Coffee Break: Izabel Wedge

Matt Bernson 'Izabel' Wedge | CorporetteOoh: these teeny tiny wedges (which came up on a search for flats) look great — like the perfect amount of lift if you want some, but still the comfort and general look of flats. They’ve got great reviews at Nordstrom, interestingly from reviewers aged 25-44. Nice. Piperlime has it in black and navy, Anthropologie has it in a speckled black and white, and Nordstrom Rack has a few lucky sizes in a mint green (but for $65!). The burgundy shoes pictured are $168 at Nordstrom. Matt Bernson Izabel Wedge

Are Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches Office-Appropriate?

Are Fitness Trackers and Smart Watches Appropriate for the Office? | CorporetteAre Fitness Trackers and Smart Watches Appropriate for the Office? | CorporetteCan you wear Fitbits, Jawbone Up bands, and Nike Fuelbands to the office? Are there types of wearable tech that you shouldn’t wear to work? Reader C wonders:

I’ve been wondering lately about wearable gadgets and which ones are appropriate for the office, specifically in big law. I’ve recently fallen in love with my Nike Fuelband (in tangerine) for keeping track of my running or walking stats, but I don’t really wear it in the office for fear that it’s too sporty looking. Thoughts? Additionally my boyfriend (also a lawyer) has been considering the Samsung Smartwatch. Is there a category of wearable tech that is more work-appropriate?

Interesting question! I know many of the readers have talked about Fitbits, and we’ve mentioned some of the jewelry you can buy to “jazz up” your Fitbit. We’ve talked before about how watches are still a good thing to wear because they imply that you’re a responsible, time-sensitive person — I would even go so far as to say that a Fitbit is a good thing because it suggests you’re interested in health and, to a certain extent, data and analytics. (The WSJ even recently noted that CEOs were wearing them because it was part of their competitive nature.) So here’s my $.02:

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Sponsored Post: Shop Jones New York’s Friends and Family Sale!

JNY sale 2014Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jones New York, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

The Jones New York Friends and Family sale has just started, and there are a ton of lovely pieces.  In addition to the houndstooth suiting and cardigan sweater I was drooling over a few weeks ago (or their washable suiting line that I called out on Washable Wednesday a few weeks ago on CorporetteMoms), there is a ton of great stuff on the site — and it’s 30% off sitewide.  If you’ve never tried the brand, you’re missing out — I’ve thought of them for years as a stalwart for classic yet feminine workwear that is flattering, wears well, and launders easily.  I also like that many of the pieces come in regular, petite, and plus sizes.  Some of my favorites currently part of the sale are below — please note that all prices are an extra 30% off from the prices I’ve listed here.  :)

I love the look of a lot of their suiting, including:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Classic Blazer

Old Navy Classic Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve featured a few striped blazers over the years, and I really like this one — the gray on black, the darts, the cool way the pattern on the collar plays with the pattern on the blazer… and I love that it’s machine washable. The blazer is available in regular, tall, and petite sizes XS-XXL (also in solid black and gray) and is on sale for $32 (was $40) at Old Navy. Old Navy Classic Blazer

Here’s a similar plus-size blazer that’s also machine washable.

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Suit of the Week: Acne Studios

Acne Womens 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.

We haven’t talked about ankle pants at work for a long while, so I’m curious: does this suit read as “conservative” to everyone else as it does to me? I think, for me, ankle pants have finally crossed the line and become appropriate for all but the most formal of work occasions (interview, presentation). I think the tailoring looks impeccable, and the wool/mohair blend sounds cozy and warm. The blazer (Acne Studios Wool Suit-Jacket) is $670, and the pants (Acne Studios Wool Suiting Pants) are $360, both at Saks.

Psst: J.Crew and Limited both have a similar look for less, and Lafayette 148 New York has a similar look (jacket + pants) for plus sizes.




Acne Studios womens suit

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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