Weekend Open Thread

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My weekend style is definitely liking the tougher styles brands are showing right now — boots like these almost make me want to find my Dr. Martens from college and see if they still fit.  I like these highly-rated, tough looking boots from Born for wear with all sorts of things from leggings to skinny jeans.  They’re $175 at Zappos. Born Alamid

(Here’s a less expensive option.)

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ponte Skater Skirt

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

Ponte Skater Skirt (24"! long!) | CorporetteI was recently perusing a guide to budget fashion and found a bunch of stores I’d never heard of before, including DownEast Basics.  There, I found this ponte skater skirt, which looks like a great alternative to all of the minis I’ve seen elsewhere.  To compare: this one is 24″ long; The Limited’s popular skater skirt is 19.” (This was standard in our recent hunt for flared skirts, particularly among the less expensive options.)  This one comes in black and blue in sizes XXS-XL, and is $27. Try code ANNIV20 to take another 20% off in their anniversary sale.   Ponte Skater Skirt

(Here’s a similar option in plus sizes.)

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Coffee Break: One-Button Knit A-Line Coat

Vera Wang One-Button Knit A-Line Coat | CorporetteOooh: I love this knit A-line coat from Vera Wang Outerwear, which looks professional but feminine. That doesn’t sound like much to write home about, but finding a feminine, flattering coat that looks good on top of other stuff can be difficult — this coat, for example (which also comes in plus sizes), is amazing, but would probably only look good on top of skin-tight clothing like leggings. Anyhoo: love the Vera Wang coat, and at $450, it isn’t even that bad as far as coats go. Vera Wang Outerwear One-Button Knit A-Line Coat

Here are a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.

How to Organize Your Office

How to Organize Your Office | CorporetteLet’s talk about a subject near and dear to our hearts, ladies: how do you organize your office and your work (or otherwise get things done)? We’ve talked about cute office supplies, the best notebooks, planners, and office padfolios — as well as how to keep notes to CYA — but we haven’t talked about this directly.  Reader A wonders:

I would love to see more articles on the best ways to organize your work in the office, i.e., a folder with separate notes for each project or client v. one notebook for all meetings/projects, how to organize your day or to-do list, how to turn meeting notes into a to-do list, etc. I’d also love some suggestions on day planners, notebooks, and other office supplies.

Fun topic!  Personally, when I was a lawyer, I played around with having a single notebook per case, as well as having one notebook or notepad that I grabbed whenever I was heading out to take notes.  If memory serves I finally settled on a folder system — I would keep one “general” folder with all of my initial notes from prior pleadings and general strategy notes, and then I’d start a new folder for each major assignment I was tasked with (memo, research, portion of a brief, whatever).  I would keep the recent and active folders near my desk in a folder tower (where each case had its own little slot — something similar to what I had is pictured above), and then move them to a filing drawer or redweld once the case was Really Truly Over, or once the assignment got stale enough and I needed more room closest to my desk. (Oh, and I love my label maker.) [Read more...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim

Aqua Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve eyed this soft jacket with faux leather trim a number of times, and think I’ll finally post it — it looks like a great addition to a work wardrobe or a weekend wardrobe. It’s $108, and available in sizes XS-L. AQUA Quilted Jacket with Faux Leather Trim

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Suit of the Week: Armani

Armani Collezioni Crepe Jersey Fitted One Button JacketFor 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Armani has been killing it lately with beautiful, feminine suits.  I love this crêpe jersey one with peak lapels, a slit peplum, and what looks like a double layer effect (from the peplum) in the back.  I like that it’s paired with a simple pencil skirt, too.  The whole effect is classy and professional, yet feminine and pretty — lovely.  The jacket (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Fitted One-Button Jacket) is $1395, and the skirt (Armani Collezioni Crepe-Jersey Pencil Skirt) is $475).

Here’s a less-expensive option (try code EXTRA25 to get an extra 25% off everything) and a plus-size skirt suit and pants suit.

armani feminine suit