What to Wear to a Holiday Office Party

What to Wear to an Office Holiday Party | CorporetteHere’s a fun question: what to wear to an holiday office party? We have six ideas below, all great whether it’s for your holiday company party, your SO’s office party, or some other holiday networking party. (We talked about holiday office party etiquette a few days ago!) As a general rule, pick two from the categories below and mix with regular workwear, unless you are 100% sure cocktail attire (or black tie!) is appropriate. A good clue: if the party is on a workday and all employees are invited (not just management types), take our suggestions here. As always, I suggest young businesswomen avoid showing cleavage, as well as what I’ll call “unexpected” skin (think cutout dresses, etc). Even bare arms may not be appropriate — know your office!) You should also be wary of anything requiring a special bra.

We’re shared some of our top picks for your holiday office party below. (Note that the pictures are clickable, and if you’re uncomfortable clicking a mystery link you can mouse over both the picture and the text link to see the destination.)

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Happy Cyber Monday! 56 Great Workwear Sales

work-style-salesHappy Cyber Monday!  There are some great deals happening today — what will be (or has been) your first stop on the web?  Are you more excited about deep discounts (such as Nordstrom, 6PM, Amazon, Bergdorf, Last Call, Theory) or free shipping (such as at J.Crew Factory or Loft)? We’ve rounded up 56 sales below; my favorite 17 are in bold.

