Coffee Break: Ann Taylor Pumps

Ann Taylor Perfect Elle pumpsWe’ve heard raves about these “perfect” pumps from Ann Taylor, and they’re on sale this week — were $155, now marked to $99, take an extra 30% off with the code FRIENDS. And they still have normal sizes left! Not bad — not bad at all. Perfect Elle Pumps


Guest Post: How to Make the Transition from Maternity to Post-Baby While Dressing Professionally

postpartum professionalToday’s guest post is from Jenny Hamilton, who is a senior in-house lawyer at a Fortune 500 company and the mother to a 5 month-old little girl. Jenny explores the world of fashion, dressing for the corporate world, and motherhood daily at

Just as you don’t pack on the baby weight overnight, once you have your baby, your body is going to go through another major change – this time in reverse! So how do you make the transition? Here are five easy tips:

1. Large, open cardigans make excellent transition pieces because they can double as a comfy jacket for the office and they can be worn during maternity leave with a pair of soft leggings. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: The ruffled-pocket boucle jacket

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

We saw this in white in Real Simple a few weeks ago, and it definitely caught our eye — the clean lines, the cute pockets, the ladylike shape.  Today, we’re liking the yellow version, as it strikes us as a fun way to add a pop of color to an otherwise drab outfit of hues like navy, white, or gray.  (It’s also available in a great fuschia pink.)  It’s $169 at Talbots, in sizes 2-20 in petites, women’s, and women’s petites.   The ruffled-pocket boucle jacket


Coffee Break: Buffalo Thin Belt

Brooks brother Buffalo Thin BeltWe love a good deal on a basic, like this lovely leather belt from Brooks Brothers.  (Incidentally, there seem to be a lot of great deals to be had on shoes and accessories at BB right now.)  This belt was $128, now $38 (size M only).  Buffalo Thin Belt

Open Thread: Hiding a Baby Bump

how to hide a baby bumpHow do you hide a baby bump? This struck us as a great question…

I’d love to see some suggestions on hiding a baby bump while dressing appropriately for the office. Hiding my growing belly wasn’t hard with my first baby. It just wasn’t that big. Now I’m pregnant with my second and, true to everything all my friends told me, I’m much bigger, much earlier. I prefer not to tell everyone until the first trimester is over. That means hiding my expanding middle. I moved up a size in trousers (no expand-o waist pants yet). However, I can’t seem to find any good ideas for tops. I’d love your (and your readers’) help. Anonymously, of course. Any hope for me? :)

Having never been pregnant, we can’t really offer any advice, but it does strike us as a very worthwhile question. (Fine, here’s our best guess — we’d stick with empire-waisted tops such as the one above, or very blousy tunic tops. Pictured: Banana Republic Garment-dyed linen top, available at Banana Republic for $59.) Still — readers, what is your best advice on how to dress professionally while hiding a baby bump? Any other tips on dealing with pregnancy woes, such as morning sickness?

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Jamila Dress

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

Diane von Furstenberg Jamila DressWe’re loving this simple blue dress from Diane von Furstenberg — the pleated wide neckline at the top, the keyhole back, the defined waist, and the ladylike length — all strike us as really lovely.  It’s $375 at (alas, only sizes 8-12 left).   Diane von Furstenberg Jamila Dress