Tuesday’s TPS Report: Wool Herringbone A-Line Skirt

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

Wool Herringbone A-Line SkirtIt’s rare for me to get excited about skirts on the Internet, but I am loving this blue herringbone A-line skirt from Brooks Brothers. It strikes me as the perfect skirt for fall and spring: wear it now with navy and jewel tones, and in the spring wear it with whites, creams, maybe even pastels. Lovely. It’s $198 at Brooks Brothers. Wool Herringbone A-Line Skirt

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  1. Quick TJ:

    Ladies, what do you wear to spice up an otherwise boring outfit? I am a lawyer in a conservative firm, so I wear dark suits almost every day. Do you pick a specific pop of color to use as an accent? A particular necklace or other piece of jewelry? My outfits feel so plain that it’s bringing me down. All advice appreciated!

    • Statement necklace or scarf. Fun earrings. (Not all at once)

    • I prefer classic jewelry, but will spice up a boring outfit with a brightly colored belt (ex: gray suit, blue button front shirt, yellow belt), with slightly unusual shoes (ex: navy suit, cream shell, rust suede heels), or with a ruffly or pleated jewel toned shell (these were ubiquitous at jcrew for the last few years; I’ve also had good luck with Tahari).

      • Brooklyn, Esq. :

        Ooh, I love the sound of these combinations! Would love to hear more…I want to incorporate more accessories like this, but when confronted with actually purchasing, I end up second-guessing myself.

        • this is going to sound slightly cheesy, but I started branching out more in my accessories colors when I started helping hubby pick out shirt/tie combinations – men have such an easy way to add color that it helped me picture what colors to add to my outfits. So where he might wear a tan suit, blue and white striped shirt, and forest green tie, I decided I could wear a tan pencil skirt, white camisole, and navy cardigan belted with a kelly green belt.

          • Brooklyn, Esq. :

            That’s brilliant! My husband is doing a surprisingly good job of this himself, so I will have to see how he does it!

    • hellskitchen :

      I have a bunch of statement necklaces that I use. Also colorful shoes.

    • I love me some sortof-statement necklaces. [Ridiculous grammar due to extreme exhaustion]. I have multiple, and try to pick them up when I travel. Most are not crazy wild colors, but a couple are bright and provide a “pop”. My favorite is chunky, non-uniform venetian glass beads that are shades of aubergine, black, grey, navy, and hints of gold that I wear with everything. Most are chunky and in the 18 inch range so they work with most necklines and show under a suit, but not excessively. I also like to coordinate the necklace to a pop of color or interest in my shoes, even if it’s a sedate version of color or interest.

      Example: today I’m wearing a black sheath dress and a charcoal heather blazer. My necklace is a simple silver opera-length one with dark purple “stations,” and I have on very dark purple suede shoes that are otherwise traditional. Not wild and crazy, but my bit of fun for the day.

    • I use very LITTLE jewlery b/c the manageing partner does NOT like me to be flashey. I am abel to access my local LAN from here, so I have all the benefit’s of home even tho I am OUT of town!

      I told the manageing partner about the head hunter, and he told me NOT to consider in-house b/c of all the benefit’s I get here. He told me he discused with the other partner’s raiseing my clotheing allowance, and tho it is NOT final, it may go up to 30%. I could aford alot more clotheing with a 30% subsedizeation! Yay!

      I told him that I wanted to be a judge and he agreed that the litiegation expereience is far better here then in house. Jim did agree, but thought I should get more expereience at the firm before applyeing to be a judge. Jim said he was NOT tuned into the political aspects of the judicieary in NYS, so it is good that I did not work for his firm.

      I have to get back to do diliegence now. There are all these stack’s of document’s and I am suposed to go through these? This will take day’s! FOOEY! I was hopeing to get to walk around town, but it does NOT look good for that. All Jim is doing is lookeing at a few document’s and then talking to the paralegal. He will NOT be of much help to me here.

    • I think if you’re wearing an otherwise very conservative pant suit, fun shoes go a long way. Not nec. crazy shoes, but, e.g., purple or dark green heels + black suit.

      I also like chiffon blouses in fun prints, or interesting jewelry. In a way, I think that it’s easier to dress creatively when you wear a very conservative “uniform” because you have more leeway to play around with the extras. Whereas in a business casual office, because you’re already dressed down, it can be a tricker line to toe.

    • Diana Barry :

      I usually wear a fun necklace or a colorful top or cardigan.

    • Thank you for all of the replies so far! In a similar vein – where do you prefer to purchase these pieces?

