Thursday’s Workwear Report: Polka Dot Cardigan

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

This polka dot cardigan at White House Black Market caught my eye recently, and I think it’s a very cute look. The banded waist is a flattering style, and polka dots are very in right now. It’s available in regular and petite sizes for $79, and it comes in XXS–XL. They do have a bunch of other polka dot things, including a clutch, pumps, and reversible camisolePolka Dot Cardigan

In plus sizes, WHBM has a polka dot blouse and polka dot blazer, among other offerings.

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Suit of the Week: Max Mara

For 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 really like the texture on this stretch-wool suit from Max Mara — the woven pattern is subtle but also noticeable enough to add some interest. The jacket is nipped in at the waist in a flattering way and has two real pockets, and the pants are wide leg (but not overly so) with, again, two real pockets — both with the excellent tailoring that you’d expect from Max Mara. Do note that the images of the suit on Nordstrom’s site and on Selfridges‘ site show significantly different shades of gray — the gray (technically, black, as it’s labeled) in Nordstrom’s images is a lot darker than the shade of gray on Selfridges’ site. (No worries if you’re particularly picky about your grays and get a surprise in the mail, though — Nordstrom has free returns.) The jacket (Zac Stretch Wool Blazer) is $1,190 and the pants (Verbas Stretch Wool Pants) are $595.

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Dating Open Thread: What’s Your Best Dating Advice for Career-Driven Women?

dating advice for career-driven womenHappy Valentine’s Day, ladies! If you’re happily partnered, what are you up to tonight (or this weekend)? If you’re still on the hunt for a partner, though, let’s have an open thread to talk about dating. What are your favorite online services or apps? Have you joined any IRL activities to try to meet someone? Are you open to dating at the office (and how does that look in 2018)? Whether you’re partnered or not, what is the best dating advice for career-driven women you’ve ever heard?best dating advice for career-driven women - image of heart marshmallow in cocoa

For my $.02, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’ve always been of the view that I’d rather be alone than with the wrong person — and knew it was time to break it off with guys as soon as I rolled my eyes at them. As a Type-A, career-driven woman, the best dating advice I got back in the day was to treat dating like a project, with measurable goals (update profiles on 2 sites this week, message 4 prospective guys, go on 2 dates). It gives you some feeling of control over what is essentially an uncontrollable process — and it helps you understand better what you do and don’t want, as well as appreciate when there is a spark or connection. Personally, this last part was really important for me — I went into dating like I might a hire, with a wish list of schools, careers, extracurriculars. Looking back, I’m glad I ditched the list and focused instead on spark, connection, and shared values and expectations about what our lives would look like, including things like how much you want your extended family in your life, what the “default weekend” looks like (together? apart? partying? with our kids? football widow?), and even generally being on the same wavelength on things like dirty dishes and toys taking over your living room. That said, I wound up meeting my husband at a friend’s party a few months after I’d decided to take a break from dating like a project… and both of us nearly hadn’t gone to the party. So luck (obviously) plays a huge role… but as the quote goes, chance favors the prepared mind.

Here are some of our previous discussions on point regarding dating advice for career-driven women:dating advice for career driven women - image of pink heart in hot cocoa mug

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Fit & Flare Dress

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

We’re featuring this Talbots dress in plus sizes but it also comes in misses, petites, and woman petites. It apparently may have some fit issues for some customers, so if you decide to order it, take note of Talbots’ return policy. This looks like a great basic because it has sleeves and a wide scoopneck and just enough of a fitted look to be really versatile — you could dress it up or dress it down. I like the indigo color, and I also like how it’s paired with red shoes, but that’s me. The dress is machine washable and has a concealed back zipper. It’s $149 at Talbots, but keep an eye out for their frequent sales. Fit & Flare Dress

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)

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Coffee Break: Dolce Vita Cassius

These boots are highly rated and look great — especially in black, which would go really well with tights, but also in the gray and taupe. I like the slightly pointed toe and the simple zip up the back. They come in sizes 6–13 and are on sale at Zappos, from $140 to $96. Note that Amazon has lucky sizes and colors as low as $50! Dolce Vita Cassius

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Snack Ideas for Work: Great Snacks for the Shelf, Office Fridge & Freezer

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It’s been ages since we talked about healthy snacks for the office — let’s hear about your favorite snack ideas for work, ladies! During my legal eagle days I spent so much time at the office that snacking was par for the course — I used to keep a banker’s box on my window filled with random snacks (mostly 100-calorie pouches and things like Fruit Gushers). I also splurged on a teeny fridge so I could keep cold water, a Diet Coke, a string cheese or two, and possibly sandwich fixings or yogurt nearby. I tried to avoid the office fridge where possible (things tended to… disappear in there…) but I kept a few things in the freezer on our floor, also. (My office weirdly kept the microwave on another floor entirely so I didn’t keep as much in there as I might have otherwise!) These are some of the best snacks I’d recommend you look into keeping at the office, both to keep your energy up for long-haul days, as well as to keep you from wandering to the local Starbucks (bad for your budget and your waistline)… I’ve never been much for packing a lunch daily, but I would bring several things in at the beginning of each week (yogurt, sliced cheese to add to bagels, etc). How about you, ladies — what are your favorite snacks to bring to work? What do you pack each day, each week — and what do you keep at the office? Do you pack a lunch regularly, or try to cut costs by bringing the “expensive” part of a lunch (e.g., meat, cheese, a more exotic ingredient like artichoke hearts, etc. to add to an affordable plain salad or bagel)? 

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

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