Suit of the Week

This is a great basic suit for spring, summer, and fall — we love the double-edged collar, the darts for shaping, and the simple and clean skirt. The “acorn” color is a nice counterpart to white or pastel shirts in the spring and darker blues and blacks in the summer and fall. We’d even try it with a simple red t-shirt or blouse if we were feeling a bit saucy. The jacket is available at Dillards for $199 (Antonio Melani “Oceana” Jacket) and the skirt is available for $119 (Antonio Melani “Perch” Skirt).

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Tools of the Trade: Cute Office Supplies

cute office supplies2017 Update: I’m still using some of these Divoga binders (what, is that weird?) but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion of the best places to get cute office decor since a lot of these are sold out!

No doubt, your employer provides you with plenty of office supplies. Manilla folders galore — great for giving a report a nice crisp look when you give it to your superior. Plain yellow Post-Its, legal pads, Bic pens — it’s all great for meetings and other stuff you must turn in. But for the stuff you keep in your office for your own reference and filings, it makes sense to upgrade to something nicer (prettier), both to make specific folders easier to find and to brighten your own day when dealing with office drudgery. Along those lines, Office Max was kind enough to send us some of their “private label” supplies to review. [Read more…]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt

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.

DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt 2You cannot go wrong with basic black, and this is nearly a perfect summer dress for an office cocktail party.  The short sleeves give you coverage, while the wide v-neck adds some (ladylike) intrigue — and the on-seam pockets give you a place to stick your coatcheck stub or building pass.  We’d probably swap out the belt for something more luxurious, and perhaps accessorize with a brooch and some colorful pumps.  It’s $129 at Macy’s.  DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Nanette Lepore Joy Hunt Jacket

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.

Nanette Lepore Joy Hunt JacketWe love this jacket from Nanette Lepore.  The wooden buttons, the creamy white tweed, that peplum flounce… love it, love it, love it.  We’d wear it on top of sheath dresses primarily, but also with wide trousers.  We also love the price: it’s on sale from $495 (there’s a version that is a deep pink still at that price) to $294 at Nordstrom.   Nanette Lepore ‘Joy Hunt’ Jacket

Suits for Tall Girls

Reiss Maxine Suit2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on suits for tall women.

Last week we posted advice (as well as a call for readers’ advice) on where to buy suits if you’re petite.  In comments, people noted that it’s just as hard getting a proper suit if you’re tall.  As one reader put it:

We already know about BR, JCrew, and AT and Talbots carry some tall pants (but not tall jackets). I am hoping to hear of some cult labels. I know that being petite is not great in that you cannot find stuff that hits properly at the joints (particularly when pants are bootcut), but us tall ladies cannot create fabric out of none. That is to say, it’s very difficult to wear suits and look like Olive Oyl! Please help.

Well, they do say that the look of “floodies” is coming to suits in a big way this year, so perhaps you’ll naturally be stylish? (Pictured:  Maxine suit, available at Reiss for $144.) But seriously… As we have no suit-wearing friends who are very tall, we’ve begun our research on the Internet.  As the reader mentioned, lots of places do carry tall pants, and Benetton and Club Monaco get general raves from tall women for their pants.  There are some specialty shops out there, as well:

  • Tall Couture sells separates such as jackets
  • Moi-Même is a personal tailoring service that “was founded by a businesswoman who needed a few well-fitted women’s pant suits to wear while meeting with clients, but was simply too tall to fit into the pre-hemmed pants found at department and specialty stores.”

Readers, weigh in — where do you shop for suits if you’re on the taller side?

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: CC Skye Bardot Bag

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.

CC Skye Bardot BagFor this week’s splurge, we like this grained leather tote from CC Skye. The gold hardware is playful without being annoying or too blingy, and the structure is functional but chic. We also like that it can be worn over your shoulder or on your arm, as pictured. Available at Zappos for $701. CC SKYE – Bardot (Black) – Bags and Luggage