Wednesday’s TPS Report: Watercolor wrap dress

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

Banana Republic Watercolor wrap dressWe’re loving this gray silk blend dress from Banana Republic.  The watercolor print is interesting without being distracting (and: bonus points for being vaguely vertical, which is always flattering), and we love the high neckline.  We’d wear it with a fairly structured neutral blazer for work and skin-toned shoes.  It’s $120 at Banana Republic.   Banana Republic Watercolor wrap dress

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Coffee Break: Little Drop Earrings

Cinnamon Cottage earringsWe love, love, love these earrings — particularly for an office environment. They’re interesting but not overwhelming. They’re drop earrings without being dangly or distracting. And, they’re probably comfortable to wear (particularly if you have to talk on the telephone for a long time without a headset). Perfect! They’re $45 at Etsy, from seller Cinnamon Cottage.  Little Drop Earrings
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Should Your Interviewer Get a Thank-You Note or eThanks?

email-or-letter-thank-you-to-job-interviewerShould you thank an interviewer with an email or a card? We’ve wondered about this for a while as well, so reader J’s question strikes us as particularly interesting…

After an interview, everyone knows that it is good manners to send a perfunctory “Thank You” note. However, is it still recommended that the “Thank You” note be a hand-written note sent through snail mail or is it equally appropriate to send a “Thank You” after an interview via email? I am old-fashioned and still send a hand-written note on nice Crane & Co. stationary, however, an email “thank you” would certainly get there faster. I am not sure what is considered appropriate these days!? Any thoughts??

First, we would say that the thank-you note should be far from perfunctory — it reinforces what you spoke about in the interview, why you’re qualified for the job, and allows you to clarify anything that you worry came across poorly.  (Pictured:  Orange notecards, 25 thermographed notecards for $152 at Fine Stationery.)

That said, we’re sort of torn on how to send your interviewer their thank-you note. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Reiss Sky Dress

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

Reiss Sky DressReiss is another retailer that is fairly new to the States that has some great work pieces (despite their apparent affinity this season for the double-breasted blazer — do those look good on any woman?).  For today’s TPS, we’re liking this wrap dress, available in “shell pink” (pictured) and black.  We like the pleat details in the front, and we like the fact that the styling seems reminiscent of knitwear rather than a silky acetate, which is what the dress is.  We’d probably wear it with layers — perhaps a gray long-sleeved crewneck beneath and gray tights until the weather is warmer, and then perhaps a simple white slip beneath it for the summer.  It’s $255 at Reiss.co.uk.  Reiss Sky Dress

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Better Off Ted: Interview with Veronica’s Stylist

Better Off Ted: Veronica Palmer's Work Outfits2017 Update: We’re thrilled people are still looking to Better Off Ted for workwear inspiration — you can also check out some of our more recent reviews of TV work fashion with our posts on how to look like Selina Meyer in Veep, and how to get Claire Underwood style from House of Cards.

After last week’s how to dress like Linda Zwordling on Better Off Ted, we got a ton of comments about how beautifully dressed Portia de Rossi’s character, Veronica Palmer, is — and how much folks would love to chat with her stylist.  We did some poking around and, lo and behold, found our way to Brandy Lusvardi, the costume designer for Better Off Ted.  We just got off the phone with her, and thought we’d share our conversation…

(She is the NICEST person on the planet!!)

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Cotton Chain-Belt Dress

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

Piazza Sempione Cotton Chain-Belt DressOooh – loving this colorful sheath dress from Piazza Sempione.  The cool blue and purple hues strike us as seasonless, and the bateau neckline would look great with a set of pearls.  Lovely.  It’s $935 at Bergdorf Goodman.  Cotton Chain-Belt Dress

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