Weekly Roundup

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Untitled picture– Wow — we’re not sure how we missed this last month, but Above the Law brings news that this lawyer (pictured at left) has changed her profile picture to a more sedate one.  ATL notes that they prefer the former, “mildly inappropriate” pic.  Our thought:  mildly?

– Lots of features on inspiring, successful women this week: Forbes introduces us to the leading ladies of Hollywood, while Inc. (our favorite magazine, incidentally) includes several women in their “30 under 30” roundup of young entrepreneurs.

– Also lots of thoughts on women in the law this week.  The American Lawyer wonders if the bad economy is good for women lawyers; meanwhile, the WSJ’s Law Blog wonders how to get more women partners.  The American Lawyer also ponders a paradigm shift: the power-lawyer mom, and the stay at home dad.

– Our commenters have been mourning the demise of the old Ann Taylor, but SheFinds likes the new one.  (For our $.02, the  jury is still out.)

The Chicago Tribune tests four pumps for comfort and style.

Teri Agins at the WSJ weighs in on when it’s appropriate/acceptable to take a purse to a business meeting.

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Old Navy’s Cable-Knit Cardigans

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Women: Women's Softest Cable-Knit Cardigans - Bougainvillea PinkReader A wrote to us, raving about the quality of this season’s cardigans at Old Navy — she noted that there are many “normal, pretty things this season . . . some great classic pieces available, and many of them (particularly the cardigans) seemed well made.” She actually called out this sweater, but after checking Old Navy.com we had to draw your eyes to this lovely purple sweater — it’s a great way to add a pop of color to an otherwise drab wardrobe.  We’d wear it with gray trousers and perhaps a white bodysuit blouse beneath it, and maybe add a black and yellow accent by way of an accessory — a brooch, a scarf, a necklace.  Lovely.  The cardigan is available in 8 colors, regular and tall, sizes XS to XXL, and it’s on sale — was $29.50, now $15. Women: Women’s Softest Cable-Knit Cardigans – Bougainvillea Pink

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Reader mail: Which tights are truly opaque?

The Best Opaque Tights | CorporetteReader M writes to us with a question…

Could you do a piece on where to find really good opaque tights? I would love to buy some Wolford pairs, but think $64 may be a bit out of my price range right now. I want TRULY opaque — not the kind that you can kind of see through at your knee.

Personally, we’re fans of Spanx’s reversible tights — because there’s a color on each side they seem much more opaque to us. We have the gray/black pair, and have been happy with the opacity of both colors. Our one little thing is that we wish the thick seam stretching below the belly-button weren’t there, or that if it’s still there, that it were more prominent on the gray than the black.  Readers, which tights do you swear by for opacity?
Pictured: SPANX ‘Two-Timin’ Tights, available at Nordstrom’s for $34. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Geometric Sweater Jacket

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The price does not reveal the quality…good workmanship, roomy, long sleeves, a pinch of real wool, and enough hook/eye closures to avoid gaping in the bust. I plan on wearing it with solid blacks, greys, reds in my fall/winter wardrobe as well as with tailored dark jeans and maybe black booties on weekends or casual office days. Can be worn now to combat ac if left open. The collar isn’t too big so as to be overwhelming and should also accommodate turtlenecks in winter. Sizing runs true for this brand’s cut. The hooks/eyes bring in the middle so there is a very slight, but welcome, cinched waist effect. This seems to fit in with my multi purpose purchase mindset and gives me the look of a ‘vest’ or layered look without the added bulk or LLBean/outdoorsy vest appearance.

It looks lovely! It’s $98 at White House|Black Market. Geometric Sweater Jacket
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Suit of the Week

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iconFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’re loving this fabulous sculpted jacket and flattering skirt from Dior.  It’s oh so elegant, bu still professional and serious, and those pockets are seriously fun and flattering (look how tiny her waist looks!)  We also love the little details, like the silk lining.  The jacket (Sculpted Fringe Jacket) is $2,750, and the skirt (Front-Slit Skirt) is $890.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Grey Twist Dress

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iconReader M suggests this lovely grey twist dress — which, we think, nearly sold out a week or two ago but is now available in the full range of sizes on the site (00-16).  We love that it seems a bit more conservative than the Black Halo line of dresses — the sedate color, the cut of the arms, even the very slight slit in the skirt — all strike us as great for a casual day at the office.  We’d probably wear it with a fitted blazer and the highest heels we could stand. It’s $148 at White House|Black Market, and reader M suggests trying code 8924 through 10/4 to get another $25 off. Grey Twist Dress

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