Coffee Break: One-Button Knit A-Line Coat

Vera Wang One-Button Knit A-Line Coat | CorporetteOooh: I love this knit A-line coat from Vera Wang Outerwear, which looks professional but feminine. That doesn’t sound like much to write home about, but finding a feminine, flattering coat that looks good on top of other stuff can be difficult — this coat, for example (which also comes in plus sizes), is amazing, but would probably only look good on top of skin-tight clothing like leggings. Anyhoo: love the Vera Wang coat, and at $450, it isn’t even that bad as far as coats go. Vera Wang Outerwear One-Button Knit A-Line Coat

Here are a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.

How to Organize Your Office

How to Organize Your Office | CorporetteLet’s talk about a subject near and dear to our hearts, ladies: how do you organize your office and your work (or otherwise get things done)? We’ve talked about cute office supplies, the best notebooks, planners, and office padfolios — as well as how to keep notes to CYA — but we haven’t talked about this directly.  Reader A wonders:

I would love to see more articles on the best ways to organize your work in the office, i.e., a folder with separate notes for each project or client v. one notebook for all meetings/projects, how to organize your day or to-do list, how to turn meeting notes into a to-do list, etc. I’d also love some suggestions on day planners, notebooks, and other office supplies.

Fun topic!  Personally, when I was a lawyer, I played around with having a single notebook per case, as well as having one notebook or notepad that I grabbed whenever I was heading out to take notes.  If memory serves I finally settled on a folder system — I would keep one “general” folder with all of my initial notes from prior pleadings and general strategy notes, and then I’d start a new folder for each major assignment I was tasked with (memo, research, portion of a brief, whatever).  I would keep the recent and active folders near my desk in a folder tower (where each case had its own little slot — something similar to what I had is pictured above), and then move them to a filing drawer or redweld once the case was Really Truly Over, or once the assignment got stale enough and I needed more room closest to my desk. (Oh, and I love my label maker.) [Read more...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim

Aqua Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve eyed this soft jacket with faux leather trim a number of times, and think I’ll finally post it — it looks like a great addition to a work wardrobe or a weekend wardrobe. It’s $108, and available in sizes XS-L. AQUA Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim

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Suit of the Week: Armani

Armani Collezioni Crepe Jersey Fitted One Button JacketFor 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.

Armani has been killing it lately with beautiful, feminine suits.  I love this crêpe jersey one with peak lapels, a slit peplum, and what looks like a double layer effect (from the peplum) in the back.  I like that it’s paired with a simple pencil skirt, too.  The whole effect is classy and professional, yet feminine and pretty — lovely.  The jacket (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Fitted One-Button Jacket) is $1395, and the skirt (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Pencil Skirt) is $475).

Here’s a less-expensive option (try code EXTRA25 to get an extra 25% off everything) and a plus-size skirt suit and pants suit.

armani feminine suit

How to Dress for Halloween – At Work

How to Dress for Halloween - At the Office | CorporetteHow to Dress for Halloween - At the Office | CorporetteHow do you do Halloween at the office (or even at a party with many of your coworkers)?  Being scantily clad for the holiday is so normal, it’s become a joke — and there’s nothing wrong with going that route, if you want to, for a regular party with friends.  But when Halloween and coworkers start to mix, it’s always a good goal to maintain some level of professionalism — which usually can’t be accomplished when you’re dressed as Snooki.  So what do you wear — without spending a ton of money or time on the costume? We’ve had so many great ideas from previous threads that I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites… Ladies, are you dressing up for an office-related Halloween event this year?  What will you be?  (Also: has anyone decorated their office to any degree?) 

Smart Costumes for Smart Women

  • Rosie the Riveter
  • Lara Croft
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Carmen San Diego: red trench coat, red pants, and black boots
  • Sherlock Holmes   (tweed blazer, hat, pipe)
  • Female politician — pick a well known political or business figure whose wardrobe resembles yours (Sarah Palin if you tend toward bracelet length jackets and pencil skirts; Hillary Clinton if you tend towards colored pantsuits; Condi Rice if you like knee high boots, etc.)
  • Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s — black sheath, loads of pearls, and cigarette holder.
  • Peggy / Joan from Madmen
  • Pirate: white blouse, black pants, tri-point hat, eye patch, plastic sword
  • Legally Blonde – pink suit, heels, stuffed toy puppy peeking out of your purse
  • “Attorney General.” I’m wearing a black pencil skirt, the merino tippi sweater from JCrew in houndstooth (it has cool shoulder details), and then I got a general’s hat, some fake medals, and little pin-on epaulets with gold fringe.
  • Waitress from Office Space: white polo shirt with basted-on green felt stripes, khakis, suspenders with a bunch of pins (courtesy of my nephew, who gets them at soccer tournaments), and a waitress-apron-thingy that I pinned together from some black fabric.
  • Witch (dress in black with green eye shadow)
  • Mad scientist (lab coat, glasses, crazy hair)
  • Headless goblin (cardigan over your head, jack o lantern under your arm)

And just for kicks, here are a few smart and easy couples’ costumes for office-related Halloween parties..

Couple’s Costumes

  • Pulp Fiction. It’s not the most creative but was easy to pull together. (Couple costume)
  • Abraham & Mary Lincoln
  • Christmas tree (green dress, brown tights, garland, tinsel, etc) and present (lots of bows as part of the outfit)

Any favorites in the list, ladies? What will you be this Halloween?  Does anyone have any fun Halloween-at-the-office stories (either of fun times or of costumes gone horribly wrong?)

Pictured: Img_0977, originally uploaded to Flickr by StayRAW.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Space Dye Ponte Sheath Dress

Laundry by Shelli Segal Space Dye Ponte Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Wednesday, ladies! I’m really liking this space dye ponte sheath by Laundry — the pink is happy and bright, and the seaming seems like it would be flattering. I also like that the clavicle is still exposed — I personally hate dresses that are tight crew necks.  This one is on a great sale, too: was $225, now marked to $135 at Nordstrom. Laundry by Shelli Segal Space Dye Ponte Sheath Dress

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