  • 6PM – take an extra 15% off your entire order using coupon code CYBERMON15. Featured deals include Coach, Columbia, Crocs, and Asics; they’re also having a number of blowouts — sunglasses, coats and outerwear, and boots ALL starting at $24.99.
  • Amazon – Cyber Monday Savings! Take 30% off with code CYBERMON.  Select styles, restrictions apply. (Also note, one of their deals of the day is all 8 Harry Potter movies for $25.)
  • Anthropologie – take an extra 25% off all sale items with code XTRAGOOD.
  • Ann Taylor – take an extra 50% off, sitewide, with code EVERYTHING.
  • Austin Reed – 20% off everything, plus free UK delivery (suits are up to 40% off).
  • Banana Republic – 40% off, no exclusions, online only with code BESTCYBER. (Oooh: great time to stock up on pants and other things that are normally excluded!)
  • Bare Necessities – 30% off plus everything ships free with code CYBER.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – 5F, take an additional 20% off previously-reduced ready-to-wear and handbags. Plus, Rewarding Beauty Event — take $25-$200 off when you spend $250-$1000.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Cyber Monday, online only — take 25% off select regular and sale-price items.
  • Boden – 30% off, ends at midnight tonight.
  • Brooks Brothers – One day only, save an additional 10% online, plus free shipping. Online only.
  • Club Monaco – Take an extra 30% off sale styles and clearance online only with code THANKFUL.
  • Cole Haan – 40% off everything, no exceptions. (!)
  • DvF – Today only, enjoy an additional 25% off sitewide with code CYBER25.
  • Eddie Bauer – 40% off everything with code EPIC.
  • Eloquii – 50% off your entire purchase plus extra 10% off orders of $125+ and free shipping with code MANIA.
  • eShakti – Get 40% off when you buy 2 or more.
  • Express – 50% off everything.
  • Forever 21 – Cyber Monday deals up to 70% off. Get 21% off when you spend $21 or more with code CYBER21. Stocking stuffers under $5, select dresses under $20.
  • Gilt – Up to 75% off Frette bedding and bath. Other featured sales include Spanx, Fendi handbags, Burberry, Free People, Kendra Scott, and more. Plus, free shipping with code FREESHIP.
  • Hobbs – 15% off online; ends Monday.
  • Hugo Boss – Additional 15% off sale with code CYBER15.
  • Intermix – 30% off select full-price items plus free shipping. Extra 50% off newest markdowns.
  • J.Crew – 40% off 507 styles, and 30% off everything else, and extra 40-50% off sale styles with code MONDAY.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off every single thing, plus extra 15% off and free shipping with code TODAYONLY.
  • Journelle – 15% off $150+, 20% off $300+, 25% off $500+ with code THANKSLOVELY.
  • Karen Kane – 20% off your entire purchase with code CYBERMONDAY (ends at noon EST).
  • Kate Spade – Enjoy 30% off everything with code SHINE.
  • Land’s End – 50% off all outerwear, 40% off everything else with code CYBER30 and pin 3101.
  • Last Call – Cyber Monday: Extra 40-80% off entire site + free shipping with code CYBER.
  • The Limited – 60% off online exclusives, and 50% off everything else, plus free shipping with code CYBER.
  • L.K. Bennett – 30% off + free shipping with code CYBER2015.
  • Loft – Free shipping, plus 50% off everything with code COMMAND-SHOP.
  • Lord & Taylor – Extra 25% off sitewide with code CYBER (plus, free shipping on every order).
  • Macy’s – Free shipping at $25, plus an extra 20% off with code CYBER.
  • Neiman Marcus – Today only, up to 70% off clearance — plus earn up to a $500 giftcard with a select regular-priced qualifying purchase.
  • New York & Co. – Exclusively online, everything on sale, up to 75% off, plus save an extra $15 off your purchase of $50+ with code 5197.
  • Nine West – Extra 20% off $125+.  All boots and booties 50% off, plus up to 50% off pumps, flats, handbags, and more.
  • Nordstrom – Designer clearance event, plus their “extra savings” clearance sale ends tonight!
  • The Outnet – Featured sales on Equipment, Theory, Rick Owens, and more.
  • Rag & Bone – Up to 60% off clearance items.
  • Rebecca Taylor – 30% off sitewide, online only, with code CYBER30.
  • Rent the Runway – Save $40 on $100+ with code RTRCM15. 
  • Rue La La – 40-80% off day dresses, plus featured sales include Brooks Brothers Women, Uggs and Hunter, Kate Spade, and Jimmy Choo.
  • Saks – The Designer Sale – up to 40% off select styles.  Plus, up to $150 off women’s denim with code DENIM2015.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Up to 70% off, plus free shipping with code FREE4YOU.
  • Sephora – Online only, limited quantities on gift sets including lipsticks from YSL and Bite, and eyeshadows from Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and Too Faced. PLUS, the $6 Besame lipstick samples are back in stock.  (I ordered mine on Friday, then went back to blog them on Saturday and they were sold out!)
  • ShopBop – Cyber Monday, includes all full price and sale items. 15% off items of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, 25% off orders of $1000+. Use code GOBIG15 at checkout.
  • Soma – 50% off your highest priced item with 2 or more items, plus free shipping on any order with code 23526.
  • Stuart Weitzman – 30% off your first item, 40% off your second item and beyond.
  • Talbots – 50% off one item, and 40% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping, no minimum.
  • Theory – Cyber Monday, enjoy 40% off. 
  • ThinkGeek – Free shipping on any order, plus select items up to 30% off.
  • Tory Burch – Spend $250, get 30% off with code THANKS, plus free shipping and free returns.
  • Ulta – Ultra Chi flat irons or dryers for $79 (usu $149), and 30% off bareMinerals “lifestyle kits.”
  • Uniqlo – Take $15 off $100 or $30 off $150, plus online only steals.
  • White House | Black Market – 35% off your entire purchase plus free shipping with code 97729.

Deal Alert: The Sale is on Sale at Nordstrom!

sale-on-sale-at-nordstromNordstrom is doing another day of “extra savings” (although allegedly this time it’s through 11/30) — the sales are great!  Be warned, though, when they did this last week (the first time I’ve ever seen them do this!), stuff sold out — I had a number of things sell out before I could check out last week. Sad trombone! (My solution tonight: first I shopped for my son and checked out, then went back and shopped for myself and checked out… then decided to do a sales roundup about it.)  Some of the nicer things I’m seeing:

  1. BCBG Generation Pinni Pump, was $79 now $38, lots of colors and sizes left
  2. Corso Como ‘Penny’ Pointy Toe Pump, was $128 now $48
  3. Sam Edelman ‘Linda’ Half d’Orsay Pump, was $109 now $55, 2 colors left
  4. Ivanka Trump ‘Sophia’ Pump, was $109 now $59, 10+ colors on sale
  5. not pictured: COACH ‘Rileigh’ Wedge Pump, was $195 now $87, 3 colors on sale
  6. (at top): SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Diana’ Pump, was $365 now $165 – 18 positive reviews, 3 colors left
  7. TONS of Stuart Weitzman (up to 62% off) and AGL flats (up to 55% off)… no “extra” savings on Ferragamo but tons of shoes marked 40% off.

