Archives for April 2012

Coffee Break – Skinny Leather Belt

Skinny Leather BeltA colorful skinny belt can be a great way to accessorize cardigans, sheath dresses, and otherwise neutral outfits — and J.Crew has a ton of great colors at a reasonable $34.50. I particularly like the “peacock feather,” pictured, but the “dazzling sun” yellow and neon pink and orange are all pretty great. Skinny Leather Belt


The Hunt: Purple Pumps

2017 Update: We still love these purple pumps, 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.

I always feel like purple pumps are a Corporette classic — they’re not what you’d normally think of for conservative business attire, but they’re usually dark enough to be conservative, and they’re incredibly versatile.  They add a great punch of color to a number of neutrals (black, navy, gray, beige, white), as well as a bit of a fun accent with outfits based around greens, reds, or yellows (as a contrasting color) or blues (as a complimenting one). I’d avoid wearing them with pink, but maybe that’s just me. Readers, do you like purple pumps as much as I do?  What other colors of shoes have you found to be surprising basics?

Not included below, but: if you’re really confident in your purple shoes, try these very bright purple pumps (The Limited and Jessica Simpson); if you’re more of a wedge-wearer try these pairs (Fitzwell and Gucci). [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Shawl Collar Blazer

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Tribune Standard Shawl Collar Blazer Normally, I would say that this dirty yellow/olive is an absolutely horrid, horrid color. And yet… I bought a blazer a few years ago this color (deep discount, and it fit like a glove) and found that I got a ton of wear out of it, particularly with black, with navy, with white. I’ll bet this blazer would be just as versatile, and it’s a gorgeous one — I love the fold-over lapels, the barely noticeable double-breasted closure, and the flap hip pockets. (Let’s just pretend the shorts don’t exist.) The blazer is $749 at ShopBop. Tribune Standard Shawl Collar Blazer

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Weekend Open Thread

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I love simple cotton dresses like this one from LOFT in the summer — easy, washable, and generally cool and flattering too. I bought this dress a few days ago myself during a 50% off pants sale — and wouldn’t you know, the entire site is now 40% off. Grumble. So the dress was $49.50, but code SHOP40 takes it down to just over $29. Dolman Sleeve Surplice Dress


Weekly News Update

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The Grindstone ponders why women lawyers have the strictest dress code (and I’m quoted).
Racked rounds up 10 great online shops to buy sunglasses.
The Careerist ponders whether women’s initiatives are distractions.
Kay Hymowitz, writing an op-ed for the WSJ, knows why women earn less than men: they work fewer hours.
Inc. looks at the 8 traits of great bosses.
NPR tells you why you shouldn’t necessarily wash pre-washed lettuce. (So I guess my whole “I’m not eating a salad unless I’ve triple washed it myself” thing during my pregnancy (for fear of listeria) was all for naught.)
– Thanks to Reality Chic for interviewing me!

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Non-Iron Tailored Fit Mini Houndstooth Dress Shirt with XLA

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Non-Iron Tailored Fit Mini Houndstooth Dress Shirt with XLAAmidst all the polka dots, abstract prints, and other occasionally crazy patterns that I endorse, sometimes one just wants a simple, small, repeating pattern, like houndstooth. And lo and behold, Brooks Brothers has these great houndstooth blouses on sale — they’re tailored, non-iron, available in three colors, and marked to $39 from $98.50. Nice. Non-Iron Tailored Fit Mini Houndstooth Dress Shirt with XLA

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