How to Wear Pantyhose In the Summer

How to Wear Pantyhose in the SummerWith only a few weeks to go until summer officially begins, it’s a great time to discuss how to wear pantyhose in the summer — because even if your office is freezing, your commute won’t be. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: This is very much a “know your office” situation. If you’re new, assume that pantyhose are required and wear them at least the first day and all significant events to follow after that (big meetings, court appearances, etc.) — change that assumption if you see mid-levels going barelegged at big events.

Big work events aside, though, there are some women who love pantyhose — including many Corporette readers. (In fact, last time we talked about pantyhose in the summertime, readers seemed split on the topic, with only about half of them being on Team Bare Legs!) We also had a debate on underwear with pantyhose — to wear or skip? (One reader said she thought of them “panties with legs” — an interesting take.) If you do wear underwear with them, 100% cotton is best (although increasingly hard to find!), and even those who wear pantyhose sans underwear suggested making sure your stockings have a cotton gusset. By the way, make sure to check out our Guide to Pantyhose for Work, as well as some of our favorite brands of hose!

For those of you whose office dress codes mandate pantyhose year-round, and for those who just like wearing them to work, we’ve gathered a few tips from readers on staying comfortable if you have to wear pantyhose in the summer:

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Memorial Day Sales (and Kat’s Top 10 Picks)

memorial day sales workwear roundupHappy Memorial Day — may everyone have a great, long weekend. We’re already starting to see some sales, so we thought we’d round them up — stay tuned, though, as we’ll update this thread as we go — Kat’s top picks are in bold! Pictured at top: white heel / red heel / blue wedge, all on sale at the excellent Nordstrom sale (see our workwear picks and our weekend picks here). 5/30 Updates in red. 

  • –  Up to 60% off athletic sneakers, comfort footwear, and best of clothing. Take an extra 10% off your order with code PRESUMMER. Plus, up to 70% off office dresses, Frye shoes on sale, as well as Minkoff bags and more.
  • Amazon – Memorial Day savings, up to 60% off!
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off all full-price styles with code SUMMER50 — plus, extra 40% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie – Limited time only, extra 30% off all sale styles!
  • ASOS – 20% off with code HISUMMER.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.
  • Barneys – 40% off select styles.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Take up to an extra 60% off select women’s styles and home.
  • Boden30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders over $49 – ends Monday! Use code 2Z7C at checkout.Up to 70% off Winter Clearance! (Lots of lucky sizes!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off women’s styles.
  • Club Monaco – Take an extra 30% off sale + clearance in stores and online with code WARMER.
  • DvF – 30% off select styles and all sale with code SUMMER30
  • Eddie Bauer – Everything up to 50% off.
  • Express – Hello summer sale, 40% off.
  • Forever 21 – Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30 (plus free shipping on all orders).
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off, in stores and online — plus an extra 40% off clearance styles, online only, with code EXTRA40.
  • Kate Spade – Extra 25% off sale with code SPEECHLESS.
  • Lands’ End – 50% off regularly priced swim and 30% off everything else with code STARS and PIN 9900.
  • Last Call – Extra 50-65% off all clearance. Extra 30% off everything. 
  • The Limited60% off full price items with code TODAY. 50% off almost everything! Plus, $19 shorts and $10 tees, plus 60% off select styles.
  • L.K. Bennett – 30% off all sale styles with code MD2016.
  • Loft – 60% off summer faves + all sale styles, and 40% off new arrivals.
  • Lord & Taylor – 25% off $200+, 20% off up to $199.99, 10% off fragrances; use code GIVE. (Plus 1% of net sales will benefit the USO.)
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off with code MEMDAY. Extra 25% off clearance.
  • Neiman Marcus – Online clearance, extra savings, limited time only — plus, 40% off women’s designer prices!
  • New York & Company – Everything is 50% off, no exclusions! $5 tees, $12 dresses! Plus, all clearance 70% off — many new styles added.
  • Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly sale is on (as is the designer clearance!) — check out picks for workwear, plus sizes, and beyond.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack Sale: Save up to 75% (with extra 25% off clearance).
  • The Outnet – Extra 30% off select styles. Isabel Marant and Fendi up to 65% off, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, and Oscar de la Renta up to 60% off, Acne Studios up to 55% off,
  • Rebecca Taylor – 25% off sale with code EXTRA25.
  • Reiss – Memorial Day sale, 30% off selected lines.
  • Saks – Up to 40% off “vast designer selections.”
  • Saks Off 5th – Up to 85% off select styles with code FROMSAKS. Handbags up to 60% off.
  • Talbots – Extra discounts on all markdowns, now through May 30 – take extra 40% off one item, and an extra 50% off two or more.
  • Theory – Memorial Day Sale! Take an extra 25% off with code SUMMER.
  • White House | Black Market – 25% off markdowns (prices as marked).

Wear Makeup, Increase Your Salary?

