Archives for February 2013

Coffee Break: Birds Over Arches Scarf

kate-spade-saleKate Spade’s sale is on sale — take an extra 25% off all sale items with code SAVE25. There are a lot of cute clothes and bags in the sale — my pick for today’s coffee break includes anything with the “Birds over Arches” pattern, which seems intricate and cool. The wool scarf was $148, then marked to $103; with the sale it comes down to $77.  (Curious about how to wear scarves? Here’s our last discussion on it.) Do note that the pattern also comes in a shopper tote, a wallet, a coin purse, and two cosmetic cases, all ranging in price (after discount) from $26.25-$77.25. Birds Over Arches Scarf

P.S. Today is the last day for ShopBop’s Sale Event, with tiered discounts (spend $250, get $30 off; spend $1500, get $300 off) — it’s pretty easy to get some great discounts on things that never go on sale.  I’d zero in on brands like DvF, Theory, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs bags, and a great denim selection.



Slips, Camisoles, and More: What Are Your Go-To Pieces?

what-to-wear-beneath-wrap-dresses2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to wear beneath wrap dresses; if you’re looking for more current advice on which are readers’ go-to underwear picks, check out our more recent discussion of the best lingerie for office looks

What do you wear beneath wrap dresses? Are there camisole-slips? Reader V has an interesting question about what to wear beneath clothes that I think leads us to a great larger question: what are your favorite brands and pieces in slips, camisoles, support garments, pantyhose, and more?

I have a question re slips. I understand that people wear them (even the non-control ones) to even out the lumpy-squishies, make things less sheer, improve drape, etc. But for an unlined v-neck or wrap dress, where one might want help with smoothing out lumps and VPL and sheerness, what if you also want to raise the neckline. Are there camisole-type slips that are designed to be seen (so maybe in white or black, depending on the color of dress; not nude-for-you)? I’m not sure what to do for something like a DVF wrap dress — I want to wear a slip, but don’t want to slip up. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you!

This is a great question. We’ve talked about how to keep wrap dresses closed, but not what to wear beneath wrap dresses. While reading her answer I found myself going through the things that I would wear beneath a wrap dress:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Eggplant Stretch Ponte Knit Cap Sleeve Dress

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

Tahari ASL Eggplant Stretch Ponte Knit Cap Sleeve DressWhat’s not to like here? Nice scoopneck… nice capsleeves… nice starburst/seaming detail, and nice mid-weight stretch ponte knit. It’s even available in three nice colors: eggplant (pictured), “smoke,” and cobalt, all on sale at Bluefly for $62-$89. Tahari ASL Eggplant Stretch Ponte Knit Cap Sleeve Dress

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers

womens-suits 2For 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.

If memory serves, this time period tends to be a stinker in terms of finding great suits — the pickings are so slim that I’ve even started a new Pinterest board for “Silly Suits” (because there are wackadoodle suits aplenty out there!). That said, of the slim pickings, this indigo linen one from Brooks Brothers is my favorite — classic single button, and while I shudder to think that cropped pants are part of the “new suit,” every designer seems to think so right now.  (In our last poll, 46% of readers thought cropped pants are casual and should be saved for non-meeting days at the office.)  Considering the cropped pants and the linen, I think this suit is best saved for a casual day — I’d wear it with a pair of the new mini-wedges everyone is showing (stay tuned for a roundup soon!) and an airy blouse or tee, as shown. The jacket (Linen One Button Stellita Fit Jacket) is $328, and the pants (Linen Cropped Lucia Fit Pants) are $198 (both available in a khaki beige, as well as petites).

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Previously, on Corporette…

Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

One year ago…

Two years ago…

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Blazer

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

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Blazer I love a good sweater blazer — they’re just a bit more dressy than a cardigan, but so much comfier than a blazer. These are on a pretty good discount, too: they were $395, but are now marked to $138. Lots of colors and sizes left, too. Neiman Marcus Cashmere Blazer

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Psst: Check out more great deals at the Corporette Bargains page!