Poll: How short is too short for a skirt?

2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how short is too short for a skirt at the office — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on when is a dress too short for work (including what’s a modern length, and if the perfect skirt length is different for tall or short people).

How short is too short for a skirt at the office? Can you wear shorter skirts if you wear dark tights? Does it matter if you wear heels or flats with your dark tights? Conversation was sparked by yesterday’s workwear report, and we thought it might be a good idea to try and get a consensus on this:  how short of a skirt can a professional woman get away with?  See our uber-fancy diagram, and vote below.

Kat’s $.02 — D would probably be my limit, but only with dark tights… I heard a rule long ago that the higher your skirt the lower your heel should be; I’ve always found success with that.

2017 Update: The vote is closed! The official question to readers: when does a skirt become too short for the workplace? The answers:

  • 31% of readers said the skirt length shown at C is fine — just above the knee.
  • 18% of readers said the skirt length shown at D — about one hand above the knee
  • 12% of readers said the skirt length shown at D is fine, but ONLY if you’re wearing dark tights
  • 6% of readers thought the skirt length shown at F was fine (fingertip length!)
  • 4% of readers thought any skirt length for work was fine
  • 4% of readers thought the skirt length shown at E was appropriate for work — about one hand longer than fingertip length
  • 5% of readers thought the skirt length shown at B was fine — mid-knee
  • 4% of readers thought the skirt length shown at
  • 3% of readers thought the skirt length shown at E was fine, but only with dark tights
  • 2% of readers thought the skirt length shown at F was ok, but only with tights
  • 1% of readers thought the skirt length shown at A was the only acceptable answer (phew!)

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5 Things to Look for in a Nail Salon… Near Your Office

How to Find a Nail Salon Near the Office | CorporetteIt’s something every working woman needs from time to time:  a manicure.  Your primary salon should not be one near your office.  But sometimes, you just have to grab a manicure during the working day.  (True story: A lot of these tips come from an offhand conversation I had with a senior female partner at my law firm!) Here are the unofficial rules for looking for a nail salon near your office…

2017 update: you may also want to also check out our post about the best work-appropriate nail polish colors.

1.  Look for a nail salon where you won’t be visible from the sidewalk. Sure, you’re entitled to a lunch hour — everyone understands that! — but it’s an entirely different thing for your boss (or worse, a subordinate you’ve just dumped a load of work onto) to realize you’re spending your free time primping and pampering.  Look for a nail salon where the stations are set far away from the streetfront windows, or else aim for one on the second floor. [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Dior’s Zoya Knit Sweater Dress

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.

Gorgeous, gorgeous dress of the day: a wool sweater dress from Dior. In addition to a streamlined fit and a sophisticated shape, we love the little details of this — the tiny dot pattern of the dress, the way the hem peeks out from beneath the skirt, the folded detailing at the cuffs and of the waist (close-up picture below), and the inverted pleat at the front of the skirt. It looks beautifully luxurious and simple at the same time. Available at eLUXURY for $1,715. Dior Zoya Knit Sweater Dress

Weekly Roundup

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– Forbes advises what to look for in good cashmere.  We agree wholeheartedly with their tip to not buy online — there’s a huge difference in quality.  We’ve had some very itchy cashmere sweaters (Ann Taylor, we’re looking at you) versus some incredibly soft cashmere.  The best brand we’ve ever owned for a cashmere sweater is Autumn Cashmere.

– JibberJobber has some advice for women — on how to dress for FAILURE.  Our favorite tip? Wear six-inch heels. [JibberJobber]

– TIME magazine talks about the sacrifices Michelle Obama made, including leaving her corporate law firm job.  [TIME]

– On the other side of the spectrum, Sarah Palin’s sartorial choices are causing a buying frenzy of Naughty Monkey shoes and square rimless glasses. [WSJ]

– Hooray for gender equality, right?  Interesting side effect: the personality differences between women and men are becoming more pronounced.  [Jezebel]

– The Motley Fool has some retirement-planning advice for women.  [The Motley Fool]

– Yale Law Women name their Top 10 Family-Friendly firms.  [The AmLaw Daily]

Poll Results: Cropped Pants and the Office

Tech Capri - WomensAbout a week ago, we asked you guys whether cropped pants (and Bermuda shorts) are acceptable for the office, whether as part of a suit or otherwise.  While the poll is still going on, we thought we’d summarize the results for you thus far:

65% of you agreed with us that cropped pants and Bermuda shorts are never acceptable for the office.

28% of you said cropped pants were acceptable, whether as part of a suit or otherwise.

3% of you said either Bermuda shorts and cropped pants were both a-OK

A mere 1% of you said that if the shorts or cropped pants was part of a suit, it was all good.

So… perhaps leave your capri pants for your workouts if you’re new to the office and still learning the lay of the land. Above: Under Armour’s Tech Capri – Womens, available at Paragon Sports for $31.99.

Poll: How do you handle the day to night transition?

A few weeks ago on Project Runway the contestants had to design a look to take Brooke Shields’ character on Lipstick Jungle from “day to evening” in a single look. We wanted to scream at the television — we’ve never bought into the idea that women want to wear their office garb out for the evening.  Every time we see an outfit that’s supposed to take you from day to night, it doesn’t…  In our experience, if we’re going out on a work night we either need to change into a cocktail dress (to attend a charity event at a museum or something) or to casual-but-sexy wear for a date or a night out with a girlfriend and a hip restaurant.  (“Casual but sexy wear” has meant, for us in the past, either a casual dress or designer denim and a cute top).  And if it’s just a local neighborhood restaurant or someone’s house, who cares enough to change?  In any case, an outfit for work that’s too sexy for day makes us feel uncomfortable, and wearing our work clothes — no matter how “sexy” they are — while out and about just makes us feel drab and boring.  So we’ve always gone the two outfit route.

After Project Runway, though, we started wondering — are we alone in this?  Is everyone else actively looking for seamless day-to-night looks? Please take the poll and then comment away… particularly if you’ve found something that works great for day to night, do tell.


Pictured above: 13th street, originally uploaded by g. rox.

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