Wear Makeup, Increase Your Salary?“How a Little Lipstick Could Add Thousands To Your Paycheck” — that’s the title of a recent Fortune article reporting on a new study. Anyone else feeling a little stabby? We thought we’d take a closer look at the research and discuss it here. Some questions to consider at the outset: Do you agree that “good grooming” affects your salary and career success? Do you think there are other correlations at play (e.g., women who make more have more money to spend on grooming, or successful women are more organized to remember to schedule things like regular haircuts and drycleaning)? 

So, the study: Last week, Fortune reported on some research about the effects of looking “put together” at work. Two sociologists found a new way of crunching data from a study that looked at how people’s ratings on attractiveness and grooming compared to their income levels. “Grooming” in this case meant how “put together” they looked, which included makeup for women. Their analysis revealed that for women, “grooming was actually more important than looks when it came to earnings.” Men’s grooming affected their salaries to a lesser extent, while men’s and women’s salaries got the same boost from being considered attractive. The sociologists found that “[A] well-groomed woman of average attractiveness makes about $6,000 more annually than an average-looking, averagely-groomed woman. She also makes about $4,000 more than her better-looking, but less put-together coworker.” Researchers saw this as a positive, concluding, “[t]he big takeaway here is that people can capture most of the attractiveness premium [through putting effort into their appearance]… It’s not just what you’re born with.”

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Weekend Wednesday: Summer Hats

summer hats for professional women

This is an occasional feature where we take a deeper look at weekend wear for professional women.

After my first pregnancy left me with a zillion sun spots (I think something about it made me more sensitive), I’ve gotten hugely into hats (as well as sunscreen) for weekend days. I know commenters were just talking about beach hats, so let’s discuss more broadly — which are your favorite fashionable hats, and where do you get them? Have you figured out a science to which head shapes look best with different hats? (It’s totally trial and error at this point for me!) Has anyone found a way to make a straw hat last longer than one summer? Pressing questions, indeed.

Some of the hats I’m liking now, pictured above:

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Kat’s Workwear Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

nordstrom half-yearly sale 2016 workwearThe designer clearance sale started yesterday (we rounded up some of our favorites from the excellent shoe selection and took an early look at some of the more affordable workwear in the sale), but the real motherload just started today: the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale just started. Tons of great workwear pieces are on sale for 40% off and more starting today.  I’ll round up a few particular pieces, but some general notes about the sale:

  • TONS of great Boss blazers, sheath dresses, and other basics — if you’re upping your workwear game this is a great time to stock up. Lots of lucky sizes only, so filter by that first.
  • The DvF portion of the sale is solid – lots of pretty, feminine pieces that layer well with suits, blazers and more. This cotton suit is nice, and I’m a bit obsessed with this dress.
  • Classiques Entier has a lot of nice work dresses in the sale — lucky sizes only, but super affordable price points
  • Lots of nice minimalist workwear from Vince in the sale
  • Max Mara sale section is solid – lots of suits, but lucky sizes
  • St. John isn’t always my cup of tea, but I’m drooling over half of their sale items — gorgeous dresses and some killer accessories
  • The Theory sale section is ok but not a lot of great urban workwear — lots of ivory linen, stripes, peplums

Some particular picks for workwear from the sale, mostly in order of price (low to high):

affordable workwear from Nordstrom sale

Above: funnel neck shell / ottoman rib top / shell / chambray blazer (petites too)

workwear nordstrom sale

Above: pink blazer / navy skirt with zip / blue sheath dress (red too) / stretch silk blouse

classic workwear nordstrom sale

Above: wool crop cardigan / crop ankle zip pants / navy wool cashmere sweatercheckered viscose wool sweater

designer workwear nordstrom sale

Above: gray dress / blue dress (petites too) / black dress with side buttons / black and white dress / yellow linen blazer

Pictured yesterday (prices not in any order):

nordstrom may sale

Above: mint blazer / blue dress / red dress / floral skirt

Deal Alert: Nordstrom Designer Clearance (And TONS of Other Markdowns)

nordstrom sale alertOoooh: Nordstrom’s designer clearance has started — and they’ve added a ton of other markdowns to the sale section as well. The shoe section, in particular, is not to be believed — tons of lucky sizes on basic black Manolos and more for 40% off, as well as some wider availability for fun colors like the shoes pictured below:


nordstrom designer sale 2

Pictured: Blue pump / pink pump / yellow flat / beige mule

While they’re billing the sale as a “designer sale,” they’ve added literally thousands of other markdowns at all price points.  On the workwear side of things, here are a few selections:

nordstrom may sale

Pictured: mint blazer / blue dress / red dress / floral skirt

nordstrom plus saleOn the plus size side of things, there are a ton of great workwear pieces — I love this dress (pictured- also in regular and petite sizes), and note that you can get a classic black suit for 33-40% off (blazer, skirt, pants). Check out more on our Plus Size workwear page or sign up for a Corporette Plus newsletter (an edition just went out chock full of news, sale info, and more)!