Thursday’s TPS Report: Ultimate Double Weave Wide Welt Columnist Pant

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ULTIMATE DOUBLE WEAVE WIDE WELT COLUMNIST PANT These pants come in 27 different colors.  27! Admittedly, eight of those are beige/brown (is “nude for you” pants the new thing? Does it bother anyone that you can more easily match your skin tone with a pair of pants than you can with most bras or shoes?) Anyway: if you’re looking for a fun way to try a new color with your working wardrobe, you might want to give these pants from Express a try. While they may not seem super versatile, I can think of at least three different outfits off the top of my head, just involving basics (although I think they’d also look fabulous with other colors):  1) Worn with a white button-front and a contrasting color statement necklace. 2) Worn with a gray cardigan, perhaps with a gray belt on top of it. 3) Worn with a black tee and a black blazer. Right now they are full price at $79.90, but if you buy one pair you get the second pair 50% off. ULTIMATE DOUBLE WEAVE WIDE WELT COLUMNIST PANT

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Sleek Fit Silk Shirt

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Sleek Fit Silk ShirtIf you’re a fan of Express’s fit, note that they have lots of blouses marked down right now — including this simple silk blouse. Love this color (“Fantasia blue”), but it also comes in ivory, black, and a super pale pink. It was $79.90, but is now marked to $47.94. Sleek Fit Silk Shirt

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What to do when your male boss tells you you dress “too well”

Essential Stretch Striped Shirt

2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to do if your male boss tells you you dress “too well” — you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of dressing better than your boss

Today’s reader question comes from a reader in a small, private firm on the East Coast…

I’ve been at my first job out of law school for 15 months. I’m 26 years old, but have a young face and often get asked if I’m an intern instead of an attorney. I am a litigator and I wear suits when I go to court, which is roughly twice a week.

Joking in the office one day, I mentioned to an Of Counsel with whom I am comfortable that I got the intern comment again. He said that, while I do have a young face, I dress “too well.” He said that I need to “be a little frumpier or dowdier.” That, while I dress well for a young, female professional, I dress TOO well for a young, female attorney. The analogy was made that I dress similarly to a middle aged male attorney who wears a blue pinstripe suit, blue shirt with the contrasting white collar and French cuff, cuff links, and a giant diamond pinky ring – just “a little too cheesy.”

Is the Of Counsel right? Do I need to wear silhouettes that are more boxy, as he also suggested? I want to be taken seriously as an attorney, but don’t see the reason to cater to ultra-conservative views on wardrobe when I would be uncomfortable in such things, as it is not my personal style.

(We’ve edited her e-mail for space; she also notes that she has a second job working at the local Express, and owns much of what is sold there; she attached the above blouse as an example.  Essential Stretch Striped Shirt, $49.50, Express.) [Read more…]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Mock-Neck Sweater

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Untitled pictureReader T writes in, raving about this sweater.  As she writes:

I’m sure that there are many out there who will turn their nose up at Express, but I have had always had good luck with their sweaters, including this mock turtleneck. I like the three quarter sleeve, the button detail on the sleeves, and it comes in such a variety of pretty colors. The fit is snug, but very flattering. I have the black one right now and am tempted to buy the Windsor blue, especially because they’re on sale now for $23.

We’re not that into mock-necks (not that flattering on us personally) but if we were, this looks like a great mock-neck — and for $23, it’s hard to go wrong. We love the Windsor blue (pictured). Mock-Neck Sweater
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