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More Notes on Workwear Clothing in the Sale


64 Thanksgiving Sales (and Kat’s Top 16) (UPDATED)

Office Style: 64 Great Thanksgiving Sales on WorkwearTONS of Black Friday sales have already started, huzzah! I haven’t noticed this before, but it’s heartwarming to see that several big brands have a charity angle — Zappos is sponsoring pet adoptions and donating up to $1.1M to Best Friends Animal Society, and Spanx is donating 20% of sales to Dress for Success. We’ve rounded up 64 sales for workwear; my favorite 16 are in bold. We’ll update the list as we go, and if there are any huge sales we’ll try to do a Deal Alert. Happy Thanksgiving, ladies! Thursday updates are in red; Friday updates are in green.  

  • 6PM – Big sales on Cole Haan booties, tall boots, and Dansko shoes.  Black Friday: huge savings on designer bags, including Cole Haan, Coach, Lodis, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Valentino — also, deals on NorthFace and NineWest.  PLUS, take 15% off your entire order with code BLACKFRI15. 
  • All Saints – Cyber Weekend, 30% off all styles with code CYBER.
  • Amazon – Take 20% off shoes, jewelry, watches and more. Up to 70% off clothing (prices as marked). Black Friday Savings, take 30% off clothing, shoes, watches and more. 
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off all new styles with code GIVE40. Plus, take an extra 50% off all sale. Black Friday sale: take 50% off everything. 
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRFRIENDS.
  • Barneys New York – 40% off clothing, shoes and accessories for everyone.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – The designer sale is here, get up to 40% off now.
  • Brooks Brothers – Fall sale, up to 50% off sale styles. Black Friday special: 4 shirts for $199 (men and women’s), lowest prices of the year. 
  • Boden – 30% off everything plus free shipping and returns over $49 with code 7J4Z.
  • Bloomingdale’s -Big Brown Bag Sale; save up to 50% off on select items. Online only, take $25 off almost every $200 you spend on select items.  Free shipping and free returns.
  • Bluefly – Countdown to Black Friday – today, up to an extra 25% off designers like Saint Laurent, Ferragamo, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Burberry.
  • Brooks Brothers – Fall sale, up to 50% off select items.
  • Club Monaco – Online only, take an extra 40% off clearance. Online and in stores, enjoy an extra 30% off sale styles with code EXTRATHIRTY. 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+, 35% off $400+ with code THANKFUL. 
  • Coach – Up to 30% off with code THANKS2015.
  • Cole Haan – 50% off select styles, 30% off everything else. Free ground shipping.
  • CUSP – Up to 40% off designers you love.
  • DVF.com – Sale – enjoy up to 40% off wear now styles; ends Nov. 30.
  • Eddie Bauer – 30% off everything with code SNOWBALL, plus 40% off all outerwear.
  • Eloquii – Get 50% off your entire purchase + $25 festive finds with code BASH.
  • eShakti – Sitewide: buy 2 get 1 free; buy 3 get 2 free.  Ends today.
  • Express – 50% off everything, excluding gift cards and featured brands. Plus, free shipping.
  • Forever 21 – Early VIP access, Black Friday deals starting at $4.
  • Gap – 50% off everything with code EARLY.
  • Gilt – Up to 80% off designer brands with new sales launching Black Friday at 7 a.m. and noon ET, as well as Saturday at noon ET. Today’s sales include workwear brands like Rachel Rachel Roy, Maje, and Oliver Peoples.
  • Henri Bendel – Ends tonight: 20% off $100, 25% off $200, 30% off $300+.  Plus, free shipping on all orders.
  • Intermix – New markdowns at an extra 40% off (starts today).
  • J.Crew – Take 30% off your purchase, including stuff that is never on sale! Plus, 40% off hundreds of styles and 40% off all sale styles in stores and online. Use code HOLIDAY; valid Nov. 25 through Nov. 26.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything (seriously!) – prices as marked. Free shipping on $50+ with code SHOPGIFTS.
