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New Corporette Resource: Wardrobe Essentials for Work!

work wardrobe essentialsWhat do you consider to be work wardrobe essentials? I just created a new resource that I hope will be helpful for you, whether you’re just starting out in a conservative office, doing a wardrobe revamp, creating a capsule wardrobe for work, or otherwise — introducing the Corporette Guide to Wardrobe Essentials for Work! I intend this to be a “living” page — one that’s updated often, much like our Guide to Comfortable Heels and our Guide to Interview Suits.

As you guys know, we go on “hunts” for great basics for work all the time — and I’ve noticed over the years that there are some best-selling pieces that really stand the test of time.  As far as our daily workwear recommendations go this makes for pretty boring blog fodder — I can only recommend the X sheath dress so many times before people get tired of it! — but I’ve started collecting these pieces into our “Workwear Hall of Fame,” as well as in a special section of each Hunt.  I finally decided it would be a great idea to collect these work wardrobe essentials in one page — so if you’re looking for a basic black pump, a suit, or more, you can find the best-sellers, reader favorites, and more, all in one place (as well as links to all of our recent Hunts on point). Please check the new resource out here: Wardrobe Essentials for Work.

In other news, what other Hunts would you guys like to see? I don’t think we’ve done cardigans in a while, and I don’t think we’ve done popover blouses ever. Pencil skirts? Shift dresses, or fit & flare dresses? What do YOU consider to be the work wardrobe essentials in your closet — if a recent graduate came to you for advice, what would you immediately advise her to go and try on to fill her work wardrobe with?

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Staring at an empty closet and wondering what to wear to work? We've rounded up the best advice on work wardrobe essentials -- everything you need to build a KILLER wardrobe for work.

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Four Types of Comfortable Flats Every Professional Should Own — Even If You Hate Ballet Flats

comfortable flats every professional should ownWhich are the most comfortable flats very professional should own? We did a roundup of the most comfortable ballet flats a while ago and a lot of readers noted that they’ve never found ballet flats to be that comfortable. I get it, trust me — I’ve said for years that personally I prefer strappy flats. So if you hate ballet flats, but still struggle to find comfortable heels, which ARE the most comfortable flats for work? Today, we’re rounding up four types of comfortable flats every professional should own — other than ballet flats. 

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Beauty and Makeup Open Thread: What Do You Love, What Are You Hunting

Here’s a fun open thread topic today: what makeup are you loving right now? What makeup and beauty things are you hunting for? What makeup trends intrigue you — what do you want to try?

Here’s the makeup I’m loving right now (applied directly on top of my favorite sunscreen – I don’t do foundation on a daily basis):

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Paulina Leather Pump

We’ve included this pump from Trotters in a number of our roundups of the best low heels, but I don’t think we’ve ever highlighted it in its own post. I love this black python-print leather, the short 1.75″ heel, and the classic kitten heel look. It comes in 10 colors and five (!) widths at Nordstrom for $99-$109 and is also available at Zappos and Amazon. It’s got great reviews at all three sites! Paulina Leather Pump

2017 Update: We’re adding this heel to our Workwear Hall of Fame! Nordstrom, Amazon and Zappos all carry the shoe in a TON of colors, and it’s winning rave reviews everywhere.

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How to Stop Skirts from Twisting Around

how to stop skirts from twisting aroundWhat’s the best advice for how to stop skirts from twisting around? Is it a slip problem, a skirt problem, or a sizing problem? Reader C asks a question about a problem that I know I’ve experienced: the rotating skirt. I did some digging to find some solutions, and spoiler alert: one of the tips on how to stop skirts from twisting around blew my mind. Here’s Reader C’s question:

What slips do you recommend under work (suit) skirts? And how do you prevent the skirt from “spinning” around while you walk to and from the train? I like the lightweight Commando slips, but I cannot seem to keep my suit skirts from spinning around while I walk, and it takes the slip and tucked in blouse with it (and bunches up unattractively). Is this a slip problem or a skirt sizing problem? Help!

VERY interesting question, C. I always hated when this happened to me — nothing screams professional like arriving at work with your skirt twisted around so the zipper (and vent!) is in the front. (BTW, PSA for the newbies to officewear: if your vent is sewn shut with an X you should rip the X to open the vent.) I had one favorite skirt where this was particularly problematic — I eventually decided it was because it fit my hips, but not my waist — and tailoring did help keep my skirt from twisting around.  So my initial response would be that, if you need to stop your skirt from twisting around, check the fit of the skirt before anything else. 

Looking around the web it seems like the problem of the skirt twisting around may also be due to a few other factors, though:

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Sales for the Long Weekend! (and Kat’s Top 5 Sales to Hit!)

Workwear sales for Memorial Day Weekend 2017!As usual, a lot of stores are celebrating the long weekend with some sales. We took a look at some favorite stores for workwear and have bolded our favorite stores (the Nordstrom sale is not to be missed; Boden is also having a good 30% off sale).  Readers, where are you excited to shop this weekend? On the hunt for anything in particular?

Picture credit: Originally uploaded to Flickr by Tim Parkinson (modified slightly). 

  • 6PM: Featured sales include Frye, Converse, PUMA, Women’s comfort brands like Aerosoles and Naturalizer, AND the “Clearance Closet”!
  • Ann Taylor: 40% off full price styles plus 50% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie: Now an extra 40% off sale — with lots of new styles added!
  • ASOS: 20% off for Memorial Day; use code LIT20.
  • Barneys: Up to 50% off!
  • Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bag sale! Save up to 60% when you take an extra 20% off almost all sale items for a total savings of 40-60%. (And, Loyallists get a $50 reward card for every $200 you spend.)
  • Boden: 30% off sitewide; ends Monday! (See our roundup of the best stuff to buy to build your work wardrobe at Boden.)
  • Brooks Brothers: Online only, additional 25% off clearance styles! Plus, men & women’s shirts are 4 for $199.
  • Express: Sale! Up to 50% off everything.
  • H&M: Memorial Day deals from $5! Up to 60% off + free shipping.
  • J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with code SWEET.
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything all weekend long. Plus, more deep deals that are online only!
  • Last Call: One day only flash sale — up to 75% off!
  • Lands’ End: 50% off regularly priced swim — and 25% off everything else!
  • L.K. Bennett: Get an extra 30% off everything at checkout with code SUMMER.
  • Loft: 40% off everything with code VACAY.
  • Neiman Marcus: The Designer Sale! Up to 40% off.
  • Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale! See our workwear roundup and the best deals on accessories.
  • Reiss: Prices up to 70% off in the Outlet!
  • Saks: The designer sale — up to 40% off! Plus, save 30% off select home, bedding, and bath items.
  • SaksOFF5TH: Take an extra 25% off extra cut clearance, and get free shipping with $99!
  • Talbots: Extra 40% off one item; extra 50% off two or more.
  • Target: Up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture updates; save an extra 15% with promo code HERO.
  • Topshop: Up to 40% off selected lines across memorial day weekend.
  • Zappos: Tons of new markdowns!

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