Suit of the Week: Ellen Tracy

White Suit: Ellen Tracy SuitFor 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.

I’m not a huge fan of white suits for summer, at least personally — you may as well draw a target on me for spilling my morning coffee. (But weirdly, I really like light gray suits and bottoms for summer.) If you are less of a klutz than I am, this white suit from Ellen Tracy comes in both petite and regular sizes and looks great. The flounce skirt, in particular, is so popular it’s almost sold out in regular sizes at Nordstrom — but Lord & Taylor has it in spades (and on sale for $53). The jacket (Ellen Tracy Hidden Zip Blazer) is $139, and the skirt (Ellen Tracy Flounce Hem Pencil Skirt) is $89. Ellen Tracy White Suit

Here’s a plus size option (although not everyone will be a fan of the buttons and other details).

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel 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 Workwear Report: Poplin Pleated Skirt

Blue Work Skirt: Michael Kors Poplin Pleated SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, slightly flippy skirt for summer, this blue one is on a great sale over at Last Call. It was $995 but comes down to $174 — that may be one of the largest discounts I’ve ever seen. Use code TAKE25 to take an additional $25 off (today only). Michael Kors Poplin Pleated Skirt

A few lower-priced options are here (regular and petite), here, and here; here is a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: ‘Izzie’ Square Leather Strap Watch

Colorful Watch: Tory Burch 'Izzie' Square Leather Strap WatchI know readers were just discussing someone’s first good watch purchase, and this probably won’t fill that “basic watch you wear everywhere” kind of need. But it sure is a pretty and fun watch, isn’t it? I first noticed the more minimal style of the ivory/gold version, but this green/gold one is gorgeous. It’s $395 at Nordstrom. Tory Burch ‘Izzie’ Square Leather Strap Watch

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10 Workwear Style Tips for Busty Women

busty women style tips for workOne of our top posts of all time is one a friend suggested I write, back in the early days of the blog: how to dress professionally if you’re busty. We haven’t offered busty women style tips in a while, so I thought we’d discuss. But let me be clear at the outset: there’s nothing inherently unprofessional about being busty — women come in all shapes and sizes.  I’m not about to suggest you go buy a minimizer and try to pretend that you’re a 34B.  But: dressing well while busty can be a challenge because so many clothes are made with other body shapes in mind — and for work it can be particularly trying since so many conservative styles are rooted in menswear. Furthermore, if you wear something that obviously does not fit or has fit issues (gaping, pulling) it reflects a judgement call. So — here are some new tips and guidelines on how to dress for work if you’re busty, from someone who’s been everything from a 30F to a 38G over the years…

(Pictured: If you’re petite and busty this is yet another reason to watch Crazy Ex Girlfriend — her work outfits are mostly hits for me. The video this screenshot is from is hilarious (“Heavy Boobs”), but it is probably NSFW.)

Finding the Right Bra is Half the Battle

  1. Invest in a great bra that fits you. The right bra will lift you up and support you. It will not give you quadboob. It may have an odd size that you’ve never even heard of before (28FF, for example).  The right bra will not make you worry about falling out of it when you bend over. It will not cut into your shoulders (that’s a sign your band size is too big) or fall off your shoulders. (Note that your straps can be shortened at the tailor — and that you can check out lingerie brands just for petites, like The Little Bra Company, Lula Lu, or even the Bare Necessities special section for petites). A good bra will take work to find and may cost you some money, but it will be worth it in spades. I highly recommend going to a bra shop and getting fitted — think Nordstrom, not Victoria’s Secret (link goes to to one woman’s fitting experience at VS with lots of pictures; probably NSFW). In NYC I’ve used Bratenders over the years and La Petite Coquette — I’ve also heard great things about Linda’s Bra Shop — and in London I’ve been fitted at Rigby & Peller. Ladies who have a favorite shop in your city, please shout it out in the comments. Once you know your size you can watch for sales; I tend to get new bras at Nordstrom’s sales, Bare Necessities sales, or even sometimes Amazon.

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Deal Alert: Secret Designer Sale at Nordstrom

secret designer sale at nordstromI kind of suspected this yesterday when I first found the numerous Armani pieces for 60% off, but had to run to a PT appointment for my knee and didn’t have time to look after that: Nordstrom has a full fledged sale on designer stuff going on. Pages and pages and pages of pieces 40%-60% off. They’re not usually shy about their sales, so it’s kind of fun knowing about it — it’s like a secret sale. Just a few clothing pieces of note to give you a taste:

  • At top: I missed this gorgeous cotton pencil skirt in the roundup yesterday — but it’s now super affordable.  It was $395, but is now marked to $157. Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Stretch Cotton Pencil Skirt
  • Below: There are actually a number of Max Mara and St. John suits in the mix, but lucky sizes only — this antique rose suit is only 40% off (womp womp) but has a a ton of sizes left.  The jacket (Max Mara ‘Frine’ One-Button Wool Jacket) was $1190, but is now marked to $713.98, and the pants (Max Mara ‘Calte’ Straight Leg Wool Pants) were $595, but are now marked to $357.
  • Everyone says the shirt dress is the new sheath dress, but most of the time I can’t see it for work because it either looks totally frumpy and wrinkled or totally “wearing my boyfriend’s shirt as a dress on my way home to change” — but this Max Mara dress looks great.  Crisp, chic, lovely. It was $965, but is now $578. Max Mara ‘Zircone’ Shirtdress
  • This glen plaid dress looks perfect for work by itself — I might play with adding a belt to it (skinny? obi? hmmn), or might also try it layered with a turtleneck beneath it in wintertime.  It’s 60% off — it was $1495, but is now marked to $578. ESCADA Glen Plaid Sheath Dress
  • I like the black version of this ombre knit dress the best, but I’m very tempted by the rosy pink version as well.  The dress was $1295, but is now marked to $517. St. John Collection ‘Papillons’ Ombré Knit Bateau Neck Sheath Dress

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Pictured: Suit / Navy Dress / Glen Plaid Dress / Ombre Dress