Archives for September 2014

Coffee Break: Ruffle Wrap

Nordstrom Ruffle Wrap | CorporetteA wool wrap is great for weather like this where you’re not quite sure how many layers you’re going to need — especially if you’re going out in the evening when temperatures may dip drastically. I like the ruffle on this one and the fact that it’s 100% wool — it’s going to be much more substantial than a poly blend like the ones you buy on the street. It’s available in black, gray, and a dark and light beige, all for $98. Nordstrom Ruffle Wrap

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Where To Start When You Need Style Inspiration

Online Stylists and Inspiration | CorporetteWhere should you start when you need style inspiration? Are online stylists all out of your budget?  Reader M has a great question:

I am a 48 yr. young corporate professional / entrepreneur /contractor looking for professional, age appropriate looks. Can you suggest a website that can guide my “lack of style” sense to better purchases within a reasonable budget, too? I really need a stylist but the internet is my next best option. I tend to like and clothing but I am a size 16 (working on this part) and 5′ 3′ (wish it could change :) … two big issues… and oh yea, no heels for me. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I would love to find the info I seek here.

Great question, M! We’ve talked about some of the best personal style blogs before, as well as personal shoppers, but we’ve never quite done a post on stylists, or where to start for style inspiration.  (M, you may also want to check out our post on how to look professional in flats when that’s all you wear.)  I’m curious to hear what readers say!  A few notes:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Leena Tailored Dress

Reiss Leena Tailored DressOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Looooove this simple black dress from Reiss. A v-neck that is, finally, completely work appropriate. A nice, high neckline in the back — with a non-exposed zipper. Plus, it’s fully lined. Huzzah! It’s $340 in sizes 0-10. Reiss Leena Tailored Dress

Psst: Here are lower-priced and plus-sized alternatives.

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Coffee Break: Penelope Flat

Footzyfolds Penelope Flat | CorporetteWe’ve covered foldable flats a few times in the past, so I don’t write about them often, but I definitely use the few pairs I have pretty frequently — I even took some with me to my cousin’s wedding a few months ago as a back-up option. I love the little mesh details and fun colors on these Penelope flats. They’re available in sizes 6-11, for $54.95, at Nordstrom. Footzyfolds Penelope Flat

The Hunt: Strappy Pumps

The Best Strappy Pumps To Wear With Tights | Corporette2016 Update: check out our latest favorite strappy pumps to wear with tights to work.

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.

As we approach tights weather, I thought it might be fun to round up some strappy pumps (see also our roundup of t-strap pumps).  Although boots and booties are much more acceptable to wear with tights than they used to be (just for kicks take a look at our 2010 poll on peep-toe booties), the most conservative option is still, I think, pumps or flats, whether with straps or without.  So without further ado… readers, what are your favorite shoes to wear with tights?  Have you made any killer purchases recently (or classics that are still available) that go the distance in terms of comfort and style?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I happened to find this black houndstooth dress (and its comps, below) while looking for last week’s Suit of the Week, and I’m kind of obsessed with the crazy mix of black and white houndstooth. We all know I like a good mix of black and white patterns, but this dress by Basler takes it to a new level. It’s $895 at Bloomingdale’s (sizes 34-44). Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Psst: A less expensive crazy option is here (up to size 16), and here’s a more sedate and affordable option (up to size 18). Here’s a plus-size option.

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