      • jcrew and talbots are good for relatively inexpensive belts (wait for a sale – talbots in particular).
        shoes – brooks bros. had some pretty suede heels 2 years ago that I picked up in two colors, and they may well introduce another variation this year. kate spade is also good for a little dose of bright/quirky.
        shells – mentioned above, but jcrew and tahari usually offer a number of options. I’m guessing ann taylor and banana would also, but they fell off my shopping radar due to falling apart sweaters after one season.

      • Talbots always has nice scarves, but I also pick them up at flea markets, street vendors, wherever I see one I like. I am picky though to make sure they are silk and not polyester of some sort. For shoes, usually Zappos.

      • hellskitchen :

        Etsy for jewelry – I have picked up 3-4 statement necklaces from this shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/firstfan. At $10 it’s affordable to experiment.

      • Shoes – wherever I find “fun” ones on sale. Absolute favorites are all a pointy pump, one Stuart Weitzman, one Carlos Santana, one Nine West.

        Jewelry – same. There are some great Etsy sellers, plus Gilt and RueLaLa. I also make a point of shopping for this stuff on vacations. JCrew and Anthropologie also have good ones, but I refuse to buy them full price.

        It might be useful to think about it in terms of adding one thing that makes you happy to your outfit each day. Then, when you’re out shopping (or online) and see an accent that you just love, ask yourself if it works as a “happy” piece for a work outfit. If so, scoop it up!

      • SF Bay Associate :

        Target has great colorful belts at great prices. They go on sale for 20% off periodically, and I’ll pick up one in every color they have in my size for $12 each.

    • Silk scarf in cool weather. Fun shoes in hot weather.

    • http://www.kojimapearl.com/

      is how I spice up my conservative work duds. I love pearls. I particularly love unusual pearls.

  2. Has anyone else seen the Washington Post piece on Christine Lagarde? She got to the peak of her career without sacrificing grace and charm. Something to aspire to.

    • And she wears dangly earrings!! ;)

    • She is one of my role models/icons. I saw her speak at a conference and she is incredibly poised (and superficially, had the most amazing silk jacket on. So chic.) Also, she was a member of the French national synchronized swimming team. Such an interesting and accomplished woman!

    • I was having similar thoughts listening to her on Marketplace last night.

  3. a passion for fashion :

    I think this skirt is lovely.

    In other news, I jsut read about a new closet project i think i will try:

    Commit to wearing every piece of clothing in your closet (obviously evening gowns etc dont need to be involved — and you could do this just for work clothes) once. You have to make and outfit with it and wear it to work, all day. And see how you feel about it. If you are uncomfortable or dont like it — out it goes. If it needs something fixed, fix it, or out it goes. If you put it on in the morning then take it off, out it goes. This will allow you to determing if you are holding on to an item because you will really wear it or for some other reason. I think this is brilliant.

    • I’ve heard a variation of this where you keep track by turning the hangers in your closet around. Start with the entire closet flipped around, and as you wear a piece, you switch it. It’s something I’ve been meaning to try for awhile :)

    • I love this idea! I’m too Type A to try the hanger idea because everything in my closet needs to be facing the same way or it drives me nuts. My wardrobe is fairly pared down already but I feel like I’m still holding on to some pieces that I don’t really like but for some reason, feel guilty getting rid of.

      I’m also trying to get into the shopping mindframe I really aspire to: fewer pieces but higher quality (so more expensive). I feel so much better in my expensive, quality pieces but sometimes when I’m shopping, the incentive is there to buy lots of cheaper pieces instead.

    • I do this, and keep track by moving unworn things to the back of the closet. If there’s something that’s been in the back of the closet for a full year, it gets donated.

    • I do this by seeing what clothing is on my bedroom floor and what clothing is still hanging in the closet and hiding in drawers. Whatever’s “properly put away” gets booted.

      • I also use my closet as a space for things I never wear. If it is in there I probably never wear it.

        I just hung a clothing rod outside my closet (thanks pinterest for the idea) to house the clothes that usually live on the floor. I have actually started using it. I think that I work better with clothes when I can actually see them verses having to go into my closet to get them.

      • Mighty Mouse :

        I heart you, Godzilla. We may be (non) closet twins!

    • My husband, who usually does not care too much about what his work clothes look like, did the turned-around hanger thing with his shirts and pants. At the end of 3 months, everything that hadn’t been turned around went to Goodwill. He has discipline, that man.

    • That is a good idea. I might try for my fall wardrobe… if Fall ever comes over here… 90s tomorrow!

