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.

Workwear Hall of Fame: Paulina Leather Pump

We’ve included this pump from Trotters in a number of our roundups of the best low heels, but I don’t think we’ve ever highlighted it in its own post. I love this black python-print leather, the short 1.75″ heel, and the classic kitten heel look. It comes in 10 colors and five (!) widths at Nordstrom for $99-$109 and is also available at Zappos and Amazon. It’s got great reviews at all three sites! Paulina Leather Pump

2017 Update: We’re adding this heel to our Workwear Hall of Fame! Nordstrom, Amazon and Zappos all carry the shoe in a TON of colors, and it’s winning rave reviews everywhere.

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Commuting Hall of Fame: Penny Boot

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Happy Weekend! This Sam Edelman boot has been around for a thousand years, and it’s very highly rated everywhere. It doesn’t go on sale very often, so this is a great opportunity to snap it up. Amazon has it as low as $102, Nordstrom has some lucky sizes in a price range of $84 to $149, and at Zappos they’re $149 as well. These come in a few colors, and in wide sizes as well as an extensive size range in the regular width, 4-13. They’d be great if you’re looking for a boot to commute to and from work and to wear on slushy and/or rainy days. Sam Edelman Penny Boot

Psst: check out our latest roundup of the best knee-high boots for commuting, work, and more.

2017 Update: We’re adding this boot to our Workwear Hall of Fame because it keeps coming out in more colors and sizes and getting rave reviews.

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Workwear Hall of Fame Cashmere Faux-Wrap Sweater

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

The cashmere sales have begun (including this old favorite gray cardigan), which is great if you’re a fan of cashmere sweaters for work (for when it’s actually cold outside, not this unseasonably warm weather we’re having!). Neiman Marcus has had some reader-favorite cashmere styles in the past, and this surplice faux-wrap sweater is a long-standing stalwart at NM. It’s there every season in new colors, and it looks great if you want a very classy but fashionable look. It’s currently available in seven colors in sizes S-XL, and in plus sizes as well, for $137 (from $275). Cashmere Faux-Wrap Sweater

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2017 Update: We’re adding this dress to our Workwear Hall of Fame because it keeps coming out in more colors and getting rave reviews. Neiman Marcus has the most options, but occasionally Last Call has the sweater as well.

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

Cap-Sleeve Work Dress: Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.  

Wow — they really expanded the colors for this dress quickly. When we featured the dress several months ago, there were only a few colors available, but the reader who’d written us to recommend it liked it so much she’d bought all of them — it’s great to see that it now comes in 6 colors and has 75 glowing reviews at Nordstrom, where it’s available in sizes 2-16. (The aubergine that we featured last time is available at Lord & Taylor, but it’s $128.) Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes (in aubergine only, it appears).

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Duchess Blazer

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

smythe duchess blazerSmythe’s popular Duchess blazer has been around for years, but I haven’t seen this army green color before. I like it as styled, with all white, but if you’re a fan of whites, beiges, browns, army green looks great with those softer colors — it can also look great with a pop of light pink or another pastel, particularly when worn with a darker neutral like navy or black. The blazer is $595 at Shopbop, with select styles also available at Nordstrom and Amazon. SMYTHE Duchess Blazer

Psst: if you’re curious about the dress we accidentally posted first this morning, here are details on the original post from April.

2017 Update: This blazer has been around forever, so we are adding it to our Workwear Hall of Fame!

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Workwear Hall of Fame: ‘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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