Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

Classiques Entier 'Viviane Suiting' Stretch Wool Blend JacketFor 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.

I love the “navy melange” fabric here — kinda navy, kinda brown, kinda gray — but with a classically fitted suit. I’d probably keep it super simple and wear a white or black t-shirt beneath it and a set of pearls, but I could also see it looking nice with purples, oranges, greens, beiges, and possibly even a dark red. It’s part of the Nordstrom Anniverary Sale (check out Kat’s workwear picks). The jacket (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Jacket) is currently $179 but the price will go back to $268 after the sale ends. The pants (Classiques Entier “Viviane Suiting” Stretch Wool Blend Trousers) are $109, down from $168. (The skirt sadly seems to be sold out.)



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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp square 80 tiny Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Single-Button Blazer

Anne Klein Single-Button Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Because apparently I can’t let this one go, I present you with today’s option for a super-bright pink blazer: one from Anne Klein, a brand that I’ve always been fond of. The single-button blazer is $129 at Macy’s, available in sizes 0-16. (It’s also available in petite sizes, and I believe this cowl-neck sheath dress — which I’ve been coveting anyway — matches, at $99.) Anne Klein Single-Button Blazer

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Update: The prices on these pieces were reduced, bumped up before this post published, and now reduced once again. The blazer is now $95; an extra 15% off with code SUMMER makes it $80. The dress is now $75 and comes down to $63 with code SUMMER.


Coffee Break: Suede T-Strap Peep-Toes

Brooks Brothers Suede Peep Toe T-Strap | CorporetteI’ve been ogling these sophisticated light brown T-strap peep-toes from Brooks Brothers for a few weeks. I like the mixed leathers (suede and patent), the 3″ heel with .25″ platform, and the sale: the heel was $228, but is now $91. (Brooks Brothers is a reader favorite for comfortable heels, so their shoe sale might be worth checking out in general — lots of work-appropriate pieces and good prices.) The pictured T-straps also come in black. Brooks Brothers Suede Peep Toe T-Strap


Guest Post: Successfully Managing Men at Work

Successfully Managing Men | CorporetteShould you manage men differently than women? We’ve talked about becoming a boss, delegating work, motivating a lazy secretary, and whether you should be friends with staffers — but not this particular topic. I’m honored to welcome Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl to the blog — a new mama herself (congrats!), Anna is a leadership coach for ambitious women, and the author of the new book,  The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men. Welcome, Anna! – Kat. (Pictured: World’s Best Boss, originally uploaded to Flickr by Kumar Appaiah.)

As an overachieving chick, you are bound to have the challenge of managing men at work. You might be worried about coming across as too strong, aggressive, or bitchy. You might not be confident in yourself because you don’t really understand men. You might be uncomfortable around the men you work with. I know I was.

For eight years I worked in a male-dominated work environment and I quickly found out that understanding men was the key to getting promoted. Once I learned how to manage both genders successfully, I finally started getting ahead.

Here are the keys I found to successfully manage men at work:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Tijana Stripe Skirt

Ted Baker Tijana Stripe Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, stripes aren’t typically my thing, but I really like the white/navy/lime colors of this skirt, and the interesting diagonal details, and the two front slits. It strikes me as preppy and fun, but professional and kind of effortless. It was $225 but is on sale at Bloomingdale’s for $157. Ted Baker Tijana Stripe Skirt

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