Archives for March 2014

Coffee Break: Martha Medium Satchel Bag

Furla Martha Medium Satchel BagI’ve always been a big fan of Furla bags, and this red croc-embossed leather satchel looks like a gorgeous, work-appropriate tote. At 10″x13″x4″ it could certainly be bigger, but this would be a great daily (or interview bag) for a lot of us. (Note that this dark burgundy and navy look great together!) There’s also a slightly larger “medium shopper” (12″x12″x6″).  It was $348, but is marked to $187.50 through April 2. Furla Martha Medium Satchel Bag


The Hunt: Silk Button-Front Blouses

The Best Silk Blouses for Work | Corporette2017 Update: Almost all of these silk blouses are now in our Wardrobe Essentials for Work. We’ve also updated the text and links as of Oct. 2017.

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 rounded up some of the best crisp button-downs around this time last year, but we haven’t ever rounded up the best silk blouses (aka silk-button fronts).  I’m still a fan of the ones with a pointed collar (instead of a rounded or band collar, or a split neck) for a more classic look — the collar looks great beneath a suit blazer, layered underneath sweaters, and more.  For my $.02, I’d suggest wearing a cotton camisole (with the arm holes adjusted fairly high) beneath them so you can try to get at least two wears before you have to take them to the drycleaner.  There’s a ton of selection out there — readers, which are your favorite silky button-downs?  Do you have any laundry tricks (either to extend the wears-per-launder or to make them look nice without drycleaning?) Any must-haves (or do-not-buys?)

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Sleeveless Crepe Cady Dress

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

Marni Sleeveless Crepe Cady DressHappy Monday! I love the crisp pintucks and darts on this classic-yet-creative Marni dress — and the thick hem at the bottom and yoke on the back is really cool. The white piping at the neckline is lovely, too. (On a weekend note, I am now obsessed with those sandals — they must be Marni, but they don’t seem to be in stock anywhere online. Sigh.) The dress is $1280; it’s available in limited sizes.  Marni Sleeveless Crepe Cady Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

Elizabeth and James Denver Draped TeeSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Nordstrom just started its spring sale, and there are tons of cute things — the lingerie in particular was jumping out to me today. For a more “suitable for work” picture (even if it is a recommendation for what to wear on the weekend!) I really liked this draped tee from Elizabeth and James. Being a New Yorker I of course like it as styled — all black, and I can kind of even get behind the Bermuda shorts — but I also think it would look great with all manner of pants. The shirt was $135, but is now marked to $95. Elizabeth and James Denver Draped Tee


Weekly News Update

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  • Angie at YouLookFab notes that the puff-sleeve blazer is back.  I always liked the trend, myself…
  • Above the Law and Jezebel both have the scoop on a federal judge who blogged about a certain female attorney’s scandalous work attire.  Meanwhile, Greedy Associates ponders how to give women fashion advice without belittling them.
  • Popsugar Smart Living takes a look at the habits of punctual people.
  • Forbes tells you how to get more out of every hour.
  • Lifehacker tells you the secrets of the most successful relationships.  (Their link isn’t currently working for me, but I think it’s going to the right place — maybe their server is down?)

PSSST: After months of problems, I think I’ve finally fixed the problems with our RSS feed Is anyone still having problems?  (I know I royally screwed it up — please rejoin the feed if you got lost in the shuffle! My apologies for the difficulties.)

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Fine Gauge Supima Cardigan

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Lands End Supima Leopard CardiganIt seems like the twinset has been a dying species for a few years now — so I was intrigued to see Lands’ End carrying numerous colors of fun, printed cardigans with matching short-sleeved shells. (Not all of the cardigans have their match, alas.) I like this fun “Caspian Blue Leopard” print a lot in general — the mint, dark green, lavender combo is lovely, and I think it’s a fun take on a classic. The cardigans were $79, but are now marked to $59; take an extra 25% off your order with code FLOWER20 and Pin 1490. Lands’ End Fine Gauge Supima Cardigan

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