Weekend Open Thread

Felicity Coco Midi Sheath DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

This well-reviewed dress looked a bit va-va-va-voom for everyday office for me — but I could see it being a great desk to dinner dress, particularly on a date night.  I like the exposed zipper in the back, the hourglass seaming, and the fact that it’s partially lined and hand-washable.  The price is also great: it’s $118, available in four colors.  FELICITY & COCO Midi Sheath Dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

ASOS has a ton of great plus-size desk-to-dinner sheath dresses; here’s my favorite (but I’ve just pinned a bunch of others to our plus-size workwear Pinterest board).  Don’t forget, ladies — if you’d like more plus-size content from Corporette, please sign up for our new(ish) plus-size newsletter.

Happy weekend, all!

Update: We’re still working on the video ad problem — I’m trying to go nuclear on the problem in an effort to solve it totally.  If you see any video ads from this point forward, please email me with the URL of the ad (sometimes there is info in the URL that helps us determine what network the ad came from), where you saw the ad (the sidebar, by the comments, at the bottom of the page, etc) and, if possible, please send me a screenshot.  Thank you guys so much!


Weekly News Update

news update - plus sizesLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest and Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Fashionista explains how some retailers are rethinking their strategies for plus sizes/extended sizes.
  • Racked takes a look at the growing field of fashion law.
  • Above the Law reports on possible changes to public service loan forgiveness.
  • The Boston Globe advises you on what to do when your new boss doesn’t like you.
  • The Muse offers advice on how to follow up after a job interview.
  • The New York Times looks into what has happened to the traditional workday lunch.
  • The Wall Street Journal talks to people who found that quitting their jobs wasn’t as easy or as straightforward as they anticipated.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Side Ruched Sleeveless V-Neck Top

Vince Camuto Side Ruched Sleeveless V-Neck Top | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve always liked this top from Vince Camuto, but this one is totally calling my name. I like the happy color (try it with navy! purple! gray!), the vertical pattern, and the machine wash instructions. It’s available in regular and petites at Nordstrom for $49 — and in other colors, it’s available in plus sizes as well. Vince Camuto Side Ruched Sleeveless V-Neck Top

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Coffee Break: Garland Jeweled Pump

Cole Haan Garland Jeweled Pump | CorporetteI was perusing Cole Haan’s offerings on Zappos recently and noticed that they seem to have refreshed a lot of their shoe styles. Their Air Talia (beloved by readers in the past) seems to be totally gone (except for a single style at 6pm.com in lucky sizes, and on eBay). Still, this purple suede shoe is calling my name — I love the simple, classic shape. It’s $168 at Zappos. Cole Haan Garland Jeweled Pump


How to Style Long Hair for Job Interviews

long-hair-interviewWhat’s the best way to style your long hair for a job interview if you’re a woman in your early 20s? Could wearing it down make you look too young? Reader D wonders:

How should a 20-year-old style her long, straight hair for the interview process for a management consulting job? Is wearing it down and straight too young/collegiate? Is styling it with a curling iron too beauty-pageant/date-y? Just how conservative is the corporate culture of the big three consulting firms? Must hair be pulled back? Interview wardrobe all taken care of, and nails are neat and well-groomed, but what about long hair?

We’ve frequently discussed workplace hair, from whether long hair makes you look young, to whether ponytails at the office are acceptable, to what easy, maintainable hair looks like, to work-appropriate up-dos. We’ve also talked about what your hair says about you at work.

For this post I was going to find a bunch of YouTube tutorials and pictures of women with interview-appropriate updos, half-updos, and long hair. But… here’s the thing: so many of those look totally pageant-y, and on a young woman it’s going to look even more like you’re playing dress up. So here’s my answer:  for an interview, your hair should be neat, recently trimmed, and not something you play with. Ultimately, the hairstyle should be forgettable. I mean that in two ways: first, it should be forgettable for you —  once you do your hair and leave your house, you should be able to forget your hair and focus 100% on the interview(s). No touching, no smoothing, no combing — no thoughts of “ow, these bobbypins are sucking my will to live and when.can.I.get.them.out.please.God.is.it.now.” (Ahem. Personally I hate bobbypins.) Secondly, though, your hair should really be forgettable for your interviewer as well, because you want them to notice your resume and your qualifications and your smarts — not your hair. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Jane Herringbone Dress

Antonio Melani Jane Herringbone Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I like this dark green herringbone sheath dress — part of a suiting separate at Antonio Melani. The sleeves look great, as does the wide but high V-neck, and I like the length. The whole set (jacket, pants, skirt and dress) is permanently reduced if you like it. The dress was $159, but is now marked to $95, and available in size 0-14. Antonio Melani Jane Herringbone Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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