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While doing our round-up of knee-high boots, I was struck by how things have changed in such a short time — when I first started this blog, knee-high boots were still pretty scandalous, and over-the-knee boots (or OTK boots) were completely, totally risqué. Cut to today, and they’re EVERYWHERE — flat versions, high-heeled versions, on most best seller lists, with rave reviews from everyone from 20-somethings to 60-somethings. I know Jean at ExtraPetite has talked about wearing her 5050s for the commute, but I thought it might be interesting to have a poll: are over the knee boots so omnipresent that you can wear them to work? (Pictured: Screenshot of the Stuart Weitzman 5050 from Zappos, where they’re $635; they’re also at Nordstrom for the same. Here are a few under-$200 alternatives.)
As always, you have to know the specifics of YOUR office. But because a poll can be fun, I thought we’d have this in two flavors: one poll for folks working in conservative offices, and one folks for the women in business casual offices. Just for ease of discussion, let’s define a “conservative office” as one where, on any given day, 30% or more of your coworkers are in suits.
I always love my huggie earrings, and these look like a great, affordable option thanks to the small pavé crystals (instead of diamonds). As always, I find huggies super comfortable for long phone conversations, unlike post earrings, and they lend a finished look without being distracting when you speak, like a lot of dangling earrings can be. These are $40 at Bloomingdale’s. Nadri Small Pavé Huggie Hoop Earrings
We’ve talked about upgrading your work clothes, buying better bags and grown-up furniture — but we haven’t yet talked about different tiers for shoes. (Of course, we’ve talked in the past about comfortable heels, classic flats, which brands of shoes we love, which brands just don’t work for us, and even about how to find shoes for fussy feet.) I’m mostly grouping these by price, and only including brands that either I or the readers have noted as comfortable shoes — there are obviously a ton of brands that look pretty. As with the other posts in this Next Step series, this is more of a continuum than a definitive ranking — do you agree with the shoe continuum? Are we missing any major brands? Without further ado…
Bucket 1: Budget Shoes
(generally under $75, either with their MSRP or a frequently-on-sale price)
- Alfani Step ‘n Flex
- Anne Klein (particularly the iFlex line)
- Calvin Klein
- Comfort Plus by Predictions (at Payless!) (particularly the $25 Karmen pump, pictured above)
- Easy Spirit
- Joan & David Circa
- reader favorite Merona wedge heels (at Target)
- Nine West
- Oh! Shoes
- Soft Style (by Hush Puppies)
- Sole Society (Nordstrom sells some of their shoes also, like their well-reviewed $60 Anneke pump)
Bucket 2: Midlevel Shoes (Trendy)
(mostly known for style, but also reportedly comfortable) [Read more…]
What if you like your legs covered when you wear skirts — or your office dress code doesn’t allow bare legs — but you don’t like wearing full pantyhose or tights? Are thigh-high stockings acceptable to wear to work? Are some more appropriate than others? Reader N wonders…
I was wondering if you might consider doing a post on thigh high pantyhose that are functional and work appropriate. I hate the feeling of full pantyhose, but can’t go without, so I want to try thigh highs but have no idea where to start. Thanks!
Great question! We’ve talked about how to care for pantyhose, whether you should wear them in the summer, how many workplaces still require them, the appropriateness of fishnets at the office, rounded up everyone’s favorite lingerie brands, but not this. (Blast from the past: this 20-year-old Chicago Tribune fashion Q-and-A actually recommends layering opaque tights under thigh-highs.) I’m going to apologize in advance for the sure-to-be-interesting AdSense ads that will follow us all around the interwebs, but I do think this is an important and legitimate question for working women — I’ve had a number of friends who preferred thigh-highs for hygiene, comfort, or other reasons, and there’s no reason they should be stigmatized.
The good news: it seems like there’s a HUGE variety to choose from out right now, in part (perhaps) because over-the-knee boots are so popular. Thus, we’re seeing a ton of “over the knee” socks and tights. Some of the bestsellers that I’m seeing: [Read more…]
In the wake of all the makeup sales lately, I’ve been perusing the “best seller” lists, and am continually surprised to see some of the listed products because I’ve tried them and been underwhelmed. I thought today it might be fun to discuss classic beauty products — what’s worth the hype, and which beauty products are overrated? For your review, Sephora has a list of best sellers as well as a list from Allure’s Best Beauty Products of 2014, Beauty.com has another list of Award Winning Beauty; and Ulta has a list of their fan favorites.
My list of the overrated beauty products includes:
- Diorshow — Meh. I briefly liked Benefit’s They’re Real!, but am still on the hunt for a good mascara. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a mascara gift set for the season so I can try a bunch.
- NARS Lip Pencil – I have this in a dark mauve and I hate the way it wears. I’m ok with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, but I’m always baffled when I see this one on best-of lists. (Note that Sephora has a limited edition Chubby Colour lip set for $25 with four shades.)
- Naked Palette. I WANT TO LIKE THIS SO BADLY! It just seems like a lot of blah to me. Even for daily, low-key makeup, I reach for a million other things first.
- Benefit’s High Beam – meh. I do really like the eyebrow highlighter pencil in a very similar shade, though. In general, I prefer Nars the Multiple to add a bit of shimmer to my cheeks before I head out for the evening. I had a gold highlighter from Josie Maran (which they don’t seem to make anymore) that I loved, and was excited to see Benefit come out with a similar gold highlighter, but after watching the video it looks like it isn’t intended for my pale skin at all. I’ll still try it the next time I’m in a store, though…
- Benefit’s Benetint – I feel like I’ve been trying to like this one for 20+ years. Meh.
- Tarte cheek stains — in fairness, I’ve never owned one of these, but I’ve tried them on in the store a zillion times. They just don’t look like anything on me.
My list of classic beauty products worth the hype: