Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Tailored Dress

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

karen-millen-tailored-dress-2I always love Karen Millen’s slightly edgy, sophisticated workwear. Loooove all the darts and seams in the bodice and skirt here — gorgeous. It’s $309, available in sizes 2-12 at Karen Millen. Karen Millen Tailored Dress

This $75 dress is similar(ish) and comes in sizes XXS-4x.

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Coffee Break: Jet Set Card Holder

saffiano-card-holderI have a few of these kinds of cardholders around, and I must admit — I never use them. So, when I noticed that this one was so highly rated at Nordstrom, I read the comments with curioisty.  It seems like a lot of folks use it for when you just want a credit card or two with you, perhaps with a few bills stuffed in the center compartment — which would definitely solve the “I feel like I may lose the license and credit card I chucked in my clutch because my wallet wouldn’t fit” problem.  As I was looking at it, though, I think I’m going to bring it to my next networking event as well — I’ll keep my cards in first slot, and the cards I receive in the seconds lot.  This particular cardholder looks great — it’s made out of the sturdy saffiano leather that people love so much in the popular Jet Set totes, and it comes in several fun colors, all for $48, available at Nordstrom, Amazon, and Dillards. Nice. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Jet Set’ Card Holder

Update: Just a reminder that we’re talking about the movie 9 to 5 tomorrow — if you haven’t watched it yet, tonight’s your last chance! It’s available at Amazon for $2.99 (SD).  Here’s a link to Rotten Tomatoes page, where it has an 83% fresh rating, and a link to the very, very odd theatrical trailer, which looks like they made it before they filmed or cast anyone in the movie.


The Hunt: Tights for Work

the-best-tights-for-workSure, 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.

As cold weather sets in, I thought we’d do a roundup of some of the best tights for work out there.  Ladies, which are your favorites — which are your favorite everyday tights, your favorite superwarm tights, favorite opaque tights, and favorite shaping tights? For me, my favorites for everyday are my Spanx shaping tights, for warmth, my fleece tights from Plush, and for opacity — which is lower on the list for me than comfort and durability, but I know is key for a lot of other women — are my Commando tights.  I can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!

First, some general categories — and do note that we’ve talked in the past about how to care for tights, as well as hunted for the best thigh-high stockings for work.


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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Zip Tweed Jacket

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

rebecca-taylor-twill-blazer-2Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I love the nubby texture and exposed seams of this gray tweed jacket — it would look great with a pop of color in the mix (my thoughts go to bright yellow or cobalt blue, but a dark green or pink blush would also work). The blazer is $550 at Nordstrom. Rebecca Taylor Asymmetrical Zip Tweed Jacket

This tweed suiting set is more affordable and comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

sexy-velvet-dressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Oooh: yes. Love this slinky sheath dress in THE fabric of the season, velvet — and I love that it comes in a pretty blue as well as this “bottle green.” Fabulous. The green has lots of sizes left, the blue has lucky sizes only, and the petites in both colors are also down to lucky sizes — so if you like it, you may want to act fast. It’s $118 at Nordstrom. Felicity & Coco Velvet Sheath Midi Dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

This black velvet flocked dress is fabulous also but in a different way — and it comes in plus, regular, and petite sizes.

P.S. Remember, we’ll be discussing the movie 9 to 5 on Monday! You can borrow it from your local library or rent/buy it from iTunes or Amazon.   


Weekly News Update

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  • Apartment Therapy tested the new $400 Dyson hair dryer to see if it’s worth the price.
  • Yahoo! Style reports that Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon relaunched her luxury shoe brand as direct-to-consumer with two lines, “Collection” and “Lab.”
  • Speaking of shoes, this is from Racked: “workers at one Chinese footwear factory that [makes Ivanka Trump shoes] describe being subjected to an array of workplace indignities, some that would potentially qualify as violations of local labor law” (ICYMI: our post on boycotting companies). Racked also shares “A visit to the Chinese factories that made Donald Trump’s clothing brand possible.”
  • Grechen’s Closet rounds up more responsible, sustainable options to the Madewell Transport Tote.
  • The New York Times looks into the “glass cliff” that often faces women in politics.
  • “It’s time to end the 9-to-5 workday,” writes Rebecca Greenfield in her opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune.
  • Bloomberg reports that Irene Bergman, the longest-working woman on Wall Street, has died at 101. Her Jewish family fled Nazi Germany in 1942, and after arriving in the U.S. she took a job as a secretary to a banker.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: SNL imagines what a day off looks like for Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (NSFW).

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