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: Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

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

 Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck TopAnne Klein has had this top in white and black for a while now (white is marked down to $29 today!) — it’s one of those great basics for layering under suits because it’s got a little bit of pleating at the neckline but is otherwise a simple, basic sleeveless top. The leopard print is fun, particularly coming on the heels of our discussion about your work outfit challenges — a number of people said they never know what to wear with red, and as Selina Meyer showed us, red and leopard look great together. If you’re not really an animal print person, this is very easy to tone down with a buttoned or belted cardigan on top, so only a bit of the leopard print peeks out (or, if you can get the Vs just right, you could also wear it with a V-neck sweater). The tops are $30-$40 at Nordstrom, Amazon (tons of colors and prints as low as $9!), Rue La La, and more. Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

This top reminds me a bit of this affordable, popular knot-front top that comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

[Read more…]

Workwear Hall of Fame: Bi-Stretch Sheath Dress

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

This dress from Tahari has been around for years and has gotten really great reviews at Nordstrom as well as at Amazon, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it in a morning workwear report. Say what you will about the little details at the waist, but I think it’s a flattering look — and the sort of architectural design at the neckline reminds me of much higher-priced dresses like St. John‘s. It’s $128 at Nordstrom and comes in four colors (blue, green, navy, and black) in sizes 2–16 and petite sizes 8P–14P. Bi-Stretch Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

2017 Update: We’ve added this dress to our Workwear Hall of Fame! It comes in several colors and petite sizes, and gets rave reviews.

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

 

[Read more…]

Workwear Hall of Fame: Non-Iron Tailored-Fit Dress Shirt

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

This shirt from Brooks Brothers is a total classic and has been around forever. We’ve featured it before and it’s one of our Hall of Famers in our recent roundup of the best women’s dress shirts. If you haven’t bought one yet and you don’t object to the chemicals in non-iron shirts, then you truly must get it. The shirt comes in regular and petite sizes, and in both this version and a slightly less fitted dress shirt. We’re featuring it in black but it also comes in light blue, pale pink, and classic white in sizes 0–16. Non-Iron Tailored-Fit Dress Shirt

Here’s a plus-size option in white and blue pinstripe.

2017 Update: This classic no-iron shirt has been around for years, so we have added it to our Workwear Hall of Fame!

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

[Read more…]

Workwear Hall of Fame: Audrey Jana Work Tote

Readers have always loved Lodis Accessories totes, and we’ve featured many of them over the years. This tote looks lovely because it’s a great size (15″ x 5.5″ x 12.75″) and I like the little details like the red piping. There are other Lodis totes that look very similar that have a laptop pocket, which this one does not. It does have interior zip pockets and flip pockets and also a magnetic snap closure. This looks like a great basic bag if you’re looking for something for work, and it’s $284 at Zappos, available in toffee, red, and black. It’s also at Nordstrom and AmazonLodis Accessories Audrey Jana Work Tote

2017 Update: We are adding this tote bag to our Workwear Hall of Fame! Readers love Lodis bags, and this one is a great basic tote for work.

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

[Read more…]

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.

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

[Read more…]

Workwear Hall of Fame: Fabulist Heels

comfortable heels for work: Anne KleinThese $80 strappy pumps have been on my radar for a while now, and for some reason I’m always amazed to see how many rave reviews they get at Zappos: right now there are 187 reviews and a solid 5-star rating. There are more colorways right now than I’ve ever seen before, too: seven color options, including this lovely rosey tweedy fabric/leather duo (there’s also a really great textured black leather if you’re a black-pump-only kind of girl). Plus, I’m always inclined to think fondly of Anne Klein’s comfortable iFlex line of shoes — I was wearing a pair of them when I met my husband.  (Red strappy peep toes, if you must know.) The pictured shoes are $80 at Zappos. Anne Klein Fabulist

Psst: Have you checked out our recently-updated Guide to Comfortable Heels

This post contains affiliate links and Corporette® may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

work fashion blog press mentions