I’m loving this wispy, artsy wool scarf from Madewell — love the colors and the abstract pattern. I’d use it for a pop of color and whimsy with a blazer of almost any color. Was $49, now $24.99 at Madewell. Floating Feathers Scarf
I’ve been thinking for a while about expanding the site to include shopping guides on those dead-simple basics that every woman needs and buys (and has definite opinions about) but, to be honest, aren’t that much fun to blog about. (A navy Theory suit? A pair of black heels? Yawn.) (Pictured: Stuart Weitzman – Madison (Black Soft Patent).)
One of our top posts last year was one on comfortable heels, so I thought I’d start there — I’d like to introduce the Corporette Guide to Comfortable Heels! Please check it out and add comments — which brands are your favorite? which particular shoes do you buy over and over again? Please comment on the page itself — and please keep any off-topic comments/threadjacks to this current page. (Warning: I will delete any off-topic discussions from the shopping guide.)
(This is part of the new Corporette “Shop” section on the top menu, which I began building late last year — it includes a round-up of sample sale sites, as well as “The Mall,” which is really just a list of stores that I have affiliate relationships with; I eventually hope to grow that section with more guides (such as a guide to basic suits) as well as perhaps some Corporette merchandise like T-shirts and mugs. (Believe it or not, people who are not my mother have asked for such things!))
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Akris has a number of scenic print dresses out right now, and I’m particularly loving this cotton shirt dress. Love the fitted style, the high, pointed collar, and the drawstring sleeves. It’s $2990 at Saks Fifth Avenue (which has some great sales going on, including a number of Wolford tights, as well as a bunch of Theory and Tory Burch pieces). Marina Grande-Print Dress
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Piperlime has one of the best collections of “blush”-colored shoes that I’ve seen in a while (although it is a bit heavy on the shooties — really, who wears blush shooties?). In any event — I am drooling over this pair of Kate Spade sandals. They will probably be a bit too much of a sandal to qualify as “work appropriate” at most conservative offices, but they look absolutely perfect for the weekend. Love the platform, love the straps, love the color. They’re $325 at Piperlime. Kate Spade Get Sandals
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– Fashionista looks back to the runway shows to see what trends stuck and what didn’t for Spring 2011.
– Anita Bruzzese suggests some ways to boost your standing at your job.
– Thanks to a new survey from LinkedIn, we now know that January is the best month to ask for a promotion. Reuters reports…
– The Working Closet ponders the ethics of “fast fashion” like Forever 21.
– Finally, Lifehacker has some suggestions for getting a handle on your out of control work schedule.
A long time ago, I used to wear all sorts of bras to work. Lacy bras! Bras with seams! I even had a few beautiful demi-cup bras that I got on a trip to Paris that really did not “contain me,” so to speak, for the office. I don’t remember if t-shirt bras got popular in the meantime or if I just discovered them, but since that discovery I really cannot wear anything else to the office. It actively bugs me if I’m wearing a blouse or a simple jersey top and I can see the lace through the top, or the seams of the bra — it just seems to be distracting, which is the number one office no-no. Every woman is particular, of course, as to which bra will be comfortable — but I thought I’d round up some of the bestselling bras that I’ve heard great things about or could vouch for myself. You can see Freshpair’s entire selection of t-shirt bras here, or check out our round-up after the jump… Please chime in with your own favorites in comments!