Career Advice

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Weekly Round-Up

– A Boston Globe columnist explores what things women should never wear, including an item of clothing so vile it inspires the columnist to ask: “Is there anything a woman could wear that says more loudly, ‘I am not to be taken seriously in either the professional or sexual arenas’?” We’ll let you click to find out what that is. [Miss Conduct]

– Ms. JD has a hilarious assessment of an article on a male author’s article, “How to Use Gender Bias To Ensure Your Career Success.” Tip: no giggling or crying. [Ms. JD] A more serious piece (written by a woman) on how to negotiate boardroom-speak is here. [The Glass Hammer]

– Bunnyshop has a guide to international hair salons. Handy! [Bunnyshop]

– Learn from the mistakes of Zoe Cruz, Carly Fiorinina, and Martha Stewart: Maintain your “Feminine Mystique.” [Boston Herald]

– Tips for boosting your brain power and preventing Alzheimers. The tip we like: use your non-dominant hand for basic things such as brushing your teeth. [WSJ]

– Do you travel frequently for work? Here are the top 20 airports to avoid. [Forbes]

– NYT has 31 Places to Go This Summer (and avoid the Euro). [NYT]

– Addicted to caffeine? Us too. Here’s a guide on how to break the addiction. [New York]

– If your parents and grandparents are just starting to think about divvying up their estate, we recommend this article: you may have a very interesting Thanksgiving dinner ahead of you. [BusinessWeek]

– Ooh, great round-up of different online stores to sell you local produce. [NYT]

– A musical version of the movie 9 to 5 is coming to Broadway! Musics and lyrics written by Dolly Parton herself. [ET] [Photo above: Nine to Five – Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition – Full Screen]

– Finally: a cool little video on The Girl Effect. [YouTube via Feminist Law Professors]

Generation Pantyhose

pantyhose-for-workThere’s an interesting story in today’s WSJ regarding pantyhose, and how it causes a generational divide between workers. That’s definitely true! We here at Corporette think they should be worn on the most formal of occasions — court appearance, meeting with the CEO, etc — but for daily work they aren’t necessary. We were surprised, a few weeks ago, when we ran our first poll and 50% of you said that they weren’t ever necessary. At left: SPANX All The Way Up! Pantyhose Hosiery.

Anyway, our jaw dropped when we read the article in the WSJ:

This is the issue that lately has occupied the mind of Jim Holt, president of Mid American Credit Union, a small financial institution in Wichita, Kan. Mr. Holt is 58 and a three-decade member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He joined Mid American, which has 50 employees, four years ago, inheriting a dress code that prohibited, for women, such things as boots and mules, or backless shoes. The company required “hose” at all times — even under pants. [Read more…]

Excuse us for the lack of posts

working girlWe apologize for the lack of posts — in addition to our day jobs taking up far too much of our time, we’ve been working on a big story (should be up by Friday): a review of all the new invitation-only online sales sites. We’ve also been working on various technical glitches on the site (and we’re happy to report that the RSS feed link is now working again).

In the meantime, allow us to post a clip of one of our most favorite make-over movies: Working Girl. It’s funny how Sigourney Weaver’s character doesn’t look that out of style — the shoulder pads are a bit much, but still. We were trying to find the clip where Joan Cusack says, “But it isn’t even lea-tha,” but, alas, we could not. (If you have it, please e-mail us!!) (Full video after the jump…)

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Weekend Round-Up

– Yet another article on lady lawyers and clothes… [ABA Journal]

– Are you in “lean” mode, perhaps trying to save for a downpayment on a house or to pay off school debt? Let this article be your inspiration; it brings back fond memories of our lean days just starting out. [NYT]

– Collect male mentors, just like other successful women! [Nation News]

– What were you told a real lady “had” to do? [WowOwow]

– Five plants even you can’t kill (for your garden, not your office). [ChicagoTrib]

– Ah, so this is what one of our favorite funny writers has been doing since the late ’90s: learning how to enjoy classical music. [Joel Stein in LAT

Weekly Round-Up: If you wear it to play, don’t wear it to work

pink polish for work– The Girls in the Beauty Department round up the best pink nail polishes. [Glamour] We totally want the one The Daily Obsession recommended, though (pictured). (Available at Nordstrom.)

– Eeek! How did we miss this? “Clothing” arguments for a new legal dress code. We luuuurve the rule that “if you wear it to play, don’t wear it to work.” [ForbesLife Executive Woman] Oh, and speaking of lady lawyers, the Observer, well, observes that the Litigatrix has eaten Ally McBeal for breakfast. [NY Observer]

– Oooh, ten bags under $1000. [BagSnob]

– On the off chance you’re working in Second Life, Counterfeit Chic has some fashion advice for your avatar. [Counterfeit Chic]

– Long days in front of computers make our necks hurt. But hey — at least we have some government-approved exercises to feel better. [MedicineNet]

– Here’s an interesting site: They focus on Top 15 lists. One we like: Top 15 Podium Tactics From Public Speaking Pros.” [Top 15s]

We love old, musty desks, even in the Internet age

WowOwow has an interesting new segment where they’ll show a “scene” from their daily life.  Today, it’s desks. We’re sort of an odd duck: we’ve been in love with desks for a while now.  (We were also in love with libraries as a child, so this may not be that odd.)  In our opinion, the right desk is a declaration of self as well as a power statement.  Yes, they’re huge and expensive, but they may have hidden drawers and engravings and inlays — and all those details tell you something about the person beneath the suit.  We’ve seen some gorgeous desks through the years — editor’s desks, professor’s desks, CEO’s desks, judge’s desks, law firm partner’s desks — and every single one of them has taught us something about the person.  Who they are, what they’re really like beneath the suit.  How messy they are.  How powerful they think they are.  How attentive to details they are.  It’s also sort of come to represent a true form of success: no one in the junior ranks has a desk like this.  You are a boss — either the boss of many other people, or a boss of yourself.  Either way, you’re no longer the midlevel.

Come to think of it, we have no idea where one even purchases these desks.  (We found the image above by Googling “partner’s desks.”)

In the wOw spread, we love Judith Martin’s desk the best — it kind of looks like the place Miss Manners would work.

2017 Update: I BELIEVE you can still see images of the desks here; here’s the Wayback machine link to the original post on the wowOwow site (which, yes, seemed antiquated even back in 2008 — it’s interesting to see it apparently morphed into the site PureWow).

wOw Scenes: Our Desks

Image above: “Seven Seas” collection by Hooker Furniture, available at

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