Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Origami Jacket

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

Happy Monday!  For today’s splurge, we’re liking this sophisticated gray blazer from Michael Kors, with some really interesting detailing on the sleeves.  We like a short-sleeve jacket for days where it’s ridiculously hot but you still need to cover your arms as well as look authoritative; they can also be great for in-between weather, because you can layer a long-sleeved tee beneath them.  (On the down side, they do little to combat the industrial-strength air conditioners most offices use during the summer.)  This particular jacket, made from wool, is actually on sale — was $1595, now $957 at Neiman Marcus (lucky sizes 6 and 8 only).  Origami Jacket


Weekend Open Thread

Franco Sarto ‘Tazer’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Pictured: Our weekend recommendation is this amazing sandal from Franco Sarto. No, the sandal does not look like a lot in the picture — but we couldn’t take our eyes off it at Nordstrom the other day.  We love the very of-the-moment look, as well as the super-soft leather, and the wedge is actually vaguely walkable.  We also liked that the “stone” color is just a tone or two muddier than our own skin. Add to that the 28 glowing customer reviews, and you’ve got yourself a winner.  The sandals are $99, exclusively at Nordstrom. Franco Sarto ‘Tazer’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Weekly News Update

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Corporette Insider– As we may have mentioned, we’re doing an event series with AK Anne Klein and InStyleWe’ll be in New Jersey this Saturday, at the Cherry Hill Mall, from 2-4 — please come out and see us!   — you can RSVP by calling 888-622-9769, or e-mailing [email protected]

Hilary Clinton big hair– Ladies, the day you have waited for since the ’80s is here:  Big Hair is Back.  At least, so says the NYT(Pictured.)

Gothamist reports on how overachieving women will drink you under the table.  Amusingly, quite a few of you “liked” this item on Facebook — perhaps we should have a post on drinking and overachieving? (If so, what should the post focus on?)

HungryGirl rounds up some great snack foods for the office.

The Wall Street Journal reports on what a professional organizer can do for your clutter.  Meanwhile Real Simple advises on how to recycle anything.

– Monday’s guest-poster, Kalyn Johnson (who wrote about transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring), was featured on LawShucks this week, telling about how she made the decision to leave BigLaw and become a stylist.  Meanwhile, former guest-poster LPC (who gave us advice from the hiring manager/VP level intended for young women just entering the workforce) is featured on fashion blog Already Pretty, advising how to add a touch of personality to an otherwise conservative office.

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– AK Anne Klein
– Carissa Rose
– MySkins
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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Ponte Split Neck Dress

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

Merona Ponte Split Neck DressTarget has so many cute office-appropriate dresses right now that we actually had trouble deciding which we wanted to link to today.  Ultimately, we’re going with this split-neck one because we think it would be the most universally flattering.  It’s definitely a casual dress at base, but accessories will go a long way towards changing the vibe of the dress — worn with a blazer and pumps will make it feel more dressed up, while it would also feel at home with sandals and a beach tote.  It’s $25 at Target. Merona® Women’s Ponte Split Neck Dress – Black
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Coffee Break: Luciana Sling

Rockport – Luciana Sling (Slate Grey Fabric) – FootwearWe forget where we saw these featured, but we love the look.  Closed toe, mild platform (we think totally acceptable for the office), and interesting colors including slate gray (pictured), denim blue, or sesame.  The fact that it’s from a brand that’s known for comfort doesn’t hurt in the least.  It’s $109 at Zappos in sizes 5-11.  Rockport – Luciana Sling (Slate Grey Fabric) – Footwear

Unmentionables: What are you wearing beneath your suit?

best everyday lingerieToday, reader J has an interesting question that kind of reminds us of David Lat’s first blog, Underneath Their Robes

I’d love to hear what the gals are wearing under all these fabulous dresses and suits. I love my Spanx hide & sleek full slip for wearing under dresses to keep them from clinging, and have noticed my clothes fit better after I recently went in for a bra fitting and bought some new ones. I’d love to hear about new brands or other tips for pulling the outfit together from underneath it all.

Spanx came up on our Twitter chat this morning, and it strikes us as a great question, and one we’ll throw to the readers.  So, readers:  What bra do you have in multiples, it’s so comfortable? What brands of shapewear do you like?  Thong, boyshort, or other?  Let’s talk brands, type, and more! (Tip:  if you’re talking bra, please post your bra size — there can be a big difference in comfort to someone who’s 30G and someone who’s 36A.)

* As I’m no longer anonymous, I think we have come to the border of TMI — but I’ll chime in in comments.  Also, <cough>, here are some links for you, for no particular reasonSmoothing Molded T-Shirt Bra, pictured above, available at Freshpair for $60; Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise Smoother, $68 at Freshpair, On Gossamer’s Mesh Hip-G, available for $16 (2 for $30) at Freshpair, and Hip Fit™ Cotton Boyshort, available at Maidenform for $8.