    • Flabbergasted :

      I think it is great in theory, but not always practical. I have two issues. First is weight fluctuation and the second is season fluctuation. Last year I did not wear much in terms of cold weather clothing because it never really got cold. However, the prior year was quite cold and I got a lot of use out of that clothing. Most of my weight dependent outfits are suits. I do not wear them often, but they are pretty basic styles that I should be able to wear in the future. It is just too expensive to toss some items based on lack of use.

  4. Ok Washingtonians, it’s time for another DC meetup. Bonnie is unfortunately swamped beyond belief at work, so I am taking the reins for the next one. Email DCcorporette [AT] yahoo [dot] com to get on the list. Any suggestions for places and/or times? I was thinking Vapiano, which tends to be good for a crowd of people filtering in and out due to the card system, but I’m totally open to other suggestions.

    Also, as if meeting other over-achieving chicks weren’t exciting enough, I have some brand new in the box Kate Spade earrings to give away. They are the red “Bar None” earrings and they look wonky on me due to my unfortunately crooked piercings (do not let your 6 year old be in charge at the mall piercing kiosk, folks!). I’m not sure the fairest way to do this…maybe first to claim them online and then show up to the meetup gets them?

  5. Ok Washingtonians, it’s time for another DC meetup. Bonnie is unfortunately swamped beyond belief at work, so I am taking the reins for the next one. Email DCcorpor e tt e [AT] yahoo [dot] com to get on the list. Any suggestions for places and/or times? I was thinking Vapiano, which tends to be good for a crowd of people filtering in and out due to the card system, but I’m totally open to other suggestions.

    Also, as if meeting other over-achieving chicks weren’t exciting enough, I have some brand new in the box Kate Spade earrings to give away. They are the red “Bar None” earrings and they look wonky on me due to my unfortunately crooked piercings (do not let your 6 year old be in charge at the mall piercing kiosk, folks!). I’m not sure the fairest way to do this…maybe first to claim them online and then show up to the meetup gets them?

    • Honey Pillows :

      Yay! Meetup! No suggestions atm, but I’ll turn it over a few times and see if I can’t think of somewhere.

    • 2/3 attorney :

      Yay meetup!! Thanks for organizing! I don’t really have any suggestions but I do have class on Monday nights, so I’m hoping for not Mondays.

      Glad to see you are not Ghost anymore!

    • Wonderful! I hope we have one post election too, for those of us who have to go out and deal with that debacle. :)

    • Which Vapiano? the one near Dupont/Farrugut is always a complete clusterduck and I hate it. It would be almost impossible to find space for 10 people unless someone got there super early and hogged a table. I’m not sure about the Chinatown one since I’ve never been. But it might be better to see if you can reserve space in advance and go with a different location if you can’t.

      • DC Jenny's Ghost :

        I was thinking Chinatown. I’ve had good luck with large groups there, and I think reserving space is also a possibility. I’ve never been to the Dupont location, so thanks for the warning!

    • MsLurksALot :

      Welcome back from the undead! Thanks for organizing. No particular opinions on location, but within walking distance from a Metro is a big plus.

  6. I like the skirt, but I can never find an A-line that look as professional as a pencil skirt.

    Threadjack: I received an invitation to a black tie event this Saturday by the Alumni coordinator of my (former!) law school. I’ve been reading the C’r*tte records and just want to confirm that based on the time, location (the Hyatt), and cost per ticket ($500), I should be looking for a floor length gown.

    Also, I’m planning on going to Nordstrom Rack, JCPenny, and David’s Bridal today to start looking, any other store suggestions or things I should look for/stay away from when I get to those stores?

    Finally, what kind of accessories should I look for? I have jewelry, but it’s mostly costume stuff that I do not think would be appropriate for a gala.

    Thanks in advance for any tips, tricks, or suggestions for my conundrum.

    And Kat, I do not generally like change, but I like the new comment format. Although, I prefer the old logo, I understand why you would feel the need to change.

    • I hate David’s Bridal, I wouldn’t even waste your time there (unless you were uber desperate). I don’t know if there’s a Lord and Taylor’s near you (I’m not Ellen, I swearsies). Burlington Coat Factory can be a hit or miss.

      • Oh and I forgot to mention that the Bloomingdale’s clearance rack is pretty phenomenal.

      • If your budget is tight, or if you need a plus size, David’s Bridal can be a good place, although I agree that most of the dresses will not be what you want. You just have to dodge the bridesmaids, homecoming dress shoppers, and slightly rabid salesgirls.

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      Is this an annual event? Can you see if there are pictures online from prior years of the event? That shoudl definitely help give you some guidance.

