Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Shirred Column Print Jersey Dress

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

Norma Kamali - Women's Shirred Column Print Jersey DressWe’ve only just realized that there is an amazing Norma Kamali collection at Walmart, of all places — including a ton of great, work-appropriate pieces (such as this dress, which is sadly sold out online in this print but still available in limited sizes in the black).  We like the basic cut, the glowing reviews (especially from the plus-sized purchasers!) and the price:  $20 for the dress.  There’s a trench that’s around $35, but most pieces are $20 or under.  Outstanding.   Norma Kamali – Women’s Shirred Column Print Jersey Dress

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Coffee Break: Simon Sebbag Triple Strand Bib Necklace

5We’re big fans of a simple strand of pearls — but there’s something to be said about a colorful bib necklace like this gorgeous one from Simon Sebbag.  For almost any outfit that you’d add a set of pearls to, this kind of necklace can make a fashion-forward statement, become a signature piece of yours, and add a lovely dose of color to your face.  (For some reason, with regard to turquoise, we always remember something that Sarah Michelle Gellar said years ago on the red carpet, perhaps while wearing this:  I figured, hey, I’m young, so I should wear the color while I can.  We have no opinion on whether turquoise looks bad on older women, but we were intrigued by the quote.)  This necklace is $375 at Nordstrom.    Simon Sebbag Triple Strand Bib Necklace

How Not to Gain Weight Over the Summer Recruiting Season

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2016 Update: We still stand by the below advice — but if you’d like to check out our more recent discussion on how not to gain weight as a summer associate, you can check it out here. 

Summer is nearly upon us!  As law school, business school, and college  interns flood the workforce, calendars fill with networking lunches, team building meetings, and “get to know your coworkers” cocktail parties —  all with lots of food (and alcohol).  Reader A is particularly worried about the summer associate life in BigLaw:

I’m about to start a job as a summer associate at a Big Law firm. I’ve been told to expect daily lunches out, and been warned about the corresponding weight gain that usually happens. I’m particularly sensitive about not wanting to be the High Maintenance Associate–if I’m daily asking for “dressing on the side,” will I come off as obnoxious? Any tips for navigating the summer? Thanks.

This is a great question, because the summer can be a really difficult time for both those being recruited and those doing the recruiting.  We’ve talked about business lunch etiquette before, and we’ve also talked about trying to diet while working a corporate gig — but now let’s talk maintenance.  (Pictured:  Salad Lunch, originally uploaded to Flickr by 427.) Some tips: [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Sparkle & Fade Pleated Silk Tee

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

Urban Outfitters isn’t in our usual hit list for the TPS report, we’ll admit, but today we are liking this slouchy, stripey silk blouse from Sparkle & Fade.  We’d wear it with a black pencil skirt, a long opera-length necklace, and perhaps a pair of flats with just a bit of a point to the toe — maybe in a color, otherwise just a black or skin-toned shoe.  We like the “hair up” look with the boatnecked neckline, for whatever reason, so we’re also seeing it with a low, slightly messy bun for the workday. The top is $54 at Urban Outfitters (sizes XS-L). Sparkle & Fade Pleated Silk Tee

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Suit of the Week

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iconFor 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 light brown suiting from Tahari, which has just enough linen to make it great for summer, but enough other fabrics to make us hope it won’t be a wrinkled mess after an hour of wearing it. We like the interesting double-layered look to the jacket, as well as the topstitching detail. The jacket (Tahari ASL Exclusively for Bloomingdale’s Jade Cross-Weave Jacket) is $168, and the pants (Tahari ASL Exclusively for Bloomingdale’s Lila Cross-Weave Straight-Leg Pants) are $138. (We are also undecided on whether this sheath dress matches the set or not (Tahari ASL Exclusively for Bloomingdale’s “Helen” Belted Sheath Dressicon) — we’ll have to check and get back to you.)

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Previously, on Corporette…

corp-square-logo-2-aug08 This time last year, here’s what was on our minds…

and — in May 2008 —

work fashion blog press mentions