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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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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: The Best Deals on Workwear

Whew — I’ve been busy combing the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale all morning to find the best deals on workwear for you guys! (There’s a TON of great stuff under $100, and some crazy markdowns on investment pieces like Hugo Boss and more.)

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First, a note — I’m seeing tons of stuff from these workwear brands in the sale, so if you’re a particular fan of one of them do check out the sale:

For underthings, there are good sales on Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Natori, Commando, Cosabella,

For weekends, there are good sales on Zella, Treasure & Bond, Trouve, Bobeau — and I just updated our denim post with links to sales.

UPDATE: You can also check out our accessory picks, here (pictured above at right!) and our shoe picks here (some of them pictured below)…

 

Onto some workwear picks for you guys…

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How Many Bags Do You Bring to Work (And: What Does Your Schlep Look Like?)

how many bags should you bring to workWe’ve talked a lot about the commute to work over the years, but we just got a great question about how many bags you should bring to work — specifically, how many do you carry, how large, what stuff do you bring to work, and WHICH bags.  Reader A literally just wrote in to ask this question, wondering how many bags you should bring to work, but it’s such a good one that I can’t wait to hear what the readers say:  what DOES your schlep look like, what do you bring to work each day, and do you bring one large bag or several smaller ones?

Are the days of taking a work bag (lady briefcase type thing) + handbag over? I’m about to become a fully admitted lawyer and my totes just aren’t working – plus it’s a lot to take with me for client meetings! in my mind, two smaller bags is easier than a giant overstuffed one, and it does make it easy for spontaneous lunch and drinks plans, plus can be a little trendier. I want to invest in something really nice but am I missing something?

Such an interesting question, and I think this is going to vary HUGELY based on what everyone’s commutes look like — and what your jobs look like. When chiming in, please share a little about what your commute looks like:

(Pictured above: yeah, not like that. Photo credit: Stencil.)

  • how do you USUALLY get to and from work — drive? subway? taxi/Uber/Lyft? walk?
  • do you have a lot of meetings or other events that require travel during the day?
  • on a USUAL day how many bags do you carry with you — and what do you bring?
  • what does an unusual day look like for you — e.g., what bags do you take with you for court appearances or big presentations, or how do you bring bags to or from work if you’re planning for, say, a long weekend at home with a lot of work?
  • what bags do you keep at the office for “last minute” things, either from a “last minute drinks!” perspective or a “yay I have to take home these three binders and review them asap tonight” perspective

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What Brands Do You Covet Most?

Here’s a random question for you: which brands do you covet most — but haven’t pulled the trigger yet and made a purchase? If there’s a brand where you finally DID pull the trigger after drooling for a while, did it live up to the hype in your mind? In general, which brands do you stalk the most, whether for workwear or weekend? (We got into this a bit on our fun discussion of how you’d spend lottery winnings!)

It’s been a helluva week for me personally (hooray for 6+ hours in the hospital on Monday for my toddler’s surgery for adenoids) — so let’s have a fun discussion today. What brands do you covet the most? If you’ve made a purchase, did it work out well for you — or was it a purchase that was driven largely by this long-standing desire you had to own SOMETHING, anything from the brand? [Read more…]

How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Boden

Welcome to our new series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Boden — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Nordstrom (and view the entire series how to build a work wardrobe here eventually).

Boden is one of the readers’ favorite places to shop online for workwear, and with good reason — most of their workwear is machine washable, has friendly sizing up to size 18, and also offers tall or petite size ranges. Some of our favorite pieces for work include:

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