Coffee Break: Double Drop Pendant Necklace

Panacea Double Drop Pendant NecklaceLast Call has a nice sale going on right now on accessories, including tons of great office-appropriate jewelry from brand Panacea (also sold at Nordstrom, fwiw). I like a lot of the pieces, but my favorite is this long pendant necklace with large white stones — it’s the kind of thing I’d wear with sheath dresses, turtlenecks, boatnecks and more all season long.  The pendant was $65 but is now $31. Panacea Double Drop Pendant Necklace

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The Hunt: Strappy Pumps for Work

strappy heels for work2017 Update: We still think these are really cute strappy pumps for work, but you may want to check out our latest roundup of Sleek Strappy Pumps for the Office.

Sure, 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.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I find classic pumps challenging in tights (damn my narrow heels!). As the weather gets colder, though — particularly if you’re commuting in rain boots or snow boots — tights become more practical. My way of dealing with this has always been to keep strappy pumps at the office. They’ve become some of my favorite shoes over the years because I find them much easier to walk in. We haven’t talked about strappy pumps in almost a while, though, so let’s discuss… Readers, what shoes do you wear with tights in the winter? Are you a fan of strappy pumps for this purpose — or do you prefer to wear booties and shooties? Bought any great ones recently?

First, a round up of some broad categories (most links, unless otherwise obvious, go to Nordstrom or Zappos):

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Frugal Friday: Painterly Top

Loft Painterly Top | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This top caught my eye a week or so ago and I’ve kind of been thinking about it ever since — love the mix of colors and the movement to the print. I really, really wish it were not “dry clean only,” but there you go. It was $54.50 full price, but is marked to $44; use code FALLYALL to get 40% off at checkout and snag it for $26. In fact, right now everything at Loft is 40% off with that code. Loft Painterly Top

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: ‘My Byline of Work’ Dress

ModCloth My Byline of Work Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This dress also comes in black, but there are customer pictures of themselves in the dresses in the red, so that’s the one I’m pointing you to first.  (Can I just say how much I love real women uploading pictures of themselves in their dresses? I think Rent the Runway started it, and ModCloth, which is where this dress is from, also encourages it.) As for the dress, I like the tiny flounce at the bottom, the scoop neck, and — hold the phone — it has pockets and is machine washable. To top it off, the dress is only $89, which automatically gets you free shipping (over $75). The dress is available in sizes XS-3x (and up to 4X in black). (If you’re new, upon signup you instantly get a code for $20 off a purchase of $100+ — if you need a little help getting over the $100 minimum: this $20 belt is highly rated and looks really cute, or I’ve heard great things from readers about this cardigan.) ModCloth ‘My Byline of Work’ Dress

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Suit of the Week: J.Crew

jcrew campbell suitFor 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

J.Crew has been really excited (if their email list is any indication, at least) about their new seasonless suit: the Campbell suit. It’s a good looking, classic suit — and (dun dun dunnnh) it’s on sale today: 30% off with code DAYTHREE. (I think they’re having daily, online-only sales on select merchandise; luckily for us the Campbell suit is part of today’s sale. Shipping is also free.) The pinstriped versions (charcoal and navy) and sold wool versions (blazer, pants) are on sale; the stretch wool blazer is sadly not part of the sale.  The blazer (Campbell Blazer in Pinstripe Super 120s Wool) is $248 regular price; with the sale it comes to $174. The pants (Campbell Trouser in Pinstripe Super 120s Wool) is $148 full price; $104 after the sale. Both pieces are available in tall, petite, and regular sizes 000-16.

This plus-sized herringbone suit is also newly marked down as part of the Nordstrom sale — love it.  (For more plus-sized picks from the sale, check our plus-size workwear page later today (or sign up for the newsletter to be notified of when we post our picks!).

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Deal Alert Part 2: Shoes, Bags, and More at the Secret Nordstrom Sale

secret-nordstrom-sale-shoesI rounded up my workwear picks that have been newly added to the Nordstrom sale earlier today, and then hit the shoes.  The sales aren’t as steep (sigh), but the selection is pretty great — almost all of the shoes pictured below have a TON of sizes left.  I didn’t see much I loved by way of bags, but a few cute accessories are also in the mix.  (For beauty, if you like the brand Napoleon Perdis, there’s a ton on sale — I’ve never tried it but a lot of it looks nice.)

My top picks, after the jump…

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