The Hunt: Black Cardigans

shrunken SIMONE CARDIGANSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

It’s boring but basic: the black winter cardigan. Whether you prefer them as part of a twinset, worn buttoned up beneath blazers, layered on top of button-fronts, worn open over dresses, or belted over skirts, there are a ton of ways to wear the basic cardigan sweater. Readers, where is your favorite cardigan from? Have you gotten any great deals recently? [Read more…]

Coffee Break – Stitched Hobo

Today’s item is definitely a splurge — but for anyone out there looking for it: hello, Bottega Veneta. I’ve been drooling over this stitched hobo for a few weeks now — love that grained leather look, and something about the short braided strap (it’s 6″) really appeals to me. It’s (gulp) $3,680 at Barney’s New York. Bottega Veneta Stitched Hobo

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Contrast Lined Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Donna Karan New York Contrast Lined DressHappy Monday! I’m digging this simple black dress from Donna Karan New York. As always, I’m particularly fond of the details — the red and white contrast trim at the cuffs and hem. The bones of the dress look great too, especially considering that elbow-length sleeves are hard to find. The dress is $1,295 at Bloomingdale’s. Donna Karan New York Contrast Lined Dress

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Coffee Break – Salena Suede Caged Platform Pumps

Salena Suede Caged Platform PumpsTalbots has recently added a number of good-looking pumps to their sale section, and the prices are pretty good. I’m liking this slightly spicy “caged” platform pump, but there are a number of more conservative styles on sale as well.  Most prices are under $100 — these are marked from $149 down to $44.39 (final sale, alas).  Salena Suede Caged Platform Pumps

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Short Sleeve Knit Dress

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BOSS Black Short Sleeve Knit DressI know no one’s shopping for themselves right now, but I gotta say: there are some great sales going on. For example, this lovely dress from BOSS Black looks like a great dress. Love the twist detail at the shoulder, as well as the short sleeves and the ladylike length. It was $475, but is now marked to $236 at Nordstrom. BOSS Black Short Sleeve Knit Dress

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Rolled-Trim Blazer

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Rolled-Trim BlazerI’m intrigued with this blazer by Helmut Lang. From far away: it’s your classic black wool jersey blazer; perhaps a bit on the boxy side. But up close: I’m digging the interesting rolled hem. It’s $595 at Bergdorf Goodman. Rolled-Trim Blazer

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