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Coffee Break: ‘Phoebe’ Mary Jane Pump

sjp-phoebe-heelThis shoe has been around for a long time, and I don’t think we’ve ever featured it in a Coffee Break. It was one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s original styles, I believe, and I like the classic 3″ heel, the sleek look, the cutouts, and the grosgrain ribbon detail at the back. It’s just a really good shoe, particularly if you’re not great in heels or you want something to wear with tights. It only has 10 reviews at Nordstrom, but they’re very positive, and it’s still available in lucky sizes 6, 8.5, 9.5, 10, and 10.5. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Phoebe’ Mary Jane Pump

Here’s a more affordable option in a somewhat similar style, available in three widths in sizes 5-12.

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The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping Powers

The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping PowersDuring the holidays, do you reach for workwear with secret shaping powers? I asked freelancer Ashley Wermick to look into it for us — thank you again, Ashley! – Kat

Between the eggnog, freshly baked cookies, and other seasonal treats, it’s easy to gain a little something extra during the holidays. And when you want to create a smooth, streamlined figure, body shapers are a fast fix. However, Kat tasked me with finding something even better: clothing lines that have shapewear already built into each garment.

There’s no need to shimmy and struggle into Spanx when you have this fashion-forward attire hanging in your closet. Check out these five brands that will instantly suck you in, so you can enjoy another sugar cookie (…or five):

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Side Zip Pencil Skirt

side-zip-pencil-skirt-halogenOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I go back and forth on whether I like the midi style, if only because I feel like it looks the best when it’s worn with the tallest heels — but I think this skirt looks nice for general workwear. I like that it comes in a very cool black-and-white pattern that almost looks like lace, and the little zip at the side doesn’t look like it’s too much. This basic gray that we’re featuring kind of seems like a sophisticated take on the athleisure trend, and it’s hand washable. The skirt comes in regular sizes 0-16 and petite sizes 00-16, and it’s $59 at Nordstrom. Side Zip Pencil Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

gray-stretch-suit-classiquesFor 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.

For this week’s suit, I’m featuring a single-button style because I feel like we haven’t seen a single-button in a while. This collar isn’t quite a shawl collar, but I like it — it’s a very classic look. This mostly-wool suit contains 3% spandex for a bit of stretch, which is always a wonderful thing in a suit. I like the menswear feel of the pattern, and I think the pant look like a good basic pant (no skirt available, unfortunately). The jacket (Classiques Entier® Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $299, and the pants (Wool Suit Pants) are $199. Classiques Entier® Stretch Wool Suit

Here’s a plus-size option: blazer + pants from Talbots.

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago. 

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Painted Floral’ Pencil Skirt

pencil-skirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Milly is one of those brands that I forget about from time to time, but they’re consistently doing really interesting and feminine takes on workwear, like this pencil skirt — I think it’s sophisticated and stylish and would work in a variety of seasons. You could pick up the green in the skirt and wear it with a pop of kelly green in the springtime, and you could also pick up the more muted purples and blacks and wear it in the wintertime. It has a hidden back zip and comes in sizes 2-10. The skirt is on sale for $130, down from $325, which is a really great deal. ‘Painted Floral’ Pencil Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option from Ellen Tracy (regular and petite) and a skirt from Talbots that comes in plus, plus petite, regular, and petite sizes.

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