      • Thanks to this site, that was the first thing I tried to do. I can find pictures of men (in tuxedos, some with vests some without if that makes any difference), but no pictures of women.

        • Yes, if men are in tuxes and the event is an evening event, look for a floor-length gown. However, if you can’t find one that works and you won’t have time for tailoring, c-cktail or tea length would be acceptable.

          You’re plus sized, right? Kiyonna and Igigi might be good choices if you can rush shipping.

    • This was years ago, but Macy’s used to have an amazing dress section that would have great sales. I got several evening gowns there for $10.

      I think the jewelry depends on what dress you end up getting.

      • Senior Attorney :

        +1 for Macy’s. They tend to have a good selection and even have petites, which is great for short me!

      • I also second Macy’s, although for some reason the Macy’s in my town carries NO grown-up dresses. None. It’s the weirdest thing in the world. The neighboring towns’ Macy’s have great selections; ours doesn’t carry ANY.

        Also, I bought a plus-sized, floor length gown off the rack at Bergners last spring.

    • I’ve always found my best “event” dresses at Nordstrom Rack or Macy’s. I agree with Godzilla – I wouldn’t recommend David’s Bridal unless it was a last ditch stop. I usually gravitate towards simpler dresses in bold colors, but you might have different tastes. Really, whatever you feel good in is what you should wear!

      In terms of accessories, black tie for me means glitz :) Do you have any costume jewelry with rhinestones or with a bit of sparkle? The neckline of the dress will determine whether or not a necklace or earrings and a bracelet are best.

      Good luck with the dress shopping!

    • Honey Pillows :

      Based on the info given, a floor-length would absolutely be appropriate, but to be perfectly honest, there are going to be plenty of women in c0cktail dresses. I second the advice to avoid David’s Bridal. Their bridesmaid dresses invariably look like bridesmaid dresses.

      Pick a fabric that looks fancy, but not cheap. Subtle colors in a satin are nice; fabric that looks likes a rainbow under a different light is not. If you’ll be dancing energetically and have anything over an A cup, stay away from strapless. Technically you shouldn’t wear open-toe heels. Actually with fall coming, depending on where you live, it might be best to wear close toe anyway. It’s getting chilly here in DC at night! Pick a shape that suits you, but stay away from ball gowns. I personally long for the day I’m invited to a white tails event and I can actually justify bringing back out that ridiculous periwinkle tulle concoction I wore to my prom. (It’s classier than it sounds. I swear.)

      • Re prom dresses: I still have two of mine which my mom insists I’ll be able to wear to a gala someday… we’ll see if that ever happens :)

        • Hey now, my prom dress is actually extremely versatile, and is my staple fancy cocktail dress :) Granted it doesn’t read prom dress at all (it’s cocktail-length, one color, neither shiny nor faux-satin, and covers my bits). But don’t hate.

        • [Moderated for dreaded c-word.] Hey now, my prom dress is actually extremely versatile, and is my staple fancy [synonym of rooster]tail dress :) Granted it doesn’t read prom dress at all (it’s [synonym of rooster]tail-length, one color, neither shiny nor faux-satin, and covers my bits).

      • And DB’s MOB dresses look like H3LL.

    • How tall are you?
      I am 5’4″ and most evening gowns I see in stores are way too long for me. I once got a fantastic, flowy silk gown with a princess waist that was exactly on my natural waist. It needed almost a foot lopped off the bottom – cost me $50, and that was several years ago. Good thing I got the dress itself on clearance.

    • Every now and then, if you dig around enough, you can find a nice, floor length “fancy” dress at Ross!

    • This seems silly, but you should check out Goodwill. I feel like post wedding season it could be a jackpot for floor length gowns that people dropped off.

    • Also check out Nordie’s and Macy’s online.

    • I don’t see anything about your size requirements or style preference, so sorry if I’ve missed that information. If you are between a 0 and a 14 I recommend checking out Rent the Runway (I think that they have some 16s and 18s now, too). I’ve rented dresses a few times and have had great experiences. I like RTR because i) I want to keep my closet as streamlined as possible and don’t want to clutter it with dresses that I won’t wear again, ii) I tend to be a bit more daring with my choice as I’m not making a commitment to a particular dress (as in, I avoid buying a variation of a plain black dress), and iii) I can browse and order online. The dress reviews provide helpful feedback about sizing and you can get a dress in 2 sizes for no extra charge if it is your first time trying a particular designer. I also believe that you can order a second dress in a different style for a lower price, though this may have been a specific promotion. That said, I’ve used RTR for social situations (mainly weddings) where I want to have more fun with clothing. The dresses I’ve rented have been in great condition (couldn’t really tell that they were pre-worn), came on time and were sent back to RTR without issue. I’ve also rented accessories — everything worked out really well.

