Weekly Roundup

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- Congratulations to Judge Sotomayer on her nomination. Ms. JD rounds up several articles about her, while Jezebel focuses on some of the more offensive reactions.

- Hot pink fuschia is the latest trend to hit both menswear and womenswear… Elle would be so proud! [WSJ]

- Two interesting happiness and balance articles this week, both from the NYT. First, researchers discover that not only are careers in finance or consulting bad for work/life balance, but they in fact are far worse than careers in law or medicine. Secondly, researchers found that the reported happiness level for women has dropped since the dawn of the feminist era. Perhaps ignorance was bliss?

- Shopping’s My Cardio offers some tips on how to make a “worthy” splurge.

- The Happiness Project offers tips on how to make conversation with a stranger — uber handy for summer office mixers, as well as for networking opportunities.

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Old Navy’s Open-Front Cardigans

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.

Women: Women's Open-Front Cardigans - Cabot Cove
Pricewise, it’s hard to go wrong with this feminine cardigan: it’s practically meant to be that sweater you keep in your office in case the A/C is too cold. The sweater comes in a ton of basic colors — some marked as low as $8, others full price at $19 — and we love the soft Pima and Modal blend, as well as the soft draped shoulders. Note that it comes in both tall and petite sizes, as well as. This color — Cabot Cove — is on sale for $8.00 at Old Navy.com. Women: Women’s Open-Front Cardigans – Cabot Cove

Open Thread: What Jewelry Do You Wear at the Office?

what jewelry to wear to workAh, office jewelry… too much and you run the risk of looking like Tess, pre-makeover (from Working Girl). Today’s reader mail:

I adore jewelry, and I can pull of a bit chunkier necklace, but I hate wearing earrings or bracelets at the office. Bracelets always end up hurting my arm when I’m writing, as my watch goes on my left wrist and I’m right handed, and earrings always poke into my head when I’m on the phone. I’ve gotten around it by wearing only necklaces, or taking my earrings off when on the phone much like the ladies on Designing Women, but I’d love a more modern suggestion, and to know what jewelry others are wearing!

huggie earringsWe totally agree — it can be tricky. For our $.02, we’ve mentioned our dislike of bracelets before: bangles are too noisy and distracting, and even tennis bracelets dig into our wrists while typing. As for earrings, we haaate, hate, hate wearing post earrings for precisely that reason. Our solution has been to wear earrings with what we believe is called a “European” back — far more comfortable! — but it can be hard to find ones that are small enough to be acceptable for the office that are nice yet reasonably priced. We end up wearing a lot of “huggie” earrings (like the ones pictured at right), which hug the earlobe. (At right: Perfect Huggie Hoops in Yellow Gold by Jude Frances, available at Amazon.com for $480.) We would argue that earrings that dangle farther than half an inch from your earlobe are a bit too distracting for work, but maybe that’s us. [Read more...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: White House|Black Market’s Plaid Pencil Skirt

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.

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iconPencil skirts are an office basic, and we love this plaid one from White House|Black Market. White can be a tricky color to wear, but the pattern makes this easier — more flattering on a body, and less problematic if the skirt gets dirty somehow, such as with some spilled soup or errant pen markings. We’d wear it with a black twinset and, perhaps, dark purple pumps. It’s $78 at White House|Black Market. Plaid Pencil Skirt
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Suit of the Week

For 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’re loving the fit, comfort, and summer breath-ability for this week’s suit, from Brooks Brothers. We wish it came in black as well as the powder blue, but we still think the powder blue is a classic, wearable color for a casual day at the office leading into an outdoorsy summer event. We’d wear a white tee-shirt or blouse beneath it, accessorize with good jewelry, and wear businesslike leather pumps and a structured bag. The jacket (Supima® Cotton Oxford Cropped Jacket) is $248, and the pants (Supima® Cotton Oxford Pants) are $148.

Supima® Cotton Oxford Cropped Jacket


Supima® Cotton Oxford Pants


Wednesday’s TPS Report: ECCO’s Gisborne T-Strap Pump

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.

ECCO Women's Gisborne T-Strap Pump
We’re familiar with ECCO as a comfort brand, but we were not aware that their more “fashionable” line had actually gotten, well, fashionable.  We love the vintage and classy look of these T-straps — as much as we love the walkable heel height, the closed toe, and the pleated leather.  Gorgeous!  Available at Endless.com for $150.   ECCO Women’s Gisborne T-Strap Pump