Coffee Break: ‘Tenice’ Pointy Toe Pump

Ivanka Trump 'Tenice' Pointy Toe Pump | CorporetteHello, gorgeous. I’m not sure how I missed this well-reviewed pump from my roundups of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I’m in love with it and kind of having a hard time picking a color — I like the gray the best, I think, but the black, cobalt, and beige are all fab as well. (And, for those of you with wide feet: The black also comes in wide widths.) I particularly like the back-zip closure so you don’t have to fuss with the straps, and the 3″ height is lovely. The shoes are currently marked down to $89, but once the sale ends on August 3 they’ll be $129. Ivanka Trump ‘Tenice’ Pointy Toe Pump

Here’s a slightly lower-priced option.

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What to Wear for Informal and Informational Interviews

informational interviewsWhat’s the best way to dress for informational/informal interviews that may or may not lead to “real” job interviews? Should you play it safe and wear a suit, or is it appropriate to dress a bit on the casual side? Reader L wonders…

I was invited to have “a conversation” with a very powerful woman at a foundation where I would love to work. For the initial conversation, I was advised to wear business casual. I felt my choices were right on — sleek understated black pants, closed-toed shoes with some skin showing, a high-end plum jacket in wool crepe, and some very interesting but not flashy jewelry. My conversational partner wore exactly the same components, but my choices were a couple steps dressier than hers.

The conversation went well, and we will continue our discussions. My question is what to wear to the next meeting. I have a summer suit I would be inclined to wear; even though it’s casual (navy/white linen tweed pants with a matching open jacket), it is more serious than anything I’ve observed at the foundation. But, I’m not sure if this meeting is the time to wear it. What if this meeting is then followed by a formal interview? I will already have worn my best choice for an interview suit.

Congratulations on starting the conversation, Reader L! These casual interviews are always nerve-wracking, whether they’re informational interviews, internal interviews, or even everyone’s favorite, the “not-an-interview interview over coffee.” Previously, we’ve talked about how to dress for a kind of “pre-interview” that might lead to a real one, what to wear for an “informal” interview, and what to wear for a networking lunch, and I think your outfit instincts sound spot on thus far. A few notes though:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Denisa Skirt

Club Monaco Denisa Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Club Monaco is having a pretty great sale right now — take 30% off the sale pieces, and take 40% off the clearance pieces. Nice. There are a lot of lucky sizes left, so sort by your size first, but for example look at this fun fluted skirt. Originally it was $170, but it’s now marked to $99 — use code THESALEONSALE to take another 30% off. There are only limited sizes left, alas (0-6), but here are a few other picks: this silk tank, this crisp white jacket for work, and I’m a bit obsessed with this textured winter coat that was $995 but comes down to $560 with the sale. Club Monaco Denisa Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option.

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

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Suit of the Week: Red Fleece

red fleece 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.

You have to do a bit of sleuthing, but Red Fleece — Brooks Brothers’ younger, hipper, more affordable line — does in fact have suiting separates.  This is definitely a casual suit, but I like it — the boxy jacket (wool, of course) has a fun printed lining and a striped wool undercollar. As for the skirt, I like the pockets as well as the reversible self-belt (the other side is navy; they’ve pictured it with the preppy, striped side showing).

The jacket (Wool Blazer) is $248, the skirt (Wool Pencil Skirt) is $148, and the matching pants (Wool Drawstring Pants) are $148.

Psst: Reiss is offering an extra 10% off its sale items today — tons of great picks.

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Negotiating a Salary (and Other Benefits)

negotiating salaryLadies, have you ever negotiated your salary or other benefits? Share your tales from the negotiating table with us — we want to hear your wins! This probably won’t be terribly relevant for all of the summer associates out there about to accept job offers, as those are usually lockstep/nonnegotiable offers — but perhaps one of you has a story about someone who actually did negotiate that offer.

Some thoughts out of the gate:

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Kate’ Striped Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt

Iris and Ink Kate striped silk crepe de chine shirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The Outnet has a ton of great stuff right now, even if most of it is lucky sizes and out of season. BUT: I like this chic silk blouse from Iris & Ink — the blue stripes seem interesting and summery, and the drape/weight of the silk looks perfect. The blouse is $150 at The Outnet. Iris and Ink ‘Kate’ Striped Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt

Two lower-priced options are here and here, and a plus-size alternative.

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

PSSST: Shoe company M.Gemi is supposed to be having a private sale that starts today — steep discounts on their already affordable luxury shoes.  (Seriously, the loafers they were kind enough to send me had some of the softest leather I’ve ever touched!)  It doesn’t look like anything is up yet, but I’m going to keep checking this link.

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