Weekend Open Thread

Embroidered Lace Sheath DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Lace dresses like this can sometimes be a bit mumsy/MOBish (mother of the bride), but for some reason I’m loving this Tadashi Shoji number with corded lace overlays. It looks elegant, sophisticated, and (always key) versatile. I’d wear this to an anniversary dinner with my husband as well as to a holiday party or charity kind of thing. It’s available in sizes 2–16 for $268–$398, with a zillion color options and tons of good reviews. Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress

Looking for a more affordable option? Amazon has some lucky sizes from this brand on sale for as low as $85. As far as plus sizes, this City Chic dress, this Tahari dress, or this Karen Kane dress all look gorgeous, and as a brand, Brianna has a lot of options.

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Weekly News Update

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  • The New York Times explains why celebrities, activists, and journalists are boycotting Twitter on Oct. 13, #WomenBoycottTwitter, following Twitter’s suspension of Rose McGowan’s account after she tweeted about Harvey Weinstein. #AmplifyWomen offers an alternative for women who prefer to speak up.
  • Vulture offers an exhaustive list of women who are speaking out about alleged abuse by Weinstein, including McGowan, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Beckinsale.
  • Above the Law shares as part of their Pink Ghetto series that following recent articles about Weinstein, women in Biglaw are sharing their own stories of sexual harassment as young associates.
  • The New York Times is also reporting an unintended consequence of workplace sexual harassment: Men are less likely to meet with women one-on-one, which can hurt women’s careers.
  • The Muse offers advice on how to repair your workplace rep after a bad performance review.
  • Fast Company provides six suggestions to pull yourself out of a work slump.
  • The Guardian details how the death of a 31-year-old Japanese journalist–after she worked 159 hours of overtime in one month–has started a national discussion about Japan’s workplace practices.
  • The Guardian also offers a firsthand account of a Nigerian woman who is one of the models in Dove’s latest ad, which has been called racist.
  • O Magazine explains why so many Gen X women are experiencing a midlife crisis.
  • PBS NewsHour reports why doctors and researchers are questioning the Trump Administration’s new birth control rule.
  • Wired shares that the speculum, still based on a design from the 1840s, is getting a modern update.
  • Laugh of the Week: For men who are confused about how to act around women in the workplace or in professional situations, Medium offers a simple trick: “Treat all women like you would treat Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.” (The Rock approves.)

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Cuff Blouse

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This windowpane ruffle-cuff blouse from Who What Wear™  is available in both regular sizes and plus sizes (the regular is more highly rated than the plus for some reason), and it’s always great to find something with a size range of S–4X. So if you’re looking for a very affordable ruffle-cuff blouse, I think this would look really cute under a sweater or blazer. It’s $25-$29 at Target, and besides the windowpane, it comes in three other patterns as well as black. Plus Size Ruffle Cuff Blouse – Who What Wear™

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Coffee Break: Bold Shoulder Bag

Very boxy shoulder bags are very in right now, and I find I like the structured look. The shoulder strap is adjustable, so presumably it’s a lot longer than pictured here — I like the little gold detail on the magnetic top flap, as well as the fun lining for the interior. It’s $588 at ShopBop.  MANU Atelier Bold Shoulder Bag

Looking for something more affordable? This $180 bag is similar, and this Etsy shop looks like they might be able to produce something similar via a custom order, possibly for even under $50. (Psst: which are your favorite Etsy shops and gifts, ladies? It’s a little early to be thinking about holiday gifts, I know, but we’re thinking of doing a roundup of Etsy stores sooner rather than later because sellers book up so early…)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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This may not be for the shrinking violets among us, but I think this purple dress with black details is really lovely — for example, if you wear a lot of dresses and you’re desperate for something a little different from your usual black, gray, or navy. There is a matching jacket, which I would not necessarily recommend — but you do you. I think that for $38 (on sale for $49.99, plus the discount code listed on the page), it’s a good option for a new statement dress. You can wear it with navy or red or black, or with gray — this would look great with a gray blazer on top. It comes in sizes 2–16, but not all sizes are still in stock. Colorblocked Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Suit of the Week: L.K. Bennett

For 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Oooh: a simple, classic, black tweed skirt suit is always in style, and I love this one from L.K. Bennett. Wear them together, wear them separately, wear them with neutrals, wear them with deep jewel tones in the fall and pastels in the spring… the possibilities are endless. Love. The jacket (Joyce Tweed Jacket) is $495, and the skirt (Joyce Tweed Skirt) is $265.

Here’s a very nice fitted tweed blazer in plus sizes in black and white, and this brown tweed suiting comes in regular, petite, plus sizes, and plus-size petites.

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