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Members Only: Which Organizations to Join?

professional organizations to join2016 Update: Check out our more recent discussion about the best professional organizations to join. 

Today, reader D wonders which professional organizations she should join…

My firm expects/requires us to join a professional organization, which presumably leads to networking which eventually leads to clients. Some attorneys are members of the Bar Association relevant to their practice area. The top female attorney in my group is in the Junior League. Another is a member of the city’s business development group. I’m not sure how to find what organizations are out there, and what the right way to evaluate those options is. Whether to go for a more women-centric one? A practice group focused one? Help! I wonder what other Corporette followers are part of.

This is a great question on so many levels.  First, just wondering which organizations to join is an excellent networking question — this author’s tactic when I was really junior was to send a brief email to everyone I admired and ask which organizations they had found to be worth their time.  [Read more…]

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Paisley Dye Burnout 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

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

. Allen Allen – Paisley Dye Burnout Three Fourth Sleeve Cardigan (Kelp)We know:  not for everyone.  Still, we must say that we’ve come back to this cardigan and considered it for a few weeks for a TPS.  We like the paisley pattern, as well as the soothing spring color.  We’d wear it with gray trousers for the office, with perhaps a hot pink accent somewhere in the outfit — a belt, or a nice tank just peeking out from under it.  It’s $62 at Zappos. Allen Allen – Paisley Dye Burnout 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (Kelp) – Apparel

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Weekly News Update (And — Come See Us In Miami!)

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ak instyle corporette.indexed– As we may have mentioned, we’ll be heading to Miami this Thursday night (!) to help host an event at the Dadeland Macy’s with AK Anne Klein and InStyle. We’re so excited!! Posting will continue throughout the week, but we thought we’d do the weekly round-up today instead of Friday. If you’re near Miami, please come out and join us — you can RSVP by calling 305.662.3533, or e-mailing [email protected]

obama bruni-sarkozy.indexedRobin Givhan of the Washington Post has some thoughts on whether the fashion choices of Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are an “international wedge issue.”

Zen Habits has some suggestions on how to simplify your workday.

– The good folks at the WSJ’s The Juggle ponder whether one should hire a CPA or go it alone for tax time.  (Our $.02.:  The only thing we got out of our tax law class was that there are a gazillion rules and exceptions to the Code.  Thus: We’ve been happy with our CPA for the past 7 or 8 years.)

Lifehacker seeks to perfect that mythical creature: the power nap.

Many thanks to this week’s advertisers:
– AK Anne Klein
– Carissa Rose
– MySkins

Suit of the Week

Belted Twill SkirtsuitFor 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.

This week, we’re liking this simple, belted skirt suit from Kay Unger.  We like the seams along the front and back of the jacket, as well as the tortoise shell buttons — we also really like the double vents on the skirt in the back, which seem like they would cause far less problems than a single slit (and look far less frumpy than the ruffle/kick-pleat trend a while back).  It’s $450 at Neiman Marcus in sizes 4-16.  Belted Twill Skirtsuit


Wednesday’s TPS Report: Split Neck Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

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

Split Neck Stretch Cotton Sheath DressReader J wrote to us with a question about the plus-sized version of this dress: “What do you think about this? Sometimes its hard to know how it would drape but I think (from the picture) that it has good structure.  I think I really like the print and am 5’10 so I can usually pull a print off. But at the same time I also kind of hate the print/think it could look ugly.  What do you think?  Could I get away with this at work, is it ugly?”  We agree that prints can be very case-by-case — one print will look great on one girl, but hideous on another — and florals are a big trend right now, so this is something we should talk about.  Here, we like the more abstract nature of the pattern, as well as the strong emphasis on dark brown and purple — for the office, we would focus on picking up those colors in a cardigan or blazer.  As always with Donna Ricco, we do love the structure (all of our DR dresses are slimming and comfortable, but without the need for massive shapewear).  You can get it at Nordstrom for $118 (in regular sizes) or $128 (in plus sizes).  Donna Ricco Split Neck Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

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Readers, what are your thoughts on wearing florals to the office?


The Challenge of Keeping it Under Wraps

wrap dressesToday’s reader mail presents us with a great question about wrap dresses for the office…

I am continually more frustrated with trying to monitor my wrap dresses to ensure that the flap upon my lap/knees is “closed.” Do the readers have any suggestions? There is never enough “wrap” fabric to have it sewn shut along the other seam as some dresses are pre-made that way. I’m on the verge of tossing all my wraps. Thoughts?

We hear you — we own a classic wrap dress that feels more like a robe. We’ve wondered whether a bigger size might be a help (someone told us that the “trick” to wearing wrap dresses is to get them a size or two larger), but this particular wrap dress has pockets that sit in exactly the proper place. We’ve also been less than satisfied with the solutions.  Still, here’s what we’ve tried: [Read more…]

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