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The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame

corporette workwear hall of fameWelcome to The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame! I started this blog in 2008 -- and I've been fascinated to see how, every so often, a company gets such a rave response to a dress, bag, or blazer that they keep producing the item, year after year.  There may be new colors or patterns, or slight adaptions like pockets or sleeves -- but in general it's the exact same product.  These classic, best-selling styles are exactly the pieces you want to use to build your work wardrobe.  We always mention the Hall of Famers in our biweekly Hunts (where we go on the Hunt for a classic workwear piece), but I thought it would be great to collect some of these heavy hitters into one easy place for readers to review the items.  Thus: the Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame was born.

Coffee Break: ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Stylish Work Flat: Salvatore Ferragamo 'Varina' Leather Flat We’ve mentioned this shoe a lot over the years, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it by itself in a Coffee Break. Meet the Varina, a long-running (looooong-running) bestseller from Salvatore Ferragamo. At $525 the shoe makes AGLs look downright affordable, but sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge, right? Nordstrom reviewers seem to all note that the shoe runs narrow and if your foot is not narrow you should get the “wide width shoe.” Like other Ferragamo shoes, the comfort is strong with this one. It’s $525 at Nordstrom. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Two more affordable options are here and here.

2017 Update: We’re adding this shoe to our Workwear Hall of Fame! It’s been around for ages and has been loved by readers forever.


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Frugal Thursday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

washable ponte sheath dress for workWe’ve featured this dress in a million roundups for sheath dresses, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it for our morning workwear reports — at least not in its most basic version, pictured.  If you’re not familiar: this is the Lands’ End ponte sheath dress.  It has pockets. It’s washable. It’s $69-$79 full price (but on sale today!). It comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes. It is so wildly popular that it comes out in a zillion new patterns and colors every season, as well as an offshoot of dresses that are very similar but for some additional design element, like a keyhole neckline or sleeves.  Today, regular, petite, and tall sizes are on sale for $40-$45. Nice! Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

(There’s free shipping on $50+ — if you’re looking for something else to add to your cart, consider their shaped scoopneck tees, or the reader favorite supima cardigans. If you happen to be busty they have a great selection of DD/DDD swimsuits.)

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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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Coffee Break: Orianne Pump

comfortable heel orianneNaturalizer has had the Orianne pump around for a while now, and it’s normally a pretty great deal at $99 or so — but right now on the Naturalizer website, this fun houndstooth version is down to $28. Lovely! (Amazon also has a few sizes and colors as low as $35; if you want to read a bunch of good reviews, do check out the Zappos page.) Naturalizer Orianne Pump

2016 Update: These pumps are now in our Workwear Hall of Fame — they’ve been around for years and are always highly rated.

On the hunt for comfortable heels? Check out our recently updated guide!


Coffee Break: Gayle Pumps

Calvin Klein Gayle PumpsPeople seem to LOVE these Calvin Klein pumps, and it’s easy to see why — a really classic style, tons of color options (evergreen suede is pictured here, but there are tons of colors in matte leather, textured leather, suede, and patent). I’m not usually one for blingy accents, but I do like the metallic accent at the heel (on some colors it’s silver, on some it’s gold).  Nice.  They’re $99 at Zappos and Nordstrom, available in sizes 5-11 (but Amazon has some lucky sizes as low as $49.)  Calvin Klein Gayle

2017 Update: We’re adding these shoes to our Workwear Hall of Fame! They’ve been around for years and continue to win rave reviews.


Wednesday’s TPS Report: Jeanne Wrap Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

DvF Jeanne Two Printed Wrap DressI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: when you see a DvF dress marked down to $140, that is the time to seriously consider buying… and Last Call has a number of DvF dresses, marked down to $119-$209.  The blue petal print is pretty here, I think, but not overly floral, and the Jeanne dress is a Hall of Fame workwear piece for a reason — it’s a classic. The pictured dress was originally $398, but is now marked to $140, and available in most sizes. New Jeanne Two Printed Wrap Dress, Lace Petals

2015 Update: the Jeanne dress is now in our Workwear Hall of Fame!  If you’re curious about this season’s colors and prints, check out Nordstrom and DvF.com for the best selection.  If you’re open to buying one from a previous season, the discounts at AmazonSaks Off Fifth and occasionally LastCall can be tough to beat.

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