Coffee Break: Cassina Pointy Toe Pump

Vince Camuto Cassina Pointy Toe PumpYes, these iridescent pumps are a bit wild for work — but I would still wear them for casual days and have fun with them. THAT SAID: they also come in a fun beige texture (faux snakeskin?) and a black patent. I like the 3″ heel, the classic pointy toe, and the sale: the pump was $97, but is now on sale for $59. Vince Camuto Cassina Pointy Toe Pump

The Next Step: Professional Clothes

workwear next stepHow to Upgrade Your Work Wardrobe | CorporetteA lot of people know where to go for inexpensive professional clothes — and then they know the brands that celebrities wear.  But the middle ground can get confusing for people — particularly, how to step up your game when it comes to fashionable workwear.  We talked a few weeks about what the next step is for furniture (based on a commenting thread a while back), and this week I thought we’d talk about the spectrum for professional clothes. (Obviously, some of these brands could fit in multiple buckets — any big disagreements, though?)  Readers, where did you shop when you started your careers — or when you need budget pieces?  What was your next step, and the step after that, and the step after that? When did you notice a big change in quality?  Am I forgetting any brands?  What are your top 3 in each bucket? 

Bucket 1: Budget Fashion

  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Express
  • H&M
  • Loft
  • Modcloth
  • New York & Co.
  • Old Navy
  • Target
  • Zara

Bucket 2: Midlevel Fashion

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Dicoris Stripe Sheath Dress

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Boss Dicoris Stripe Sheath DressHappy Monday!  This sheath dress is amazing.  It’s your classic sheath dress… but with fun stripes.  But they’re flattering stripes, thanks to some colorblocking on the bodice!  And colors that are versatile enough that you can wear it with almost any color blazer or cardigan.  Love it.  The sheath dress is $695 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 2 through 14.   Boss Dicoris Stripe Sheath Dress

Here’s a less expensive option (also in plus) (fine, and this one), as well as another plus-size option.

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Weekend Open Thread

Paige Denim Indio Zip Detail Skinny JeansSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I suppose I truly am a child of the 80s… because all of the distressed denim making a comeback right now is totally calling my name. I love the look of these destructed skinny jeans from Paige Denim, on sale at Nordstrom. They were $229, but are now marked to $153. Paige Denim Indio Zip Detail Skinny Jeans

Here are two similar plus-size pairs, and a few less expensive pairs in regular sizes.

Weekly News Update

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  • Buzzfeed shows you how to tuck non-skinny jeans into boots — and 15 other ways to hack your outfits.
  • Fortune gives some examples of how some schools are improving aspects of their MBA programs with women in mind.
  • The New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog has networking tips for introverts, from an introvert.
  • GoGirl Finance shares the experience of a 24-year-old employee who got a big promotion to a managerial position and worked hard to earn the respect of her colleagues.
  • The Productivity Pro blog encourages you to take breaks, use your vacation time, and give yourself other chances to recharge. (Tell us: How realistic is that for you?)
  • Above the Law recounts a judge’s inappropriate comment to a female attorney during an oral argument session at Pace Law School (New York Appellate Division, Second Department) as well as the dean’s email to students about the comment and its larger context for women in law.
  • NPR speaks to a New York City litigator who, after being told by a partner that she had a very high voice, worked with a coach to make her voice and speech patterns sound more assertive.
  • You’ve probably heard the news about Apple and Facebook’s decisions to provide insurance coverage for women to freeze their eggsThe Daily Beast has a critical take on the much-discussed announcements, while Bloomberg Businessweek denies the existence of any “evil plot.” Other interesting commentary, from four women: an adoption and reproductive attorney writing for Forbes, a UK-based editor at The Telegraph and a U.S.-based one, and a geneticist writing for a Public Library of Science blog (plus, of course, The Onion).
  • Speaking of different points of view, here’s a roundup of opinions on Mrs. Clooney’s name change and the heated debate that it’s generated (e.g., is her decision anti-feminist?). Bustle, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Hoopla share various perspectives.
  • Above the Law founder and managing editor David Lat has written a novel called Supreme Ambitions that “details the rise of Audrey Coyne, a recent Yale Law School graduate who dreams of clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court someday.” The book, out in December, has already been getting great blurbs from the likes of Judge Richard Posner.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Cotton Knit Curved Waist Dress

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eShakti Cotton Knit Curved Waist DressI’ve yet to order a dress from eShakti, but this may be my first. I love the curved waist details in there, as well as the multiple colors offered (it’s pictured here in burgundy but also comes in cobalt and green), and has a TON of options for different necklines, different sleeve lengths and, yes, different hem lengths. It was $60, but is now marked to $42. Note that, like all other eShakti dresses, you can customize your bust, waist, and hip measurements; sizes go from XS-6X. Nice. Happy Friday! eShakti Cotton Knit Curved Waist Dress

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A few other droolworthy options (particularly considering their current “buy 2 get 1 free” offer: here, here, and here.