How to Wear Black and Navy Together

wear-black-navyCan you wear black and navy together?  What about a dark blue pinstriped blazer — how can you mix that with black suiting pieces?  Reader D wonders:

I scored a dark blue (navy ish) pinstripe pant suit, but then realised that pant suits don’t really suit me. Which shades of blue go well with a solid black skirt? I’m afraid it might be difficult to mix and match because this is both blue AND pinstriped. Can I also wear it with a solid black dress? I’ve just tried that combo on in the mirror and am afraid that it might look funny. I’m hoping to use it for interviews and eventually work, in the finance industry.

Great question, reader D! We’ve talked about how to wear black and navy together before, but not in a long while. (We’ve also talked about what color tights to wear with a navy skirt, and rounded up some great navy suits for interviewing.)  I’m curious to hear what the readers think, but this has always been my rules of thumb:

All shades of blue go well with black — so long as you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark.  This is really the trick — the closer the blue is to black, the more you have to wear it with intention. So how do you wear a dark blue and black — with intention? [Read more…]

Deal Alert – C.Wonder Closing Sale

cwonder closing saleI never really got into C.Wonder, but a lot of people seem to be sad that the store is closing. If you happen to work near one of their 11 retail locations, get thee to a store — but for online shoppers there are still some great deals to be had. The website is currently 50% off — I would guess that’s just going to get steeper and steeper in the next few days and weeks. All sales are final, alas, but some good buys, pictured:


What to Wear to a “Resort Casual” Business Event in Florida?

resort-business-casualWhat do you wear to an event that calls for “resort casual” business clothing? (Or: what do you wear for business at the beach?)  Key factors: You already look young for your age, you’re at least 20 years younger than any of your colleagues, and you’ll be meeting some of them for the first time. Oh, also: The meeting is in Florida, so to complicate matters further, you’ll probably encounter heat and high humidity outside and frigid air conditioning inside. Reader C wonders:

Can you help me with suggestions on “resort casual attire” for a marketing meeting in Florida? I’ve been on my traveling/remote team for 1.5 years but have yet to meet some of the team. I am not only a young looking 28-year-old but my entire team’s junior by 20-25 years. My first thought when we say “resort casual” is maxi skirts and tropical dresses which doesn’t exactly scream take-me-seriously. I have a few thoughts on do’s and dont’s and was wondering if you had any guidance or additional thoughts. Thank you for any help!

Do’s: Ankle length slacks, flow-y top, colorful scarfs, knit pencil skirts, flats, cardigans
Dont’s: Sandals, maxi skirts/dresses, tank tops, pumps, blazers, tights
On the fence: Jeans, white pants, wedges

Reader M has as similar question, although this one involves a party that’s part of a trade show:

Hi! I live in Roanoke, VA, and am attending a Vendor Show in Orlando, FL, next week. The second day of the show, there will be a “Dinner & Beach Bash.” What should I wear?

We talked about a slightly different dress code, “resort chic” (who makes these things up, anyway?) a few years ago, and also what to wear to an office pool party (cringe), but not this exactly. [Read more…]

Deal Alert: New/Steep Markdowns on Designer Shoes at Neiman Marcus

Manolo Tryx Snake T-Strap PumpNeiman Marcus seems to be having a big sale on designer shoes — they have 58 pairs of Manolo Blahniks newly added to their sale section just this week. There are SO MANY Manolos and Jimmy Choos, as well as tons of Cole Haans (some as low as $58), Delman, Tory Burch, Pour la Victoire and more. Great selection, good prices. For example, this T-strap pump (4″ heel, patent leather and snakeskin) was $955, but is now marked to $573. It’s only available in lucky sizes, of course, but it isn’t just the girls with size 4 and size 11 feet having all the fun — they still have sizes 6, 7.5, and 8.5 left. Happy shopping, ladies! Manolo Blahnik Tryx Snake T-Strap Pump

A few other choice picks:  here, here, here, here, here… lovely.

On the hunt for new shoes for work? Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels.


Fashion Resolutions

fashion resolutionsHere’s a fun topic for today’s open thread: what are your FASHION resolutions (if any) for 2015? Some different forms this may take:

For my $.02, I’d love to start wearing heels again.  Between the babies and the babywearing and the work-at-homing I’ve gotten out of the habit — I put on a pair of 3″ boots last week and nearly fell over.  Part of the problem was that all of my old shoes haven’t fit for a while <sob> because I seemed to pick up an additional half shoe size with each pregnancy.  After Jack was born I knew I wanted to get pregnant soonish so I didn’t want to bother with buying a ton of shoes in my new size, so I tried to squish myself into my old shoes — and it went about as well as it sounds. (Not good…. ow.)   I’ve heard your feet can still change size (up or down) in the postpartum months, so I’ve been waiting a bit after Harry’s birth as well.  Obviously I don’t need to wear heels — no one does! — but I really miss them! (Pictured above: I may just have to pull the trigger on these best-selling Cole Haan booties at Zappos.  Hmmn…)

Ladies, what are your fashion resolutions?  (Any other general resolutions you’d care to share?)
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64 New Year’s Sales (And Kat’s Top 20)

sales175 punyHappy New Year, guys!  May 2015 be happy, joyous, prosperous, healthy, fun, and all that other good stuff for you and yours. I’ve already hit my favorite Dillards New Year sale (here’s my 2013 roundup on it); there are a TON of great other sales going on.   (My favorites are in bold.) Any big New Year sales you plan to hit?

