Archives for October 2010

Suit of the Week: Lafayette 148 New York

Lafayette 148 New York Tweed SuiticonFor 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.

Love this navy tweed suit from Lavayette 148 New York — the slight pleat in the collar is interesting without being too “too,” and the slant pockets and covered button are just right. The jacket (Lafayette 148 New York ‘Neville’ Virgin Wool Blend Jacket) is $498, and the skirt (Lafayette 148 New York Tweed Pencil Skirt) is $248, both available at Nordstrom in sizes 2-16.

Lafayette 148 New York 'Neville' Virgin Wool Blend Jacket Lafayette 148 New York Tweed Pencil Skirt


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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Jackson Fit Winter Wool Trouser

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

Banana Republic Jackson fit winter wool trouserIf you’re a fan of the Jackson fit pant at Banana Republic, head’s up — they have a new wool flannel trouser just in time for winter. I like the wider leg, as well as the slanted pockets (so much more flattering than vertical pockets). They’re also having a decent sale today, too — 25% off plus free shipping on $50+ with code BROCT25. Nice! The pants are $110, available in petites and regular — the 25% off takes them down to $82.50.  Banana Republic Jackson fit winter wool trouser

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Coffee Break: Erica Pump

Elie Tahari - Erica Pump (Black 1) - Footwear Love these pumps from Elie Tahari, available in snake-print black, suede, and “driftwood,” a snakey brown. Love the knotted/cut-out detail, as well as the classic look to the toe and heel. Lovely! The two black colors are on sale — were $328, now $238-$262. Elie Tahari – Erica Pump (Black 1) – Footwear

What Makes a Sweater Appropriate for the Office?

Laurie B 'Retail' Cardigan When I look through stores for something to post for the morning’s TPS, I see a ton of sweaters that strike me as inappropriate for the office, and it’s surprisingly hard to put my finger on why. So I thought I’d start a discussion today: what makes a sweater inappropriate (or appropriate) for the office? (Pictured:  I just ordered this cardigan at the big Nordstrom sale going on today — here’s hoping it’s versatile enough for both the workday and the weekend! Laurie B ‘Retail’ Cardigan (was $128, now $75).

For my own $.02, I often pass up sweaters and cardigans that are
too chunky — while a really chunky cardigan can look great with leggings or jeans, it has to have a certain professionalism for the office, I think — either shaped like a blazer, or the ability to be belted
too “hot mama” — if the model is wearing it skin-tight, or if it dips too low in the front, then it may be better for a night out than for the workday…
too “holiday” — sequins, velvet, sparkly buttons — all of these things might be great to wear to an office holiday party, but not for the regular workday
too … schlubby — I don’t even know the word to define this! I think this is a common problem with longer sweaters, like the boyfriend sweater trend or the waterfall cardigan trend. For my purposes, I’ll often I try to imagine whatever sweater I’m considering with a pencil skirt or sheath dress… and then I try to imagine a teenager wearing it with leggings and Uggs. If it looks better on the imaginary Ugg-clad teenager, I generally pass it by…  The sweater I just ordered, for example, might be better for pairing with jeans on the weekend (but the positive reviews still made me add it to my bag)…

What are your thoughts, readers? What makes a sweater appropriate (or inappropriate) for the office?

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Knee Length Skirt

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DKNY Knee Length SkirtFabulous skirt from DKNY — it’s a slight A-line with leather trim on the hip pockets and waist. I also love that ShopBop has styled it with black tights and shoes — what a great way to demonstrate navy and black together. For some reason, I’m seeing this with a crisp white shirt, perhaps tucked in and belted with a wide belt. The skirt is $175 at DKNY Knee Length Skirt

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