Gray Hair: An Open Thread

Gray Hair Care: An Open Thread | CorporetteWe’ve talked about gray hair before (as well as aging gracefully in general), but not in a long while, so I thought we’d revisit — ladies, do you dye your hair?  (One friend told me she went blonder to help hide the grays!)  Do you rock the gray — and if so, do you care for it with special products?  I’ve noticed Amazon has a ton of products to brighten gray hair and keep the yellow out, which I’ve been told is important.

For my $.02, I haven’t ever dyed my hair (not counting some experiments as a teenager with “wash out red dye” (it was a thing) and, briefly in college, experimenting with blue hair dye), but I’m starting to wonder whether I should!  I first started seeing gray hair at age 26 (thank you, bar exam!) and it’s definitely growing.  If I had darker hair I would LOVE to rock the salt and pepper look — one of my old editors had hair like that, and I always thought it was so chic and cool.  If I were to go all gray I would equally love to rock the silver hair look — one of the partners I used to work for had a super stylish silver bob.  (I even like the silver streak look, like Stacy London!) But now, where it’s brown hair mixed with about 1-2% gray hairs throughout… I’m less of a fan, and have been trying to make an effort to tweeze about 5 silver strands each night.  (Which apparently is the worst thing to do, whoops!) I suspect I’ll hold off dyeing it until the percentage of gray grows to 5-10%, but that’s me.

(And just in case this is in question: I don’t think there’s anything professional or unprofessional about gray hair — I think it’s totally a matter of personal choice.  In my situation I have noticed that my gray hair tends to be a different consistency than the rest of my hair, which sometimes requires extra attention to smoothing so I don’t get a frizzy, frazzled look — the halo of gray! — but maybe that’s me.)

So let’s hear it ladies — do you have gray hair(s)? How do you feel about them? How do you care (or cover) them? 

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: ‘Direne’ Dress

Boss Hugo Boss 'Direne' Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There’s a lot to like about this simple dress. Sleeves! A nice neckline and hemline! A fitted waist and a flattering, forgiving skirt! A lack of crazy details like exposed zippers and mesh cutouts! Refreshing. The Hugo Boss website is almost entirely sold out, but Nordstrom still has it in sizes 0-14 for $595. Boss Hugo Boss ‘Direne’ Dress

Psst: here’s a less expensive version (which also comes in plus sizes)!

Coffee Break: Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt

Lands' End Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt | CorporetteHow many belts is too many belts? I rarely wear belts, to be honest, but when I saw this lovely calf hair polka-dotted belt marked to $12 I had to snap it up. Green is trending right now, but this belt is also available in red and blue for $12, and a cheetah print for $29. Lands’ End Skinny Print Calf Hair Belt


The Hunt: Purple Pumps

Corporette Guide to Purple Pumps (2014 edition) | CorporetteSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

This is one of my favorites, ladies: the purple pump roundup. (A reader just requested it, and I was surprised to see we hadn’t done it since 2012 and 2010!) I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I think the purple pump is such a versatile shoe that every woman should have at least one purple pair in her closet. You can wear the color with conservative basics (gray, black, navy), or add it as a contrasting color when wearing red, green, or yellow pieces. It can also be a great complimentary color if you’re wearing blue or purple. (IMHO I wouldn’t wear a purple pump with pink, but never say never…) They can be tough to wear with tights, however, so they often look best with bare legs or nude-for-you hose, which makes them perfect for fall, spring, and summer.

While looking, I noticed that bright purple is super popular right now (as you can see below!), as is a darker wine-colored purple — almost more of a red. There were a few Hall of Famers that are available in purple (pictured at bottom): the low-heeled Weitzman Poco, the Edelman Okala, the Cole Haan Air Tali wedge., and the Ferragamo Vara. Ladies, what is your favorite non-neutral shoe color (i.e., not black, gray, navy, brown, or beige)? Have you found any great purple pumps lately? Do you have any favorites bought in previous years?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Claudette Jacket

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

Nina McLemore Claudette Jacket | CorporetteThere was an interesting article in the WSJ a few weeks ago: “Women in Power Know Nina: Label Looks Commanding but Doesn’t Grab the Spotlight,” so I thought I’d take a look at her collection. I like how many of her jackets have popped collars — perhaps to accommodate updos and short hair? — and a lot of the fabrics come from “our wonderful French mill.” There are a lot of great pieces to choose from, but this versatile Claudette jacket with the fun tiny red and white print, stood out to me.  As they note, it looks like the kind of piece that would be at home with jeans or a sheath dress. It’s $750, available in sizes 0-18. Nina McLemore Claudette Jacket

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Psst: here’s a lower-priced version, and a fab plus-sized version

Weekend Open Thread

Burberry Brit 'Ivymoore' Quilted Zip Jacket | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I know Angie at You Look Fab says hunter green is trending, but I feel like I’m seeing emerald/malachite everywhere. Case in point: this fab quilted jacket from Burberry (also in black) at Nordstrom for $595. Gorgeous. Burberry Brit ‘Ivymoore’ Quilted Zip Jacket

Psst: Lands’ End has a much more affordable version in “antique pine” for regular, plus, petite, and tall sizes.