  • – $20.15 sale: clothing, shoes, and more — lots of AG jeans, Vaneli shoes, and Elie Tahari for men (and a lot of other lucky sizes). Up to 75% off select items (through 1/3).
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie – Extra 25% off select sale items with code INAFLURRY.
  • ASOS – Final reductions: Up to 70% off.
  • Banana Republic – 30% off full-priced items with code BRNEW (ends 1/6). Up to 50% off select sale items.
  • Bare Necessities – Semi-Annual Sale: Clearance up to 70% off. Bras starting at $15.99. Shapewear and leggings 30% off, panties starting at $4.99 and 3 for $17.99, bras up to 50% off, shoes up to 70% off, pajamas up to 65% off.
  • Barneys – New markdowns: Up to 60% off clothing, shoes, accessories, and more.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Free shipping on all U.S. orders, up to 50% off women’s cold weather accessories.
  • Baublebar – Up to 70% off plus additional 20% off sale prices (through 1/4). (Need an invite? Click here.)
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save up to 75% on select items.
  • Bluefly – Up to 40% off. $40 off $200 with code  GET40.
  • Boden – Final reductions: Up to 70% off.
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% off (through 1/2).
  • Club Monaco – Extra 40% off sale + 50% off clearance with code CHEERS (through 1/4).
  • Cole Haan – Extra 30% off sale items with code NEWYEAR.
  • CUSP – Extra 40% off sale merchandise (through 1/2).
  • C. Wonder – The Semi-Annual Big Wonder Sale: 50% off your entire purchase.
  • Dillards – New Year’s Day Clearance – save an additional 50% off (prices as marked).
  • Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off. Extra 15% off sale items with code NEWYEAR15.
  • DVF – End of Season Sale: Up to 50% off select styles (through 1/5).
  • eBags – Winter Sale and Clearance: Save up to 70% on handbags, luggage, backpacks, messenger bags, and and accessories.
  • Eloquii – 30% off your entire purchase with code NEWYEAR.
  • eShakti – Up to 70% off (through 1/2).
  • Express – End-of-Season Sale: Up to 60% off plus take an additional 20% off clearance.
  • French Connection – 40% off everything with code FC40XS 
  • Halsbrook – Take an additional 30% off sale merchandise to save up to 65% with code HOLIDAY2014.
  • Hugo Boss – Up to 50% off.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40% off winter sale styles with code STYLE2015.
  • J.Crew Factory – Extra 40% off clearance with code EXTRA40 (through 1/6).
  • Jones New York – End of Season Clearance: Select items $19, $29, $39, $49 (through 1/1).
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 25% off all sale items with code JINGLE25 (through 1/7).
  • Kate Spade Saturday – Extra 25% off sale items with code SALEAWAY.
  • Kohl’s – After-Christmas Sale and Clearance: 60-70% off select styles. $10 off $30+ with code HAPPY2015 (through 1/1).
  • Lands’ End – Winter Sale: Save up to 65%. Up to 60% off outerwear. 25% off all jeans, chinos, pants, and more with code PANT25 and PIN 2552.
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Happy New Year Sale: Extra 30-60% off everything (through 1/6).
  • The Limited – Extra 70% off select sale items, 40% off all full-price items. Select sweaters $34.90.
  • L.K. Bennett – Up to 50% off shoes, handbags, and clothing.
  • LOFT – Extra 60% off all sale styles. 
  • Lord & Taylor – 20% off sale and clearance items with promo code AFTER, 25% off all shoes (through 1/1).
  • Macy’s – Extra 15% off with code NEWYOU; extra 10% off home and select departments. 50% off select women’s boots, $79.99 select women’s coats.
  • ModCloth – Extra 20% off all sale styles with code WOOHOO.
  • Neiman Marcus – Extra 40% off already reduced prices.
  • Net-a-Porter – Up to 70% off plus free shipping and returns.
  • New York & Company – The Big Big Sale: Up to 80% off. Extra $25 off orders over $100 with code 3883. All 7th Avenue & Crosby Street Pants and All Jeans Buy 1 Get 1 Free.
  • Nine West – Up to 60% off plus extra 20% off select styles.
  • Nordstrom – Clearance Sale: Up to 50% off selected items (through 1/4).
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack: Extra 25% off all clearance items (through 1/4).
  • The Outnet – Up to 60% off the Designer Roundup — statement pieces by Roland Mouret, Proenza Schouler, and more.
  • Payless Shoesource – Additional 25% off everything with code ZZ2015. Up to 60% off plus additional 20% off red tag clearance items with code ZZCLEAR20.
  • Pendleton – Winter Sale: Up to 60% off 300+ items.
  • Reiss – Up to 50% off.
  • Saks – Up to 70% off designer selections.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Extra 40% off for total savings up to 70% off with code 2DAYSALE. Clearance: Up to extra 60% off.
  • Sephora – Extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20 (through 1/1).
  • – Up to 60% off boots with code with 20% off promo code BOOTS20.
  • ShopBop – Extra 25% off sale clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories with code CHEERS2015 (through 1/1). 
  • Sierra Trading Post – Up to extra 60% off.
  • Stuart Weitzman – All sale now 50% off.
  • Talbots – The Red Hanger Sale: Extra 40% off markdowns to save up to 60% off original prices.
  • Target – Get Fit Event, big sales on C9 by Champion activewear, treadmills, yoga mats, blenders/juicers, and more.
  • Theory – Holiday Sale: Up to 60% off.
  • Tory Burch – Extra 25% off sale styles with code NEWYEAR (through 1/5).
  • Victoria’s Secret – Semi-Annual Sale: Select bras 25% off, select sleepwear up to 40% off, select clothing up to 60% off. Bra clearance $16.99 and up; panty clearance $3.99 and up.
  • White House | Black Market- New reductions up to 60% off.

Don’t forget to check out CorporetteMoms if you’re looking for sales on maternity items or kid stuff. Happy New Year!