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Poll Results – Hair! Hair! Long beautiful hair

long hair unprofessionalWow, overwhelming responses to our poll about whether it’s acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair. 80% of you said that long hair is absolutely acceptable — 35% said any length is fine, while 45% limited it to locks that stretched no further than mid-back. If you haven’t weighed in yet, you can do so here, or you can take this week’s poll on vacation planning.

Pictured: Long Hair Design, originally uploaded by asobitsuchiya.

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New (to Us): Bird

Sure, Bird may be a likely suspect for various magazines’ round-up of New York’s greatest boutiques, but we’ve never been there. Blame it on the fact that we’re mostly Manhattan girls or just lazy shoppers, but either way — having looked through the site’s collection (which has some serious sales right now due to a moving sale), we’ll have to make a trek out sometime soon. The owner, Jennifer Mankins, got her start as an assistant buyer from Barneys New York; she also was head buyer for Steven Alan before she helped start women’s clothing label Charlotte Corday. She opened Bird in 1999, where she features “women’s apparel, shoes and accessories by up-and-coming designers from New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London, as well as Japan and Scandinavia.” In addition to the online shops, she currently has one shop in Park Slope and another in Cobble Hill; her largest store yet will be opening in Williamsburg sometime soon.

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Suit of the Week: Rebecca Taylor Tweed

We’re loving this gray tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor. Yes, some of her stuff can be a bit too precious at times, but we think this one is a feminine yet powerful suit. We love the cut of the jacket, the high three buttons, the puckering under the pockets, the fringe detail, and even the tonal flower detail (although we’d be surprised if that couldn’t be removed in case it wasn’t your cup of tea). The jacket is $390, and the pants are $275, both available from Neiman Marcus.


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Poll! How do you plan your vacations?

how-to-plan-vacationsOne of the hardest things about working a corporate job is not always being able to take advantage of your vacation time. Sure, you may have a lot of it (we’ve got 4 weeks) but who can find the time to reliably get away?
N.B.: Answering this poll does not require you to actually be planning a vacation to Tokyo, to have nearby vacation spots, or to use the word “peeps.”

Pictured: A True vacation spirit, originally uploaded to Flickr by Kenzoka.

Corporette 101: Always Clean Matching Items Together

dryclean-suitsFrequently, women’s suits are sold as separates with interchangeable parts. One woman’s skirt suit might be another woman’s pantsuit — or maybe the same woman owns all 3 pieces and wears the jacket with the pants some days, or the skirt by itself other days, or . . . you get the picture. When you have matching separates (matching fabrics, buttons, etc) it pays to dryclean them together — that way the cloth wears consistently, and even if the color fades or the fabric gets nubbly, the pieces will still “match” in a year or two’s time.

The same reasoning goes for things that you throw in the washing machine, as well — for twinsets, for example, even if you wear the cardigan more than you wear the shell you should wash them both together.

Pictured: Cryptic clothing label, originally uploaded to Flickr by Wm Jas.

Weekend Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)
– Ah, finally! The WSJ gives us “the rules” for wearing white linen pants.

– Why, yes — the wealthy use coupons also. [ChiTrib]

– Is there a woman’s generational gap in the workplace? You betcha. [BusinessWeek]

– Are venture capital firms still a boy’s club? Jezebel thinks they know, and helpfully links to a bunch of funny t-shirts. [Jezebel]

– Great article for how to use social media without permanently dinging your chances of becoming a CEO or President. [DumbLittleMan]

– Finally: How to give advice. [Ben Cashnocha via NYT’s Shifting Careers]

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