Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Faille pencil skirt

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

Faille pencil skirtTalbots has some crazy 70% off sales going on, so it can be a great time to stock up.  (Be warned: A lot of it is final sale only, so if you’re buying online, know your size!)  For example, this classic pencil skirt was $129 — and now it’s marked to $29.95 (and still available in a ton of sizes, also).   Faille pencil skirt


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Coffee Break: Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody

Furla Handbags - Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) - Bags and LuggageZappos seems to have a ton of designer totes on 25-30% discount today, including this lovely crossbody tote, which strikes us as a very rich looking, and functional bag for toting work papers. It’s 17.25″ wide, 5″ deep, and 12.5″ high — love the dotted lining and the chain detail on the detachable shoulder strap. It’s $395 (was $529) at Zappos Couture.
Furla Handbags – Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) – Bags and Luggage

Are Patent Leather Shoes an Option for a Conservative Office?

Stylish Work Outfit: Patent Leather Heels? | CorporetteAre patent leather pumps appropriate for the office? Can they be the basis of a stylish work outfit? Reader M wonders:

I always thought patent leather pumps were an office no-no, but I’ve seen quite a few pairs posted on your site. Under what circumstances are patent leather heels okay to wear in a fairly conservative workplace? Is it all about the style of the shoe? Is color a deal breaker? I think the pairs I own are pretty innocuous (nude, black, deep red, dark-dark purple croc), but I could be horribly, horribly wrong. My work wardrobe is very safe (for lack of a better word) and I’m not the kind of girl who wears lots of accessories, so I tend to rely on shoes to wake up an outfit. I want my pretty patents to come out and play during the week! Can they, pleeeease?!

Interesting question — my theory has always been that patent leather, in the abstract, is fine. After all, black patent leather shoes are part of the military dress uniform — how could they not be conservative enough?  (Pictured: Pretty Woman, available at Amazon.)

There are some caveats to this theory, however.

First — patent leather can be more susceptible to what I’ll call “eau de hooker.” [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Pintuck Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

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

8Loving this deep blue sheath dress by Maggy London.  Love the pintucked shaping, love the sleeves, love the stretchy ponte knit.  We’d pair it with lighter accessories now — say, a long strand of pearls and nude pumps– and switch to opaque black tights and, perhaps a charcoal gray boyfriend jacket or cardigan in the fall.  Fabulous color!  It’s $98 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 2-16.  Maggy London Pintuck Ponte Knit Sheath Dress


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Suit of the Week

For 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.

We’re liking this tweed skirtsuit from Ann Taylor. Love the seaming on the pencil skirt (as well as the “touch of stretch”), and love the 60s vibe to the jacket. The jacket (Tweed Jacket) is $108, and the skirt (Tweed Seamed Skirt) is $108.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Carnaby Coat

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

Carnaby CoatSure, it’s 80 degrees in NYC, but we’re hopeful that cool breezes will be here again — sometime.  Today we’re liking this fun teal jacket from Boden — it’s “showerproof,” has a great lining, and comes in teal, purple, white, and a grayish/brownish/purplish “pewter.”  It’s $138 at Boden.  (Tip: if you haven’t, sign up for Boden’s newsletter — they frequently send out deals like 15% off and free shipping.)  Carnaby Coat


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