Archives for October 2017

Coffee Break: 6-oz. Supima Flannel Sheet

Flannel sheets are not sexy at all, but if you’re looking for crazy-soft, thick, good sheets as the weather gets colder, 6-oz. flannel is where it’s at (followed closely by 5-oz. flannel, but 6-oz. is the softest, thickest, and most luxurious). I highly recommend them if you want to treat yourself. One of the best things to get at Lands’ End is sheets, and I have some that have been really lovely. I’m liking these flannel sheets with gray and blue options — they come in pretty much every size from Twin to California King. They’re $179–$214, but Lands’ End’s current sale gives you 31% off with code OCTOBER and PIN 3110. Another great place for flannel sheets (which readers turned me on to in our discussion of the best sheets) is Garnet Hill, such as this gorgeous set. Pictured: 6-oz. Supima Flannel Sheet

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What Businesswomen Should Wear In the Middle East

What Businesswomen Should Wear In the Middle East: Advice from the Corporette ReadersI recently got a great question from an old friend, T, that I thought was very interesting and worth a discussion here — she’s wondering what businesswomen should wear in the Middle East (specifically Qatar, pictured with a stock photo here).

Just curious if you have done any posts on Corporette on appropriate wear for women who have business trips in the Middle East? I just found out that I have to present at [a conference] in Qatar in [a few weeks’] time (the audience will be 99% Qatari men) and give a private briefing to [a VIP who can’t attend the conference]. Internet searching has revealed that I can wear Western attire (no need to don a headscarf, etc.) but on the very conservative end — elbows, knees, and cleavage covered. But I’m still trying to get a handle on how to translate that into actual outfits that will look professional and appropriate to this audience. Perhaps this would merit a discussion to see if any other readers have had business on the Arabian peninsula and their experiences as to what sort of attire they found appropriate? Thanks in advance!

Wow — first, huge congrats to my old friend T; sounds like you’re rocking it — and second, it is a very interesting question. (I’m feeling a bit like the luggage salesman in Joe vs the Volcano who, upon hearing of the great adventure Joe is about to embark on, says, “That’s very exciting … as a luggage problem.”) From my Internet research, the answer seems to vary widely according to the country — Qatar (particularly Doha) looks like it’s very Western, whereas Saudi Arabia is much more conservative, obviously, requiring a long dress. Also from Googling, I’ve seen a lot of images of people at conferences in Qatar where the women wear pantsuits (interestingly, with a lot of peep-toe shoes, which I would have thought would be a no-no — I would stick with closed-toe shoes myself).

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Sheath Dress

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

Happy Halloween! This sheath dress is from Emerson Rose, which may or may not be the brand that Nordstrom intends as a replacement for Classiques Entier, which before that sort of replaced Semantiks. (They mix up their house brands from time to time — the last time this happened, I don’t remember whether there was overlap between the two brands or not.) Emerson Rose has been around for a year or two, and the pieces are generally office appropriate. This dress, which looks great, does have a bit of an exposed zipper, but it’s not horrible, and it certainly isn’t the full zip like we noticed at the end with all Classiques Entier dresses. People usually either love or hate these kinds of necklines — I kind of like this one, but in general a lot of them remind me of the ’80s movie Soapdish (which is amazing, by the way). It does sound like they’re having fit issues with this — that’s why the reviews are low — but it’s a great sheath dress for $149. I like the three-quarter sleeves and the neckline and the hemline, and note that it’s not ponte; it’s a suiting fabric. It comes in sizes 4–16 at Nordstrom for $149. Stretch Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Vixen Bootie

These booties from Sole Society are very highly rated, and they come in seven colors, including gray, burgundy, navy, and a dusky pink. The pictured black suede would be great if you’re looking for a very simple, low-heeled bootie to wear with black tights. The heel is 2.25″ and they have a side zip. The available sizes are 4–12, which is a wider than average range. They’re on sale for $60 (down from $99) at Nordstrom. Vixen Bootie

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Psst: I just noticed the Friends & Family sale at Talbots ends tonight — 30% off everything. Check out our recent post on the reader favorites to buy to build your work wardrobe at Talbots.

Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Demetria 2 Flare Leg Good Wool Suit Pants

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I don’t think I’ve ever done this wittingly before — posting a suit in two different Workwear Reports. We featured a Theory suit jacket a couple of weeks ago, but at the time I didn’t realize that it was part of a suit. I love the other half, these electric pink pants — they’re really fun and have a flare leg that we’re seeing as a more trendy option right now. I would wear this with a red sweater or a red accent as well as neutrals like navy, white, and black. The pants, which are part of Theory’s new, environmentally-friendly “Good Wool” collection, are $295 at Nordstrom. They come in sizes 00–12 and are also available in black. Demetria 2 Flare Leg Good Wool Suit Pants

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size option.

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Weekend Open Thread

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I don’t know what it is lately but I can’t get enough of things that have little thumbholes in them, like this wrap sweatshirt. It has pockets and looks like a great shirt for lounging on the weekend and going to and from the gym, etc. It comes in regular and plus sizes at Nordstrom for $99–$109. Elevate Me Wrap Sweatshirt

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