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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Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale – Bags & Shoes

nordstrom clearance sale 2015Happy Nordstrom clearance sale! I thought I’d start with bags and shoes since they tend to sell out first… are you guys sale stalking anything at Nordstrom? Some favorites:

Shoes for Work

A general note to start: there are a ton of AGL flats, Cole Haan heels, SJP heels, and Weitzman boots and heels. (And for the weekend or a more business casual office, Rag & Bone boots are on sale too.) Reader favorites like the Moveover flat are as low as $29, and the Corso Como Del Pump is marked to $98.

Pictured below:

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What to Wear to Work When It’s Unseasonably Warm

What to Wear to Work When It's Unseasonably Warm | CorporetteI don’t know about you guys, but I can barely believe it’s November — it feels super warm to me. We’ve talked before about when there are arbitrary date cutoffs on clothing (such as when to stop wearing tights, and whether you can wear bare legs in winter), but not in a while — so let’s discuss.  Ladies, how many of you have done the seasonal closet shift and put away all your warm-weather clothes — and how are you adjusting? Are there any clothes you haven’t seen for a few weeks that you’re excited to wear again? On the flip side — are you rolling your eyes at anyone wearing things that you think look ridiculous considering some stores are already blaring holiday music?

For my $.02, I’m excited to pull out some of the longer cardigans that I’ve put away already because they look silly with my shorter winter coats — and I may just have to pull out my favorite sandals when I go out on Friday night.  (Must. paint. toenails.)

Pictured: Misplaced snowman, originally uploaded to Flickr by Richie Diesterheft.


Clothes for the Curvy Professional

Workwear Brands for the Curvy Professional | CorporetteAre there any workwear brands that cater to the professional curvy woman? Reader V wonders…

I’m not plus size – but I am curvy. As in, I hate most clothing stores as I actually can’t fit one size across my boobs but look matronly the next size up. I live in the UK and have recently discovered Pepperberry as a revelation (extra size options for boobs!), but the stuff does veer on the casual side (and the fabrics aren’t always the best). Any other brands catering for the professional curvy girl or is it just getting tailoring?

Interesting question, V! As someone who’s always been large of chest, we’ve talked a lot about workwear for the curvy woman — from curve-friendly blazers to bespoke dresses to blouses for the busty.  We haven’t done a roundup recently, though, so let’s take a look.  (And Reader V, consider yourself lucky to be in the UK — I’ve always found there to be a ton of great options there!) Pictured: an eShakti dress with tons of customizable options; it starts at $69.95. 

Some great brands and online shops to note:

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