The Best Tights and Half-Slips for Work

Nordstrom 'Everyday' Opaque Tights | CorporetteWhich are the best tights for work, and where can you find them? What about half-slips for underneath workwear? Reader K wonders…

I work in a very casual office, but with winter upon us, I would like to change up my typical pants/sweater wardrobe to add more tights. Can you do a post on the best tights out there? The best opaque, the best durability, the best for patterns/textures, and best quality for price. I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the offerings, and without knowing which brand seems to have the greatest appeal, it’s hard to invest $20 (or more) for what amounts to a pair of tall socks. Along with that, where on earth do we find half-slips anymore?

Great question, Reader K. We haven’t talked about tights in a while (and it’s been eons since we talked slips!), so let’s discuss.

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Deal Alert: 26 Big Workwear Sales Happening Today (and Kat’s Top 7)…

work-style-salesSo it looks like stores do have big sales happening today.  Some of the most noteworthy ones (my favorite ones are in bold):

  • 6PM $11+$11=$22 — tons of pieces marked $22 in honor of 11/11. The biggest discounts are on a few pieces of Pendleton workwear, as well as tons of denim (Antique Rivet, Mavi, and more).
  • Amazon – Today only, the Amazon Echo is only $149 (usually $179) — it’s one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and I’d recommend it as well.  (The brief description: it’s kind of a cross between Siri and the shipwide computer on Star Trek: TNG.) Also good deals on the Kindle today. Ooh, AND: they have 20% off select clothing purchases with code 20VETERANS. 
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles.
  • Banana Republic – 3 Day Shipping + 40% off with code HOLIDAY (also valid at Gap and Old Navy as well).
  • Bergdorf Goodman – New items added to sale, with prices up to 70% off (great handbags!).
  • Brooks Brothers – One day only, 25% off outerwear event.
  • Boden – 25% off coats and jackets; ends Wednesday — blazers are included.
  • Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family 25% off with code HOLIDAY – “almost all items.”
  • Club Monaco – Up to 40% off select coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
  • Coach – Tons of beautiful pumps marked $129 and up.
  • Eddie Bauer – Everything up to 50% off (ends 11/12).
  • Express – Buy 1 get 1 50% off everything — also take $25 off every $100 you spend.
  • J.Crew – Use code SHOPNOW to get $25 off orders of $125+, $75 off orders of $150+, and $175 off orders of $500+.
  • J.Crew Factory – 40% off everything, plus free shipping and an extra 30% off clearance with code FLASHSALE.
  • Lands’ End – Today only, buy 1 regularly priced item, get 1 regularly priced item 50% off with code 50OFF and pin 6411.
  • Last Call 40% off one items with code 40ITEM.
  • The Limited Save 50% off everything with code SAVEBIG.
  • Loft – The Friendsgiving sale: 40% off everything.
  • Macy’s – Use code VETDAY to get an extra 20% off, and code VETDAY25 to get $10 off your purchase of $25+.  Free shipping on all $75 orders.
  • New York & Co. – Amazing Veterans Day Sale: All 7th Avenue Bootcut Pants $20, all tops $22, all pants B1G1 free (excludes 7th Ave Bootcut Pants), all sweaters $25.
  • Nordstrom Fall clearance sale continues through 11/15 — see our roundups of workwear and shoes and bags
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Last day – online only. Receive up to $275 off your purchase with code SAKS81 — plus free shipping and free returns with code HOLIDAY.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Black Friday early access; amazing steals up to 70% off.  Free shipping on orders $99+ with code SHIP99.
  • Soma Intimates – Friends & Family, 25% off your entire purchase with code 22267.
  • Talbots – Friends & Family, 30% off entire purchase with code FRIENDS30, including sale prices.  (Also, free shipping on $175+.)
  • White House | Black Market – 25% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

Ladies, do you have any to add?  

Dressing Professionally But Comfortably: What to Wear for a Long Flight

Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Ankle PantsWhat should you wear on a long flight with colleagues if you want to be comfortable but still look professional? Reader N wonders…

Could you do a post on comfortable, but professional attire for international or long flights? I have an upcoming business trip where my boss and two colleagues will be on a long flight with me. I want to look presentable but still be comfortable for the long flight. Thanks!

I’m curious to hear what people say here; this reminds me a bit about our discussion about what to wear when you’re out of town and working late all the time. (Here’s a fun question, readers — do the answers change if you’re sitting with your boss/colleagues on the long flight? Every time I’ve traveled with colleagues we were sitting apart, and I was so thankful to freely relax/sleep/read brain candy on the flight.) Some thoughts, in no particular order:

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The Hunt: Stylish Knee-High Boots for Work

Stylish Knee High Boots for Work | CorporetteSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Which are your favorite knee-high boots for the office? As booties are big this season do you find that you’re wearing them less than in prior years, or do you still prefer the sleek look of knee-high boots with dresses?  On the flip side, are knee-high boots inappropriate at your office?  We haven’t done a round-up in a while (2014, 2013, 2012), so I thought we’d take a look.  As noted in previous years, the sleekest boots for work avoid Western influences like buckles and heavy seams, and while a heel isn’t essential (flat knee-high boots have come a long way!) they do tend to be more flattering with skirts.  (We’ll do a separate roundup of flat knee-high boots for work a bit later this season; stay tuned!)  Fun questions for the gang: do you pretreat your boots or otherwise make changes (e.g., waterproof sprays, adding rubber heel tips) or do you only do that when you take your boots in to the cobbler for their seasonal refresh?  If you love your boots, which brand and style is your favorite for work? 

First, a round-up for some special interests:  — unless noted all links go to Amazon, Nordstrom or Zappos:

As far as general sales go, do note that Cole Haan is on sale today at Nordstrom Rack, 6pm has a ton of Weitzman boots marked 50-70% off (including these gorgeous boots), and Amazon has a ton of Taryn Rose on sale for at least 25% off.

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Deal Alert: Brooks Brothers Sale

work fashion blogHat tip to the commenters on our weekend thread, who mentioned the HUGE sale Brooks Brothers is having right now.  Like, major.  Admittedly, it is VERY summer heavy — linen! seersucker! beige! pastel everything! — but there are some great deals to be had. (Lots for petites, too.)  Entire suits are on sale (like this former suit of the week or this Red Fleece suit of the week), as well as other separates I’ve previously featured such as this windowpane skirt (now $50), and this white lawn shirt (now $19).  Sadly, their ruanas are still full price, but cashmere wraps are down to $159 from $398 (the wraps are 18″x74″ — meanwhile, the description for the ruanas notes that they “fall 28″ from the shoulder.” )

The sale is online only, and is not a final sale.

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Nordstrom Clearance Sale: Workwear Edition

office fashion blogI rounded up some of the best office-appropriate shoes and bags in the Nordstrom sale yesterday; today I thought I’d take a look at the workwear.  There is lots of great stuff, including deep discounts on lucky sizes for classic workwear brands like Hugo Boss and Classiques Entier.  Burberry isn’t usually a brand that’s on my radar, so I’m surprised how obsessed I am with some of the dresses.  Another surprise: I really like a lot of the sheath dresses from NYDJ. Happy shopping, ladies!

Some specific picks, below:

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