  7. Fall Jackets :

    Did you guys already talk about this… if yes, can you please point me to the post?

    I’m looking for recs for good fall jackets (preferably under $150-200) for work (and play, but mostly work). Knee length would be ideal.

    • I don’t know if it’s already been discussed, but I have a red car coat from Old Navy that I got last year for $20 that I love. It’s warm and, although it was very boxy, was easily tailored. I’ll check the website to see if it’s still there, but you may want to take a look.

    • Department stores usually have wool blend coats/jackets in that price range. I have had luck at Macys and Belks.

    • Lands End has some really pretty wool/cashmere/nylon coats the I’m wanting. Pea coat and swing car coat styles. LE runs discount codes pretty often, if you sign up for their emails.

      • Lands End has a friends and family 30% off promo through 10/2. They have several knee length options that would be in your price range after discount. Code is SQUALL, pin 1237.

  8. TJ! What exactly does one wear to a trendy nightclub when she’s outgrown buying cheap dresses at Forever 21?

    • Skinny jeans and a cute top? With your highest heels?

      PS: I know I’m getting old because most everything at F21 seems obscenely short.

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      Express is good for that. Or H&M.

    • Do you want to wear a dress? I feel like I’ve outgrown cheap F21 dresses but I still prefer to wear skirts or dresses. One of my favourite bar pieces is a bandage skirt, which I can wear with a tank or with a more conservative top – seriously, one of the most versatile (non-work) pieces in my wardrobe.

    • MaggieLizer :

      Nice jeans and top, or a not-Forever 21 dress. I tend to do something kind of plain and add blingy accessories. I’ve gotten a few black tops with nice little draped details and my favorite black halter dress at White House Black Market. I got a few clubbing dresses at Guess years ago and they’ve held up surprisingly well, but I haven’t been back to the store since, like, 2007, so I can’t speak to the quality now. I was at a hipster club (don’t ask) over the weekend and several girls were wearing lace sheath dresses, which looked really lovely and you can get more wear out of them than just club attire.

    • Anita (formerly S) :

      I feel like the jeans and sexy top look is a little dated. A bandage skirt and sheer, flowy top or shorts with booties/heels and a blouse could work. It’s a club, after all, you want to show some skin.

      • LadyEnginerd :

        Nooooooo! How can that look be dated? It’s the only way I could be convinced to leave my apartment to go to said establishment in the winter (when I lived in Chicago). It was my going out, yet avoiding frostbite uniform for 10 years!

        So it begins: when I choose practicality over fashion is the day I am truly too old to go out to a trendy nightclub.

    • Short black dress and heels.

    • Zara tunic and heels? Caveat- I have not been to a nightclub since a bachelorette party 4 years ago!

    • My uniform for events like that (which are few in my life, I admit): Plain black leather pants, black patent Cole Haan/Air Nike peeptoe sling backs (insanely comfortable) and either a satiny top or a fancy-ish sweater (depending on the weather).

    • Express had some really cute dresses perfect for this.

    • I’ve bought a bunch of dresses from Piper Lime that were reasonably priced and good for wearing out.

    • eastbaybanker :

      I would look at BCBG, Express or Zara. Both of them have trendy sexy pieces that are well cut and sized for grown ups. BCBG has better fabrics (wool, silk). At 30-something, clubbing isn’t really my scene. But I can still rock a bandage dress upon occassion. I just wear my skirts longer, can afford to order top shelf liquor, and ALWAYS wear Spanx!

  9. Honey Pillows :

    All the colored tights talk of yesterday finally made me pull out those carmine red tights and slap them on this morning.

    In defiance to Belle’s Two-Out-Of-Three rule for tights, and in deference to what actually exists in my closet, I’m currently wearing the red tights with a grey skirt and black sweater, and dark purple pumps. To be fair, dark purple is the closest color of shoes I own to red, and my black skirt is currently at the cleaners. Maybe I need to go shopping for a grey sweater and purple tights?

    • Or maybe you should continue to defy Belle’s fashion fiats, and trust yourself that, as a grown-@$$ woman with a brain and eyeballs, you can decide for yourself what looks nice.

      Just sayin’. But then I hate fashion “rules.” (Which, BTW, I would distinguish from something like a dress code.)

