Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Aquascutum Laural kimono dress

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.

Aquascutum Laural kimono dressYowza. The architectural arms… the draped chiffon top… the high wool pencil skirt… le sigh. Today’s splurge is the kimono dress from Aquascutum,* available exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com. We love how it’s fashion forward, without being inappropriate or in-your-face fashionista. We’d accesorize this baby with high heels — colorful ones in purple or red if you wanted — and perhaps a resin or plastic bangle bracelet, to match or contrast with the shoes, worn high on the forearm. Priced at $1,150. Aquascutum Laural kimono dress

* We were going to make some snide comment about the crazy names those hipster kids are coming up with today — but, color us ignorant: Aquascutum is a “quintessential British” brand that has been around a long, long time. (All this really means is that you and Cary Grant were probably snickering at the same name.)

Weekly Roundup

post-it notesLiking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

  • Jeri rounds up some seriously cute post-it notes. [Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News] (Our $.02: We wouldn’t recommend handing your boss a Post-It note with, say, a squirrel on it. But if you’re just writing notes for yourself, knock yourself out. Otherwise, you may want to limit yourself to private fun, like the Post-It dispenser at right.)
  • Have you found yourself being derailed by other women in the office? [WSJ: The Juggle]
  • 10 Financial Commandments for your 30s. [Kiplinger] (Click here if you’re still in your twenties!)
  • A new Blackberry is designed to be easier on your thumbs. [WSJ]
  • A lot is written about women’s workplace fashion gaffes — it seems rarer to hear about men’s. Accordingly, it’s very interesting to see MSM weigh in on our new president’s fashion sense at the office. [Racked] The NYT article at the heart of the Racked piece is well worth a read — very interest to compare and contrast Bush and Obama’s work styles. [NYT]
  • Finally: we’re officially members of the Sarah Haskins fan club with her latest “Target: Women” piece, on Ann Curry. [Current.com] (Actually — IS there an official fan club yet? We must check Facebook.)

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Old Navy Camisoles

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.

old navy camisolesOld Navy is having some great sales right now: the clearance section, for starters, is 50% off with code HALFOFF. (If you’re an outdoor runner, be sure to check out their fleece pullovers in the bargain section — great for layering.) In the non-clearance section, there are a number of great basics, both for work and for the weekend, such as these lovely camisoles. Regularly $8, they’re now $5 each if you buy two. We’ve spoken of their camisoles before, but briefly: they’re simple and thin for when you want something to wear under a button-down (lest the buttons gape), they’re great beneath sweaters when you want a slightly smoother line without the discomfort of a Spanx-like apparatus, and they’re great when you’re wearing a dress or shirt that is just a bit too low cut. We particularly like the blue shades for this last purpose — if you’re trying to raise the neckline of a blue dress you all too often have to resort to white (or purple or green or some other non-blue color) because it’s too hard to find something to match; we like that the Dark Night and Dark Sea Blue camisoles a) increase your chances of getting a match and b) even if it doesn’t match, it’ll look better than white. Women: Women’s Basic Camis – Dark Night

Psst: check out our more recent articles about the best camisoles for work!

Also check out:

  • Women: Women’s Basic Camis – Dark Sea Blue
  • Women: Women’s Micro Performance Fleece V-Neck Pullovers – Ireland

Poll Results: Politics and the Office

politics and officeAbout a week ago, we asked you a fairly belated question: are politics still taboo at the office? As always, the poll is still open, but the preliminary results are in:

  • 32% of you said that you try to avoid starting conversations about politics, but you speak your minds when you find yourself in such a conversation
  • 9% took the path of least resistance and either remained silent or agreed with whoever had started the conversation, in order to expedite the end of the conversation
  • 3% said you speak your mind whenever and wherever you choose
  • 3% said you actively remind people NOT to talk about politics in the office

But the biggest number of you — 50% — said that your answer depends on who else is a party to the conversation. We interpret this to mean that you may be more willing to start a conversation among colleagues on your level, but also that you may end up taking the path of least resistance if the situation calls for it.

One commenter questioned, conversations aside, what about political apparel (pins, t-shirts) and office decor? This is a very interesting question and one we may have to save for a later poll — our $.02 is that, for office decor, political banners and posters should be with your personal pictures and inside jokes: in a spot in your office that you view the most, and NOT one your visitors or passers-by view often.

We also asked about which sources you relied upon for your political information — one person wrote in to laud blogs and radio, but without specifics. Bueller? … Bueller?…Bueller?

Some further reading:
Politics in the office: Worse than office politics [Fortune’s blog, The Gig]

Life’s Work: Talking Politics in the Office [NYT]

Photo credit, above: watching the inauguration at the office, originally uploaded to Flickr by Chris Radcliff

Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers Widestripe Wool

Unintentionally, today is a Brooks Brothers kind of a day. We like this wool suit (super 110s) and its unusual wide stripe pattern — it’s distinctive yet traditional at the same time. The Widestripe Wool Three-Button Jacket is available for $398, the Widestripe Wool Skirt is $188, and there are two kinds of matching pants — the Widestripe Wool Catherine™ Trousers ($238) have a slimmer fit, a plain front, and a contoured waistband; meanwhile, the Widestripe Wool Trousers (also $238) have a wider fit (but also a plain front and contoured waistband).

brooks brothers skirt suit

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Brooks Brothers’ Cashmere Twinset

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.

Brooks Brothers Cashmere CardiganOk, stick with us here — we know the picture at right is a bit frumpy. But: we present you with a Brooks Brothers Italian cashmere sweater set, available in many sizes in white (camel as well), deeply discounted. (The cardigan was $248; now $99. The shell was $188, now $75.) We suggest buying the pair. As a twinset, winter white is all the rage; you can also wear it to spring indoor affairs where you’re not quite sure if the AC will be blaring prematurely. The shell can be worn year-round — we suggest layering it on top of a button-down shirt or blouse (particularly one that’s on the chiffon/see-through side); this academic look brings class and sophistication to an otherwise iffy blouse. And as for the cardigan — well, we don’t need to tell you how freezing offices can be in the summertime. A white cashmere cardigan can be the perfect office staple to go over any outfit. Available for $174 (together) at Brooks Brothers. Cashmere Cardigan & Cashmere Shell

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