The Hunt: Beige Pumps

nude heelsSure, 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.

Beige pumps and other “nude” heels are starting to hit the stores (just in time for our first blast of spring-like weather!), so I thought we’d go on a Hunt since we haven’t done one for beige heels in a while. As a reminder, beige pumps are a great neutral for all skin tones, but the theory is that the closer to your exact skin tone you can get with any shoe, the more elongating and flattering a look it can be with sheer hose or bare legs. (Here’s our last guide on when and how to wear pantyhose if you need a refresher!)  Ladies, do you have any favorite beige/tan/pink/caramel/brown pumps that you love because they match your skin tone and are YOUR nude heels? Any perfect shades of beige heels that you love regardless of whether they match your skin tone? (Stay tuned for a separate roundup of nude-for-you flats!)

First, a roundup of some general categories of nude-for-you heels (including our top picks for colors other than beige):

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Deal Alert: The ShopBop BigEvent Sale

shopbop sale workwear picksI thought I’d take a quick swing through the ShopBop sale to see what’s good, and there’s a lot to like.  Like I’ve mentioned before: this twice-yearly event is when Amazon’s sister site offers up to 25% off almost everything on site, including a ton of great basics like Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman, Black Halo, Theory, VinceLK Bennett, Rebecca MinkoffTory BurchHunter, DvFSmythe, Rag & Bone, vintage Vuitton, and Michael Michael Kors’ Jet Set collection. (I particularly love their jewelry collection and their denim collection — both are always hip and interesting.) Another pro: it seems like there are a lot less exclusions than in previous years.  The sale ends March 5.

In addition to the general suggestions above, here are a few individual picks for work and beyond:

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Happy Leap Year!

stylish work clothes saleI keep getting sale alerts in my email inbox for random spots, so I thought I’d poke around at some of the best shops for workwear to see if there were any good sales on — have you seen any great ones in honor of February 29th, ladies? From a quick look I’d say the Neiman Marcus one is the most major one going on, particularly if you’ve been eyeing something that almost never goes on sale (like a custom 5050 boot or something).

  • Amazon – No major sales, but the deals of the day include 50% off a NordicTrack treadmill, and 63% off Rosetta Stone language learning software.
  • Ann Taylor – Use code MYSTERY50 for 50% off your entire purchase
  • Brooks Brothers – Free shipping until 11:59 PST, in addition to the winter clearance event already on (save up to 50%). Love this and this, both from the Red Fleece collection.
  • Express – Take an additional 40% off clearance
  • J.Crew – 25% off swim, shorts, tees and more — plus 25% off gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories.
  • J.Crew Factory – Online only, women’s jeans just $49.50. 40-50% off women’s shirts.  Prices as marked.
  • Last Call – Extra 29% off entire site. How have I not noticed their “shop by face shape” sunglass finder before?
  • Loft – 29% off the entire site. 
  • Neiman Marcus – Online only, Leap Year Deal. $50 off $200, or $100 off $400 with promo code LEAPYEAR. Weitzman boots, Rag & Bone boots, Manolo heels, and more are eligible for the discount.  In other news, the Real Deal sale is going on (up to 65% off regular price), and online clearance is happening as well (up to 70% off regular prices).
  • Nordstrom – No major advertised sale, but there are 6,500 items in the women’s sale, a lot of which look new to me — tons of plus size options if you’re looking.
  • Reiss – Winter sale, final reductions.
  • Talbots – 25% off your entire purchase.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Last day for free shipping and returns with any swim purchase.  Save $15 off $100, $25 off $150, $50 off $250 with code SPRING2016.
  • Zappos – No major sales, but their usual dazzling selection — and today there’s a petition to turn February 29th into a paid national holiday.

Workplace Emergencies: Looking Professional But Being Prepared

Workplace Emergencies: Looking Professional But Being Prepared | CorporetteI’m going to caveat this reader question and my response — ultimately about workplace emergencies — by noting up front that yes, we’re going to talk about some of the tiny, minuscule details regarding working in such trying times, namely how to look professional while also being prepared to, you know, hide and run at any moment. You can’t talk about this stuff without acknowledging the bigger issues — the terror and high alert we all live in, the strength of the men and women who work through the fear, and what many see as lackluster laws and/or enforcement. But then again: this is a fashion blog, not The Atlantic — so let’s talk about workplace fashion as it relates to workplace emergencies. Here’s Reader A’s question:

In light of recent events, my workplace held an active shooter training that was both terrifying and thought-provoking. The leader suggested, among other things, that employees make sure to carry their home/car keys and cell phone on their person at all times (as opposed to in your purse/bag). This isn’t hard if you consistently have pockets — but I wear a lot of dresses and skirts that don’t have pockets. I was wondering how others might manage this situation.

We live in such crazy, difficult times right now — I’m simultaneously glad for Reader A that she had some training and sorry she was terrified. I remember summering at my law firm in 2002 (in the Financial District, walking distance from Ground Zero); we were advised to keep sneakers in our office and were given a lunch bag with things like an emergency blanket and a protein bar. These days, it creeps me out that my son’s pre-K says they have an emergency shooter plan (but hooray for prep?). As far as being prepared for emergencies at the office — we’ve talked about attractive ID holders before, as well as emergency preparation — and even about professional pants with pockets — but not in a while, so let’s discuss. I’m curious to hear what the readers think, but here’s my advice:

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Coffee Break: ‘Del’ Pump

Tan Work Pump: Corso Como 'Del' PumpYou know, we have featured this shoe a zillion times over the years in posts for The Hunt and as commentary in other posts, but we’ve never featured it in a dedicated post. Women love this $98 pump, and it’s one of the usual suspects if you’re looking for a new, basic pump for interviewing or regular office wear — and can comfortably walk in 3.5″ heels. It’s available in sizes 4-12, medium and wide widths, in four colors: caramel (pictured), beige, black, and black patent. (If you’re looking for a more trendy pointed toe with a slightly lower (3″) heel, try the $98 Flex pump from Kors — another highly-rated usual suspect in this price range.) Corso Como ‘Del’ Pump

Need a narrow-width option? This pump is on sale right now (50% off!) at Nordstrom.

Ladies, have you checked out our recently updated Guide to Comfortable Heels? Which are your favorite basic heels?

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The Hunt: Camisoles for Work

camisoles for workSure, 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 haven’t rounded up the best camisoles for layering (or demi camisoles) in far too long — so let’s discuss. Which are your favorites, ladies? What do you like about them — simplicity, stretch, shaping powers — something lacy or pretty? — or fun colors or prints to add a pop of color or fun to an otherwise basic outfit? What color camisole do you think is best under white blouses? (I’m on Team White all the way!)…

First, some picks in a few special interest categories:

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