The Hunt: Work-Appropriate T-Shirts

The Most Work-Appropriate T-Shirts | 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.

We just rounded up demi-camisoles, but I thought we’d take a look at that other versatile layering piece: work-appropriate t-shirts. These are great for days where the temperature is in flux (or the office radiator is on the attack), as well as a way of injecting some color into your wardrobe to mix up the sea of neutral basics. Try them belted, tucked, untucked, or layered (I especially like a simple T under a suit), and remember — if you’re wearing them to work, t-shirts should be in impeccable condition. Readers, which are your favorite work-appropriate tees? Which brands do you buy again and again? How do you distinguish between a lounge-only T and a work T? 

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The Hunt: Demi Camisoles

The Best Demi Camisoles | 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.

I’ve always been intrigued when, amidst a discussion of great camisoles or what to layer under wrap dresses, numerous readers have expressed their love for the demi camisole.  There are a number of companies making these things, and the general idea is the same: you get a bit of fabric to raise the neckline of your dress or blouse for modesty, you don’t have to deal with bunchy/extra fabric around your middle, and they can even be a great way to make regular shirts more friendly to nursing/pumping moms.  Some of the brands (such as HalfTee) even make half-shirts with sleeves, which I think would be great beneath silk/cashmere tops to to extend the time between laundering.  I’ve mostly heard of women wearing them on TOP of regular bras, but every woman is different.  I thought I’d round up a few — readers who swear by demi camisoles, which brands are your favorites?  Readers, do you prefer demi- or full camisoles? [Read more...]

Three-Quarter Sleeved Blazers in Winter

How to Wear Three-Quarter-Sleeved Blazers in Winter | CorporetteHow do you wear three-quarter sleeved blazers once winter arrives?  Reader R wonders…

Now that the cooler months are approaching, I have a question about 3/4 length sleeve blazers. I have a belted one that is very warm and work-appropriate, but I never know what sort of shirt to wear under it. (Ditto for many cute blazers I see out there, especially tweed ones.) Is it OK to wear a long-sleeved shirt under a blazer with 3/4 length sleeves? If so, what color/fit guidelines would you recommend? It seems like a waste to have a blazer in a heavier fabric if your wrists and lower arms are going to be exposed to the elements.

Interesting question.  (Pictured above: Rebecca Taylor Raw-Edge Tweed Blazer, on sale at Last Call: was $395, now marked to $126.40 (sizes 4-8 only).) We’ve talked in general about what to wear beneath suit jackets, and how to wear a black blazer as a separate, but we haven’t talked about this.  For my $.02, this is how I’ve always worn them, but I’m curious to see what other ladies are doing: [Read more...]

Sponsored: Winter Layering Fun with Adea

Adea_White_Turtlenck_Banner_250x250_10-22-13Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Adea, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

We first talked about Adea, a company focused on luxurious layering pieces, back in May — some of the pieces they sent me have become favorites of mine (they really are super lux but easily washed, as I noted last time), so I’m excited to take a second look at Adea and some of their great layering pieces for fall.  As a bonus, they’ve just expanded the size selection for a lot of pieces up to size 3X, which is always great to hear (particularly since a number of readers who were happy with Adea products recommended going up a size (or two) to make the pieces more wearable by themselves, not layered.)

In addition to all of the tanks and camisoles we featured last time (great for under sheer blouses, to raise the neckline of sweaters, and more), these are some of my favorites: [Read more...]

Coffee Break: Hot Tail Tubular Tank Top

 Nicole Miller Hot Tail Tubular Tank Top I saw this mentioned in a recent O magazine, and thought it was intriguing enough to look up — Nicole Miller now makes tank tops that have a shirttail bottom, giving you the look of layering a shirt (beneath a sweater or cardigan, for example) without the fuss of actually wearing the shirt. Interesting. Zappos has it in white, on sale (for $47.99); Nicole Miller has both the white and black versions for full price ($60). Nicole Miller Hot Tail Tubular Tank Top

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How to Button Your Cardigans

How to Button Your Cardigans | CorporetteHow do YOU button your cardigans?  I was surprised that I had such a strong opinion when I saw reader S’s email:

I love regular crewneck cardigans and have them in several colors and brands, but I’m always debating whether I should be buttoning up just the 2nd and third buttons, only the top one, or everything but the top two buttons. Is there a look that looks more professional? Is there a style that’s most flattering to certain body types?

Interesting.  We’ve talked about the six cardigans everyone should own, but we haven’t actually talked about how to button them.  Maybe I’m alone here, but I HATE the top-button-only look for the office.  It reminds me of secretaries and housewives from the 1950s (kind of like the picture above, from Peggy Sue Got Married), even when Michelle Obama does it.  Imogen over at Inside Out Style notes that the top-buttoned look flatters smaller busts, which I suppose I can see — but then I would just suggest that almost all of the buttons should be buttoned then, not just the top few.  (I always leave the bottom button unbuttoned, so I say “almost all”).  For my $.02, when I’ve buttoned my cardigans (which is probably only about 40% of the time) I’ve always buttoned my cardigans like this: [Read more...]