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Office Staples – Clothing Edition

Please note, this article was updated in 2011 — check it out here.

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Last week we covered what toiletry supplies you may want to keep in your office — this week, we thought we’d give our recommendations on clothing to keep in your office.  (In the coming weeks we’ll also tackle foodstuffs and gadgetry.)

1. A suit. The goal of the suit is to be able to look proper if you have to run to court at the last minute, or if you have an impromptu call to meet with the CEO.  Note that if you’re going to keep a skirt suit, you might want to make sure you’ve got pantyhose and possibly a razor blade, as well.  Make sure that you’ve got an appropriate top to wear under the suit, as well as appropriate undergarments (i.e., don’t wear a sheer white blouse with a black polka dot bra).  It’s also handy to have another outfit on hand in the event of a severe food mishap such as a yogurt spill.

2.  Extra panties (preferably ones that don’t show any visible pantylines). Yes, it’s kind of gross to say, but… if you have to pull an all-nighter… if you need to change into a skirt suit with pantyhose and had been wearing boyshorts… if you actually make it to the gym and need to change into a fresh pair… there are lots of different reasons to keep an extra thong or seamless pair tucked discreetly into a gym bag or in a ziplock baggy in your desk drawer.  (Why a ziplock baggy?  After a while your desk drawers will get gross.  We don’t know what happens in there — it isn’t as if ketchup packets implode — but they just get a bit gross.  Take our advice and protect your drawers from your drawers.)

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Armani Collezioni Three-Button Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

ARMANI FITTED BLAZERToday’s splurge item is this gorgeous three-button fitted jacket from Armani. We love the fact that it’s jersey — a very comfortable update on a classic shape and flattering fit — and the houndstooth pattern is one that is always fashionable. Available at Bergdorf’s for $1,995. Armani Collezioni Three-Button Jacket

Weekly Roundup

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– Happy 100th birthday to Catherine Murdock Dewey, one of the first female lawyers in Boston.  [Ms. JD]

– Do you take your engagement/wedding rings off when you interview?  [Brazen Careerist]

– Expecting?  Here are some tips on how to announce your pregnancy at work.  [The Thin Pink Line]

– Does your productivity and happiness need a boost at work?  Here are 12 quick tips.  [The Happiness Project]

– Jezebel lists the 75 books every woman should read.  [Jezebel]

– Three successful female entrepreneurs share their best advice.  [Marie Claire]

– Is your money safe?  The Simple Dollar studies the issue.

Poll Results: We wear…. not so short skirts

About a week ago we asked you: when is your skirt too short for work? The poll is still ongoing, but we thought we’d fill you in on the results so far.  Tons of people voted (thank you, Above the Law, for the link!), and the majority of you (31%) said that C was fine, with the D-supporters bringing up the rear at 18% (although another 11% said D was an acceptable length if tights were worn).  Only 7% of you went more conservative (saying only A or B were acceptable).  Lots of commenters noted that the more fit a woman is, the shorter a skirt she can get away with. [Read more…]

Poll: Are knee-high boots appropriate for work?

2017 Update: Check out our most recent round-up of the best knee-high boots for commuting to work, as well as our last discussion of whether boots are acceptable for work.

Yesterday was the first day of autumn — hooray!  Already around New York City we’re starting to notice women wearing dresses and knee-high boots, mostly barelegged (but some with tights).  Today we passed a girl wearing knee-high black boots, a happy yellow mini-dress, and a cute cropped black jacket.  She looked absolutely adorable.  But we also thought she looked totally inappropriate for work.

A few years ago we thought knee-high boots were 100% acceptable for work, provided they weren’t over-the-knee boots (like Julia Roberts’s in Pretty Woman).  But after a few years of working in a conservative office, we’re not so sure anymore.  Condoleezza Rice took heat a while ago for wearing black knee-high boots — even The Washington Post accused her of being too sexy, too dominatrix-like or Matrix-inspired.

