Weekly News Roundup

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exercises to do with your suit on– We are loving this NYT photo shoot inspired by a book from 1908 that came with a section, “50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On.”  Awe. Some.
Styleite does a breakdown of Sarah Palin’s four favorite suit jackets.
YouLookFab has some great tips on how to wear belts.
– Watch out for those makeup testers at Sephora!  The LA Times has the scoop.  Meanwhile, for those of you who get frustrated at your manicure chipping, the NYT has a nice article on a new gel/polish hybrid that lasts for up to two weeks.
– You might also want to watch out for web coupons — the NYT warns that they tell stores way more about you than you realize.  Finally:  the Bucks Blog has tips on how to find a financial planner.

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– AK Anne Klein
– Carissa Rose
– MySkins
– MyDesignGuide.com
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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Looped Trim Top

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

Loft Looped Trim TopHappy Friday!  We just got this top from Ann Taylor Loft, and are liking it — it’s a wide scoop that doesn’t feel quite so wide because of the looped trim, and the cotton has a nice weight to it — not tissue thin, not too heavy.  It comes in a ton of colors, too — we also like the blue, pictured, but also look for it in light blue, pink, dark green, and black and white.  It’s $34.50, exclusively online at Ann Taylor Loft.  Looped Trim Top

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Coffee Break: Kooba’s Piper Bag

Kooba Piper bagWe’re not sure if it’s an official sale or what, but Zappos seems to have a ton of totes on sale for 20% to 30% off. We’re liking this hip take on a briefcase/tote from Kooba, a brand we know and love well — the leather is particularly luscious and soft.  The berry color strikes us as a great neutral color, also, appropriate for both black and navy.  Was $499, now $350 at Zappos.com. Kooba – Piper (Berry)

Calling All Tuckers…

how-to-keep-shirt-tuckedAre you a tucker?  If so, this reader has a question for you on how you keep your shirts tucked neatly…

Do you know of any device that will help a woman keep her shirt neatly tucked in? I envision something along the lines of suspender types of things that might function something like the shirt bodysuits they sell at Victoria’s Secret. For example, they could be made of a stretchy fabric and could clip (or be sewn?) onto the front and back of the shirt on each side, and would run between the legs along the bikini line. Am I just crazy? I’ve done some internet searching, but all I can find is some horrible military things that clip from the bottom of one’s shirt to the top of one’s socks. Not exactly useful if a woman is wearing a skirt. Has anyone had a tailor install such things on shirts to keep them in place? Any other good tricks?

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Basic Check Collar Polo

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

Burberry Basic Check Collar PoloPolos can be great for the spring or summer, because they can be a cool look with a pencil skirt and cardigan, or they can dress up something like a pair of jeans for a truly casual office or networking event.  We’re liking this one from Burberry — the puffed sleeves! the checked collar! the 6 butons!  We also like the price for a touch of luxury — they’re $100 at Bloomingdale’s. Burberry Basic Check Collar Polo (More colors available at Burberry.com.)

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Suit of the Week

1For 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 are loving this suit from Andy The-Anh today — we love the pleated neckline on the dress, as well as the almost shelf-like pleats on the waist of the jacket — it looks fun and modern, but still likely to flatter any woman’s body.  We’re normally not fans of beige, but the contemporary design is particularly great when paired with the muted tones.  The jacket is $620 (Peplum Boyfriend Jacket), and the dress is $515 (Pleated-Neck Dress), both available at Neiman Marcus in sizes 2-14.

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