Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Dot Print Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap Dress

Plus-Size Work Dress: Vince Camuto Dot Print Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This sleeved wrap dress from Vince Camuto looks amazing — I like the print, the sleeves, and the flattering wrap look. (It’s also machine washable, yay!) It’s also available in regular sizes, but alas, without sleeves. It’s $99-$119 at Nordstrom. Vince Camuto Dot Print Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap Dress

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Coffee Break: Pamina Wedge

Black Wedge Heels: Via Spiga Pamina WedgeThese simple wedge pumps look great. They’re available in a nice size range of 5-11, and in both black patent leather and “nude Chicago patent leather.” They’re $195 at Zappos. Via Spiga Pamina Wedge

Here’s a lower-priced option.

Update: We’ve found these wedges on sale (mostly in lucky sizes) at 6pm (black nappa), Bloomingdale’s (both black and nude patent), and Amazon (black nappa, black dotted suede, black patent, python print, ash nappa, nude nappa, and nude patent from $86-$195).

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The Hunt: Lightweight Summer Blazers

summer blazers for womenSure, 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 temperatures start to climb, that blazer starts to look less and less attractive — constricting! hot! layers! oh my! And of course, if you CAN get away with it at your workplace or job, you ditch the blazer for a sleeved sheath dress, only keep it in your office as a topper for air conditioning, or find other professional things to wear. But for those of you who want to wear blazers in hotter temperatures (at conferences, cocktail parties, and other networking events that may be indoors or outdoors), I thought we’d round up some summer blazers in linen, cotton, and other lightweight fabrics — we looked at lightweight blazers last year, but it’s time for an update.  (Update: check out three work outfit ideas for summer blazers.)

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(Here’s our 2014 roundup of linen blazers, our 2013 roundup of white blazers, and our 2012 roundup of summertime blazers.)

First, some of the Hall of Famers we mention above — these are the best selling styles that have been around for years and years:

summer blazers

Pictured: Navy blazer / white blazer / pink blazer / black blazer / navy blazer
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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: The Annie Dress

A-line Dress for Work: MM.LaFleur The Annie Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

When we ran our post on 30 Workwear Brands You Probably Haven’t Tried I was pleased to see all the MM.LaFleur fans coming out of the woodwork on social media — many woman sang the praises of their dresses particularly. I like this simple Annie A-line dress — it’s machine washable, describes itself as “[h]ips-friendly, full hips-friendly, tall-friendly,” as well as “perfect for travel,” which I’m assuming means it has a wrinkle-resistant component. Lovely. It’s $165, available in sizes 0P-16 (depending on color, there may be a waitlist), and comes in five different colors. MM.LaFleur The Annie Dress

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

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Coffee Break: Small Square Stud Earrings

Pink Earrings: Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings  These bright stud earrings come in a zillion colors, and I like how they bring a healthy dose of color to your face while still staying small and pretty discreet. There are 13 colors to chose from in flat colors, and seven more in glitter colors, if that’s your jam. They’re $38 at Bloomingdale’s. Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings

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Dining Etiquette: 10 Things to Know About Business Lunches

dining etiquetteHot on the heels of our discussion about how not to gain weight over the summer recruiting season, we thought we’d round up some of the readers’ top tips on dining etiquette, collected from our last discussion on the topic. Ladies, what is your top tip for dining etiquette? What etiquette mistakes do you see interns and summer associates making that you wish you could correct, and what mistakes did you make? 

  1. Don’t be the odd one out. To prevent awkward situations, e.g., ending up as the only person eating an appetizer while everyone waits for you to finish so they can have their entrees, feel free to ask your colleagues if they’re planning on ordering an app or starting with a main course. If they don’t order drinks, don’t order a drink. And, although it probably goes without saying, don’t make a habit of choosing the most expensive thing on the menu.
  2. Choose wisely. This classic advice is worth sharing: Don’t order something that’s hard to eat and/or likely to be messy.
  3. Avoid appearing “high-maintenance.” When you order, don’t ask too many questions of the server (remember that waitress scene in “When Harry Met Sally“?), and don’t make a zillion modifications to your meal.
  4. Don’t make a big deal about special dietary requirements. Meaning: a few questions or exclusions are fine — a 15 minute interrogation on different menu options isn’t. Check out our posts on eating gluten-free or being the only vegetarian at a business lunch where there’s nothing you can eat for more guidance. If you need to make a game plan, consider calling the restaurant ahead of time with your questions (so that you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining your requirements and ordering your food).

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