Weekend Open Thread

Onitsuka Tiger by AsicsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

As the weather gets warmer (F.I.N.A.L.L.Y!), thoughts turn to sunny walks and happily running around town. My boots are mostly away at this point in time — but I feel like a fool in sandals. So this is the time of year that my “fun sneakers” get the most wear.  I like the look of these muted gray Onitsuka Tigers, from Asics, but they have a zillion colors to choose from. Ladies, what are your favorite non-workout sneakers? The pictured shoes are $75 at Zappos. Onitsuka Tiger by Asics

Weekly News Update

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  • Don’t forget to enter our Of Mercer giveaway!
  • ThinkProgress interviews the founders of Negative Underwear, a new lingerie brand that aims to make bras that women actually enjoy wearing.
  • The Wall Street Journal talks to four designers who are creating “wearable, clean-lined clothes that make a unique design statement.”
  • The Guardian has an opinion piece about the Internet-popular phrase “strong is the new skinny” and how it sounds a lot more positive and empowering for women than it really is.
  • The Harvard Business Review reports on a study that looked at how people who wear luxury designer logos (including job candidates) are viewed more positively.
  • Buzzfeed shares the experiences of two of their staff writers who lament the difficulty of shopping online for plus-size clothing that actually fits.
  • Racked gives the news that Piperlime is closing on April 30 — meanwhile, you can take advantage of their big sale.
  • The Wall Street Journal tells you about the #100SareePact that’s encouraging South Asian women to wear saris two days a week for a year (and not just for special occasions).
  • NPR reports on some employers who have done away with salary negotiation altogether in the face of the wage gap.
  • The Washington Post looks into ways law schools are trying to combat declining enrollment and stay relevant.
  • The Harvard Business Review explains the complicated issues surrounding voice profiling being used to evaluate job candidates, and Slate looks at the double standards regarding the speech and voices of men and women.
  • New York magazine talks about how it can be tough to maintain friendships in your 30s. (Do you agree?) And for those of you who haven’t read it, here’s a good NYT piece from a couple of years ago about the difficulty of making friends in your 30s.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Stretch Twill Ankle Pants

eShakti Stretch Twill Ankle Pants | Corporette

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was intrigued to see that eShakti now offers customizable pants (and jumpsuits!). You can put in your own custom measurements, as well as add belt loops, remove pockets, and change the length — wonderful. The pictured pants are twill (they also offer ponte and crêpe pants); I also like that they’re machine washable. They’re $52.95. eShakti Stretch Twill Ankle Pants

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Coffee Break: Posture and Activity Tracker

Lumo Lift Posture and Activity Tracker | CorporetteMy posture is one of those things that I continually wish I could improve. I’m ok in public spaces, I feel, but once I get behind closed doors I’m Queen Slouchy. Bad, bad, bad. I saw this little posture “coach” on Amazon a while ago and made the purchase. The idea is that once you align your posture, the device will help you track how many hours of good posture you have, and you can turn on a “coaching session” where the device will “tap” you when you’re slouching. Visibly, it’s very innocuous (you can clip it to your bra strap), and the small vibrations when you’re being “coached” have not yet started to grate on my nerves. I also like that you can set the length of your coaching session; the default is one hour but you can expand or contract based on your other metrics. It’s $79 at Amazon. Lumo Lift Posture and Activity Tracker


Fashion for Doctors

Fashion for Doctors | CorporetteWhat are the best fashion tips for doctors? What special fashion challenges exist, and what are the best workarounds? Reader S wrote in to ask…

Do you think you can do a fashion post addressing the specific clothing needs of doctors? Specifically young female doctors who need to look professional but still want to look polished and hip while also being comfortable? Thanks!

Interesting question, Reader S! I had a few ideas, but also reached out to two fashionable doctors I know to get their take. Note, of course, that we’ve talked in general about how to look professional when you’re young, as well as how to act older. For what it’s worth, I’ve never really noticed my female doctors’ clothes, in large part due to the lab coat, but I do remember thinking “ooh, pretty” about various necklaces — big ones, delicate ones, interestingly layered ones. With my most recent pregnancy, the OB/GYN practice encouraged you to see every doctor in the practice, as anyone may be on call when you deliver — and almost none of the women wore a doctors’ coat. They’re based in SoHo, so some of the doctors were dressed very fashionably — think jumpsuits! — but no one ever stood out as unprofessional. In fact, the biggest fashion gaffe that I’ve noticed among my doctors in general is messy hair. I’ve never stopped seeing a doctor I liked because of that one factor, but it did leave a “harried and crazed” impression that was less than professional. SO: for my $.02 as a patient, neat hair and interesting necklaces are the things that I remember. (Pictured: I love the bright, happy colors of Mindy Kaling’s character on The Mindy Project.) 

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Juliette Dress

Pendleton Juliette Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the look of this simple black sheath, on sale at Pendleton — the cutouts at the neck add some interest but aren’t overwhelming or inappropriate, and the just-below-the-knee length is perrrrfect.  I only wish it came in more colors!  The dress is on a great sale, too — it was $199, but is now marked to $78, available in petite and regular sizes 4-18.  Pendleton Juliette Dress

Here’s a similar dress that’s available in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

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