Weekend Open Thread

Rag & Bone 'Margot' Bootie | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

If you have the money, I feel like Rag & Bone has reigned supreme for THE boot to have for several seasons now. (OK, the Rag & Bone Harrow bootie may tie with the Weitzman 5050 over-the-knee boot — both for the weekend only.) These Margot booties look just as nice to me as the Harrow — I love that flattering notch in the front of the boot, the architectural, chunky heel, and the fact that they’re on sale. At full price they’re $525, but as part of the Nordstrom sale they’re marked down to $349.90. Nice. Rag & Bone ‘Margot’ Bootie

Two lower-priced options are here and here.


Weekly News Update

news update - brow productsLike 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 tested out several drugstore brow products and shares the best.
  • Racked reports that T.J. Maxx is being sued for inventing high numbers for those “compare at” price tags. (I’ve often found the opposite to be true — that their estimates are actually lower than the original retail prices of the items…)
  • Greedy Associates gives you five things to do after taking the bar exam.
  • This week, NPR’s “Fresh Air” explored the ongoing policing of women’s speech habits — guests included a linguistics professor, a speech pathologist, and a journalist who has been criticized for her own voice. If you have the time, it’s worth listening to the whole interview.
  • The Toast ponders the “emotional labor” that women are expected to perform.
  • The Atlantic looks at what happens when couples have very different amounts of student-loan debt. 
  • Lindy West writes in The Guardian about her weight and her wedding.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The New York Times asks, “Is this a selfie?”

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress

White House | Black Market Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

White House | Black Market has a TON of great stuff on sale right now — for steep discounts. Take this sheath dress, for example: it was $140, but is now on sale for $39.99 — and tons of sizes are left from 00 to 14. I like that it’s machine washable, fully lined, and skirts the whole zipper issue by being a pull-over style. A few more picks from the sale: this short-sleeved sweater jacket, this beige/white shift, and this lovely purple A-line dress. Pictured: White House | Black Market Sleeveless Printed Twist-Shoulder Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: ‘Tenice’ Pointy Toe Pump

Ivanka Trump 'Tenice' Pointy Toe Pump | CorporetteHello, gorgeous. I’m not sure how I missed this well-reviewed pump from my roundups of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I’m in love with it and kind of having a hard time picking a color — I like the gray the best, I think, but the black, cobalt, and beige are all fab as well. (And, for those of you with wide feet: The black also comes in wide widths.) I particularly like the back-zip closure so you don’t have to fuss with the straps, and the 3″ height is lovely. The shoes are currently marked down to $89, but once the sale ends on August 3 they’ll be $129. Ivanka Trump ‘Tenice’ Pointy Toe Pump

Here’s a slightly lower-priced option.


What to Wear for Informal and Informational Interviews

informational interviewsWhat’s the best way to dress for informational/informal interviews that may or may not lead to “real” job interviews? Should you play it safe and wear a suit, or is it appropriate to dress a bit on the casual side? Reader L wonders…

I was invited to have “a conversation” with a very powerful woman at a foundation where I would love to work. For the initial conversation, I was advised to wear business casual. I felt my choices were right on — sleek understated black pants, closed-toed shoes with some skin showing, a high-end plum jacket in wool crepe, and some very interesting but not flashy jewelry. My conversational partner wore exactly the same components, but my choices were a couple steps dressier than hers.

The conversation went well, and we will continue our discussions. My question is what to wear to the next meeting. I have a summer suit I would be inclined to wear; even though it’s casual (navy/white linen tweed pants with a matching open jacket), it is more serious than anything I’ve observed at the foundation. But, I’m not sure if this meeting is the time to wear it. What if this meeting is then followed by a formal interview? I will already have worn my best choice for an interview suit.

Congratulations on starting the conversation, Reader L! These casual interviews are always nerve-wracking, whether they’re informational interviews, internal interviews, or even everyone’s favorite, the “not-an-interview interview over coffee.” Previously, we’ve talked about how to dress for a kind of “pre-interview” that might lead to a real one, what to wear for an “informal” interview, and what to wear for a networking lunch, and I think your outfit instincts sound spot on thus far. A few notes though:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Denisa Skirt

Club Monaco Denisa Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Club Monaco is having a pretty great sale right now — take 30% off the sale pieces, and take 40% off the clearance pieces. Nice. There are a lot of lucky sizes left, so sort by your size first, but for example look at this fun fluted skirt. Originally it was $170, but it’s now marked to $99 — use code THESALEONSALE to take another 30% off. There are only limited sizes left, alas (0-6), but here are a few other picks: this silk tank, this crisp white jacket for work, and I’m a bit obsessed with this textured winter coat that was $995 but comes down to $560 with the sale. Club Monaco Denisa Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option.

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