  • Journelle – Use code THANKSLOVELY to take 15% off orders of $150+, 20% off orders of $300+, 25% off orders of $500+.
  • Karen Kane – Take an additional 20% off sale styles with code THANKFUL15.
  • Kate Spade New York – New styles added to the sale! Black Friday, enjoy 25% off your entire purchase with code MERCI. Surprise sale: enjoy up to 75% off.
  • Lands’ End – 50% off all fleece, 30% off everything else with code FAMILY pin 2525.  Free shipping on $50+.
  • Last Call – Black Friday week: extra 40%-80% off everything! 
  • The Limited – 50-60% off everything with code BFWEEK, and extra 60% off all sale items. Plus, free shipping. Black Friday until 2PM: 60% off everything + free shipping. 
  • L.K. Bennett – Black Friday, 30% off everything with code THANKS.
  • Loft – 40% off everything with code TURKEYDAY.
  • Lord & Taylor – Black Friday deals are here! $20 off your $150 purchase with code BONUS (online only). 20% off regular-priced and sale items, 25% off fine jewelry with code THANKS.
  • Macy’s – Take 20% off with code THANKS and enjoy free shipping over $50; valid Nov. 25 through Nov. 28.
  • Madewell – 25% off your entire purchase with code CALMDOWN.
  • ModCloth – Black Firday, up to 40% off tons of new and favorite items.
  • Naturalizer – 30% off boots and 50% off handbags, plus free shipping.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 40% off regularly priced items in Select Better Apparel and 25% off in Kids at NeimanMarcus.com. Now through Nov. 30.
  • Net-a-Porter – Sale! Up to 50% off. 
  • New York & Co. – Dresses, sweaters and more up to 60% off, plus “secret deals” each day.
  • Nine West – 50% off almost everything.
  • Nordstrom – Designer clearance, up to 40% off. They’re offering an extra savings of 25% off through 11/30 — check out our workwear sale picks!
  • Old Navy – Take 30% off your purchase, or 40% off when you spend $100 with code EARLYBIRD.
  • The Outnet – Pregame: the site notes that clearance is coming soon, with 250+ designers up to 80% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – 25% off all orders, select styles up to 70% off.
  • Rebecca Taylor – Extra 30% off sale with code THANKFUL.
  • Reiss – Up to 50% off sale items.
  • RueLaLa – Tons of big deals on workwear brands like Karen Millen, Montegrappa pens, and Dr. Brandt skincare.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Thanksgiving sale, up to 60% off select styles with code HOLIDAY. Free shipping and free returns.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Up to 70% off 1000s of deals.  Plus free shipping with code FREE4YOU.
  • ShopBop – Save up to 25% with code GOBIG15. And now through Nov. 30., spend $250+ and save 15%; spend $500+ and save 20%; and spend $1,000+ and save 25%.
  • Soma Intimates – B1G150% off for bras and pajamas, plus get 25% off luxe robes and throws.
  • Spanx – Save 15% off your purchase of bras and denim, and they’ll donate 20% of sales to Dress for Success.  Use code DFS.
  • Talbots – 40% off all markdowns. 50% off one item until noon on Friday (check out reader favorite, the Audrey sweater…)
  • Theory – Black Friday – enjoy 40% off. 
  • ThinkGeek: Ends tonight, 20% off all orders $40+ with code LIGHTSIDE.  (Tons of gift ideas for the geek in your life!)
  • Tory Burch – Spend $250, get 30% off new arrivals, sale styles and more with code THANKS.
  • Ulta – $3.50 off your $10 purchase with code 306487.
  • Uniqlo – Use code DEALS to take $15 off $100, online only.
  • White House | Black Market – New reductions up to 60% off — plus use code 60703 to take 30% off your entire purchase.
  • Zappos – Free pet adoptions! This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Zappos.com will sponsor the cost of adoption fees for dogs and cats through Best Friends Animal Society, along with more than 100 of its No More Homeless Pets Network partners. And for every adoption from November 27 through November 30, Zappos will donate an additional $150 to Best Friends to help cover the cost of food, medical care, immunizations, training and more for animals awaiting homes. Total donation amount, including adoption fees, is a maximum of $1.1 million.

