Weekend Open Thread

WHBM Stripe Knit Moto JacketSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Happy weekend!  This stripe knit moto jacket looks like a lot of fun — the different panels, the princess seams, the snap-down lapels… all very cool.  It’s available in regular (almost totally sold out) and petite sizes for $140.   WHBM Stripe Knit Moto Jacket


Weekly News Update

Great Stores for Wear-to-Work Clothes | CorporetteLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Think it’s harder to find quality workwear lately? You’re not alone, as Fashionista’s Lauren Sherman writes; however, she managed to round up seven retailers (offering a range of prices) who are still go-to sources for professional pieces. P.S. Don’t miss the quotes from Kat!
  • While comfortable heels for work do exist, some well-known actresses are kissing high heels goodbye, according to The Huffington Post. Have any of you sworn them off, too?
  • The Atlantic looks at how women may be holding themselves back because of a lack of confidence in their abilities and qualifications; for example, many of us won’t apply for a job unless we meet the listed requirements 100%. (Does that sound like you, or do you just go for it?)
  • Forbes compares women in corporate careers and women who are entrepreneurs and also touches on a few points from What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey.  Meanwhile, The Washington Post has a piece from one of the authors about how women are all too often stuck with “office housework.”
  • The NYT ponders women who are trying to reclaim “words that smear” — such as, you know, “ladylike.”
  • PopSugar Smart Living give you tips on dealing with six common types of “difficult” coworkers. (Here on Corporette we’ve talked about micro-managing bosses, hostile mentors, and sexist jerks, just to name a few.)
  • We all know that women typically live longer than men, but what does that mean for your life right now? NPR recently spoke to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin about women and retirement planning.
  • Speaking of living longer, Hungry Girl offers several useful tips on lowering the sodium in your diet.

In Corporette news:  stay tuned next week for a BIG announcement!  (I’m psyched!)

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Three-Quarter Sleeve Drape Neck Dress (and: Deal Alert!)

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

Big Sales at Pendleton -- this cotton, washable dress was $138, now $37!Readers continually sing the praises of Pendleton for wellmade workwear, and they’re having a pretty great sale right now, with prices up to 70% off. For today’s TPS Report I’m liking this cotton/modal/spandex, machine washable drape-neck dress — it was $148 but is now marked to $37. I would probably try it in a petite first, since the dress hits just a bit long on the model for my tastes, but I love that color (I know, surprise surprise), and I think the drape neck, waist-defining tucks and shirring are flattering. It’s available in regular and petites for $37. Pendleton Three-Quarter Sleeve Drape Neck Dress

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Coffee Break: Pave Gold Diamond X Ring

EF Collection Pave Gold Diamond X RingToday is the final day of the ShopBop Friends & Family sale, where you can take 25% off tons of their curated collection of hip basics.  Although the “editor’s picks” at ShopBop are pretty across-the-board great, I’m a fan in particular of their jewelry department — it all seems cool and lovely and interesting and totally droolworthy. Today, I’m craving this pave gold diamond X ring, which looks substantial but delicate all at the same time.  (And, hey, who doesn’t love a good diamond ring?) The ring was $850, but with code INTHEFAMILY14 it comes down to $637.50. EF Collection Pave Gold Diamond X Ring

(I also love: these nearly sold out diamond huggie earrings, this delicate locket, or this rock and roll version of a pearl ring… just to name a few!)


How to Deal with Political Talk at the Office

How to Deal with Politics at the Office | CorporetteHow do you handle a lot of religious and political talk at the office — particularly if you disagree with it?  Reader S wonders:

Could you do a post about politics at the office? I am a moderate liberal, and my approach has always been to avoid discussing politics at work at all, except when necessary to serve the needs of a client (i.e., analyzing a judge’s leanings or referring a client to a PR/lobbying specialist). I now find myself in a small-ish firm (about 35 attorneys) in a conservative, evangelical region, and political conversations are very common in my office. Some of the partners with offices near mine are constantly making derisive comments about president Obama and his policies, the liberal agenda, the liberal media, etc. Sometimes the critiques venture into gender issues. I find many of the things they say to be pretty offensive. I try to avoid participating in the conversations as much as possible so they don’t ask me what I think, but I can’t help overhearing them. Do you have any advice on how to handle this situation, short of (or until) leaving the firm?

Yeouch.  We’ve talked about election politics at the office many years ago, as well as pressure from coworkers to give to charities at the office (which sometimes veers into the political realm), but we haven’t talked about either in a really long time.  (We’ve also talked about how to handle it when your coworkers are sexist pigs.)

I’m curious to hear what readers say here, but in this particular situation, this sounds like a Fit Issue.  A big time, capital letters, serious fit issue.  It sounds like you don’t agree with or respect their opinions regarding politics or religion, and you feel like your opinions wouldn’t be respected either.  Not only is it unpleasant and awkward at work, but honestly I think your career prospects are also limited, because Fit is a major reason why people get promoted (or don’t).  So: for you, it’s time to move on. [Read more...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Diamond Stretch Peplum Jacket

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Halogen Diamond Stretch Peplum JacketHooray for Thursday! I’m liking this diamond stretch peplum jacket, available in navy and black, both on sale 40%. The black blazer has some matching bottoms still (pencil skirt, pants), but the navy seems to be standing alone. The blazer was $138 but is now marked to $82.80. Halogen Diamond Stretch Peplum Jacket

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