    • I read Belle’s “rules” on tights yesterday and her decree against coloured tights, and it irritated me so much. I usually wear black or grey, but I used to wear dark purple , and I think I’ll bring those back and look for a nice deep teal or navy too. I work in a business casual office and always wear skirts, so I may die if I only wear black tights between now and April. Rock on with your red tights :)

    • Awesome, Honey. After reading Belle’s “rules” yesterday my goal for this winter is to wear coloured tights as frequently and as flagrantly as possible.

    • Who is this Belle you speak of?? I want to read The Rules.

      • Capitol Hill Style – And they’re really more like guidelines….

        • I think she thinks they’re Rules, but then I have aired my views on Belle before. Not knocking her taste–it’s impeccable, and I love many of the pieces she features (probably, to be honest, more than the clothes over here). However, I think her tone can come across as holier-than-thou and extremely judgmental of anyone who say, wears colored tights, or dares venture out in sandals without a perfect pedicure, thereby afflicting her with their chipped toenails and/or SOULS.

          • My chipped soul is showing on my nails today.

            *hides head in shame*

          • TO lawyer :

            This is exactly how I feel about her. I love the outfits she puts together, which is the only real reason why I’m still reading but she is very judgmental.

            Actually, sometimes even her outfit combinations and hair/make-up suggestions put me to shame

            Signed… the girl who wears her hair and makeup exactly the same every day to work

        • Thanks, Nona! All productivity officially ground to a halt.

        • hellskitchen :

          Love the pirates of the caribbean reference (if that’s what you were going for)

  10. 2/3 attorney :

    Sometimes my office is super casual – like jeans, sneakers and hoodies (which I find very frustrating). Most of the women either wear bootcut jeans and sneakers, or skinny jeans and flats. I am wondering if it would be wrong to wear flat, knee-high leather boots with my skinnies? I think it looks way better than sneakers in the office (gross) but is admittedly a little more sexy than flats.

    Thoughts?

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      I wear knee high leather boots to my (super casual) office all the time. I don’t think they are necessarily super sexy, I think it depends more on the cut and heel height for them. Maybe start with riding boots or slouchier boots and see if you feel comfortable, and go from there?

    • I think flat boots sound appropriate in a situation where others are wearing sneakers. Perhaps to get comfortable with the idea, pair them with a blazer or other structured top the first few wears?

      • Careful on the style of the blazer if you go this route though (e.g., avoid elbow patches) – you don’t want to look like you’re about to go horseback riding!

        • Ha, yes, this is a good point. Equestrian is probably not the look 2/3 attorney is going for ;)

        • Honey Pillows :

          I disagree. Who DOESN’T want her coworkers to think she’s going to be going riding immediately after work? In fact, I would suggest jodhpurs to complete the look.

        • 2/3 attorney :

          I do have a tweed-y blazer with elbow patches…. now I am very disappointed to realize I maybe shouldn’t wear it with jeans and boots! Boo…I probably have some breeches or jodhs buried in a box somewhere!

      • +1. This with a blazer seems acceptable. And as long as your skinny jeans aren’t skin tight. During recess totally appropriate.

        • 2/3 attorney :

          Ok, busted, totally a what-to-wear-during-recess question!

          • If you’re showering, you’re above 40% of the staff. I am always amazed at the funk that happens when Members go home. I think we should change the gift rules to allow distribution of dry shampoo!

    • I don’t really think *flat* knee-high boots are sexy at all, unless they’re studded or bejeweled or something. I think that would be perfectly OK in a casual office, and way nicer-looking than sneakers.

      • I agree. Unless “knee high” means above the knee (and I wouldn’t think it would). There’s something about thigh-high boots that seems sexual to me, and I think that would be the case even if they were flat (is there such a thing? There must be somewhere, right?).

    • I would think that would be fine. I don’t really think of flat boots as sexy. They seem more elegant to me (I guess an association with posh riding attire??). Definitely an upgrade from sneakers.

    • Anon Analyst :

      I work in a super-casual office and my Friday uniform in cold weather is skinny jeans and knee high boots. Personally, I don’t think flat boots with skinnies are too sexy. I agree with momentsofabsurdity with regard to starting with riding/slouchy boots. I’ve gotten lots of boots from DSW.

  11. The new format looks SO MUCH BETTER!! Snaps to Kat for the quick turn around.

  12. e_pontellier :

    Hey you guise. What does one wear to a Jay-Z concert? This is my first popular music concert of any sort (yes, I know, it’s crazy that it’s taken this long), I’m going with my husband, and I would love to wear comfortable shoes (I wear orthotics…). It’s friday. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    (and Kat – I’m so impressed with how responsive you are with our comments on the new layout!)

