Weekend Open Thread

Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Mexico 66 | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Happy Friday! My love of the retro sneaker trend continues, and I may just have to pick up these cool Onitsuka Tiger by Asics shoes. I particularly like the black and “shaded spruce” option, but it comes in 10 different colors. The 1,417 positive reviews don’t hurt either. They’re $85 at Zappos. Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Mexico 66

Psst: 6pm.com has several color options for the Mexico 66 with prices from $35 to $68. Many are also available at Amazon (although the price range there is $26 to $105 and some sizes/colors are very limited).

Weekly News Update

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  • The Wall Street Journal ponders the question, “Men’s shirts: one button undone, or two?”
  • Joanne Lipman writes in The Wall Street Journal to give advice to male managers about managing women (and the piece has certainly generated some debate, as it has 300+ comments so far). Also in The WSJ, in its At Work blog: read what happens when men and women work together on teams vs. in single-gender groups.
  • Above the Law names the “12 Awesome Law Blogs of 2014.” (Also, ATL tells us that one of the guys from Blind Melon is now working in Biglaw…)
  • Inc. talks to the Columbia Business School students who created the “Bitch in Business” video parody been making the rounds.
  • Amid Privilege gives you advice on holiday office gift-giving.
  • Forbes has a list of 10 airport restaurants that actually have good food.
  • For city dwellers: The NY Post is on to us and our secret guilty Seamless addiction.
  • Here’s your Laugh of the Week: Sunny Skyz shares some unique Christmas cards.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant

New York & Company Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I haven’t seen a deep teal pant this season, so I like this pair from New York & Company. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals (ok, fine, I wear a lot of black), so a fun way to infuse color that lets me keep my black cashmere sweaters is always a positive. The fact that the pants are $26 marked down from $52, and available in sizes 0-18, is even better. New York & Company Crosby Street Straight Leg Pant

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

giftguide-stocking-stufferCall me crazy, but I always like to do stocking stuffers as thoughtful little presents that may be everyday, almost boring things — but done better. For today, I’ve rounded up some small gifts that definitely fit that description.

Our previous gift guides are linked below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find more good stuff:

 

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Long Flights: How to Look Professional But Be Comfortable

dressing for long flightYou want to look professional during a long flight with colleagues, but you’re understandably not too eager to wear a suit for several hours of waking, sleeping, and eating. So, with your trusty flight outfit of a fleece + yoga pants staying in the closet at home, what can you choose that will be comfortable but still appropriate if you end up sitting next to your boss? We’ve talked about traveling internationally in comfort and style, what to pack for an extended business trip, and traveling with coworkers, but not this exactly. Reader N wonders:

Could you do a post on comfortable, but professional attire for international or long flights? I have an upcoming business trip where my boss and two colleagues will be on a long flight with me. I want to look presentable but still be comfortable for the long flight. Thanks!

I can see this being a concern not only in this situation (traveling directly with coworkers) but in a situation I’ve been in, where there’s a conference that almost everyone in your industry attends, so even if you’re not traveling with direct coworkers, you end up seeing a million colleagues all over the airport, on flights, and via other travel hubs. A lot of sites have comfy-looking, wrinkle-free travel clothes (we just featured a washable top from Chadwicks’s line on CorporetteMoms’ Washable Wednesday) — but what is the chic alternative to the flowy pants-with-matching-loose-jacket look?  A few thoughts:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Silk and Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Brooks Brothers Silk and Cashmere Crewneck SweaterOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Brooks Brothers has always had a huge sale (up to 70% off) in previous years — I’m not sure if I missed it, if it hasn’t happened yet, or if this is it: they’re currently offering 25% off sitewide, including items already on sale. This silk and cashmere crewneck sweater looks great. I love the wide neckline (I would call this more of a boatneck rather than a crew, but that’s me), the “novelty jacquard knit,” the cashmere/silk combo… all very nice. It was $128, but is marked to $102 — with the sale it comes down to $76ish. It’s also available in gray, sizes M-XL. Brooks Brothers Silk and Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Here are two plus-sized options.

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