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  • The Washingtonian talks to Renata Briggman, who adopted a work “uniform” to avoid having to decide what to wear: “she wears black slacks, black shoes, a grey blazer and a white shirt. Every. Single. Day.”
  • Lisa Marie Fernandez has introduced … the swimsuit twinset, and Fashionista has details.
  • Fashionista also reviews the biggest style contributions from Jenna Lyons, who recently stepped down as J.Crew president and executive creative director (reportedly a “mutual decision” between Lyons and Millard S. Drexler, chairman and chief executive). She will serve as a “creative adviser” until the end her contract ends in December.
  • Fortune explains how to cut down on “manterrupting”: by avoiding starting questions with “‘sorry,’ ‘may I ask,’ ‘can I ask,’ ‘excuse me,’ or by addressing [someone] by name” and using a more aggressive style.
  • The American Lawyer talks to working mother Karen Dunn, who was Hillary Clinton’s debate coach and was rumored to be her top choice for White House counsel.
  • The Washington Post has news that the NYC city council approved legislation that forbids employers from asking job applicants about their current or past salaries.
  • The New York Times reports that student loan forgiveness approval letters may be invalid, according to the Department of Education.
  • Refinery29 shares info on the new book Rebecca Traister is working on, The Furies, about female anger and politics.
  • Speaking of politics: The New Yorker shares, “Mike Pence’s Marriage and the Beliefs That Keep Women from Power,” by Jia Tolentino, and law professor Kerri Lynn Stone wrote “A Seat At The Table” on the same topic for The Huffington Post.
  • Advice from a 20-Something gives tips for dating a coworker.

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Comments

  1. Marshmallow :

    Briggman looks great and I’m always interested in female “style uniform” pieces. I could never do it but I love that some people can pull it off.

    Maybe this is overly nitpicky, but if you were only going to ever wear a single necklace and a single belt, wouldn’t you want the metal to match? I usually try to match metals on my necklace and belt buckle. Maybe that’s too fussy or old school but I think it looks a little odd and unintentional (as opposed to, say, purposely mixing metals with several jewelry pieces).

  2. disappointed :

    Hi team, not sure what’s slipping here, but as an avid reader I’ve been a bit disappointed by the weekly updates recently (my favorite posts!). For example, above you refer to “Jenny Lyons” who “recently left J. Crew” – it’s Jenna, and her contract continues until December. A week or two back, you posted a Anne Marie Slaughter article that was published well over a year ago, with no indication that it was out of date. I love these updates, but have been disappointed by the weaker articles recently and the lack of attention to details. Please bring these back to the quality they were before!

    • +1

    • Apologies for the mistakes this time. I trusted Fashionista’s details in the article we’re linking to, and they had written, “As you’ve likely heard, Jenny Lyons has left J.Crew after 26 years with the company,” so the two mistakes originated with that. We’ll fix the item above, and thanks for pointing it out.

      • (no longer) disappointed :

        Thank you so much! You guys do a wonderful job keeping it so interesting: I love having the site as a resource both for casual conversations as well as curated news, and do appreciate that much of what you do is thankless.

      • Kate, you are doeing a great job. Don’t worry if your not perfect. No one is. Thank you for p’osting the Fortune Article about Manteruppting. Men ALWAYS want to talk over me and it is VERY exaspereating. In court, counsel for the plaintiffs always interupt me when I am about to object, and the judge has to step in and tell the plaintiff’s counsel NOT to prevent me from objecting. After hearing my objection, the judge tells the plaintiff’s counsel that he will consider the objection and strike the record later if it turns out my objection was valid. He can do that b/c he holds BENCH trials so he does NOT have to have evidentiary hearings on the spot b/c there is no jury. Occasionally, the plaintiff’s counsel who interrupts me asks me to go with him for a drink at a place nearby, but I am to busy to hang around a bar, let alone with opossing counsel. FOOEY!

    • Just wanted to chime in and say these are my favorite posts too! I know they don’t get a lot of comments, but I LOVE the curation.

      I was surprised by the older AMS article a few weeks ago, but I don’t hate the idea as long as it’s clear. I know I often miss older articles, or forget about them and need to re-read. A good idea might be to have a more current section up top, and then maybe also have an “older articles of note” section where you highlight some of the most-clicked on ones from the past. (Maybe the 1-2 most clicked from the weekly update exactly a year or two ago?)

