Suit of the Week

DVF navy suitFor 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.

Lots of new suits are hitting the stores this week, apparently.  We really like this chic navy blue suit — we like the loose collar, the high waist of the skirt, and the texture of the shantung.  We do wish, however, that the skirt were longer than 20.5 inches (but hey, we’re sure the teenagers buying DvF suits will look great in it!).  If you’re 5’4 or below, though, we’d give it a try anyway.  The set is available at Saks for pre-order — the jacket (Jonesie Shantung Jersey Jacket) is $345, and the skirt (Chi-Chi High-Waisted Skirt) is $185.  (Incidentally — Saks is having tons of sales, with new products having hit the racks yesterday.)

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Tool of the Trade: Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLATRadiant Touch 1 Luminous RadianceWe’re normally not fans of pricey beauty products — the drugstore is more of our vibe.  However, we were talked into buying this YSL highlighter as part of our wedding makeup, and we are absolutely addicted now, because it’s the perfect way to “look alive” after a long day of staring at the computer screen.  (We use it so often we even keep it in our purse, so we always have it with us.)  Before we head out for a night on the town, we’ll add a bit under the eyelids, alongside our nose beneath our brows, and up over the brow bones to perk up without getting that startled look that plain concealer can bring.  Brilliant.  It’s available at Sephora for $40. Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLATRadiant Touch 1 Luminous Radiance

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Goat Suede Casual Jacket

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

We’ve always admired women who can pull this look off — the casual yet professional leather jacket.  We like the styling here — the scarf so close to the neck, the skirt to add some femininity.  It’s available in sizes S and L and is part of the great one-day sale Jones New York has going on today, with prices up to 65% off work basics.  This jacket was $349, now $122 (and comes with free shipping, since it’s over $75). Goat Suede Casual Jacket

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.
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Coffee Break: Bean’s Heritage Tote

ll bean signature toteA reader tipped us off to this gorgeous leather tote, but it wasn’t until we saw Shopping’s My Cardio post that we realized:  this tote is just the start of things to come.  LL Bean is launching a new signature line, and this tote is among the first pieces available for sale. What can we say? We’ll be eagerly waiting to see the rest of the line — and in the meantime, drooling over the tote.  It’s $189 at LL Bean.  Bean’s Heritage Tote

2016 Update: While the heritage tote is sometimes still available through eBay, you can also find a similar tote here or here.

The Warmth of Silk

silk long johnsReader N writes in with a question about warm pants…

I am based in Northern California, and have recently started having to travel for business. I am finding that the wool pants I buy around me are no match for winter in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and New York. I’m told that I should find lined wool pants for warmth, but can’t seem to find any. Are there other fabrics that would be warm enough? To add an additional wrinkle I am a size 18 , so I need to find someplace that carries extended sizes as well.

Welcome to the land of seasons! Out here, if the low temperatures don’t get you, the windchill factor will. We’re weirdly excited to share with you one of the best secrets we picked up from our undergrad years, which we spent in a city known for sub-zero temperatures: silk long johns. Wear these babies under regular pants or jeans and you’ll be comfortable (with a proper jacket) below 35 degrees or so — if it’s very cold (and windchill takes it subzero), we’d suggest wearing them with wool pants. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Eileen Fisher Stand Collar Jacket

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

Eileen Fisher Stand Collar JacketWe’ve noticed this jacket about five times over the past four weeks, and we’re finally posting it.  We like the loose, sweater quality (lambswool and cashmere), combined with the jacket vibe.  We think we prefer the collar down, as Bloomingdales shows it (where it’s also, incidentally, still full price), but as Lord & Taylor shows it, you can also wear the collar standing up.  The red also strikes us as a good red.  We’d wear it with trousers or a sheath or, perhaps if we were daring, skinny pants and perhaps a collared tunic.  It’s $248 at Bloomingdales (all sizes), and at $124, in limited sizes (including petites), at Lord & Taylor.  Eileen Fisher Stand Collar Jacket

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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