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360 Review: Project Runway

In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.

One of our favorite shows, Project Runway, is starting again on July 16. It is the show’s last season on Bravo before it moves to another network, and we suspect this explains the nonexistant PR that we’ve seen for the show. In fact, if we hadn’t seen an article on reality blurred about the dearth of PR on PR, we wouldn’t even have known that Project Runway was starting soon.

(If you aren’t watching the show, you must! Project Runway is one of the few reality shows that still manages to attract intelligent, artistic, creative people for a show that has interesting challenges and natural drama. We think the caliber of contestants is everything — unlike some reality shows, these designers are selected based on their design chops, not how pretty they’ll look on camera. Designers from the show have also effectively boosted their careers by appearing on the show (unlike appearances on other reality shows, where it seems like the only thing awaiting them is a possible speaking career), so they tend to be more intelligent and introspective than your average reality show contestant.)

To celebrate the start of Season 5, we’re going to review some of the creations by one of our favorite contestants, Jillian Lewis. Prior to the show, she had designed for Searle and Ralph Lauren; according to her official website, she’s going to have a personal line out by the end of August, which we’ll eagerly look for. Despite her propensity for miniskirts, we thought that many of the outfits she created for the show would lend themselves to a corporate environment; everything looked wearable and beautiful. Even where she was a bit outlandish for dramatic effect on the runway, it was easy to see how the clothes would be adapted for off-the-rack shoppers like, well, us. You can view her entire final collection here (on YouTube).

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Weekly Round-Up

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.)

– The Fug Girls wrote a hilarious and great article about how fabulous Anne Hathaway looks after her breakup from certain imprisoned bankers. [NY Mag]

– A new online magazine has come out for smart women — articles cover a range of topics on art, decor, lifestyle, culture, history, literature, product reviews, and even a dating blog by eloise. [loveeloise.com]

– WWD reviewed Christie Brinkley’s clothes choices for her divorce trial. “Armed with a uniform of crisp button-down shirts, dainty cardigans and figure-hugging pencil skirts from Ralph Lauren and Prada (with a little Gap mixed in for soccer-mom street cred), Brinkley has onlookers wondering what Cook was thinking….” [WWD (sub req’d)]

– There’s an article in the WSJ style section that we’re not sure about: how floods are becoming popular for men’s suits (floods = higher hemlines so men bare their ankles). We saw the Thom Browne collection for Brooks Brothers and thought, oh, this must be for the creative types who shop there, but now we’re a bit curious: has anyone seen men wearing floods in your corporate environment? Please comment below if you get a chance. (Truth be told, we’re not even sure if we would recommend floods or capris for women’s outfits!) Speak of the devil…

– If you’ve been purchasing purses and shoes with the hopes of their being investment pieces, read about Ztail.com, a new service that will help you track the worth of things in your closet (or of other collections you’ve kept). [SheFinds]

– Finally: read about how to get the most for your organic buck. [Greenopolis via Lifehacker]

10 Things About… Trying to Diet While Working a Corporate Gig

N.B.: I still stand by this advice on how to diet while working a corporate job (and links have been updated as of 2016), but you can also check out our 2016 discussion on how not to gain weight during the summer recruiting season

Amazingly, everyone I know right now is either trying to get their eating under control (the Fourth of July was apparently a very happy one for everyone!) or outright diet. This can seem like a nearly impossible task if you’ve got cocktail parties, catered dinners, and three-course lunches on a daily basis — especially since so many diet programs require you to cook (or at least eat specific foods that can take a ton of time to prepare). What’s a working girl to do? Here are my tips…

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Poll Results! How to handle workouts near the office

20 minute workout, originally
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Tip: Maybe don’t wear these outfits.

So, a week ago we asked WHEN you change into things to go to a nearby office gym. (As opposed to this week, when we suggested WHAT you should wear to the gym.) Although the poll continues, preliminary answers are in:

After hours: change at the gym. 64% of you said that if it’s after hours, you should continue wearing your working duds until you get to the gym, when you should change into your workout duds, workout, and head home as you please.

Working out on your lunch hour. 50% of you scoffed at the notion of a lunch hour. Of those who attempt to get in workouts during the day (fight the good fight, people!), 66% of you thought you should change and shower at the gym.

If you haven’t taken the poll yet, you can do so here.

Do you guys have any suggestions or tips for how you fit in exercise during a hectic day? Head out for 20-minute walks on your lunch break? Do lunges in your office? Tell, tell.

What to Wear To… The Corporate Gym

In this feature, “What to Wear To…” we tackle attire for office events that are outside the confines of the 9-5 office day.

If you’re lucky enough to have a gym in your workplace (or nearby enough that there’s a good chance of running into people at your office), you may be wondering what to wear to the gym. Obviously, you’ll want to leave the thong-leotards and short-shorts at home, but what does that really leave you with? Particularly on a hot summer day, the choices can seem limited.

Choose moisture-wicking fabrics. These fabrics tend to cost more than your basic cotton or nylon, but they breathe more, wicking moisture away from you.  This means you’re drier, lighter, and cooler — which then means that you can wear pants rather than shorts, even on hot days.   Look for words like Dri-FIT (Nike’s brand), ClimaLite (by Adidas), and Double Dry (by Champion). [Read more…]

Tool of the Trade: Remember the Milk

rtmIn this feature, we’ll explore one tool that makes the busy woman’s life easier in some small way.

Every busy woman’s got a growing pile of things to do — immediate things to do at home and at the office. Things to do at some point in the future (update the resume, congratulate Theresa and Ben on their 5-year anniversary, get vacation photos printed). It helps to corral these things into a list. Really! We’ve unfortunately left our copy of Getting Things Done, by David Allen, at home, but there’s a lovely passage in it where he talks about how all these tiny things that must be done nag at your brain, tugging at your conscious (and subconscious) mind until you’re exhausted, worrying about all the things that need to be done. His solution (which we’ve found really does help) is to write EVERYTHING down. Build a system, and trust the system.

We’ve been fine with using Outlook for office tasks, but we truly love using Remember The Milk for personal tasks. Some great things about it:

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