Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Signature Fit Navy Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

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

stripey-pencil-skirt-under-50Happy Friday everyone! This striped navy pencil skirt looks like the perfect way to add a touch of pattern and visual texture to an outfit. (There is a matching jacket available, but both pieces together are a bit much for me.) Fun question: what’s your favorite affordable pencil skirt these days? (Readers used to looove the Halogen pencil skirt with welt pockets, but Nordstrom changed the design several years ago.) The pictured skirt comes in sizes 0-18, as well as petite and tall sizes; it’s on sale now for $38.46. 7th Avenue Design Studio Navy Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

This stripey plus-size skirt from Eloquii is similar. Feel like drooling? This $725 skirt is nice.

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Coffee Break: Mary Pump

purple-block-heel-weitzmanGrandma pumps: yea or nay? They’re everywhere this fall, and if you’re looking for an on-trend quality pair that is also comfortable, Weitzman has long been a favorite of readers for just those reasons.  Besides, you know I love a purple pump. These are available at Zappos and Amazon for $375; they also come in black and taupe suede, as well as a black leather. Stuart Weitzman Mary

These shoes are similar, only $109-$119, come in nine colors — and in several colors are down to lucky sizes!

Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels for other reader favorite brands!


Professional Women and Insomnia

insomniaDo you have trouble falling asleep? Staying asleep? Going back to sleep? If you’ve ever discussed your insomnia with friends and noticed that most of them are women, it’s not a coincidence: Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to face insomnia for several reasons: hormonal fluctuations due to menstrual cycles (and then menopause), discomfort from pregnancy, and medical conditions that are more common in women, such as depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, and restless leg syndrome. (Is it also because women bear more emotional labor and more often act as the default parent? I’m no doctor, but I feel like this must play a part…) If you’re dealing with insomnia, what have you tried that’s worked, and what hasn’t? How long have you been struggling?

This infographic from the National Sleep Foundation shares the basics of insomnia: it involves difficulty falling asleep, returning to sleep, or staying asleep; affects about 40 million Americans every year; and is considered chronic insomnia when it happens at least three nights a week for at least three months. (Acute insomnia commonly occurs because of temporary stress and usually goes away without treatment.) According to the Mayo Clinic, causes of insomnia include stress and anxiety; medical conditions (such as chronic pain and overactive thyroid); life changes (such as travel or altered work shifts); bad sleep habits (such as using your bed for things other than sleep and sex); certain medications (such as some antidepressants and antihistamines); caffeine, smoking, or alcohol; and eating too much before going to bed.

Besides following helpful sleep habits and improving your overall health — as these tips from the Mayo Clinic and WebMD detail — you can also try these home remedies for insomnia:   [Read more…]

Thursday’s Workwear Report: Starburst Sheath Dress

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

ck-starburst-dressA black sheath dress is a must for any wardrobe, and this affordable one from Calvin Klein looks great — I always love a good starburst pattern because it adds interest without decreasing versatility.  It’s available on Amazon in sizes 2 through 16 for $89. The dress comes in purple in plus sizes at Amazon; Macy’s has a few more colors in both regular, plus, and petite sizes. Calvin Klein Women’s Starburst Sheath Dress

Psst: check out our recent roundup of sheath dresses for work, including our 5 Hall of Famers (all still available).

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Suit of the Week: Emerson Rose

emerson-rose-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.

Huh: Nordstrom has a new in-house brand, Emerson Rose, that seems to be specializing in workwear, including a ton of elegant, sophisticated looks like this suit. I like this belted tweed blazer — note that only the front big is belted; the back is more voluminous, which is on trend with the rise of cape blazers. But while those can sometimes look a bit silly to me, this one looks almost vintage, like something Audrey Hepburn might have worn. Love. The pricing for the brand is pretty affordable — this jacket (Emerson Rose Belted Tweed Suit Jacket) is $199, the skirt (Emerson Rose Tweed Suit Pencil Skirt) is on sale for $60, and the pants (Emerson Rose Side Tab Wide Leg Tweed Suit Pants) are $129.

This plus size tweed suit is similar but more traditional, and also comes in regular and petite sizes.


Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel 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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