Alissa (Grey Full-Grain Leather) – Footwear

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Madmioselle Dress

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

Reader K writes in to recommend this great dress, which garnered her “lots of compliments when I wore it the other day. I changed the red belt it came with to a black patent belt and wore it with black patent heels. Today I’m wearing it with a black, Chanel-like blazer (that I bought on e-bay).” We think the dress is adorable — it’s available at Target for $39 in both regulars and petites. Merona® Collection Women’s Madmioselle Dress – Flamenco Red

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