Wednesday’s TPS Report: Black Cowl Neck Dress by Kate

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

We like this organic cotton dress from eDressMe.com — the high neckline, the cap sleeves, the knee-length skirt — all very acceptable for work, but with the comfort (and sense of well-being) one gets from wearing organic cotton. A cowl neck can be slightly hard to accessorize with; we’d wear it with a colorful wrap if we were cold, small earrings, and a non-jangly bracelet. It’s on sale, too — 20% off for Mother’s Day. It’s now $144 (was $180). Black Cowl Neck Dresses by Kate

Open Thread: How Doable is the Untucked Shirt with Jacket?

untucked shirt with jacketWe nearly posted this jacket at left for our TPS of the day, until we noticed the hideous buttons (seriously, they’re hids; check ’em out).  But it raised another question for us:  how doable is this look for the office?  Namely, the cropped jacket/cardigan with the untucked/tunic/long tank.  There are a variety of looks possible here — the too-short dress worn with pants, the blousy tunic, an untucked blouse, the fitted tank/sweater that happens to hit past the hips — as well as shrunken blazers, shrugs,

For our $.02: we’ve kind of always presumed it to be completely acceptable for a “business as usual” day — not reserved for casual Fridays, but not the outfit to sport the day you meet the new CEO.  The look is modern — people really weren’t doing this, say, 20 years ago — yet old at the same time (we seem to recall a fairly iconic image of Coco Chanel sporting a similar look).  We’d only wear the look as separates — say gray pinstriped slacks, a purple longish tunic, and perhaps a navy cropped jacket or sweater.

We normally do this sort of thing as a poll, but we thought we’d try an open thread today — please weigh in and let us know what your thoughts are on the look being acceptable or not for the office. Are we wrong? Is this look not doable for the office?  Are only some variations of the look doable for the office (blazer-like cardigan or shrunken jacket yes, but shrug no? fitted tank yes, but too-long dress no?)  (Or, do you only wear cropped jackets with dresses?)

Tuesday’s TPS Report: L.A.M.B. ‘Candy Stripe’ Stretch Twill Blazer

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

L.A.M.B. ‘Candy Stripe’ Stretch Twill BlazerWe’re loving this stretch twill blazer as a great summer staple. First, the creamy hue — great with almost any color (although if we were to wear it with black we’d throw in some color accents, even if the accents are just gray). It’s stretch twill — comfy and sturdy! — and will keep its shape throughout the summer. Finally, the details on it are sophisticated but interesting: the wide curve of the shawl collar, the fact that the lapels end in forked accents, and the seaming throughout. Gorgeous! Available at Nordstrom for $265. L.A.M.B. ‘Candy Stripe’ Stretch Twill Blazer

Reader Mail: What to Wear to a Sailing Event in Mid-May?

what to wear sailingToday’s reader mail has us totally stumped… readers, please weigh in:

I now have my own professional wardrobe crisis – what does one wear to a corporate sailing event? It is in New England, in mid May so will still be chilly. And they have specifically mentioned we must have boat shoes – sneakers or sandals are forbidden. I’m a manager in my early 40’s, what do I wear to look stylish and professional but appropriately sporty? Can I go with some nice golfwear? Help!

Why must companies choose these inevitably awkward events?  This is the kind of event that seems destined to make the one person there who knows about sailing look like a genius, and everyone else either clumsy and uncoordinated (if you try to help and have no idea how) or lazy and entitled (if you try to just enjoy the sail).  Le sigh.  Thoreau once said to beware of all enterprises that required new clothes; we might amend that for companies that they should beware of all enterprises that require new shoes.  The best advice we can offer you is to call the marina or port and find out what you should wear, exactly. (Pictured: Sailing just off Manatee Public Beach, originally uploaded to Flickr by larry_ami.) [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce Handbag

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce HandbagWe’re loving this feminine yet practical handbag from Antoinette Lee — it’s surprisingly large (14″x11″x4″) and the chain detaches, meaning you can go for the look of an oversized clutch (how Rosalind Russel of you!) or for a swinging handbag. We’re liking the yellow this morning, but it’s also available in a more subdued black or white, as well as more rock-and-roll type combinations with mixed leather (like, say, the black and gold leather combo). Pricewise, it’s not bad for an up-and-coming designer: $374 at Couture Candy. Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce Handbag

Weekly Roundup

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2– One of our favorite fashion blogs has a new monthly feature:  editorial items under $50.  Fun!  [The Daily Obsession]

– Very interesting profile of the current White House social secretary:  the stylish Desiree Rogers, descendant of a voodoo priestess with unparalleled connections in Washington.  [WSJ Magazine]  Incidentally:  The Obamas have a Flickr account? Awesome.  [The Daily Obsession]

– The sisterhood of female lawyers:  will it crumble as more women become bosses?  [WSJ Law Blog]  Similarly: is the recession good for female lawyers? [Above the Law]

– Does Wall Street prefer women CFOs? [The Glass Hammer]

– How to find the right CD or money market account. [Get Rich Slowly]

– Mmmn: gummy bears that are good for your skin.  [Makeup Loves Me]

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