Suit of the Week

For 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.

Maybe it’s us, but we’re liking this version of the boyfriend jacket paired with the pencil skirt.  Both pieces seem like they would work well on their own as separates, but together this seems like a very professional take of a very trendy style (hello, ’80s!).  We’re curious about the fabric, which supposedly “resists wrinkles and stays in shape”– readers, please comment if you have experience! The jacket (Long and lean jacket in seasonless stretch) is $89, and the skirt (Front pleated miniskirt in seasonless stretch) is $39.50, both available at Victoria’s Secret in sizes 0 -14.

(We just called Victoria Secret’s to see if anything else matches the jacket, other than the miniskirt, and the answer is why yes, lots of things — choose the color you like (e.g., 163, charcoal heather) and mix and match to your heart’s content.  Such as:  the Christie fit flare pants, or the Christie fit pant.)

(Also, in the runner-up department: we wish this weren’t red.)

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Calvin Klein Belted Ponte Dress

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What, you don’t enter every boardroom and assume this stance?  Modeling aside, we like the dress — it’s a ponte knit, which we like because it holds its shape without wrinkling and can oftentimes be washed on the delicate cycle.  We also lurve the crosshatch pattern, as well as the nice high neckline with the pleat details.  It’s $119 at Dillards in sizes 4-16.  Calvin Klein Belted Ponte Dress

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How to Wear Jeans to the Office on Jeans Friday

jeans Friday2017 Update: I still stand by this basic advice on how to wear jeans to the office on Jeans Friday — but you may want to check out our latest discussion on what tops to wear with jeans to the office.

We’ve heard from a few readers about their offices allowing jeans to be worn on Fridays.  As one reader put it, “I am a bit confused, however, about what type of shirt/top I should wear with the jeans.”

It’s an interesting dilemma — on the one hand, yay jeans!  You feel more comfortable, you can go out after work, and jeans need to be washed less than a lot of trousers.  On the other hand — yay, sartorial conundrum.

Pictured: These bootcut jeans from Gap are now sold out! You may want to check out our 2017 discussion on the most-loved denim at Nordstrom.

My initial thoughts on how to wear jeans to the office on Jeans Friday are thus: [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Classiques Entier Belted Boiled Wool Jacket

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We like this simple boiled wool jacket from Nordstrom.  The boiled wool will hold its shape better than other sweater-y type fabrics, and the purple color strikes us as very flattering.  We’d throw it on top of a sheath dress, or perhaps combine with a pair of gray trousers and a black tee, with a brooch on that lovely folded collar.  It’s $228 at Nordstrom.com in sizes XS to XL.   Classiques Entier Belted Boiled Wool Jacket

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Reader Mail: Are colored tights ever conservative enough?

Are Colored Tights Ever Conservative Enough for Work? | CorporetteToday’s question is an interesting corollary to Thursday’s discussion on opaque tights…

For the fall, can you rock colored opaque tights (subdued forest green or burgundy) in with an otherwise conservative skirt suit/sheath dress? I work in a tech firm where only the business unit, which I’m not in, fully suits up. Problem is, there are so few women in the company and offices so scattered I can’t take cues from my female coworkers. Any thoughts?

This is interesting, as we were just drooling over the Ferragamo ad (pictured) while flipping through Harper’s Bazaar.

There are a few different ways to wear colored tights, obviously.  There’s the look above — head to toe color —  which, on the Ferragamo models, looks oh so chic and fashion-otherwordly, but in real life has a tendency to look like a bad ’80s movie.  There’s the “layered” look — wearing a lot of colors, amongst them colored tights; for example, a gray skirt, yellow tights, purple blouse.  There’s the “mod” look, wearing a loose-fitting, fairly drab dress (for some reason, the more potato-sacky the better) that is a few inches above the knees with a shock of color in the tights.  And there’s the “matchy” look, meant to elongate the legs, such as wearing an army green wool skirt with matching army green tights.

We’ve tried all of these looks and, honestly, for us, not many of them work for the office.  The mod look works well on the weekends, particularly if you’re going to be very active because you can wear flat-heeled boots, opaque tights, and be quite comfortable, stylish, and covered.  The other looks tend to look too clownish or odd.  But maybe that’s just us.  If you decide to try any of the looks, start conservative; for example, wear a pair of navy tights with a gray skirt and a black sweater and see how you feel that day.

Readers, what do you think — have you found a way to wear colored tights for the office?

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Furla’s Satchel

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Furla Handbags - B9o1bl41qmv (Agata) - Bags and LuggageOooo – lovely satchel from Furla.  We love the way the leather is folded, the fact that is has feet, and the size — at 15.5″x7″x12″ it’s big enough for a letter-sized notepad and a novel, but not so big that you look like you’re carrying an overnight bag.  The caramel color speaks to us, also — we’d wear it with browns and blacks in the fall, and with white and pastels in the spring.  It’s $599 at Zappos Couture.  Furla Handbags – B9o1bl41qmv (Agata) – Bags and Luggage

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