      • Anonymous :

        an “older articles of note” section where you highlight some of the most-clicked on ones from the past. (Maybe the 1-2 most clicked from the weekly update exactly a year or two ago?)

        love this idea

      • Thank you, and thanks for the idea!

  3. So frumpy :

    Just a vent: I can’t get out of a frumpy funk, and I think it may stem from depression. I wake up 20 minutes before work, dry shampoo my hair, put on lipstick and any old dress, and just look frumpy in every way. 4 years ago I looked polished and even stylish every single day. Whoever wrote that something looked like an antidepressant commercial completely nailed it. I know this is holding me back, but I can’t summon the energy to care. I realized the cocoon sweater I’m wearing I’ve actually worn over night shirts. This is not ok.

    I think if I could just wake up at a decent time and blow out my hair, take some extra time on makeup, and steam my clothes I’d be a brand new person. Has anyone come out of a frumpy season? Advice?

    • pugsnbourbon :

      Hey there – typically there’s not a ton of discussion on these update posts. You might want to re-post on the weekend open thread.

      That said – I think many of us go through times in our lives where it’s all we can do to just.get.by. Sometimes it’s depression, sometimes it’s having a baby, sometimes life is just really [email protected] hard. And you are doing enough by getting up, brushing your hair, putting on lipstick and a dress. Please be gentle with yourself!

    • Panda Bear :

      I am right there with you lately, So fumpy! I don’t know if I can blame my approach on depression, per se. It’s just that I no longer care to impress anyone with how I look.

      I’ve been at my current job for six years. About a year ago, when I realized/accepted that I have no future at this company, I slowly stopped caring about how I look at the office. I roll out of bed as late as possible, shower and do my hair as infrequently as possible, and pretty much never bother with makeup or interesting jewelry. On several occasions I have worn the top I slept in to work (usually with a different shirt layered over it…but not always.) I just don’t see the point of bothering. I still do good quality work, but I can’t be bothered to put anymore of my personal time than I absolute have to into getting ready for the office.

      But… when I DO make the effort to wake up early, dress up and look better, it really does make me feel better. And I think, oh goodness, I should do this everyday. But then… I just don’t care enough to keep it up.

      I am leaving to go back to grad school at the end of the summer, so I have something I’m excited about on the horizon — and I’m excited to wear cute clothes again in a new environment where I want to make a good impression.

      Sorry I don’t have any particular advice… but you aren’t alone out there :)

      • Anonymous :

        +1 I currently DGAF. I basically see no people where I work, and I realize I should make an effort for myself but…ugh. It’s so hard. I’m also approaching 40 and I feel like I need to upgrade my look and the quality of my stuff, but I detest my job and the last thing I want to do is spend my free time finding clothes to wear to my detestable job.

    • You need to deal with the depression first. Go to a therapist, get a prescription for antidepressants (you don’t need to take drugs forever, but it helps some people get through the darkest period). Once your mental health improves, your desire to groom yourself will improve.

    • Re- posting my reply because I am stuck in moderation, I think because I used a different user name than I usually do. Hopefully this works…

      I am right there with you lately, So frumpy! I don’t know if I can blame my approach on depression, per se. It’s just that I no longer care to impress anyone with how I look.

      I’ve been at my current job for six years. About a year ago, when I realized/accepted that I have no future at this company, I slowly stopped caring about how I look at the office. I roll out of bed as late as possible, shower and do my hair as infrequently as possible, and pretty much never bother with makeup or interesting jewelry. On several occasions I have worn the top I slept in to work (usually with a different shirt layered over it…but not always.) I just don’t see the point of bothering. I still do good quality work, but I can’t be bothered to put anymore of my personal time than I absolute have to into getting ready for the office.

      But… when I DO make the effort to wake up early, dress up and look better, it really does make me feel better. And I think, oh goodness, I should do this everyday. But then… I just don’t care enough to keep it up.

      I am leaving to go back to grad school at the end of the summer, so I have something I’m excited about on the horizon — and I’m excited to wear cute clothes again in a new environment where I want to make a good impression.

      Sorry I don’t have any particular advice… but you aren’t alone out there :)

    • BankrAtty :

      What about a new hair cut, a makeup consultation at Nordstrom, and a couple of bright, happy pieces for Spring that are easy to wear (i.e., that don’t require pressing)?

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