Will Flats Fly in Court?

flats for courtToday’s reader mail comes from Reader L, an injured woman lawyer, who wonders if she can wear flats to court —

I am a junior partner at a smaller firm in Pennsylvania. I am also a mother of two young children and therefore, on any given day, can be seen carrying my 8 month old in her carseat/carrier, holding a file in my other hand, with my laptop bag strapped across my chest and purse on my shoulder, prodding my almost-three year old forward with my knee as necessary. And of course, I commit this balancing act in heels. Unfortunately, I think this routine has taken its toll, and on Monday, I woke up with such tremendous back pain that I literally could not get out of bed. After four days on the couch and some visits to the chiropractor, I am finally mobile again. However, he has cautioned against wearing heels for a while, until I am feeling 100%. I am concerned about upcoming court appointments – the climate here is fairly conservative (judges have commented on female attorneys wearing pantsuits before, noting they are “inappropriate” for court) and I wonder how flats will play in court. How should I handle this? Should I say something, even informally, to make the court aware of my back issues? Apologize for the flats? Ignore the whole situation and hope that no one notices? I just feel like I won’t look professional enough wearing flats with a suit for court.

Feel better soon! To answer this Q, we asked a friend who had foot surgery — her doctor similarly put a blanket prohibition on heels.  Her thoughts: “I think flats are totally acceptable.  I wore them for months after my foot surgery.  It was only when I was wearing my sneakers for 2 months after the operation that I would say something to judges or attorneys.  The flats, however, should look as professional as high heel shoes which can be difficult to find.”  We agree 100%. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Graphic Animal Print Skirt

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

Ann Taylor Graphic Animal Print SkirtWe’re liking this animal print skirt from Ann Taylor, even though (or perhaps because) the print primarily looks abstract to us.  Bright pastels, we think, would particularly pop against the skirt — we’d wear it with a basic white tee and a bright yellow cardigan.  It’s $88 at Ann Taylor, available in sizes 00 to 18.  Graphic Animal Print Skirt

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Suit of the Week

Andy The-Anh Tweed Jacket & PantsFor 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. Today we’re liking this suit by Andy The-Anh, despite a few hesitations.  First, the good — the trousers are perfectly flared, and the way the jacket nips in is absolutely gorgeous.  We like the proportions in general, and we love the gray.  The only thing that slightly throws us for a loop is the extra white fabric on the jacket and on the pants pockets — it looks great with the poplin blouse, but we’re not sure we can picture it with another color.  Still:  lovely, wearable suit.  It’s available at Neiman Marcus for $564 (Tweed Jacket) and $379 (Tweed Pants).

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Big News — And Introductions

corporette introAfter all, it is meet your friendly anonymous blogger day!

So here’s the deal, guys — we have been incredibly, incredibly honored to have such a great dialog with you since we started this blog in May 2008.  We’ve gone from having 400 readers that first month, to about 35,000 unique readers each month.  With growth comes new opportunities, and so we have some big news — starting soon, we’ll be partnering with InStyle magazine and AK Anne Klein for a series of fashion events at Macy stores around the country, where we’ll advise on trends as well as how to adapt different AK Anne Klein pieces for different situations.  We’re so excited!

However, it has occurred to us that it’s rather difficult to host a fashion event anonymously.  So… if you’ve ever wondered who it is behind this blog, read more, after the jump…

(Pictured: Mask II, originally uploaded to Flickr by Audringje)

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Draped Top Mix Media Dress

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

Anne Klein has some great pieces on sale right now, including this draped top mix media dress, which we’ve been drooling over since it was $350.  The wide neckline strikes us as graceful but professional, and the bold blue seems energetic and workable for fall, winter and spring.  Lucky sizes (6 and 10) left, and for good reason:  was $350, now $175, with an additional 30% off at checkout and free shipping.  Draped Top Mix Media Dress

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Coffee Break: Tara Hobo

Elie Tahari – Tara Hobo (Deep Aqua Smooth Calf) – Bags and Luggage6pm.com is having a handbag blowout today, including this great basic hobo from Elie Tahari — available in aqua (pictured), as well as dark shades of blue, brown, purple, green, and red — and more.  They were $448, now marked to $150 (today only).  We like the brighter colors to add a bit of punch to an otherwise drab outfit, or the darker colors as a lovely basic (the brown is particularly lovely).   Elie Tahari – Tara Hobo (Deep Aqua Smooth Calf) – Bags and Luggage (Click hereto see the entire selection of hobos that are on sale today.)

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