Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Belted Cigarette Pant

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These high-waisted, belted pants look really fabulous, and they’re an unusual orange color — it’s nice to see something different from Theory. They’re made from a blend of viscose/virgin wool/elastane and come in sizes 00–12. They’re $395 at Theory, and Nordstrom (who notes, “Unique sizing; use size chart”) has them in black for the same price. Belted Cigarette Pant

A few lower-priced options are here, here, and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this cardigan before, but if the national events (and international events) of the past couple of weeks make you want to cook some recipes from McSweeney’s Blue Apron parody while you hunker down to order emergency preparedness supplies recommended by The Sweethome, I must say that this is what you’ll want to do it in. It’s buttery soft and super nice, and it’s a great Netflix-binge-watch, order-emergency-water-tablets-on-Amazon type of cardigan. It’s also machine washable and tumble dry. The cardigan is $116 and comes in eight colors (including basic black, which was just added) in sizes XS-XL as well as plus sizesCozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan

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Weekly News Update

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  • The L.A. Times shares fall’s fashion trends for denim.
  • Ask a Manager says it is OK to wear the same workwear staple more than once a week, despite what a supervisor told her employee.
  • Racked shares how your hair care routine could help in the event of nuclear blast. Tip: skip the conditioner.
  • Fast Company profiles Anne Wojcicki, CEO of genetic testing company, 23andMe.
  • Fortune reports that, according to a Rand Corporation Survey that was conducted in 2015, 1 in 5 Americans work in a hostile or threatening office environment.
  • FindLaw explains why so many government attorneys are retiring.
  • The Cut reports that the White House is close to ending the rule that employers must offer health-insurance plans that include birth control.
  • The Cut also discusses the role of women in white supremacy movements, starting with the KKK in the 1920s.
  • Vulture offers some of Taylor Swift’s best responses from her sexual assault trial against a former radio host, which she won earlier this week.
  • The Atlantic provides a few pro-tips on how to photograph your surroundings during the solar eclipse on Monday.
  • Laugh of the Week: The New Yorker’s Borowitz report states that “a substantial number of Americans would leave their jobs, their homes, and even their families” to work for FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, “if that would help speed things up.”

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Classic Pique-Knit Blazer

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This blazer from Old Navy looks fabulous and is a very affordable, professor kind of look. It’s machine washable, too. Note from the reviews that it does fit differently than the ponte knit blazer (the one I was thinking of in our post on 5 Great Blazers Under $50). While you’re there, do check out this cute t-shirt dress at Gap, which would be great for a casual day or the weekend, and I’m also intrigued by this Tencel blazer at Gap, which is shapeless but would be crazy soft and does look cute as styled in the video. The pictured blazer (which, by the way, has a leopard-print lining) comes in regular and tall sizes through XXL as well as petites. Classic Pique-Knit Blazer

Here’s another very affordable blazer at Old Navy that’s available in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Kate Satchel

This bag from Steven Alan comes in both merlot and ink green, and I kind of love the latter color. The satchel itself is very ladylike, and it reminds me of bags we’ve featured that were in the four-digit range, although it’s a lot more affordable at $395. It has a top handle as well as a removable crossbody strap, and it comes with a dust bag. It’s a good-sized bag at 10.25″ x 12.5″ x 4.75″, so if you’re on the hunt for something that size, the bag is available at Shopbop, Steven Alan (in black), and Amazon, where there’s one left in tan, on sale. Nordstrom has the Kate backpack and mini backpack for $350-$395. Kate Satchel

Here are two lower-priced options.

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Open Thread: On Drinking Too Much, Jobs That Encourage Drinking, and Drinking Because of Job-Related Stress

women lawyers and drinkingDrinking and drug use can be a problem for anyone, but there have been a number of stories lately about how it’s particularly a problem for lawyers. (We’ve also talked in the past about how there are many high-achieving women who drink too much, too, and there was a great Medium post by Kristi Coulter last summer that explored the idea that “to be a modern, urbane women is to be a serious drinker.”) I asked Rebecca Berfanger to take a look into drinking advice for women lawyers and other professionals — what are the best tips out there for cutting back on your drinking? How can you navigate a culture of drinking — without getting sucked in? Readers: for those of you who have successfully moderated your drinking or stopped drinking entirely — what are your best tips? (For those of you who care to share — have you ever had a drug problem? What resources or tips do you recommend to other women in your situation?) For those of you who manage lifestyle and job-related stress in ways OTHER than drinking, what do you do instead to relax, take the edge off or “turn off work mode“? (Welcome back to Corporette®, Rebecca!) – Kat

Following a 2016 study by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the ABA reported that “21 percent of licensed, employed lawyers qualify as problem drinkers, 28 percent struggle with some level of depression and 19 percent demonstrate symptoms of anxiety.” The study also found that “younger attorneys in the first 10 years of practice exhibit the highest incidence of these problems.”

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