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The Best Affordable Cashmere For Work

affordable cashmere for workSure, 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.

Which are your favorite affordable cashmere sweaters for work, ladies? Which ones do you reach for, for warmth, style, or comfort — and which have held up after laundering or dry cleaning? We haven’t talked about this in a while, and cashmere sales are starting (Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom all have some crazy markdowns right now) — so let’s discuss.

Pictured at top, clockwise: black / cream / navy / blue.

Pictured below, some of our Hall of Famers: boatneck / crewneck / turtleneck / faux wrap / turtleneck

 

Before we get to our featured cashmere sweaters for work for today, let’s talk about some greatest hits:

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Deal Alert: The Best Shoes For Work Still Left in the Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale!

Winter #NSale 2017: Shoes EditionLadies — The Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale is still on through 2/26! I did our big workwear roundup from the Winter #Nsale last Thursday — but I thought I’d take a look at what’s left in the sale at this point. Click this link to see all of the previous things we’ve featured for Coffee Breaks and Workwear Reports that are now in the sale — TONS of stuff we’ve previously featured is on sale, including a ton of shoes from our Workwear Hall of Fame (the best-selling, top-rated styles that have been around for EONS).

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Help! My Assistant Talks Too Much

Help! My Assistant Talks Too Much!We’ve talked about the chatty boss before, but Reader N has a slightly different question: how to deal when your assistant talks too much? Reader N wonders what she can say to discourage her chatty assistant:

What are some ways to end a conversation with people at work that work for you? I have a new assistant, who is fantastic at the job! But she is VERY long winded for the smallest things (e..g, dropping off a file) & ends up on very long tangents completely unrelated to work. I understand that part of her need to chat with me / be friendly with me has to do with me being the boss,but need to be able to get work done during the day. I want to keep things friendly as she is helpful.

We haven’t talked about this problem in far too long — I still remember a fellow lawyer who used to “pop in” my office for what became two hour gabfests in the middle of the day. (Funnily enough I haven’t heard from her since we stopped working together.) Here, the added dynamic of the chatty coworker being your subordinate makes things a bit more complicated from an etiquette standpoint, but not unworkable.  Obviously, you can just tell her sternly to “please let me do my work” or actually sit her down for some bigger conversation about her talkativeness being disruptive — and because you’re the boss, the direct approach is absolutely fine. Readers in our discussion of chatty coworkers suggested saying things such as “hey, now isn’t a good time to chat, but I’ll stop by later” — but if you don’t actually ever want to hear her 45 minute theory about Westworld, that may not work either. (Or, Westworld aside, maybe you just prefer to keep a healthy distance and not be friends with your subordinates.)  But: of course you still want to be friendly and have a good working relationship.  This may take us back to our discussion of whether women bosses should aim for being liked or respected, but here are my top tips for solving the problem of when an assistant talks too much in a non-direct, friendly way:

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Jewelry for the Office: Fashion or Fine?

jewelry for the office: fashion or fine? Jewelry for the office: fashion or fine? Is fashion jewelry or fine jewelry more appropriate for the workplace — or is it a know your office situation? Is there such a thing as everyday fine jewelry, other than an engagement ring? Does price and taste enter into it? (Bonus question for the bottom of the post, too: would you wear the pictured necklace to work? Would your answer change if you thought it cost more or less than your home?) Here’s Reader A’s question:

I’m an avid reader of your blog and I have a question for you. :) I read your 2012 jewelry post and was wondering if you had advice on fashion vs fine jewelry in the office. I work in a very casual office (uggs are not out of place even on senior management) but the executives tend to dress sharp and polished. However, I’ve never seen anyone wear pearls or gemstones outside of their wedding rings. Are fine jewelry styles only appropriate in formal offices?

Very interesting question. I do suspect this is a “know your office” situation, but I’m very curious to hear from the readers because I’d love to know which kind of jewelry you prefer to wear to the office, fashion or fine.  First, some definitions for purposes of discussion today…

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Deal Alert: Big Presidents’ Day Sales at Uniqlo!

