The Hunt: Black Linen Trousers

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

It’s disgustingly hot outside, and linen trousers can be an absolute lifesaver in this sort of heat. Khaki and white linen is festive and seasonal but, let’s face it, fraught with problems — do you really trust that you’ve found exactly the right pair of underwear to wear beneath them? Black linen pants are much less dicey, and hide wrinkles. They’re a great way to survive the summer in style.

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The Hunt: Perfect Nude Shoes

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In “The Hunt,” we look at a variety of options for a working woman’s basic wardrobe.

Summer is approaching (or so they say) and that means nude legs. Whether one actually wears nude pantyhose or goes bare, the fact remains the same: Mama needs a good pair of beige shoes. In our experience here at Corporette, we’ve found that the closed-toe shoe is the only appropriate one for the office (the only exception is a peep toe, like the one at left). It hides a multitude of pedicure sins, and avoids anyone having to look at your toes which, let’s face it, are a little gross after walking outside even if your pedicure is fresh. Plus, you then have the freedom to get a crazy color on your toes — OPI’s Russian Navy or that Day-Glo stuff the fashion mags are hawking. However, finding the perfect summer nude shoes can be tricky. They should be as close as possible in color to your skin tone. And, really, no higher than 3.5″ — at the outside. It’s our opinion that any heel that is higher than 3.5″ is only appropriate in three circumstances:

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