Poll Results – Drycleaning

how often to drycleanOur poll on drycleaning has been up for about a week and a half, now, and so far the results are kind of what we expected: 49% of you said you dryclean your suits after four or five wearings; another 42% said you only dryclean it when they start to smell. 8% of you said you dryclean it after each wearing (seriously, people?) and, amazingly, no one admitted to never drycleaning their suit.

Poll is still going on, though, so if you haven’t yet voted please go and do so!

Photo by wallyg, courtesy of Flickr.

Incidentally, the Stinky Cheese Fair is slated for next Sunday in Brooklyn.  [Gothamist]

Tuesday Poll: When to Tell a Colleague Her Outfit is Inappropriate

can-you-tell-a-colleague-her-outfit-is-inappropriateLet’s set the scene for you: You enter the break room. One of your colleagues stands there, minding her own business and getting coffee. You notice that she’s wearing a khaki linen skirt that is a bit too short — when she bends over to put the milk back in the fridge you can see everything. When she stands up again you realize that the skirt is see-through, to boot. Your internal debate begins: should you tell her?

Photo at left by DCvision2006, courtesy of Flickr.

We’ve all had that unfortunate outfit mishap where a newly-purchased item of clothing doesn’t quite work out the way you want it to — it’s too low cut, it’s popping open, the skirt is shorter than you thought, etc. Some of these things, you know about — but other times, it takes a good friend to tell you. Would you want someone to tell you? How do you act when someone else’s outfit is inappropriate? (Note that for today’s poll, you’re allowed to choose more than one answer.)

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Our tip: Young lawyers are often told to keep a conservative suit in their office, in case there’s a last-minute court appearance. This is not bad advice for all women working in conservative offices — keep a safe outfit (one that you know fits) at the office. It’ll save you when your outfit is accidentally inappropriate, as well as when you spill salad dressing.

Related (kinda): How to Tell Someone They Smell Bad At Work [SpeakStrong]

Weekend Roundup

– The NYT studies Michelle Obama’s style. We were kind of transfixed when she recently looked fabulous while apparently wearing two cardigans. [NYT]

– Ooh, potted, tinted lipgloss that is 85% organic and has no chemical preservatives.  [Beauty Snob]

– Feeling tired? Use acupuncture to pick yourself up, caffeine-free. [Real Age]

– Also, if you haven’t heard, there’s a nationwide alert for tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes. [Emergency E-mail]

The Hunt: Black Linen Trousers

Sure, 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.

It’s disgustingly hot outside, and linen trousers can be an absolute lifesaver in this sort of heat. Khaki and white linen is festive and seasonal but, let’s face it, fraught with problems — do you really trust that you’ve found exactly the right pair of underwear to wear beneath them? Black linen pants are much less dicey, and hide wrinkles. They’re a great way to survive the summer in style.

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Monday’s TPS Report – TSE Italian cotton twinset (Saks)

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

TSE cardigan sweaterA good sweater set will take you through the summer with grace and style. We like this floral crewneck sweater from TSE, sold at Saks. You can wear it as a set, obviously, or wear the tank as a vest, on top of a collared button-down shirt. The best thing about the twinset is the ability to wrap the sweater around your shoulders for the hot commute into the office and then put the sweater on for the chilly air-conditioned day.

Tip: We’ve always found that the trick to the “cardigan over the shoulder” thing is to button the entire sweater (otherwise it looks like a cape), put the buttons against your back (not facing outward), and bring the arms up over the shoulder as neatly as possible and knot it once. We prefer to tie the sweater on top of our shoulders, rather than around our arms, but we’ve seen it both ways.

5 Tips For Surviving the Day After an All-Nighter

how to look great the day after an all nighter2016 Update: Check out our recently-updated story on how to look great the day after an all nighter at work

We’ve all been there — stuff needs to get done, and stuff needs to get done now. In the high-stress job, the all-nighter (sometimes several nights in a row!) is par for the course. One of my bosses once said she reveled in looking like crap the next day, wearing it as a badge of honor. I don’t. If you look sloppy and tired and incoherent, well, that’s how you tend to get treated. So, that said, here are my tips for how to avoid looking and acting like the walking dead, after the jump.

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