What Boots to Wear With Tights to Work

A friend and I were texting a while ago about what boots people would be wearing with tights this year — after all, donchaknow, knee-high boots are totally and completely dead. And while manufacturers and fashion magazines would really like you to think that… I’m still seeing a lot of people wearing them, particularly for commuting, in part because it’s so hard to find a flat boot that looks as good with tights (that is also warm and generally weatherproof). So we will include a few knee high boots in this roundup — with the caveat that they’re probably not the trendy pick (and you’re really not advised to spend big money on them this year). So ladies — what boots are you pulling out to wear with tights as we head into winter? What will you wear for commuting, what will you wear around the office, what will you wear on dates?

Pictured at top: tall / flat / mid-calf.

We’ve got a few options for you below…

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Boots To Wear On Your Commute

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Gillis Wool-Twill Midi Dress

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We’re picturing this Joseph dress buttoned all the way up, but you can also unbutton the top button for more of an army-green dress-coat kind of look. I like the details — the corded buttons, the thickness of the wool, etc. — and I think of Joseph as a brand where you’re going to spend money on the tailoring and the fabrics more than any sort of ostentatious design. To that end, they’ve got a really great sheath dress if you’re looking for a $500 sheath dress. The pictured dress is $626 at Net-a-Porter (marked down from $895). Gillis Wool-Twill Midi Dress

A couple of more affordable alternatives are from Barneys and Splendid, and a plus-size options is at Talbots (also in other sizes).

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Weekend Open Thread

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Last year I remember seeing a bunch of women with great big faux fur pom pom hats and — sad trombone! — by the time I finally said FINE, yes, I want one too, they were all sold out. This year I’m ogling this $48 option in a happy, bright red from Free People, but this $15 option also has great reviews and may win out from a budget standpoint. Hmmn. Happy weekend! Pictured: Happy Trails Faux Fur Pom Beanie

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Weekly News Update

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  • Racked shares the new Universal Standard collaboration with Danielle Brooks, including this sweater dress.
  • Racked also offers an insider’s look at almost $100,000 worth of fashion swag they’ve received over the last six months.
  • The New Republic takes a look at why retail chain stores like RadioShack, The Limited, Payless, and Toys R Us are among 19 retail bankruptcies this year. (Our love of shopping online isn’t the only culprit.)
  • NPR explores, “When it comes to sexual harassment claims, whose side is HR really on?”
  • U.S. News provides red flags to watch for during the hiring and interviewing process.
  • The New Yorker digs deep in its report on gender discrimination in the tech industry, including why “Almost half the women who get tech jobs eventually leave the field, more than double the percentage of men who do so.”
  • The New York Times offers a doctor’s opinion of when you should stay home when you’re sick, and a reminder: “It’s not just about you.”
  • The New York Times also shares a piece by Lindy West on “Why men aren’t funny,” in light of the reports of sexual harassment by comic Louis C.K.
  • The Washington Post reports that women have been tweeting photos of their 14-year-old selves (with the hashtag #MeAt14) following recent allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama involving high school girls.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s offers a solution to cut back on sexual harassment in the workplace: Hire dogs instead of men.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

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I keep coming back to this interesting top at eShakti — like everything else on the site, it’s completely customizable, and I like the darts and the empire waist. I also really like the tie-front look because it’s much dressier than a t-shirt but it’s also not that much fussier than a t-shirt. I can see this working in a lot of different situations and offices. It’s $40, and you can change the sleeves or the length. Sizes are 0–36W. Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

Update: Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but here’s an option at Neiman Marcus.

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Coffee Break: Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

ted baker skirted coatIf you’re looking for a gorgeous, statement-worthy coat for this winter, may I present this gorgeous Ted Baker asymmetrical skirted coat. Love the open wrap (it also buttons up for, you know, warmth), the light gray color, and the pleated skirt effect of the coat. Stunning. It’s $575 at Nordstrom (and Amazon may have a similar Ted Baker one in navy, on sale). Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

For more affordable alternatives, try ASOS (a fun pale pink) and Macy’s; two plus-size options are at Macy’s and Amazon.

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