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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 – Karolina Strawberry Patent Heels

Kate Spade New York – Karolina (Strawberry Patent, Multi Stripe Stack Heel) – FootwearOK. Pink patent heels can be a bit much, even for me — but do you see the heels on these, ladies? Love the striped, stacked heels so much that I’d find a way to make pink work. They would be lovely with otherwise sedate colors — gray, navy, black, possibly even brown — and just think of the fun you’d have pairing these shoes with something like a simple black sheath dress. The shoe comes in two other colors, as well: a linen patent (with black and white stripes), as well as a navy patent (with navy and cream stripes). Love love love. It’s $298 at Zappos Couture. Kate Spade New York – Karolina (Strawberry Patent, Multi Stripe Stack Heel) – Footwear

2015 Update: This shoe is now in our Hall of Fame — it’s been out for years now! It’s always available in neutral colors, but it also comes in fun new colors almost every season, and it’s available in narrow and wide sizes.  You can sometimes find it on sale (as low as $135) at 6pm, Amazon, or Nordstrom.

comfortable heel for work


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Coffee Break

Longchamp 'Le Pliage Large' Tote Bag Nordstrom has a number of great bags on sale right now, including the classic Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ large tote bag.  Only fun colors are on sale, such as ocean (pictured), as well as citrine, lilac, rosalie, and white — but if you’re just lugging stuff to and from the office, a happy pop of color can be a nice pick-me-up. Was $145, now $97 at Nordstrom. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Large’ Tote Bag

2015 Update: This bag is now in our Hall of Fame!  The brown-strapped Pliage (pictured) has continued to dominate offices for years — it comes in a zillion colors! — but if you prefer a more streamlined look, the Pliage Neo has straps that match the bag (in black as well as colors). Note that you can sometimes find Longchamp on sale during big Nordstrom sales.

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