Reader Mail: What to Wear to the Wedding of a Colleague

What to Wear to a Colleague's Wedding | CorporetteWe are seriously behind in answering this poor reader’s e-mail — our sincere apologies!  Here’s the question:

I am a mid-level law associate and my husband is a teaching physician at a local hospital. His boss is getting married in DC in April. It is the bride’s first marriage and it will be a huge event. The wedding is at 5 and then dinner and dancing at 6 at a country club.  I have NO idea what to wear. Can I wear a black cocktail dress? I am so bad at these things and I want to make a good impression for my husband and look professional for my own benefit!  This may seem like an elementary question, but did I mention I am fashionably challenged?  (One more thing:  I am barely thirty, but my husband is a good ten years older. I don’t want to look like a airhead, but I don’t want to look old for my age either!)

Weddings, in general, are fraught with chances for fashion errors.  What is appropriate — or inappropriate — tends to be very region-specific, as well as wedding-specific.  Take your cues from the invitation — the wording of the invitation (are middle names used?  does she call her groom a “Mr.”? is “honor” spelled with a u?) and the style of the invitation (is it entirely in script?  was there an inner/outer envelope?  are there any quirky touches to it?) will give you an idea of what the bride is aiming at for the wedding.  In general, avoid wearing black or white to a wedding — we know a lot of places where black is still seen as a color of mourning.  D.C. walks a fine line between being a cosmopolitan city on the East Coast, and a Southern city — we’d avoid black if at all possible.  (If all you’ve got is a black cocktail dress, be sure to wear a very colorful, happy wrap, as well as bag and shoes.) [Read more...]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Smitten Longsleeve Pointed Front Cardigan

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend. (We’re switching things up a wee bit this week because of the holiday.)

Smitten cardiganThe shawl cardigan is all the rage, and we like that this white cotton one — perfect for layering in the chilly air-conditioned summer months — has a tie front and an ever-so-slight empire waist. Available in black and white at CoutureCandy.com for $128 (it’s down to $102 with code “20Day”). Smitten Longsleeve Pointed Front Cardigan

What to Wear When You’re Laid Off and Looking

We’ve been mulling this reader’s question for a while now… first, here’s the request:

My work wardrobe after 30 years is pretty set. However, I’m currently in recession mode, i.e. my job has been misplaced. I find that my non-work clothes are just not suitable for walking around in the supermarket, given that in my community (high tech in Silicon Valley) I might meet someone there who would hire me. So I want to upgrade what would be my weekend wardrobe (if I were working). Can you help? I have my dilemma posted here.  I hope this doesn’t take you beyond the scope of your blog, but once we get to the executive ranks, I have found that networking etc. can extend the requirements and definition of “professional style”.

We went to her website, and this is what she wore out to drinks with former coworkers: [Read more...]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Tory Burch’s Slim Calf Leather Tote

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

50Green is a surprisingly versatile color — perfect in the springtime when worn with cool colors like gray and white, and perfect in the fall when worn with warmer colors like brown and cream (and it always looks great with black and navy). Despite this, green is a hard color to wear in a coat or sweater unless your skin tone is just so; it also tends to be a bit unflattering as a shoe color. But a green bag? Perfect. This one is particularly nice — it’s got a zippered pocket on the inside as well as two open pockets; we also like the printed inside lining. (We would probably detach the longer strap.) Available at Saks.com for $535. Tory Burch – Slim Calf Leather Tote

Weekly Roundups

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Fornarina ad- We’ve seen this new ad for Fornarina a few places around the blogosphere, but it really is too insane to not share. (The vid is embedded below.) Enjoy! [via Bunnyshop]

– How has being a woman affected your career? According to Tracey I. Batt, not at all. [NY Lawyer (free sub req'd)]

– The curse of being a busy woman: stuff in your fridge and freezer hangs around far too long, sometimes. Here’s a guide to knowing when your food is still tasty! [StillTasty via Lifehacker]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Tights

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Banana Republic’s TightsBanana Republic has a ton of tights on sale right now, with another 20% at checkout when you use code EXTRA20 (good on all sale items, not just tights). We like these geometric printed ones, pictured (available in navy and purple); but there are matte opaque ones in various solid colors, as well as sheer herringbone tights, ribbed tights, and diamond-pattern tights. Most tights were $16, now marked to $10.99 ($8.79 with the code). Women: Geometric tights – Navy