Coffee Break: Leather Belt

Halogen Leather Belt | CorporetteI read a long time ago that a 1″ belt is considered the “classic” belt size for women, and while the skinny belt has had its place, for trousers sometimes a 1″ belt really is the best. This simple little Halogen belt looks simple, unobtrusive, and well made; it comes in 6 colors (including “clay beige,” pictured), and is $36. Huzzah. (Note that no, you don’t have to wear belts — but I do think if you’re tucking your blouse in and your pant has belt loops, a belt is a nice touch.) Those of you who wear belts: which are your favorite, classic belts? Halogen® Leather Belt

Here’s a lower-priced belt and two plus-size alternatives (here and here).

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Striped Ponte Blazer

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Striped Merona Ponte BlazerFunny, funny: I always think I don’t like stripes, but I apparently do like striped blazers — I keep coming back to the Old Navy one from last year, which is still available (right now only in XXL, but keep checking — I haven’t been stalking it, but I feel like they’ve been refreshing the inventory on it frequently).  Another entry in the category, though: reader favorite, the Merona Tailored Ponte Blazer from Target — now in not one but two striped versions.  I’ve featured the black and gray, but there’s a springier navy and white one as well. It’s available in sizes XS-XXL for $29.95.  Striped Merona Ponte Blazer

2017 Update: We’re adding this blazer to our Workwear Hall of Fame! It keeps coming out in more colors and getting rave reviews. Target has them in regular, petite, and plus sizes, sometimes priced as low as $9.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: 3/4 Sleeve Ponte Shift Dress

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Lands' End Ponte Shift DressLands’ End has been taking readers’ favorite Welt Pocket Sheath, and running with it — here they’ve added three-quarter sleeves and grosgrain trim; they also have versions with ballet sleeves, embellishments like lace, embroidery and ruffles, and different patterns and fabrics.  (The original solid dress is on a great sale — $34 right now. Actually, looking around the site, there are a ton of dresses under $40.)  I’m not usually a fan of nautical designs, but I think this version of the sheath looks elegant and versatile.  It’s $79, and available in regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes; it has slant pockets and is machine washable.  Lands’ End 3/4 Sleeve Ponte Shift Dress

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Side Pleat Sheath Dress

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Adrianna Papell Side Pleat Sheath DressOooh — love this promising sheath dress from Adrianna Papell. The jewel neck plus steep, deep V is super flattering, as are the side ruching and cap sleeves. The neckline, while lovely, presents a bit of a challenge: what necklace to wear with it? I still like a brooch with this kind of look, or I think 16″ or 18″ pearls would look great — but a more modern take might be some delicate, layered pendant necklaces. Ladies, how would you accessorize the dress? It’s available in navy and red, in regular and petite sizes, at Nordstrom for $118. Adrianna Papell Side Pleat Sheath Dress

2017 Update: We’re adding this dress to our Workwear Hall of Fame because after two years it keeps coming out in more colors, as well as different fabrics and sleeve lengths, and getting rave reviews. Nordstrom has a number of options in regular and plus sizes, but occasionally Amazon has the dress as well, sometimes as low as $45. Note that some versions are a matte crepe, and some are a shinier jacquard — there are also floral prints as well — so keep an eye on whether the fabric for the dress is right for your office before you buy.

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Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Big Event Sale

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2018 Update: Looking for our picks from the Shopbop Sale of 2018? Check them out right here.

I believe ShopBop has this huge tiered sale twice a year — it’s a big deal because it includes so many things that don’t often go on sale. So here are the details: use code BIGEVENT15 to get 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $1K+.  The only brand that is excluded is Stuart Weitzman, at least as far as I can tell, so you can really clean up on some great accessories brands, including Ferragamo, LK Bennett, Rebecca MinkoffTory Burch, Kate Spade, Hunter, MZ Wallace, vintage Vuitton, and Michael Michael Kors’ Jet Set collection. (I particularly love their jewelry collection — it’s always hip and interesting.) Note that because ShopBop is owned by Amazon, Prime shipping is available (they have a general 3-day free shipping policy though); returns are free.  The sale ends March 7.

Some of my favorite pieces for work and the weekend are below; a few general brands to look for include Diane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, Equipment, and Smythe.  For the weekend, great selection of denim from Rag and BoneFrame, and Current/Elliott.

Ladies, what are your favorites? Any classics you’ll be grabbing at the sale, or are you drawn to the trendier things at ShopBop?

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Wool Color Block Cap Sleeve Dress

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Brooks Brothers Wool Color Block Cap Sleeve DressHappy Tuesday! I love this blue and black colorblocked dress from Brooks Brothers — it looks chic but professional, and the blue is such a happy, bright color. I’d wear it with a black or gray cardigan or blazer, and if I wanted to have fun with it, try it with a yellow statement necklace (like this, this, or this). The dress is $298 at Brooks Brothers.Brooks Brothers Wool Color Block Cap Sleeve Dress

Here’s a pretty dead-on $79 option (and two more), and here are a few plus-size options (note that this one goes up to size 18).

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