Ladies, do you have any to add?  

The Best Tights and Half-Slips for Work

Nordstrom 'Everyday' Opaque Tights | CorporetteWhich are the best tights for work, and where can you find them? What about half-slips for underneath workwear? Reader K wonders…

I work in a very casual office, but with winter upon us, I would like to change up my typical pants/sweater wardrobe to add more tights. Can you do a post on the best tights out there? The best opaque, the best durability, the best for patterns/textures, and best quality for price. I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the offerings, and without knowing which brand seems to have the greatest appeal, it’s hard to invest $20 (or more) for what amounts to a pair of tall socks. Along with that, where on earth do we find half-slips anymore?

Great question, Reader K. We haven’t talked about tights in a while (and it’s been eons since we talked slips!), so let’s discuss.

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Deal Alert: 26 Big Workwear Sales Happening Today (and Kat’s Top 7)…

work-style-salesSo it looks like stores do have big sales happening today.  Some of the most noteworthy ones (my favorite ones are in bold):

  • 6PM $11+$11=$22 — tons of pieces marked $22 in honor of 11/11. The biggest discounts are on a few pieces of Pendleton workwear, as well as tons of denim (Antique Rivet, Mavi, and more).
  • Amazon – Today only, the Amazon Echo is only $149 (usually $179) — it’s one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and I’d recommend it as well.  (The brief description: it’s kind of a cross between Siri and the shipwide computer on Star Trek: TNG.) Also good deals on the Kindle today. Ooh, AND: they have 20% off select clothing purchases with code 20VETERANS. 
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles.
  • Banana Republic – 3 Day Shipping + 40% off with code HOLIDAY (also valid at Gap and Old Navy as well).
  • Bergdorf Goodman – New items added to sale, with prices up to 70% off (great handbags!).
  • Brooks Brothers – One day only, 25% off outerwear event.
  • Boden – 25% off coats and jackets; ends Wednesday — blazers are included.
  • Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family 25% off with code HOLIDAY – “almost all items.”
  • Club Monaco – Up to 40% off select coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
  • Coach – Tons of beautiful pumps marked $129 and up.
  • Eddie Bauer – Everything up to 50% off (ends 11/12).
  • Express – Buy 1 get 1 50% off everything — also take $25 off every $100 you spend.
  • J.Crew – Use code SHOPNOW to get $25 off orders of $125+, $75 off orders of $150+, and $175 off orders of $500+.
  • J.Crew Factory – 40% off everything, plus free shipping and an extra 30% off clearance with code FLASHSALE.
  • Lands’ End – Today only, buy 1 regularly priced item, get 1 regularly priced item 50% off with code 50OFF and pin 6411.
  • Last Call 40% off one items with code 40ITEM.
  • The Limited Save 50% off everything with code SAVEBIG.
  • Loft – The Friendsgiving sale: 40% off everything.
  • Macy’s – Use code VETDAY to get an extra 20% off, and code VETDAY25 to get $10 off your purchase of $25+.  Free shipping on all $75 orders.
  • New York & Co. – Amazing Veterans Day Sale: All 7th Avenue Bootcut Pants $20, all tops $22, all pants B1G1 free (excludes 7th Ave Bootcut Pants), all sweaters $25.
  • Nordstrom Fall clearance sale continues through 11/15 — see our roundups of workwear and shoes and bags
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Last day – online only. Receive up to $275 off your purchase with code SAKS81 — plus free shipping and free returns with code HOLIDAY.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Black Friday early access; amazing steals up to 70% off.  Free shipping on orders $99+ with code SHIP99.
  • Soma Intimates – Friends & Family, 25% off your entire purchase with code 22267.
  • Talbots – Friends & Family, 30% off entire purchase with code FRIENDS30, including sale prices.  (Also, free shipping on $175+.)
  • White House | Black Market – 25% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

Ladies, do you have any to add?