We did our major roundup of Presidents’ Day sales (with shoutouts to the Nordstrom winter sale and other noteworthy sales like Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, and Last Call), but the deals at Uniqlo are too good not to note.  Only lucky colors are available, in Uniqlo’s usual size range (they generally run small), but some crazy deals to share:

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The Presidents’ Day Sales to Know About for Workwear

Presidents' Day Sales for WorkwearHappy Presidents’ Day Weekend, ladies! Of course the Nordstrom Winter sale is the big sale going on right now, but what else is notable among the many stores having sales this weekend? I started rounding these up today and got a bit carried away — there are some great sales going on. The seven sales that I would check out first are in bold.  Happy shopping!

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Monday updates are in red.  Readers, have you seen any great sales so far?

Pictured: Flickr / pagedooley (colors modified a bit and cropped). 

  • 6pmPresidents’ Day Clearance, starting at 60% off MSRP! Plus, Clearance Closet!
  • Amazon – Dresses for under $100, handbags and wallets for under $50.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off all full-price styles plus 50% off all sale styles!
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off all sale items!
  • ASOS – Get 20% off with code PREZ20.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase.
  • Bare Necessities – Super sale, bras $17.99 and up.
  • Barney’s Warehouse – President’s Day Sale, plus clearance!
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Prices up to 75% off, including Akris Punto, The Row, Vince, and more!
  • Bloomingdale’s – Take 20% off sitewide.
  • Boden – Up to 70% off clearance! Final sale only.
  • Brooks Brothers – Women’s Clearance! Plus, 3 for $159 shirts, and fall accessories 60% off.
  • Club Monaco – 25% off all women’s trenches, plus tons of items added to sale section.
  • Dressbarn – Now up to 70% off. $9.99 tops and sweaters, $12.99 pants and skirts, and $14.99 dresses.
  • Diane von Furstenberg – Tons of dresses 50% off.
  • Express – 40% off everything.
  • EverEve – Semi-annual clearance sale, up to 70% off + free shipping on all orders over $50.
  • Henri Bendel – Up to 40% off, this weekend only. Plus, $100 off every $400 spent on FPM, and $50 off every $200 spent.
  • JC Penney – Presidents’ Day Event, extra 30% off $100 or more, or extra 25% off under 100.
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything! Prices as marked. Plus, free shipping with code HALFSIES. 
  • Lands’ End – Friends & Family sale; 30% off your order.
  • Last CallPresidents’ Day sale, one day only: save up to 85% off clearance. Plus, huge savings on premier designers from Neiman Marcus, including Giorgio Armani, The Row, Burberry, Tom Ford, Chloe, Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, and more!
  • LoftFlash sale: sale on sale, extra 60% off! Also, 40% off all current styles.
  • Lord & Taylor – 5 day specials, now through Monday. Plus, up to 80% off clearance.
  • Macy’sExtra 25% off + free shipping at $49, or $10 off your purchase of $10 or more. 
  • Madewell – Extra 30% off all sale styles.
  • Naturalizer – Extra 25% off sale; prices already reduced up to 70%.
  • New York & Company – Today, pants & jeans doorbusters, with winter clearance 60-80% off.  Dresses $25+.
  • Nordstrom – The big winter sale has started — see our roundup here.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Now until Feb. 20: Clear the rack! Take an extra 25% off clearance.
  • Neiman Marcus –  Clearance items as much as 90% off!
  • Off5TH – Presidents’ Day Weekend Extra Cut; take an extra 25% off select clearance.
  • Rebecca Taylor – Enjoy an extra 25% off sale online and in stores with code Feb 25.
  • Reiss – Final reductions, up to 60% off.
  • Shopbop – Prices up to 70%  off!
  • TalbotsEnd of season clearance! Extra 70% off markdowns; up to 80% off original prices.
  • Target – Presidents’ Day sale! 25% off clothes, shoes and accessories!
  • Trina Turk – Spring savings, save $75 off your full price purchase of $350.
  • Uniqlo – Shop the lowest prices of the season. Cashmere sweaters down to $9-$39, merino sweaters down to $9-$20.
  • White House | Black Market – Take an additional 40% off most sale styles with code 50458.
  • Zappos – Tons of new markdowns in their clearance section!

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