Archives for December 2017

News of Interest to Overachieving Chicks (2017 roundup!)

2016 Career News for Young Working WomenHappy Almost 2018! We realize that many of you may not have time to click on all (or maybe any) of the links in each week’s Weekly News Update, so we’ve gathered some of the most notable or memorable stories that we highlighted during the past year, organized by topic. Readers: Tell us some of your favorite news stories that were relevant to overachieving chicks during 2017 (whether we covered them or not)?

Interesting Stories on Work Fashion

  • The Atlantic took a stab at why workwear went from suits and ties to, well, just about anything as long as there isn’t “too much skin.”
  • The Work Uniform: The Washingtonian talked to Renata Briggman, who adopted a work uniform to avoid having to decide what to wear: “she wears black slacks, black shoes, a grey blazer and a white shirt. Every. Single. Day.” Along similar lines, Business Insider shared how a work uniform can streamline your routine — and Fast Company provided six women’s work uniforms to save time and energy when getting ready in the morning.
  • Bored Panda told the story of 63-year-old Fordham professor Lyn Slater, who was mistaken for a fashion celeb during New York Fashion Week and now works as a model with Elite London. (Love this story!)
  • Racked shared where to find “nude” lingerie for all skintones.
  • Huffington Post shared Chelsea Clinton’s response to comments about her favorite pair of scuffed-up pumps.
  • Here are the 2016 Award Winning Undies as voted by the customers of HerRoom (affiliate link).
  • The Atlantic told the lesser-known history of the little black dress.
  • The Huffington Post reported that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced plans to update the decades-old House dress code after its recent criticisms — and the The New York Times shared readers’ responses to its article about “appropriate” work attire.

Career-Related News of Note

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Our Favorite Suits for Women, 2017

best suits for women 20172017 was a great year for suits for women — these are some of my favorites from our regular feature, “Suit of the Week.” (Each picture links back to the original post… and of course, don’t forget to check out The Corporette Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting (recently updated!).)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 20162015201420132012 and 2010.

Readers, which were your favorite suits we featured this year? Did you buy any great ones you loved? best suits for women 2017

Please note that anything with an asterisk is still available!

Pictured below: January / February / March

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Favorite Accessories for Work, 2017 Edition

Like our workwear recommendations, we recommend one accessory (or desk accessory) appropriate for the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Mondays I try to pick a budget-friendly piece, and the prices rise on Tuesday and Thursday. I generally try to include one shoe and one bag each week, but the third item varies — we’ve done watches, wallets, scarves, hair accessories, office accessories, coats, and more. These were my favorites of 2017 — if you’re curious about older ones, here were my favorites from 20162015,  201420132012, and 2010. (Please note that anything marked with an asterisk is still available!)

Ladies, did we miss any of your favorites? Was there any shoe, bag, necklace or more that you bought in 2017 and loved to wear to work (whether featured by us or not)? the best shoes and bags to wear to work 2017

Pictured below: January / February* / March

the best shoes and bags to wear to work 2017 - Ferragamo, Gigi, DvF

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48 of the Best After-Christmas Sales for Workwear (and Kat’s Top 21)

xmas 2017 sales - stylish work clothes saleHappy holidays, everyone! I’ve already taken a pretty close look at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started, but I thought I’d take a peek around to see what other sales are worth noting today… are you on the hunt for anything in particular? (Coats? Boots?) Have you found any ah-ma-zing sales for workwear or other? (My top 21 sales — the ones I’d hit first — are marked in bold; which are yours?)

Picture credit: Originally uploaded to Flickr by Ged Carroll (modified slightly). 

