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Five Great Blazers Under $50

Five Great Blazers Under $50Sure, we all drool over the $600+ blazers — but I realized the other day that there are so many great blazers under $50 right now that I could devote an entire post to it. So: whether you’re building your wardrobe for a summer internship, preparing to be a summer associate, or just looking to add a casual, affordable, lightweight blazer to your wardrobe — this is the post for you.

An important caveat at the start: know your office! If you’re in a very conservative office, these styles may be too casual for a lot of work days. But: if you want to elevate a business casual look, keep something in the office in case you get cold, or even look professional if you have to run into the office on the weekend — you’ll reach for these comfortable, knit blazers.

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When is a Dress Too Short for Work, What’s Modern, What Shoes Work, and How to Deal if You’re Tall or Short

dress too short for workAs the weather warms up, tights and boots start to go away, and skirts and dresses come out of the closet more. When is a dress too short for work? Does a slightly longer hem length feel more “modern” to you? What shoes do you wear with different dresses and skirts? And, if you’re tall or short, how do the rules change? 

(Pictured at top: short / longer / longest)

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How to Dress for Work in Different Cities

how to dress for work in different citiesHow does work attire differ from city to city? Are there any guidelines women can use when trying to dress for work in different cities like NYC, Chicago, Miami, or San Francisco? I’ve gotten a few reader questions lately about dressing for different climates and different regions of the country, so let’s discuss.  After all — if you’re a woman dressing for work in Silicon Valley, it’s going to be a bit different than New York, versus Miami, versus a more Southern city — and if you’re a new transplant to a city it can take a bit of getting used to. We’ll try to give our best advice on how to dress for work in different parts of the country, but readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts! So let’s talk about regional style differences — how DO you look great for work in different parts of the country? How does work attire differ from one city to the next? Does “conservative office attire” look the same from city to city (seasonless wool suit, blouse, classic pumps) or are there variations? What are the biggest differences you’ve noticed in regional style? 

Pictured, clockwise: NYC / Miami / San Francisco / Chicago. All images via Pixabay.

Here’s some of my best advice for how to dress for work in different cities:

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Repeating Outfits at Work: How Often Do You Do It?

Repeating Outfits at Work | CorporetteHere’s a great question for today, ladies: how often do you repeat outfits at the office? A lot has been said lately of capsule wardrobes for work — decluttering closets to winnow your wardrobes to things that “spark joy” — and a lot of that may leave you feeling like you’re totally repeating outfits at work. So let’s discuss — how often is it acceptable to do? Does it matter if a certain outfit is memorable in one way or another, such as by pairing unusual colors or prints together, or involving unusual pieces? And here’s a bonus question — how versatile are most items in your closet, anyway? For example, will you only buy a new item if it will “go” with at least three things in your wardrobe?

We had a great discussion on how often one can repeat outfits at work back in 2013, and I agree with a lot of my advice from there:

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Six Brands for the Stylish Vegan Professional: Clothes and Accessories

The Stylish Vegan Professional: Six Brands for Vegan Dress Shoes, Clothes and MoreAll right, ladies — if you’re a stylish vegan professional (or are trying to be), which are your favorite vegan brands for workwear? We recently received a question from a job-seeking reader about sources of vegan workwear — both clothes and accessories. Fortunately, it’s far easier to find stylish vegan professional workwear today than, say, 15 years ago. Before mentioning some brands, let’s review what isn’t vegan. Drawing from a post from The Compassionate Closet, here’s a list of materials made from animals (ranging from the obvious to the ones you might not think of): leather, wool, suede, silk, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora, worsted, serge, tweed, down, velvet (non-synthetic type), gabardine (wool type), grosgrain (silk type), jersey (wool type), satin (silk type). 

A search for “vegan” at Zappos brings up 700+ items, and a search at Nordstrom shows 350 (of course, you can further sort by category), and sites like MooShoes, Ethica, and Vegan Chic bring together many vegan products in one place. (Related: our slow fashion shopping guide.) What sources have you found for quality vegan workwear, vegan dress shoes, or other musts for the stylish vegan professional? 

But for those of you looking for vegan workwear brands that are specifically vegan-focused — not just animal-free by accident — we’ve rounded up six brands worth trying:

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The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping Powers

The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping PowersDuring the holidays, do you reach for workwear with secret shaping powers? I asked freelancer Ashley Wermick to look into it for us — thank you again, Ashley! – Kat

Between the eggnog, freshly baked cookies, and other seasonal treats, it’s easy to gain a little something extra during the holidays. And when you want to create a smooth, streamlined figure, body shapers are a fast fix. However, Kat tasked me with finding something even better: clothing lines that have shapewear already built into each garment.

There’s no need to shimmy and struggle into Spanx when you have this fashion-forward attire hanging in your closet. Check out these five brands that will instantly suck you in, so you can enjoy another sugar cookie (…or five):

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