Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

nordstrom-workwear-half-yearly-sale-2015Happy almost-Memorial Day, you guys: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale has started. There are a ton of great workwear pieces in there, including brands like:

Some particular pieces that caught my eye…

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Finally:

  • Veronica Beard Print A-Line Skirt – I’m still drooling over the dress from Monday, so I was intrigued to see a bunch of Veronica Beard pieces in the sale. This is my favorite — a black and white midi skirt. It was $450, but is now on sale for $270 (limited sizes, alas).
  • L’AGENCE Contrast Panel Pleated Crepe Dress – This crepe dress looks lovely, and — to me at least — walks that delicate line between feminine and floaty, and professional. It was $525, but is now marked to $315.
  • Max Mara ‘Ottavo’ Jersey Sheath Dress – Max Mara continues to blow me away with their simple, classic sheath dresses. This gorgeous one, with an almost stripey print, is marked 40% off — was $765, now $458.
  • Armani Collezioni Fitted Piqué Jersey Jacket – This fitted pique jersey looks perfect for summer — classic, wear it with everything. It was $1,345, but is now marked to $575.

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I’ll round up bags and shoes later (probably tomorrow) — but I will quickly note that there are a lot of Stuart Weitzman and SJP heels in the sale. Which favorites will you be looking for, ladies?

Previously, on Corporette…

Corp square logo update 10-12 copyTravel 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 TPS Report: Keyhole Detail Jersey Sheath Dress

Vince Camuto Keyhole Detail Jersey Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Oooh: great sheath dress from Vince Camuto. I like the high and work-appropriate keyhole, the slightly loose shape (but not as loose as a shift), the sleeves, and the fact that it’s machine washable. It’s available in five colors, for petite and regular sizes XS-XL, for $99. Vince Camuto Keyhole Detail Jersey Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

Pssst: The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale begins today with deals on denim, Stuart Weitzman, Hugo Boss, and much more. Stay tuned for a more thorough roundup a bit later this morning.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Coffee Break: Gold Hoop Earrings

Silver Cedar Jewelry Gold Hoop Earrings | CorporetteThese hammered gold hoops — handmade in Canada — look lovely. I like the tiny size, and the fact that you can get rose gold, white gold, or nickel-free 14K palladium white gold for the same price. They’re $75 at Etsy. Silver Cedar Jewelry Gold Hoop Earrings

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Giveaway: Win a $250 Giftcard to Tuxe Bodywear!

tuxe giveawayI’m super excited for today’s giveaway because readers have been singing the praises of Tuxe Bodywear (formerly Bradamant Bodysuits) since we first talked about how to tuck blouses neatly. The idea: no more fidgeting, no more loss of concentration or confidence. Tuck once, and it stays put! — TUXE Bodywear is a thoughtfully designed line of cotton and silk blouses with bodysuit bottoms.  Their traceless technology means the smoothest look under skirts and pants, and a flattering, comfortable fit always.  They have a lot of nice pieces, but I’m loving this silk crepe de chine blouse, available in both white and black (sizes XS-XL, as well as tall sizes XS-XL) — it’s called the CEO.  (It’s $104.)

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!
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“Made in U.S.A.,” Ethical Shopping, and Slow Fashion

Pleione Pleat Back Woven Print Top | CorporetteJohn Oliver’s recent segment on Last Week Tonight, his HBO show, has brought “fast fashion” back into the news — two years after the horrifying Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. (The factory was linked to several well known U.S. and European clothing brands.) If you want to make ethical shopping choices, avoid contributing to sweatshop labor, and buy “Made in U.S.A.,” where do you start? Reader M wonders…

I am curious if you have written a post about domestic made corporate wear, shoes, handbags etc. I tried to search the blog but I didn’t find anything. I am very interested in having quality non-China made items. I love your blog and the helpful suggestions you offer.

It can be tough to find clothing and accessories that are made domestically — in other words, under U.S. labor and environmental laws. Of the clothing and shoes sold in this country, more than 97% is made overseas. In 1991, the figure was 44%.

We haven’t really covered this topic before (although commenters have been discussing it). This is the first in a series of posts about ethical shopping choices — we also plan to cover:

  • well-known brands that are (mostly) made in the U.S.
  • fair trade retailers
  • “natural” beauty products and cruelty-free products
  • ethically and sustainably sourced jewelry
  • “buy one, give one” programs

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