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Weekend Open Thread

J.Crew Linen Cubist print teeSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

J.Crew has some decent sales going on this weekend — take an extra 30% off sale items, an extra 50% off final sale items, and they have a ton of “weekend-ready basics” marked 25% off. For the weekend, I like this linen Cubist print (and I even liked it even before I knew that it came in a blue version!). It was $49, then marked to $29; with code SHOPNOW it comes down to $21. Nice. J.Crew Linen Cubist print tee

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Weekly News Update

Weekly News Roundup | CorporetteLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • This article from Elle talks about how using “girl speak” and up-talk at work can hurt your career. (Totes McGotes, right?)
  • Extra Petite ponders how to style the sheath dress.
  • Capitol Hill Style gathers advice for job seekers who are currently employed and don’t want their interview outfit to broadcast their intentions while they’re at work.
  • Above the Law‘s “Anonymous Recruitment Director” reveals nine recruiter pet peeves, ranging from applications received without transcripts to rudeness toward receptionists.
  • Slate‘s Hanna Rosin reviews Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte, who says busyness has become a status symbol. Have you noticed this trend?
  • The New York Times talks to experts who advise that women must tread lightly when negotiating a raise.   
  • Do you work during vacations? Never take vacation time at all? Glassdoor‘s recent survey shows that you’re not alone.
  • Learnvest (via Popsugar Smart Living) offers several tips on spring-cleaning your finances.
  • Finally: Eww. Lifehacker says to never drink water from an airplane.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Short Tweed Structured Top

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

Express Short Tweed Structured Top (and: Express's Semi-Annual Sale!)Express is having their semi-annual sale right now, and there are some crazy deals to be had. I’m liking this structured tweed top, where for once I actually like the exposed zipper in the back. I’d wear it with a long pendant necklace (midriff length at least), and a pair of ankle-length pants and ballet flats for a casual day at the office. I might also try it with a bright skinny belt (belted a bit high) and a pencil skirt. It was $59.90, but is now marked to $29.99 (and take an additional 40% off in your cart). Express Short Tweed Structured Top

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Psst: On non-clearance items, try code 1407 to save an additional 25%.

Coffee Break: Delia Asymmetric Patent Pump

Alice + Olivia Delia Asymmetric Patent PumpI was perusing Bergdorf Goodman’s “just in” items the other day and suddenly found myself obsessed with these pumps (pictured on someone modeling leather leggings). On closer inspection, I fell even deeper in love — the textured patent leather! The adjustable ankle strap! And, of course, that asymmetric vamp strap. Lurve. I’m less in love with the 4″ heel, but hey.  They’re $360. Alice + Olivia Delia Asymmetric Patent Pump


Thursday’s TPS Report: Tangerine Herringbone Blazer

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

Zara Tangerine Herringbone BlazerZara has so many cute yellow blazers right now, but this “tangerine” herringbone blazer strikes me as just perfect — love that bright, saturated pop of color, and it feels super chic and modern when styled with all white. And it’s only $79 — score! — in sizes XS-XL. Zara Tangerine Herringbone Blazer

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The Hunt: Silk Button-Front Blouses

The Best Silk Blouses for Work | Corporette2017 Update: Almost all of these silk blouses are now in our Workwear Hall of Fame. We’ve also updated the text and links as of Feb. 2017.

Sure, 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.

We rounded up some of the best crisp button-downs around this time last year, but we haven’t ever rounded up the best silk blouses (aka silk-button fronts).  I’m still a fan of the ones with a pointed collar (instead of a rounded or band collar, or a split neck) for a more classic look — the collar looks great beneath a suit blazer, layered underneath sweaters, and more.  For my $.02, I’d suggest wearing a cotton camisole (with the arm holes adjusted fairly high) beneath them so you can try to get at least two wears before you have to take them to the drycleaner.  There’s a ton of selection out there — readers, which are your favorite silky button-downs?  Do you have any laundry tricks (either to extend the wears-per-launder or to make them look nice without drycleaning?) Any must-haves (or do-not-buys?)

Pictured below, some of our Hall of Famers: one / two / three / four.


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