How to Shop for Clothes While Losing Weight

how to shop for clothes while losing weightIt can feel like a hard-fought victory to lose weight — but buying a new wardrobe for every size on the way can be an expensive habit! So how can you look stylish and put together while your weight is fluctuating? Reader K wonders how to shop for clothes while losing weight…

I’m in a male-dominated business casual office. I am getting ready to start positioning myself for a promotion and want to up my dressing game this summer. I’ve lost 40 pounds (yay me!!) and want to lose another 30. I’d appreciate any advice on managing a transitional wardrobe as I lose weight. I’d like to watch my spending before I hit my goal, but also look pulled-together and not be frumpy. Bonus for ideas that work well in a pretty hot part of the country!

Great question, Reader K, and CONGRATS on your huge accomplishment! We haven’t talked about how to step up your wardrobe for a promotion OR about favorite weight fluctuation clothes in a while, and I can’t wait to hear what readers say. For now, here are some thoughts for you:

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Open Thread: What’s YOUR Favorite Lingerie for Office Looks?

Here’s something we haven’t talked about in far too long: what’s your favorite lingerie for office looks? Which are your favorite bras, panties, slips, and other unmentionables to wear with work outfits? What’s your go-to lingerie for work? How much does your office lingerie differ from your weekend lingerie? (And, does anyone organize them as neatly as this lingerie drawer organizer, pictured, available at Amazon for $13?)

For my $.02, these are general guidelines for the best lingerie for office looks:

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Suit of the Week: Boss

stylish striped skirt suit from Boss PLUS details on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017For 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.

Such an odd week this week — it’s a Wednesday but feels like a Monday. I spent a bit of time this weekend putting together a guide to the upcoming 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — readers LOVE this sale as a great way to get discounts on new fall merchandise, so if you’re unfamiliar with it you definitely want to check our guide out. (You can even still get a $20 Note if you sign up for a Nordstrom Rewards card by July 9 — they also have a credit card option. Cardholders get early access to the sale by more than a week, so they get the first dibs on all the good stuff.) In any event: we’ve seen a lot of horizontally striped suits, and I always feel a moment of sadness that there are so few suits with vertical stripes, which are much more flattering. So huzzah to Boss for making a stylish striped skirt suit with vertical stripes! I love the contrast at the bottom of the skirt, as well as the fringe detail. Lovely. The jacket (Komina Stripe Bouclé Suit Jacket) is $495, and the skirt (Vemala Stripe Bouclé Suit Skirt) is $335.

Looking for something more affordable? Check out this suit.

Did you guys check out the sale catalog for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What were your thoughts?striped skirt suit And, would you ever wear a striped skirt suit to work? 

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Holiday Sales! Fourth of July Workwear Sale Roundup

Happy long weekend — I hope everyone is getting to enjoy the 3d of July off as well as the 4th! If you’re not, I thought I’d throw up a quick sales roundup post to a) let everyone know what sales are afoot, and b) give you a fresh open thread for those of you stuck in the office or otherwise hanging out near a computer today. My favorite sales are in bold. 

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

  • 6PM – Featured brands today include Coach and Clarks.
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off everything with code JUSTBEACHY.
  • Anthropologie – Take an extra 30% off sale items!
  • Boden – Summer sale! Up to 60% off.  (Check out our roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Summer clearance, with online exclusive up to 70% off.
  • Club Monaco – Up to 60% off when you take an additional 30% off sale styles.
  • Express – 50% off select women’s and men’s styles.
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase + extra 50% off sale styles with code HOORAY.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, PLUS extra 50% off clearance.
  • Lands’ End – 30% off regularly priced styles. Sale section up to 60% off!
  • Last Call – Up to 70% off everything, PLUS an extra 10% off on top of sale with code JULY4.
  • Loft – Extra 60% off all sale styles. Select full-price styles starting at $6.
  • Neiman Marcus – The biggest sale of the season; up to 70% off regular prices.
  • Nordstrom – The big Anniversary sale is coming up (where they mark down fall merchandise for a limited time), but don’t let that dissuade you from checking out the clearance sale going on now — there are 9000+ items marked down from spring and summer. Check out our roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Nordstrom — lots of those items are on sale right now.
  • Reiss – Sale! Up to 50% off.
  • Talbots – Red Hanger semi-annual sale — extra 50% off two+ markdowns, extra 40% off one markdown.
  • Zappos – End of season sandal sale!

Readers, have you found any great sales this weekend? Any favorite recent purchases in general? Are you at work today or just chilling out?

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Cold Shoulder Tops… and the Office

Can you wear cold shoulder tops to the office? Workwear fashion blog Corporette weighs in.Can you wear cold shoulder tops to the office? Reader L wrote in wondering whether cold shoulder tops are work-appropriate… Here’s her question:

Cold shoulder tops seem to be everywhere. Are they ever appropriate in the work setting? I’ve seen some that would look acceptable as a sleeveless tank or cardigan (for more casual environments), but there’s something about the “cold shoulder” that feels more risque.

Interesting question, Reader L! We got into this a bit in our chat about the trends we won’t wear to work, but as always trends get muted and change the longer they go on, so it seems like it’s deserving of a fuller discussion. I will note that a number of stores (sigh) include such styles in the “wear it to work” section. I’m curious to hear what readers say.

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Weekend Wednesday: How to Wear Shorts as an Adult

We got this question a while ago from Reader E, and I thought it’s an interesting one for the hive: what’s your best advice for how to wear shorts as an adult?  To the readers who wear shorts: do you feel like a certain style of short fits your weekend style? Do you have any favorite brands, or lengths? Here’s Reader E’s question.

I would love to see a segment on wearing shorts as a 30+ something female. Not to work of course, but in the summer, when its hot and only shorts will do, how do I still look presentable, chic and like a capable adult?

Very interesting question, E. Before I had kids, I mostly wore jersey or travel dresses in the summer for errands, brunch dates, shopping trips, and so forth. (Pro tip: look into Jockey Slipshorts to be comfortable beneath dresses!) I literally had one pair of shorts that I wore primarily for travel, like my trip to Sedona with friends (for Auntie M’s 30th birthday, actually). After kids, though, my shorts collection has expanded, just because it’s easier to crawl around on the floor, bend over, pick them up, and so forth.  Some thoughts:

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