Suit of the Week

Andy The-Anh Tweed Jacket & PantsFor 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. Today we’re liking this suit by Andy The-Anh, despite a few hesitations.  First, the good — the trousers are perfectly flared, and the way the jacket nips in is absolutely gorgeous.  We like the proportions in general, and we love the gray.  The only thing that slightly throws us for a loop is the extra white fabric on the jacket and on the pants pockets — it looks great with the poplin blouse, but we’re not sure we can picture it with another color.  Still:  lovely, wearable suit.  It’s available at Neiman Marcus for $564 (Tweed Jacket) and $379 (Tweed Pants).

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Big News — And Introductions

corporette introAfter all, it is meet your friendly anonymous blogger day!

So here’s the deal, guys — we have been incredibly, incredibly honored to have such a great dialog with you since we started this blog in May 2008.  We’ve gone from having 400 readers that first month, to about 35,000 unique readers each month.  With growth comes new opportunities, and so we have some big news — starting soon, we’ll be partnering with InStyle magazine and AK Anne Klein for a series of fashion events at Macy stores around the country, where we’ll advise on trends as well as how to adapt different AK Anne Klein pieces for different situations.  We’re so excited!

However, it has occurred to us that it’s rather difficult to host a fashion event anonymously.  So… if you’ve ever wondered who it is behind this blog, read more, after the jump…

(Pictured: Mask II, originally uploaded to Flickr by Audringje)

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Draped Top Mix Media Dress

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

Anne Klein has some great pieces on sale right now, including this draped top mix media dress, which we’ve been drooling over since it was $350.  The wide neckline strikes us as graceful but professional, and the bold blue seems energetic and workable for fall, winter and spring.  Lucky sizes (6 and 10) left, and for good reason:  was $350, now $175, with an additional 30% off at checkout and free shipping.  Draped Top Mix Media Dress

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Coffee Break: Tara Hobo

Elie Tahari – Tara Hobo (Deep Aqua Smooth Calf) – Bags and Luggage6pm.com is having a handbag blowout today, including this great basic hobo from Elie Tahari — available in aqua (pictured), as well as dark shades of blue, brown, purple, green, and red — and more.  They were $448, now marked to $150 (today only).  We like the brighter colors to add a bit of punch to an otherwise drab outfit, or the darker colors as a lovely basic (the brown is particularly lovely).   Elie Tahari – Tara Hobo (Deep Aqua Smooth Calf) – Bags and Luggage (Click hereto see the entire selection of hobos that are on sale today.)

Traveling for Business and Surviving It

traveling-for-businessToday’s question about traveling for business comes from Nancy P…

I’d love a post on tips for traveling for business. (Thought of this last week when I was going to Chicago for a deposition and security took away my spray wax, because apparently it was an aerosol not allowed by the TSA. How am I supposed to sit through 2 days of deposition without hair product?!) Tips for packing? Good travel-sized products?

My (rather obvious) tips:
-Pack in the same color range — black, brown, navy — so you only have to bring one pair of dress shoes
-Bring a nice soft sweater to wear on the way home. I love changing out of a suit jacket to a cashmere sweater on the way home.
-Never bring shampoo/conditioner if you can help it — as long as you stay in decent enough hotels, you’ll have good products.

This is a great question, and we’re hoping our readers will be a wealth of information. For our $.02 — Almost everything can either be bought in a small size (see, e.g., Minimus) or converted to a small size (we like the travel supplies at The Container Store, but most any place has them).  You can also ship anything that the TSA might confiscate, or just purchase a new item when you arrive.  (The concierge is almost always helpful in directing you to a local drugstore — you may also want to see whether your arrival airport has any stores for beauty purchases, such as an Aveda or Sephora store.)  We would advise to save your packing space for things that you truly need large quantities of — for example, if your eye-makeup remover comes in a huge bottle, change it to a much smaller package that holds the quantity you need for your time away.  (We’ve actually used stacking pill containers to keep things like eye makeup remover, facial moisturizer with SPF (a little bit goes a long way!), and more serious SPF (on the off chance we go for a run outside or something).) (Pictured: Broken suitcases, originally uploaded to Flickr by toyohara.) [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Etiquette Dress

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

Trina Turk ‘Etiquette’ DressWe’re liking this lovely sheath dress from Trina Turk today, available in white and yellow.  We lurve the yellow — perhaps with a navy or gray blazer to make it a bit less blindingly bright.  It’s also available in white, which should be much easier to integrate into your working wardrobe.  It’s $248 at Nordstrom.  Trina Turk ‘Etiquette’ Dress

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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