  • 6PM After Christmas Clearance, 60% or more off MSRP. (Whoa, tons of $400+ suitcases come down to under $50.)
  • Ann Taylor Semi Annual Sale, up to 70% off all sale styles!
  • Anthropologie – Winter tag sale, enjoy an EXTRA 30% off sale items!
  • ASOS – Up to 50% off!
  • Banana Republic – Today, extra 60% off sale + 40% off regular-priced items. Sister site Old Navy has up to 75% off clearance, sister site Gap is offering an extra 20% off the winter sale, and sister site Athleta is offering an extra 20% off all sale items, today only.
  • Bloomingdale’s – After-Christmas sale and clearance, save up to 75% off!
  • Boden – Sale up to 60% off (plus f/s over $49)! (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Boden.)
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale! Plus, save an additional 15% off online through 12/27.
  • Cole Haan – Extra 30% off sales styles with code SAVE.
  • Club Monaco – Up to 60% off sale when you take an additional 30% off already marked-down styles.
  • DressBarn – Clearance, now up to 60% off
  • Everlane Choose what you pay! The Clearance.
  • Express – 50% off everything (ends tomorrow)!
  • French Connection – Extra 40% off sale with code FCE40S.
  • J.Crew – Extra 30% off final sale styles.
  • J.Crew Factory Take an extra 60% off clearance with code SIXTY.
  • GiGi New York Holiday Closet Sale, 50% off now!
  • H&M – 1000s of new styles added, up to 70% off.
  • Hugo Boss – Final reductions, up to 50% off.
  • Kate Spade New York – Take an extra 40% off all sale styles with code EXTRATREAT.
  • Lands’ End The Great Winter Sale – prices up to 60% off! (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ End.)
  • Last Call – Extra 60-90% off clearance, one day only!
  • L.K. Bennett – Up to 50% off.
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code WRAPITUP.
  • Lord & Taylor – Extra 50% off women’s clearance apparel for total savings of up to 80% off.
  • Macy’s – Free shipping with $49+ purchase, and an extra 15-20% off select departments.
  • Madewell – End of season sale, take an extra 30% off all sale styles.
  • Mango – Sale, up to 50% off. (Lots of cute coats!)
  • Naturalizer – Today only, 50% off boots and 25% off everything else.
  • New York & Company – Everything on sale, up to 80% off, PLUS save an extra $25 off your purchase of $100+.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, save up to 50% now through January 2. See our roundup for workwear.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack, take an extra 25% off clearance for total savings of up to 75% off!
  • Neiman Marcus – After Christmas Sale, up to 55% off (plus extra 25% off select sale items)!
  • The Outnet – Sale, enjoy an extra 50% off (final sale).
  • Reiss – Further reductions, up to 50% off.
  • Saks – Last day: The Designer Sale! Up to 70% off designer selection.
  • Saks OFF 5TH – Extra cut clearance, take an extra 25% off with code ALLYOURS.
  • Sephora – Tons of gift sets on sale! (See our recent discussion of “beauty empties” for Kat and the readers — things we use all the way and buy again!)
  • ShopBop – Sale on sale, get up to 75% off by taking an additional 25% off all sale items! (1000s of new markdowns!)
  • Talbots Red Hanger Sale! Extra 50% off markdowns for savings up to 70% off. (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)
  • Target – Save up to 70% when you take an extra 20% off clearance clothing, shoes & accessories for all…
  • Theory End of season sale, up to 60% off!
  • Tory Burch – Semi-Annual sale, take an additional 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30.
  • Tumi – Semi-Annual Sale!
  • Victoria’s Secret – Panty party, 7 for $28.
  • Ulta – Jumbo love, lowest prices of the season…
  • Uniqlo – Lowest prices of the season on tons of coats and other basics.
  • White House | Black Market –  Up to 60% off original prices, and 40% off already-reduced prices.
  • Zappos Winter Clearance, for a limited time only!

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What to Wear to Work: Our Favorite Workwear Recommendations from 2017

what to wear to work in 2017Every weekday here at Corporette®, I offer one suggestion for an item that I would wear to work. Sometimes readers love the item, and wow do you guys hate it sometimes. Sometimes *I* love it, sometimes it was just the best I could find given the restraints (for those who haven’t noticed, Monday and Tuesday tend to be pricier items, Wednesday is in the $100-$150 price range, Thursday is in the $50-$100 price range, and Friday is in the “under $50” range.) Still, as the end of the year approaches I thought I’d look back over the past year and choose my personal favorites from the things I recommended… each picture is from one month, starting with January in the upper left-hand corner. Please note that anything marked with an asterisk is still available! (Oh: and please feel free to use this post as an open thread today!)

What were your favorite things you bought to wear to work in 2017, ladies? Did we include your favorites from our recommendations for what to wear to work in today’s roundup?what to wear to work in 2017 - favorite work outfit recommendations

If you’re curious, here are links to the similar roundups from 20162015201420132012, and 2010.

Pictured below: January / February* / March*

what to wear to work 2017: favorite recommendations from Corporette - Frame, MM LaFleur, Shabby Apple

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Deal Alert: Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is On (Merry Christmas!)

nordstrom half-yearly sale xmas 2017Whoa — Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly sale just started! (Merry Christmas!) I’ll do a bigger post later today or tomorrow, but a quick swing through the sale section shows some MAJOR deals to be had on great basics like lingerie (Natori, Hanky Panky, Spanx), denim (AG, Paige, Wit & Wisdom), shoes (AGL, Weitzman, Cole Haan), bags (Tory Burch, Tumi, Kate Spade), and of course workwear like Hugo Boss, Vince Camuto, Equipment, and Halogen).

Pictured at top, $71 – $374: flat / pump / dress / toteblazer

Other big sales of note today:

  • Boden is up to 50% off, plus free shipping over $49 (check out our guide to how to build a work wardrobe at Boden, with all the classic stuff to buy)
  • Saks is up to 70% off (online only, I believe)
  • Zappos has a ton of stuff on sale, including best-sellers like UGG, Hunter, Sorel, and more…

I’ll be adding some of the great deals I’m seeing on clothes directly below, and shoes, bags and more at the bottom — what are your favorites, ladies?

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