    • Comfortable shoes. Just because you have a seat, does not mean you will actually sit in it, especially once everyone around you stands up.

    • First off, I’m totally jealous. I’ve seen Jay Z a few times now (once with Kanye for the Watch the Throne tour last year) and he gives an amazing show. You are going to have such a good time!

      Second, wear what you’re comfortable in. I think I changed into jeans and tall but low-heeled boots after work. My recollection is that the concert started late — maybe 9 p.m. instead of 7:00-7:30? — so wear clothes you are comfortable in. Have fun!

      • Diana Barry :

        Earplugs! Tshirt (statement tee) and jeans, and comfy shoes. Depending on the venue, people may spill beer on you.

    • For concerts I wear the trendier side of my wardrobe, and shoes I’ll be comfortable standing in for however many hours. The last concert I went to I wore a black open-backed top, bright blue (as in, blue-blue, not blue-jean-blue) skinny jeans, and flat red boots, with some sparkly accessories, if that gives you any kind of reference point.

    • Brooklyn, Esq. :

      Oh my gosh, you’re going to the concert at the new Barclay’s???? I want to hear about it! (I live nearish there…)

      Oh right, helpful advice…I would wear flat shoes or boots (you want to be able to get up and dance!), skinny jeans or pants, then a fun top and big jewelry (for me, which means not big at all, but I’m sure you will see some pretty major stuff there…it’ll be awesome).

      Have fun!!

    • Your Dressler book is on its way! I can’t log into Yahoo for some reason, but wanted to confirm. Hope its helpful!

      • e_pontellier :

        You’re the greatest!! Thank you so so much!
        Also, thanks for the wardrobe help everyone. I will feel totally cool rocking out in comfy shoes, jeans, and a trendy top. (and @Brooklyn, Esq., yes at the new Barclays!!!! I am so so excited!)

  13. Love the color and shape of this skirt!

    So, what kind of office do I work at? The kind where I’m out for the morning to have my glucose screening test done (it’s a screen for gestational diabetes), which requires fasting (something I would be extremely unhappy with even if not pregnant), and when I get back to the office, ravenous, there happens to be a huge cinnamon bun waiting for me on my desk. Yeah, that kind of office.

    Almost makes up for the fact that I failed the glucose test. :(

    • Don’t forget, the 1 hour glucose test is designed to have a very low false negative rate and that in turn means that it has a pretty significant false positive rate — they are really working hard not to miss everyone who has GD, so many people who don’t have GD end up getting a false positive on the first test. The three hour test will help sort it out.

    • Congrats on the supportive co-workers!

    • I want your office.

  14. still anon for a while :

    Oh, the irony…

    I posted yesterday after discovering I was pregnant this past weekend, and am one of two female attorneys at a smaller firm (6 attorneys total). I’m due the beginning of May.

    Yesterday the only other female attorney (7 years senior to me) announced to the office as a whole that she is 18 weeks pregnant, due in February. She told the other partners about three weeks ago. After the congratulations at the meeting, they announced that to deal with that crunch (which it is, we’re slammed), they are asking nobody to take pre-planned vacation time from Feb until June.

    I just had to tell somebody. What are the chances of something like this happening?

    • more than you’d think!! if we didn’t just have 2 of my 8 associate group announce they were pregnant 3 weeks ago, I would have sworn I work with you!! I’m not one of the mommies-to-be, I’m going to be one of the slammed ones!! Nothing you can do – they’ll survive, congrats!!!

    • Anon for This :

      Something similar happened at my office. I announced, and then 2 months later, another attorney announced she is due exactly 2 months after me.

  15. Shopping help –

    I live in cardigans and shells/tshirts in the winter. I have to make a concerted effort to NOT wear a cardigan every day. I have a bunch of solid sweaters that I like, but I’m really looking for more printed long-sleeved (or 3/4 sleeve) shirts. I generally try to avoid button-ups because I’m bosomy, but I love secretary/bow blouses. Business casual office, erring on the side of casual. Any suggestions?

    • Check out Boden for printed shirts. They have some nice cross-over jersey tops and also button-ups. I’m a bit bosomy, too, but sometimes the Boden button-ups fit. I think Modcloth and Dorothy Parker are good sources for bow blouses (I love them too! So happy to find out I’m not the only one, many here seem to not like them so much), I also recently got a colorful (some might say gaudy) one from Old Navy. To be fair, many of the ON and DP ones look like they might need a cami underneath. Last winter I got a bow blouse from DP that is ivory with black birds printed on it, I really like it. DP quality is decent, somewhat better than ON.

