Suit of the Week: Hobbs

Hobbs Invitation Julietta 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.

Since a reader mentioned British retailer Hobbs’s new US website, I’ve been checking in, and I was excited to see that a lot of great work-appropriate pieces are on sale.  (Be sure to click the little flag on the top right hand corner to see the correct currency; you don’t want to get overly excited unless you’re looking at the right one!)  The black “Invitation Julietta” suiting stood out to me — it looks classic, clean, professional, and generally great.  The Julietta Dress particularly caught my eye — it comes in both white and beige versions (both pictured below) — it’s normally $385 but comes down to $240 in the sale.  The matching jacket (Invitation Julietta Jacket) is normally $345, but comes to $230, the matching skirt (Invitation Julietta Skirt) comes from $195 down to $105, and the matching pants (not pictured) (Invitation Julietta Pants) come from $210 down to $115.

Here’s a similar plus-size option (jacket and skirt — and some pieces in the set are part of Amazon’s great sale that lets you take an additional 30% off last minute gifts), and a budget-friendly option.

ADMIN UPDATE: Some readers are reporting seeing a video that starts playing immediately once you visit the site. If anyone can tell me what the ad is for, and where it is on the page (above the logo? right below the logo? between the 1st and 2d post? near the bottom of the page?) that would be hugely appreciated — we need that info to investigate the situation and make it stop.  Thank you in advance!

Hobbs Julietta Suit

Hobbs Julietta Womens Suit

Deal Alert – Limited Sale

FYI — Limited is offering 60% off sitewide today — plus free shipping.  Almost everything comes in petite and tall sizes, and a lot of it is machine washable. There are some great classics to consider getting, including:

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Previously, on Corporette…

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: Heathered Tweed Jacket

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

Rebecca Taylor Heathered Tweed JacketNordstrom Rack has a TON of Rebecca Taylor pieces, steeply discounted. I like this heathered tweed blazer, marked 73% off (!!!), from $495 down to $135. Funnily enough the darker color is still in stock in sizes 0-12, but the lighter color (which… isn’t my taste) is totally sold out. Also nice: this, this, and this. Rebecca Taylor Heathered Tweed Jacket

Here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives and a few plus-sized options.

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Gift Guide: Personalized, Small Gifts for Your Assistant or Secretary

secretary-giftsWhat sort of gifts are you getting for your secretary or assistant this year?  In our last poll, the majority of people noted that they just gave their assistants and secretaries cash for a holiday present.  Still, a small, personalized gift in ADDITION to the cash gift is a nice touch (time and budget permitting, of course) — it shows your assistant you really do care about him or her.  So today I thought I’d round up a few small gift ideas to accompany that larger cash gift.  (Note that Above the Law‘s discussion on how much to give is more recent than ours — I agree with their New York rule of thumb of taking your seniority and multiplying it by $100, but know your office.)

Our other gift guides are below — note that each one has a Pinterest board that is still being updated as we find stuff. (Here’s our “personalized additional gift” board to go with this post.)


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How to Blend Conservative Style with Business Casual

business-casualHow should you follow a business casual dress code (and avoid looking overdressed) when your personal style tends toward classic, understated, and conservative — without buying an entirely new wardrobe? Oh, and also: you’re in a technical field, you’re the youngest employee in your office, and the only woman there besides the secretary. Reader K wonders:

I have recently started at my dream job which is a technical one and I work with men only (besides the receptionist). I am on a very tight budget but have invested in basic pieces such as good quality black suits, classic dresses, blouses, black pencil skirt. The dress code is business casual. Yet the other day I wore a classic grey dress, black blazer, heels, and pearls and the CEO made a comment before a meeting insinuating I was overdressed. He wears cords and a polo everyday. What can I wear to work? I prefer to wear more conservative clothes and feel more professional in blacks, and greys and dark color palettes with a small pop of color (like a maroon or emerald blouse). I am in my early 20s and look especially young and am the youngest in my office and prefer the clean cut conservative professional look so am at a loss of what to wear. Any help would be much appreciated.

We’ve talked about how best to dress in business casual in a male-dominated, technical workplace as a younger woman, dealing with other women’s backhanded compliments about dressing well, and being told by a male boss that you dress too well and need to dress “frumpier,” but not exactly this.  Personal style is often important, but sometimes showing that you can “read” company culture requires dressing in a different way than you might otherwise.  Furthermore, when you look young, it can come off even worse — like you’re playing dress up.  So here are a few ideas…

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