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  • GOOD reports on H&M’s decision to only offer their plus-size collection online, no longer in brick-and-mortar stores. Meanwhile, PBS talks to Mallorie Dunn, the founder and designer of clothing line Smart Glamour, a “body-positive clothing line of customizable, ethically made clothing.”
  • Fashionista shares their picks for the best drugstore anti-aging products.
  • From New York magazine’s The Cut: The average woman now wears a size 16, and a U.S. Court of Appeals just ruled that employers can refuse employment based on hairstyles, including styles with cultural roots, like dreadlocks.
  • The Careerist looks at new information showing that “female grads of the top 10 law schools … drop out three to five years after joining Big Law at a much higher rate than women from lower-tiered law schools.”
  • Create & Cultivate tells you how to apply Marie Kondo’s home-tidying methods to your career.
  • Forbes reports on a new FlexJobs.com survey: “only 7% of office workers feel like they’re most productive at their workplace desks” (rather than in a remote location).
  • Harvard Business Review ponders how to talk politics without losing friends. Speaking of talking, Harvard Business Review also looks at how women are interrupted more often than men.
  • Recent articles in The Atlantic and British Psychological Digest have looked into the “replication crisis” facing psychology — researchers have had difficulty getting similar results when studies are repeated. (On the other hand, earlier this year this Washington Post article said, “scientists … condemned the results of a 2015 landmark study that concluded more than half of 100 published psychology studies were not replicable.” Hmm.)

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  • Visual News shows you the covers for Penguin UK’s Vintage Classics reissues of Virginia Woolf novels, created by a designer for Marimekko.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut tells you about “the best, most affordable cashmere.”
  • Fortune gives quick reviews on two new books that examine gender in the workplace. Quartz has an excerpt from one, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace.
  • The New York Times explains how employees become CEOs and notes that having a variety of experience helps.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut shows how women among President Obama’s staff made sure that their voices were heard in what was once a male-dominated environment. Today, there’s a better balance.
  • “Pinksourcing” is a new parody video by The Huffington Post that stars Kristen Bell and features a new way for employers to take advantage of the wage gap.
  • The Wall Street Journal recommends the GetHuman app or website to get a real person on the phone when you call customer service.
  • Slate looks back at the movie Walking and Talking, 20 years later.
  • The Savvy Traveler from The Travel Channel rounds up 21 common household items that can help you pack for your next trip.
  • For your Laughs of the Week: Vox introduces the Transparen-she, while The Onion (NSFW) reports on a common tea situation.

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  • Newsweek [autoplay video] looks at the huge amount of clothing we throw away in the U.S. every year — partly thanks to the surge of fast fashion. In 2012, 84% of it went to landfills or incinerators — and the solution isn’t simply to recycle or donate it.
  • The Wall Street Journal asks, “Has Fashion Abandoned the Suit?”
  • In the femalefashionadvice subreddit, redditors offer tips to a woman who asks, “Blazers feel like a costume to me. How do you get used to clothes that are appropriate but unfamiliar?”
  • The Washington Post looks into the reasons many major clothing retailers are struggling lately.
  • The Glass Hammer helps you determine whether you could benefit from an executive coach.
  • Over at Above the Law, Mr. Arrogant Lawyer shares his advice on looking important, Staci Zaretsky shares more reader stories from the Pink Ghetto, and Jeena Cho talks about how to know it’s time to quit.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut reports on new research that found that when men and women ask for raises, men are 25% more likely to get them.
  • Columnist Jena McGregor’s essay in The Washington Post says that people should stop telling everyone the crazy number of hours they work, and that “The idea that being well-rested could be a black mark against a leader is preposterous.” (Donald Trump recently criticized Hillary Clinton for … sleeping.)
  • Speaking of Hillary Clinton — and in case you haven’t seen this making the Facebook rounds — Humans of New York talked to her about what it was like trying to get into law school in 1969 — as a woman.
  • For your “Awww” of the Week, BuzzFeed shares excerpts of Victoria Beckham’s letter to herself at 18 — the full letter will appear in October’s Vogue.

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  • It’s been everywhere, but really: if you haven’t seen the Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo ad, you must – it’s great fun.
  • Fashionista tells you how to sell to consignment shops.
  • Over at Reddit, the Female Fashion Advice subreddit recently had a good thread about Amazon fashion finds.
  • The Wall Street Journal looks into toe-stretching and the potential to help with foot pain (Kat’s loved Yoga Toes and the exercises in this book for years!).
  • Career Contessa has helpful tips on successful phone interviews.
  • Ask a Manager ponders what “polished” means in job postings (and her readers weigh in).
  • Legal corner: Above the Law weighs on some of the gender discrimination lawsuits being filed against law firm around the country, and Big Law Business talks to five female partners about how to climb the BigLaw ladder. Meanwhile, The Daily Record rounds up good organizations for young attorneys to join.

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  • Fashionista offers advice on 20 trends — which to try and which to avoid — with the help of data from Google. Bye-bye (again), babydoll dresses.
  • Wired tells you how to back up your files and carefully clear your work computer before you leave a job.
  • To stop wasting women’s talents, we need to stop the fixation with youth, writes Margaret Hodge in The Guardian.
  • Good news: It’s Friday! Even better news: The days of sexism are over! Well, at least that’s what the majority of men (56%) said in a new Pew Research Center survey, as The Washington Post reports.
  • The Wall Street Journal explains why getting up extra-early can be helpful and talks to some (really) early birds.
  • Ad Age profiles the fascinating Cindi Gallop.
  • Speaking of fascinating: She’s a nun! She’s 86! She’s completed 45 Ironman races! Today tells us about Sister Madonna Buder.
  • What an amazing Olympics for women athletes! This New York Times story looks at the huge amount of progress that’s been made over the past 50 years and puts it in perspective. (Also, yay for Kathy Smith workouts.)
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The Onion has some news from the beauty industry.
  • Here’s a bonus: your Feel-Good Video of the Week, from The Hollywood Reporter, who reports, “Fox rounded up a group of cute kids and polled them on if they thought a woman could ever pitch in the big-leagues. Then they showed them footage of [Kylie] Bunbury’s Ginny Baker making history on Pitch.”

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  • Road Warriorette shares her trusty summer business travel uniform.
  • Jones New York is back! Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports on Macy’s dip in sales and recently announced store closings.
  • Rosa Lyster writes for The Millions about the ways that clothing is treated in literature.
  • Kathryn Rubino writes at Above the Law about the “accidental managers” that Biglaw is full of, and how they make employees’ jobs harder by not knowing how to manage people.
  • At Medium, Kristi Coulter reflects on women, drinking, and being newly sober in a world where alcohol is everywhere.
  • Quartz has an essay about how pregnancy has gone from a condition that led to “pregnant women … shrouded in capes or sequestered in their homes” to an unwilling performance, an excuse for others to share their comments and judgment.
  • Mic tells you about The Woman Cards, a deck of cards featuring portraits of famous American woman, from Rosa Parks to Hillary Clinton, created in response to Trump’s “woman’s card” remark.
  • The New York Times reports on Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhi, who said in a recent interview that she had her period while she was competing, bringing up a usually taboo topic for women athletes, and one that’s talked about very little in China.
  • For your Laugh of the Week (sort of), The Onion looks at a company that’s hiring more women than usual.

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