Archives for September 2008

Poll: Have you done anything differently with your money?

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Okay: it seems safe to say we’re in the midst of a financial crisis.  But how is it affecting you?  Less cabs?  More sleepless nights?  More days of “breakfast for dinner“?  Take our poll and then weigh in, in the comments… we’re curious!

Office Staples – Clothing Edition

Please note, this article was updated in 2011 — check it out here.

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Last week we covered what toiletry supplies you may want to keep in your office — this week, we thought we’d give our recommendations on clothing to keep in your office.  (In the coming weeks we’ll also tackle foodstuffs and gadgetry.)

1. A suit. The goal of the suit is to be able to look proper if you have to run to court at the last minute, or if you have an impromptu call to meet with the CEO.  Note that if you’re going to keep a skirt suit, you might want to make sure you’ve got pantyhose and possibly a razor blade, as well.  Make sure that you’ve got an appropriate top to wear under the suit, as well as appropriate undergarments (i.e., don’t wear a sheer white blouse with a black polka dot bra).  It’s also handy to have another outfit on hand in the event of a severe food mishap such as a yogurt spill.

2.  Extra panties (preferably ones that don’t show any visible pantylines). Yes, it’s kind of gross to say, but… if you have to pull an all-nighter… if you need to change into a skirt suit with pantyhose and had been wearing boyshorts… if you actually make it to the gym and need to change into a fresh pair… there are lots of different reasons to keep an extra thong or seamless pair tucked discreetly into a gym bag or in a ziplock baggy in your desk drawer.  (Why a ziplock baggy?  After a while your desk drawers will get gross.  We don’t know what happens in there — it isn’t as if ketchup packets implode — but they just get a bit gross.  Take our advice and protect your drawers from your drawers.)

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Armani Collezioni Three-Button Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

ARMANI FITTED BLAZERToday’s splurge item is this gorgeous three-button fitted jacket from Armani. We love the fact that it’s jersey — a very comfortable update on a classic shape and flattering fit — and the houndstooth pattern is one that is always fashionable. Available at Bergdorf’s for $1,995. Armani Collezioni Three-Button Jacket

Weekly Roundup

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– Happy 100th birthday to Catherine Murdock Dewey, one of the first female lawyers in Boston.  [Ms. JD]

– Do you take your engagement/wedding rings off when you interview?  [Brazen Careerist]

– Expecting?  Here are some tips on how to announce your pregnancy at work.  [The Thin Pink Line]

– Does your productivity and happiness need a boost at work?  Here are 12 quick tips.  [The Happiness Project]

– Jezebel lists the 75 books every woman should read.  [Jezebel]

– Three successful female entrepreneurs share their best advice.  [Marie Claire]

– Is your money safe?  The Simple Dollar studies the issue.

Poll Results: We wear…. not so short skirts

About a week ago we asked you: when is your skirt too short for work? The poll is still ongoing, but we thought we’d fill you in on the results so far.  Tons of people voted (thank you, Above the Law, for the link!), and the majority of you (31%) said that C was fine, with the D-supporters bringing up the rear at 18% (although another 11% said D was an acceptable length if tights were worn).  Only 7% of you went more conservative (saying only A or B were acceptable).  Lots of commenters noted that the more fit a woman is, the shorter a skirt she can get away with. [Read more…]

Poll: Are knee-high boots appropriate for work?

2017 Update: Check out our most recent round-up of the best knee-high boots for commuting to work, as well as our last discussion of whether boots are acceptable for work.

Yesterday was the first day of autumn — hooray!  Already around New York City we’re starting to notice women wearing dresses and knee-high boots, mostly barelegged (but some with tights).  Today we passed a girl wearing knee-high black boots, a happy yellow mini-dress, and a cute cropped black jacket.  She looked absolutely adorable.  But we also thought she looked totally inappropriate for work.

A few years ago we thought knee-high boots were 100% acceptable for work, provided they weren’t over-the-knee boots (like Julia Roberts’s in Pretty Woman).  But after a few years of working in a conservative office, we’re not so sure anymore.  Condoleezza Rice took heat a while ago for wearing black knee-high boots — even The Washington Post accused her of being too sexy, too dominatrix-like or Matrix-inspired.

But hey… maybe we’re old-fashioned.  Or crazy.  So, we thought:  Poll.