      I’d also check the usual suspects of Loft, Limited, NY&Co, BR, maybe even Piper Lime. I’m thinking about places that have good searchable websites. I think the Macys and Lord & Taylor websites are not very good, and the bricks-and-mortar versions near me also are not great, so I don’t really know what they have. Oh, it requires some digging, but H&M sometimes has cute print blouses, +/- bows.

      • ChinaRette :

        Great recommendations! I’m in the same boat. I’ll say–used to hate Ann Taylor Loft, but I went in there recently and the outfits were GORGEOUS. Pretty colors, flattering cuts…much better than they used to be.

      • Thanks! I always forget about Dorothy Perkins. I’ve checked out the stuff before but haven’t taken the plunge. Good to know on the quality.

        • I think DP runs a bit smaller than US brands. I’m usually an XS at Loft, Old Navy, NY&Co, especially for more “drapey” tops and at DP I was a 4 for the drapey top and probably a 6 for anything more fitted. I ordered one of their short-sleeve button-ups in 4 and it was way too tight across the chest. They usually have a free shipping deal going, and if you sign up for their email you should get a coupon. Returns are not free and require standing in line at the post office and filling out customs forms. Not a big deal, but not like just throwing an envelope in the mailbox. I think it cost me about $13 to return 3 shirts and a dress.

    • Maybe more dressy than casual but I’m wearing today a faux-wrap blouson top from Talbot’s that I love, works great on my bosomy shape. I’ve got the black polka-dot one but just put red and black in my shopping cart. (My self-imposed shopping ban is in tatters.) It runs large — I’m usually a 12-14, usually have to get an XL in tops (esp. t-shirts) but the medium fits me great.

      http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?rootCategory=cat70008&id=prdi29455

      http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi29437&mode=search&backurl=%2Fonline%2Fsearch%2FsearchResults.jsp%3Fquestion%3Dblouson%26trail%3D%26pageNum%3D0%26addFacet%3DSRCH%253Ablouson%26removeFacet%3D

      Best of all, there’s a 25% off coupon with free shipping, so it’s $45 instead of $60. Code: 928089379

    • Reposting, without links, drat the moderation.

      Maybe more dressy than casual but I’m wearing today a faux-wrap blouson top from Talbot’s that I love, works great on my bosomy shape. I’ve got the black polka-dot one but just put red and black in my shopping cart. (My self-imposed shopping ban is in tatters.) It runs large — I’m a 12-14, usually have to get an XL in tops (esp. t-shirts) but the medium fits me great.

      Best of all, there’s a 25% off coupon with free shipping, so it’s $45 instead of $60. Code: 928089379

  16. paging TCFKAG :

    I submitted something to your tumblr about a week ago but I’m fairly certain I did it wrong.. I hate using tumblr for anything other than looking at other people’s pretty pictures.
    But.. just in case- I need jeans, preferably ones that aren’t skintight denim (skintight ponte knit fake jeans I can handle if you have good suggestions for those) the catch- I HATE HATE HATE wearing pants… however I live in a place where they are going to be more of a necessity than they were in the other half of the state for college.
    I am short (5’4) and heavier (bouncing around between a 16 and 20 depending on cut, brand etc. I think this is going to be an activity where I need to actually go try things on so brick and mortar suggestions are great too- the closest real shopping to me is either Wrentham or actual Boston to give you a rough location.
    If anyone else has suggestions I will happily take them too!

    • paging TCFKAG :

      oops… meant to sign that as being from manomanon

    • Ugh. Just lost a long comment to “posting too quickly.” Short answer: Try Old Navy. Go early, try on dozens of pairs and skip to the checkout to pay a fraction of the price of premium denim.

      • One word of warning about Old Navy, is that if you are large-of-thigh (like me), old navy may not be your friend. I gave it way too many chances and had to give up. Also try JAG brand pull-on denim (Nordstrom carries it as do other dept stores)

  17. do DO, da do do!

  18. Is anyone else STILL a giddy fangirl jumping up and down inside about the aDORable Castle premiere last night!?!? Oh, and Shirtless Nathan Fillion, Yes Please!!!!

    no…
    just me?……
    oh well ;o)

  19. Love the skirt. Would look awesome with blue, grey, or cream blazers. Must stay on SHOPPING HIATUS.

  20. Amelia Bedelia :

    does anyone have a JCrew promo code??? I need shorts last minute and even their sale prices make me squirm!

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