Thursday’s TPS Report: White House|Black Market’s Colorblocked Day 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.

27Sigh… we are seriously loving this dress from White House|Black Market. The silhouette reminds us of much more expensive dresses — David Meister and Black Halo on one end, Rouland Mouret on another — yet it’s somehow much more ladylike and less sexy than any of those designers. Gorgeous, gorgeous. And it’s marked from $148 to $79 — sold, American. Colorblocked Day Dress

Suit of the Week

Pique Dress & Jacket SetFor 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.

This week’s Suit of the Week is the lovely Albert Nipon pique dress and jacket, currently on sale at Neiman Marcus.  We like the fact that it’s cotton and very breathable in the summer — yet because of the texture of the pique knit, wrinkles are less noticeable.  It’s ladylike, but is just as appropriate at an office as it is a socialite’s luncheon.  It’s priced at $209 for the set (was $298).  Pique Dress & Jacket Set

Deal Alert — eDressMe Sale

eDressMe.com is having sales of up to 90% off dresses. We’re definitely in what we call “lucky size” territory here, but it’s worth a look. Check out evening dresses such as the one at left, as well as office-appropriate dresses — some marked as low as $50.  One Shoulder Evening Gowns by Flip, pictured in white but available only in black size 12 —  was $198, now $99.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Ellen Tracy Stretch Wool Skirt

2018 Update: Gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018? Early access starts July 12, 2018 and the sale opens to the public on July 20, 2018 — sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond! (You can check out some of our more recent Nordstrom sale picks here!)

The below content is about the 2009 Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.

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.

25Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale has begun, and there are some great pieces to be had at great prices (although it does seem like a lot of sizes are under-represented). For today’s TPS, we’re liking this beautiful, ladylike, comfortable skirt from Ellen Tracy — how perfect to tuck in silk blouses (or wear with a bodysuit); we’d also wear it with a cropped blazer or perhaps a wrap if we were cold. Was $248, now $147 with the sale at Nordstrom’s. Ellen Tracy Stretch Wool Skirt

Open Thread — Ponytails at the Office: Yea or Nay?

ponytails at the office2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on whether ponytails count as professional hairstyles

Recently, we were watching the trailer for the new Sandra Bullock movie, The Proposal, and were struck by the fact that, yet again, Hollywood portrays a savvy business woman wearing a high ponytail.  Which brought up a few questions in our minds — are high ponytails appropriate?  What about low ponytails?  Sweet Hot Justice amusingly called it a “welfare-mother ponytail,” and we’ve heard of some girls who have a limit on the number of days a week they can wear a low ponytail at the office — yet another, curly-haired friend of ours said she felt it made her hair look neater than if she wore it loose and always wears a ponytail.  Similarly, some of our friends insist a low ponytail makes them look older and more professional, while other friends worry the ponytail makes them look younger.

For our $.02, our dislike of the high ponytail has always been more about comfort — the elastic always starts to make our head and our hair hurt after a while.  Also, that’s our general look when we work out, which makes it seem too… depressing, given that working, working out, and sleeping are the main things we do, with a few nights of “going out” thrown into the mix, as well.

ponytails-officeAs for the low ponytail, we have no problems with it.  It’s certainly our look of choice after the secretaries have left for the day and we’re settling in for a long night of work (that or a very messy bun) — but that said, as long as the ponytail is neat we see no reason why women can’t wear it as part of their working wardrobe.  Personally, both as a way to deal with layers and as a way to add some volume to the look, we’ve been a fan of what we’ve always thought of as a half-Gibson Girl ponytail, twisting the hair back around itself, as better explained in this YouTube video by xFLYNNIEx (end look pictured at right).  But then we worry that we’ve looked a bit like John Adams or something .  (We’ve worn it with the ponytail in the back, not to the side, as she does.)

What do you guys think?  Are ponytails acceptable? Should there be a limit on days, or on timing that you wear it?  Is there an age limit on certain styles, in one direction or the other?  Are there any comfortable elastics you use?  What about the side ponytail — they’re definitely coming back.  Is it inappropriate to be worn at an office where people inevitably have actual memories of the ’80s? (Should we run a poll on this? Let us know in comments.)

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Stuart Weitzman’s Muse

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.

Stuart Weitzman – Muse (Bruciato Quasar Patent) – FootwearWe’re loving this gorgeous camel/bronze pump from Stuart Weitzman — the slight platform in no way offends office sensibility, but combine that with the already lowish heel height (2.75″) and you get a wearable, gorgeous, professional shoe. We’d wear it with white or brown trousers, or pretty much any color of dress. It’s on sale at Zappos — was $298, now $238. Stuart Weitzman – Muse (Bruciato Quasar Patent)