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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: The Best Deals on Workwear

Whew — I’ve been busy combing the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale all morning to find the best deals on workwear for you guys! (There’s a TON of great stuff under $100, and some crazy markdowns on investment pieces like Hugo Boss and more.) First, a note — I’m seeing tons of stuff from these workwear brands in the sale, so if you’re a particular fan of one of them do check out the sale:

For underthings, there are good sales on Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Natori, Commando, Cosabella,

For weekends, there are good sales on Zella, Treasure & Bond, Trouve, Bobeau — and I just updated our denim post with links to sales.

Onto some workwear picks for you guys…

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How Many Bags Do You Bring to Work (And: What Does Your Schlep Look Like?)

how many bags should you bring to workWe’ve talked a lot about the commute to work over the years, but we just got a great question about how many bags you should bring to work — specifically, how many do you carry, how large, what stuff do you bring to work, and WHICH bags.  Reader A literally just wrote in to ask this question, wondering how many bags you should bring to work, but it’s such a good one that I can’t wait to hear what the readers say:  what DOES your schlep look like, what do you bring to work each day, and do you bring one large bag or several smaller ones?

Are the days of taking a work bag (lady briefcase type thing) + handbag over? I’m about to become a fully admitted lawyer and my totes just aren’t working – plus it’s a lot to take with me for client meetings! in my mind, two smaller bags is easier than a giant overstuffed one, and it does make it easy for spontaneous lunch and drinks plans, plus can be a little trendier. I want to invest in something really nice but am I missing something?

Such an interesting question, and I think this is going to vary HUGELY based on what everyone’s commutes look like — and what your jobs look like. When chiming in, please share a little about what your commute looks like:

(Pictured above: yeah, not like that. Photo credit: Stencil.)

  • how do you USUALLY get to and from work — drive? subway? taxi/Uber/Lyft? walk?
  • do you have a lot of meetings or other events that require travel during the day?
  • on a USUAL day how many bags do you carry with you — and what do you bring?
  • what does an unusual day look like for you — e.g., what bags do you take with you for court appearances or big presentations, or how do you bring bags to or from work if you’re planning for, say, a long weekend at home with a lot of work?
  • what bags do you keep at the office for “last minute” things, either from a “last minute drinks!” perspective or a “yay I have to take home these three binders and review them asap tonight” perspective

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How to Job Search When You’re Super Busy

how to job search when you're super busyJob-hunting is challenging enough when you have a typical full-time career — but how do you handle looking for a new position when you work long hours in a job that makes it hard to get away for networking and interviews? We’ve talked a lot about interviewing, job-hunting, and networking over the years (and certainly finding time to date when you’re super busy, as well as how to make time for friends when you work a lot), but we haven’t specifically discussed this topic. So how do you job search when you’re super busy?

Recently, a reader asked a question (in the comments on a post) about how to deal with this issue. Here’s her situation:

How do you find time to job search when you are working crazy hours and can’t get away easily, like in ibanking/consulting/law? Any tips from people who have gone through this? When did you let people know anything about your job search? If you used your network did you ask people not to talk about the fact that you are job searching?

She got some great responses that we thought we’d round up for the benefit of others with the same question. Those of you with more advice and experience here, though, please weigh in — what are your best tips on how to job search when you’re super busy and it’s hard to leave the office?

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Options: Online Stylists for Your Work Wardrobe

online stylists for your work wardrobeDoes your work wardrobe need a bit of a refresh — or are you just building one for the first time? It can all be a bit overwhelming in stores, so today I thought we’d round up some online stylists for your work wardrobe (especially since Keaton Row closed up shop)! A big welcome back to freelancer Ashley Wermick! – Kat.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, shopping at the mall or a department store can just be overwhelming. So many people, so many clothes, and so many fitting room disappointments.

Luckily, there are companies that cut out the middleman and send fabulous clothes right to your door, and also share expert ways to style looks for work, play, and more. We’re discussing five of our favorites below…

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Boden

Welcome to our new series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Boden — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Nordstrom (and view the entire series how to build a work wardrobe here eventually).

Boden is one of the readers’ favorite places to shop online for workwear, and with good reason — most of their workwear is machine washable, has friendly sizing up to size 18, and also offers tall or petite size ranges. Some of our favorite pieces for work include:

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When to Announce Your Pregnancy to Your Clients

announce your pregnancy to your clientsWhen should you tell your clients you’re pregnant or otherwise announce your pregnancy to your clients? Reader C announced her pregnancy at work — but she’s now wondering as a lawyer when she should tell her clients.  Here’s the question:

I’m currently pregnant and an attorney , and am looking for some advice on when to notify my clients. I found lots of advice, on this site and others, about when to notify my office, and that went fine, but I haven’t seen much advice on how to notify clients. My gut tells me I should wait until pretty close to my due date, but how close is close? 2 weeks? 2 months? Thanks!

Congrats, Reader C! Over at CorporetteMoms we recently discussed how to prepare at work for maternity leave, and we’ve also talked about what to say in your maternity leave email here on Corporette. For my $.02, I think the answer to when to announce your pregnancy depends heavily on how many clients you have, and how closely you work with them. (This may vary among lawyers, doctors, hairdressers, and other professions with clients — for ease of discussion we’ll talk about it as if we’re talking about lawyers’ clients.) For example, one of my friends works in a field of law where she has a zillion clients who she speaks to whenever an issue arises — so it may be once a month, it may be once every few years.  Other friends work in fields of law where they have a small number of big clients who they work closely with for intense periods of time, either in person or via email and phone.  Given that kind of spectrum, I would say:

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