But hey… maybe we’re old-fashioned.  Or crazy.  So, we thought:  Poll.
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Office Staples: Toiletry Edition

As hundreds of new lawyers, MBAs, and other professionals head to work for the start of their jobs, we thought we’d round up some supplies that everyone needs in their office.  In future editions we’ll tackle office supplies and gadgetry, but for now, here’s what you should pick up on your next trip to Drugstore.com.

pharmacy drugstore finds to stock your office with

1.  New-Skin. Yes, it’s an electronic world, but there are still far more papers to deal with than you’d think — which means papercuts abound — which means every open wound increases your chances of getting sick.  Our preferred method of dealing with papercuts is to apply a liquid bandage like New-Skin.  It dries quickly, stays on all day, even after you’ve washed your hands, and it doesn’t leave that gummy residue on your nails and fingers.  We recommend New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage, available at Drugstore.com (as is everything listed in this article) for $6.19.

2. Purell.  This is another great way to ward off colds — and it’s particularly helpful to keep at your desk if you commute to work via public transportation (you can clean your hands the minute you get to the office), or if you shake hands with a lot of people during the course of your job.  If you get one with aloe, it won’t dry your hands out as much.  Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe, Moisturizers & Vitamin E, available at Drugstore.com for $3.51.

3.  Thermometer.  The higher up the food chain you go, the more you’ll find that a little head cold is not an acceptable reason to stay away from the office if work needs to be done in it.  That said, it’s generally poor form to come to work (or stay at work) if you’re contagious.  Obviously you’ve got a thermometer at home to know when you’re running a fever — but it can be helpful to have one at the office for those occasional stretches where you’re practically living at the office, or where you suddenly feel lousy in the middle of the afternoon.  We’ve always done well with a digital one, like the Vicks Comfort-Flex Thermometer, available at Drugstore.com for $12.99.

4.  Preservative-free eye drops. Long hours of staring at the computer = dry eyes.  For some women this is a particular problem.  Our suggestion:  invest in preservative-free drops.  If you use the drops only occasionally, then you’ll be happy to open up a new vial of eye drops.  If you use them frequently, you’ll be glad you’re not overloading your eyes with preservatives.  We recommend TheraTears Lubricant Eye Drops, Single-Use Containers, available at Drugstore.com for $12.79.

5.  Visine, Clearasil, and cover-up. Yes, we’re recommending you get both Visine and preservative-free eye drops.  This is because several eye doctors have warned us against frequent use of Visine — something to do with the preservatives and the chemicals that take away the redness.  But, that said, Visine can be great for those embarrassing times when you’ve got a zit or some other red spot on your face — use a Q-tip (or wrap a tissue around a pencil eraser), soak the cotton with the Visine, and dab it on your red spot.  Visine — it gets the red out.  We also recommend keeping Clearasil and cover-up on hand. Visine Advanced Redness Reliever Eye Drops, available at Drugstore.com for $7.29.

6.  Floss. You probably won’t use this one a lot, but you’ll thank us for that rare time when you do use it — like when you’ve got something in your teeth and have to run to a partner’s or executive’s office.  We recommend Glide Dental Floss, Comfort Plus, Mint, available at Drugstore.com for $3.99.

7.  Eye-makeup remover.  There are a lot of reasons for keeping eye-makeup remover with you in the office.  We most commonly use it on those those nights when we’re stuck in the office in front of the computer — maybe it’s just us, but our eyes feel tired, and our mascara just feels gross and heavy after sixteen-plus hours of wear.  Another big reason for having eye-makeup remover:  occasionally, emotions may screw up your eye-makeup.  Whether you’re crying for joy, sorrow, or frustration or anger (and hopefully you’re doing this behind closed doors), your eye makeup may need to be redone entirely in order to “save face” when you stick your head out of your office.  We’re fans of Nivea Visage Eye Make Up Remover, available at Drugstore.com for $5.99.

8.  Advil. Just give in to the idea that you’ll likely be at the office when you get a lot of headaches/cramps/aches, and invest in an economy-size bottle.

9.  Tampons and/or pads.

10.  Basic make-up (if you don’t already carry it in your purse).  On the rare day that you can get to the gym, or when you walk to work, or when you need to re-do your makeup, you’ll be set.

Are we forgetting anything else?  Please fill us in, in comments…

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