Cute Office Supplies: When To Use Them

Cute Office Supplies | CorporetteOur post the other day about the cute file folders got me thinking: When should a professional woman actually use cute office supplies? Should you use them only in a home office? Only for presentations? As part of a cohesive system for all of your office work? (Pictured: Smiley Face Binder Clips, $4 for 40 at Amazon.)

For my $.02, I’ve always loved cute office supplies — something about going to Staples or Kate’s Paperie or the like takes me back to the happy feelings of back-to-school shopping. (Yeah, I was that kid.) But once I got to my law firm, this is how I actually used them: for personal things in my office only. I had a nice folder for keeping track of my CLE credits, and a nice folder for holding my old timesheets and the like — things that I filed myself and didn’t need to hand off to someone else. They sat on my desk (as part of my organized office system) and made me happy — but they were but a small pop of color amidst the seas of red Redwelds, brown Bankers Boxes, and beige manila folders. It was still worth it to me to seek out pretty things and buy them, but it was just for a bit of silliness to cheer me up at the office.

Ladies, when do you use cute office supplies? Do you have a place for them in your life?


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Thursday TPS Report: Printed Tube Dress

print dress - Zara Printed Tube Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader C wrote in to recommend this dress, noting: “I bought this dress and I absolutely love it — great with a black blazer (or even a red one!) Nice length, sleeves aren’t too bulky under a jacket. But SIZE UP. The L fits like a 6.” Oooh, love the dress, great find, C! Unfortunately the dress only comes in sizes XS-L. (Ladies who have a hard time finding clothes small enough, you may want to check this one out.) It’s $69 at Zara. Zara Printed Tube Dress

This dress goes up to size XL and is also available in plus sizes in a similar style. Here’s one more that goes up to size 18.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Ricca 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.

First: Love the skirt suit, love the color; classic but with a twist. But: the matching pants for this are tight and cropped, like so many other suits for sale right now, which will always look to me like a “fun suit.” (I need at least straight pants, bootcut pants, or proper trousers for an “important meeting” suit.) The jacket (Reiss Ricca Jacket) is $445, the skirt (Reiss Ricca Skirt) is $230, and the pants (Reiss Ricca Trouser) are $240.

Ladies, what are your thoughts — what kind of pantsuits are your favorite for important meetings? Or do you default to skirt suits on those occasions?

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.


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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Ruched Crepe Sheath Dress

black workwear dress with sleeves - Marc New York Ruched Crepe Sheath DressOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: sleeves, flattering ruching, solid colors, machine washable, and on sale. This Marc New York dress is hitting all of my buttons! It was $138, but is now marked to $82 at Nordstrom, available in sizes XS-XL. Marc New York Ruched Crepe Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: File Folders in Metallic Prints

Cute Office Accessories - file folders | CorporetteIf you’re on the hunt for cute office supplies, Poppin has a ton of bright, happy desk accessories in lots of bright colors. These rose gold folders aren’t in one of Poppin’s main colors, but they’re too lovely not to post. They’re $10 for a set of 6 at Poppin. Poppin File Folders, Assorted Metallic Prints