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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: The Best Deals on Workwear

Whew — I’ve been busy combing the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale all morning to find the best deals on workwear for you guys! (There’s a TON of great stuff under $100, and some crazy markdowns on investment pieces like Hugo Boss and more.) First, a note — I’m seeing tons of stuff from these workwear brands in the sale, so if you’re a particular fan of one of them do check out the sale:

For underthings, there are good sales on Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Natori, Commando, Cosabella,

For weekends, there are good sales on Zella, Treasure & Bond, Trouve, Bobeau — and I just updated our denim post with links to sales.

Onto some workwear picks for you guys…

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How Many Bags Do You Bring to Work (And: What Does Your Schlep Look Like?)

how many bags should you bring to workWe’ve talked a lot about the commute to work over the years, but we just got a great question about how many bags you should bring to work — specifically, how many do you carry, how large, what stuff do you bring to work, and WHICH bags.  Reader A literally just wrote in to ask this question, wondering how many bags you should bring to work, but it’s such a good one that I can’t wait to hear what the readers say:  what DOES your schlep look like, what do you bring to work each day, and do you bring one large bag or several smaller ones?

Are the days of taking a work bag (lady briefcase type thing) + handbag over? I’m about to become a fully admitted lawyer and my totes just aren’t working – plus it’s a lot to take with me for client meetings! in my mind, two smaller bags is easier than a giant overstuffed one, and it does make it easy for spontaneous lunch and drinks plans, plus can be a little trendier. I want to invest in something really nice but am I missing something?

Such an interesting question, and I think this is going to vary HUGELY based on what everyone’s commutes look like — and what your jobs look like. When chiming in, please share a little about what your commute looks like:

(Pictured above: yeah, not like that. Photo credit: Stencil.)

  • how do you USUALLY get to and from work — drive? subway? taxi/Uber/Lyft? walk?
  • do you have a lot of meetings or other events that require travel during the day?
  • on a USUAL day how many bags do you carry with you — and what do you bring?
  • what does an unusual day look like for you — e.g., what bags do you take with you for court appearances or big presentations, or how do you bring bags to or from work if you’re planning for, say, a long weekend at home with a lot of work?
  • what bags do you keep at the office for “last minute” things, either from a “last minute drinks!” perspective or a “yay I have to take home these three binders and review them asap tonight” perspective

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What Brands Do You Covet Most?

Here’s a random question for you: which brands do you covet most — but haven’t pulled the trigger yet and made a purchase? If there’s a brand where you finally DID pull the trigger after drooling for a while, did it live up to the hype in your mind? In general, which brands do you stalk the most, whether for workwear or weekend? (We got into this a bit on our fun discussion of how you’d spend lottery winnings!)

It’s been a helluva week for me personally (hooray for 6+ hours in the hospital on Monday for my toddler’s surgery for adenoids) — so let’s have a fun discussion today. What brands do you covet the most? If you’ve made a purchase, did it work out well for you — or was it a purchase that was driven largely by this long-standing desire you had to own SOMETHING, anything from the brand? [Read more…]

How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Boden

Welcome to our new series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Boden — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Nordstrom (and view the entire series how to build a work wardrobe here eventually).

Boden is one of the readers’ favorite places to shop online for workwear, and with good reason — most of their workwear is machine washable, has friendly sizing up to size 18, and also offers tall or petite size ranges. Some of our favorite pieces for work include:

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Three Weird Beauty Rules I Follow

weird beauty rules I followI was thinking about this the other day while moisturizing behind my ears: I follow some weird-ass beauty rules. And I got these gems from even weirder places. So I thought it might be a fun thread — what weird beauty rules do YOU follow — and if there’s a story there, where did you get your weird beauty rules?

(Hmmn: I suppose everything in our older post on the best beauty advice you’ve ever heard could count as weird beauty rules, like putting deodorant and dry shampoo on at night! Also, there was a great threadjack about skincare recently — thanks to readers I now want to check out everything from the new-to-me brand The Ordinary.)

Weird Beauty Rule #1: I moisturize behind my ears.

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Nordstrom

how to build a work wardrobeAs I mentioned this morning, Triple Points are available at Nordstrom from today through May 7 — and the store has a TON of classic wardrobe essentials if you’re looking for advice on how to build a work wardrobe for summer or freshen up an older wardrobe. A lot of these pieces in our Workwear Hall of Fame, but I thought I’d feature them here — as always, note that Nordstrom has long been a reader favorite because of their excellent customer service, long return policy, and all the reviews and ratings.

(You can earn Triple Points through the Nordstrom credit card, of course (you can check out our review on becoming a member here) or, in a newish policy, just by signing up for a Rewards card. For every 2,000 points you earn by spending at Nordstrom, Hautelook, or Nordstrom Rack, you’ll get a $20 Note to spend on anything you want.)

(Psst: I’m thinking of turning this into a series, in part because I vastly prefer to shop from/return purchases to one store rather than 15 zillion little store purchases — plus it’s been ages since we talked about how to build a capsule wardrobe for work, how to build a wardrobe for your summer internship, or how to revamp your work wardrobe.  What other stores would be at the top of your list if you wanted to build a work wardrobe? Perhaps ShopBop, Boden, Bloomingdale’s, J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, or Target? Talbots?)

See everything we picked out below — and please note that there are multiple “pages” of the little widget, so you may have to click the arrows to see everything.

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