Poll: Are silk dresses appropriate for the office?

silk-dresses-for-workSome have raised doubts about our TPS reports that feature a silk dress. We think the concerns come from the fact that some cheaper silks can be almost sheer — they can show VPLs; they show sweat like nobody’s business; they wrinkle easily; there are static electricity problems if you’re wearing hose. (To which we say: avoid the cheapest silk — avoid buying clothes at stores that target teenagers and others who like disposable fashion (H&M, Forever 21, etc, etc).)  Even then, a lot of these problems can be solved with a slip and properly-fitting undergarments.  Picture at left:  silks, originally uploaded to Flickr by larry&flo.

But that’s just our $.02 — what do you think, guys?
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Wednesday’s TPS Report: What Comes Around Goes Around Meridian Silk Dress in Black

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.

Meridian Silk Dress in BlackWe like this vintage-inspired silk dress* from What Comes Around Goes Around.  The diamond print pattern would be a bit busy (and a bit too ’70s) on any other color, but it works on black; we also like the two pleats running down the front of the skirt — ladylike yet different.  Even better:  it’s on sale at RevolveClothing.com for $150 (was $375).   What Comes Around Goes Around Meridian Silk Dress in Black

* We know we’ve had some debates in comments about whether silk dresses are appropriate for the office — we’ll run a poll later today on just that topic.

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Ralph Lauren Black Label Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

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.

Ralph Lauren Black Label Cashmere Crewneck SweaterNothing’s better than a lux basic, on sale.  This lovely cashmere crewneck in a youthful blue is down to $212.50 at the Saks sale (was $425).  Use code SPRGIFT9 at checkout to get a giftcard worth $25 (if you spend between $250 and $450) up to $450 (if ou spend more than $3K). Ralph Lauren Black Label Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Reader Mailbag: Golf Clothing for a Newbie

golf clothing for a newbie2017 Update: Links have been updated below on this post about golf clothing for a newbie; you can also check out our latest discussion of what to wear to a work-related golf event.

The summer golf outing thrown by your company or firm can be one of the trickiest for women professionals. Are they still great networking opportunities for young women? You betcha. Here’s the request from someone desperate for golf clothing for a newbie:

Would love to hear suggestions on what a young female associate who has never stepped foot on a golf course should wear to a corporate or firm golf event.

Okay, here’s an admission: we are totally wimps when it comes to golf. Thus, we had to call in a girlfriend who’s a golfer, a fashionista, and an MBA to boot. At our friend’s request, we asked for more information, and it turns out our intrepid reader is attending a golf scramble. (Our friend’s initial response: She has no prior experience and she’s in a scramble? This has humiliation written all over it.) Below, our friend’s advice in blue. (Picture at left: Grand Cayman Golf, originally uploaded to Flickr by Fevi in Cayman.)

First, I’d recommend some time with a golf pro. Try calling the club or a driving range to find such a pro — group lessons are always cheaper, but a good price range to expect to pay is about $100/hour. Take a few lessons to get comfortable with the clubs, golf terminology and etiquette (very important). You will probably rent or borrow clubs; sharing with another player is frowned upon. If your lessons get you hooked on golf, by all means discuss investing in a set of your own with the pro, he will have some sound advice. In addition, a beginner set will not set you back too much. You’ll also need to select some balls and tees (buy extra – they are easily lost). [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Sigerson Morrison’s Purple Pumps

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.
Sigerson Morrison - Sm9188 (Purple) - Footwear
Our love of purple shoes is well documented, and even though it’s late in the season we would still buy these purple suede shoes, on sale right now at Zappos. (The black pair is also on sale, and amazingly they’re still available in a lot of sizes.) We like the delicate starburst pattern on the vamp of the shoe, and the hint of toe cleavage. They’d be perfect for an outfit based in black, navy or gray, and we’d wear them with pretty much any other color for accent (blue or red if you want to be more traditional, green or yellow if you want to take more of a risk.) They were $499; now on sale for $268. Sigerson Morrison – Sm9188 (Purple) – Footwear

Weekly Roundup

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– Lots of blazer news this week: SheFinds gives you advice on what to wear with a blazer.  Meanwhile, other outlets are on to NEXT season’s trend (apparently) — blazers with very, very strong shoulders. WhoWhatWear advises how to wear it, while Fashionista wonders whether Mary-Kate Olsen or Anna Della Russo (fashion director at large for Vogue Nippon) wore a strong-shouldered Balmain dress better.  (And, hello! The jacket pictured at left — by Aryn K — is only $82.)

Forbes advises how to date when you work all the time.  (See our own dating advice here!)

– We thought we’d alert you to this series by Patricia Handschiegel over on The Huffington Post — she’s been writing about various aspects of the new “power girls” — the latest is all about how they like to discuss business over meals or drinks.  [TheHuffPo]  Meanwhile, The Glass Hammer is reporting that more women business owners are turning to coffee dates in this economy. [The Glass Hammer]

– Finally:  The Daily Obsession raves about a new apparatus for your hair, The Clever Clip.  We’ve already ordered a set and will let you know how it goes! [The Daily Obsession]

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