Thursday’s Workwear Report: Straight Leg Pants

Affordable Black Pants: Vince Camuto Straight Leg Pants Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

These highly-rated, machine washable pants are still available in lots of sizes as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (all our workwear NAS picks are here). There have been a lot of trends in pant legs over the past few years — cropped! flared! baby bootcut! kick flare! jogger! — but straight pants have stood the test of time. Now here’s an interesting question for the hive: what do you think of the hem length shown here? To my eyes the hem is about an inch too short here — in the back view I’d like to see them come down to where the heel starts — but maybe that’s me.  The pants are normally $79, but they’re temporarily marked down to $51.90, available in regular and petite sizes from 0-14.   Vince Camuto Straight Leg Pants

Here’s a plus-size option.

Sale alert: Ann Taylor just hit 60% off sale prices — and they’ve added new pieces to the sale.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Suit of the Week: Remi Suit

Reiss suiting on saleFor 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.

If you’ve ever wondered, does Reiss suiting ever go on sale?, the answer is YES — there are some great suits in the sale right now, including this modern gray suit. I like the lightweight fabric, as well as the sharp, tailored look — to say nothing of the sale price. The jacket (Remi Jacket) is now $260 and the pants (Remi Trouser) are $80.  (Not pictured: the matching skirt or dress.) Considering the pieces were $220-$445 when new, that’s pretty great.

Another great sale going on today (they’re everywhere!): Club Monaco clearance just hit 75% off when you use code KEEPCOOL to take an extra 40% off marked prices.

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Weekend Wednesday: The Best Flip Flops

the best flip flops for your commute

Ladies, which are your favorite flip flops for your commute or for the weekends? Do you look for arch support, comfort, sustainability, or color? When we’ve talked about flip flops in the past, it’s almost always because we’re including them in a list of what not to wear to work — but because it’s Weekend Wednesday, flip flops are the main attraction today. So let’s hear it — which are your favorites? What flip flops are best for your commute, the weekend, or beyond?  

Pictured at top: blue / print / purple / purple / brown

Of course, we really don’t recommend wearing flip flops around the office — if you commute in them, change out of them as soon as humanly possible (if not in the lobby of the building or a block or two away). Still — we all buy them. So which are best?  The brands of flip flops most often mentioned as Corporette reader favorites are Okabashi, Reef, Rainbow, and OluKai. Other brands that have gotten the thumbs-up from readers are Havaianas, Chacos, Teva (the Olowahu style), Yellow Box, Sperry, Orthaheel, Ipanema, Vionic, Sanuk, and Tkees, the brand that looks like a Tieks typo.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Wool Button-Back Pullover Sweater

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

neiman marcus last call sale 2016Neiman Marcus has some pretty good “last call” sales going on right now — but inventory is mostly down to lucky sizes. This pictured wool sweater, for example, is a great basic for fall and winter — and I like how the simple buttons at the nape of the neck really elevates it. The sale here is pretty indicative of the kind of discount you can get: it was originally $390, but is on clearance for $108 (with free shipping and free returns). A few other picks in lucky sizes from the sale: a Theory blazer (size 10) for $106, a McQ blouse (size 40) for $142, a DvF wrap dress (size 12) for $102. Filter by your size first! The pictured sweater is $108, and available in a few sizes.  Carven Wool Button-Back Pullover Sweater, Marine

Other noteworthy sales going on: The Real Real is having a pretty major sale (use promo code COOL for another 20% off), and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale continues.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Coffee Break: Alicante Bootie

Ecco Alicante BootieThese stretch suede/velvet booties look perfect for fall weather — wear them with matching tights and have your legs look like they go for miles.  Because velvet doesn’t always wear the best, these might be office shoes for me, particularly on yucky fall days when rainboots are required for the commute. They’re well rated at Nordstrom (and Zappos), and almost entirely sold out in the purple — but the black and the gray both have all sizes available. They’re $99 at the moment, but will be $158 after the sale ends August 8. ECCO ‘Alicante’ Bootie

Looking for a version with extended widths? This similar shoe has sizes 5-12 in widths N, M, W, and WW.

By the way, I keep forgetting to mention this — thank you to everyone who entered our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale giveaway! Winners were chosen at random through Rafflecopter and contacted on Sunday.

 

5 Tips to Stay Cool on Really Hot Workdays

how to stay cool on hot workdaysDid you hear that the highest temperature in the world last week was an incredible 129°F ? Even if you’re not dealing with crazy record-breaking temperatures like that, you’ve likely been dealing with a hellish commute if you walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. Aside from reveling in the frigid air conditioning once you get to your office, here are a few tips to stay cool on really hot workdays:

1. Use your drink for something other than drinking. Bring a cold can of soda (put it in the freezer for a while) or a frozen bottle of water and roll it on your wrists and other pulse points (here’s a picture pointing them out) when you want to stay cool. Once you’re at work, stop by the restroom to run cold water over your wrists.

2. Hack your commute. If you take public transportation, try to improve the most melty, disgusting portion of your commute. In most of NYC that’s the wait on the subway platform — not the subway ride itself. This may mean making yourself an iced coffee or a frozen bottle of water to take into the subway with you instead of grabbing one at your usual spot near the office; it may mean avoiding the subway entirely and taking the bus. If you can time it right (either with the help of an app or some of the newer MTA stops that tell you how far away your train is) you can wait to descend the subway until a minute or two before your train. (Try MoovitNextStop, or Transit App.) Wear as little makeup as possible so that you don’t smudge it when you’re wiping the sweat off your face, and if you have to/want to wear pantyhose in the summer, pop them in the freezer first, or just put them on at your office.

3. Pack a fan in your bag. It’s funny how a little breeze can make a big difference and help you stay cool when it’s hot, humid, and gross — so get a little battery-operated fan or a paper/wooden folding one (you know, the kind you can get in Chinatown). This one looks like a good bet, while this wearable one is intriguing… This model even has a misting feature — nice! (If the A/C at your office just can’t keep up, you can buy a small one like this for the top of your desk, too.)

4. Wear your hair up. On hot days you know your hair will end up off your neck, so you may as well plan ahead and make it look nice. Check out our roundup of easy office updos for inspiration.

5. Layer, layer, layer. Especially if you’re going from a hot, sweltering summer day into frigid air conditioning, you need layers. Outside: wear a skirt or dress (possibly layered with slipshorts for comfort), or lightweight pants like linen or cotton pique, with a simple t-shirt or shell. When you get inside, add the cardigan, blazer (keep one or more at work if you like), a scarf, or (if you must) pantyhose. Note that if you’re looking for a good sweater to put on at the office, a silk cardigan is going to retain its shape and wrinkle less in your bag than a cotton or poly-blend cardigan will. (If you absolutely need to wear a blazer when outside, check out our recent roundup of lightweight summer blazers.)

Ladies, what are your best tips that help you stay cool during the dog days of summer? 

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Image credit for social media: Canal Street subway, originally uploaded to Flickr by m01229.