Archives for October 2009

Weekend Open Thread

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Pictured: Mario Batali Cafe Cups and Saucers, available at for $19.99 for a set of 2.

Sale of the weekend: Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like there are a ton of cute dresses and skirts on deep discount at

Weekly Roundup

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Untitled pictureDesignBoom reports on an office chair designed specifically for women:  the Lei, by Monica Forster (pictured).

The WSJ notes the rise of “power denim,” worn by world leaders and executives alike.

Forbes has footage of Indra Nooyi talking about the challenges facing women in business.  Meanwhile, Hiring Partner posts some thoughts on women as rainmakers.

Shine suggests 10 drugstore shampoos you should avoid.

– Finally, from The Onion: “Group of Popular Girls Reduces Nation to Tears.”  (We’ll bet they insulted the nation’s shoes.)  Also:  Fashion Under $100 has a ton of fun Halloween costume ideas.

Incidentally — we’re going to be experimenting with posting these recommended articles to our Facebook page, as well as to Twitter — please let us know how you think it’s going.

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Perfect V-Neck Sweater

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Untitled pictureReader C writes in to note:

I got four of these lightweight sweaters from Martin and Osa and might go back for more… they’re a silk blend, really soft, perfect warmth for an air conditioned office, look good alone or under a suit jacket (and they don’t get bulky), plus they hang well on the body and don’t pull across the chest, which is nice for those of us who regularly encounter that issue. I got mine in the store for $19.95 and used a 20% coupon they mailed to me, but there are plenty of coupon codes floating around the internet.

Great deal, and the sweaters are classic.  We’d wear a button-down beneath them for the office, or perhaps layer a tank in a contrasting or complementing color.  They’re $19.95 at Martin & Osa.  Perfect V-Neck Sweater

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

Reader mail: Will braces hurt my interviewing chances?

Can You Interview With Braces? | CorporetteToday’s reader mail comes from a 1L, who’s just been told she needs braces…

I have recently been advised by a number of orthodontists and oral surgeons that I need full braces (including rubber bands — eek!) on both my top and bottom teeth for at least two years, followed by retainers, etc. My question is: would getting braces adversely my job prospects? I’m concerned that employers might somehow be distracted and/or put off by braces in interviews. Will they take me seriously? Have you ever come across an adult with orthodontia in your practice and, in all honesty, did it affect your perception of her and/or her performance?

Wow. This is a really difficult question, and, while we don’t have any answers, maybe our readers do.  (Pictured:  Tom Cruise, who got braces in 2002.) Our advice is: if you’re being advised by orthodontists and oral surgeons, go ahead and get the braces, because there just isn’t going to be a better time, and people will be understanding about whatever circumstances (money, dental insurance, changing teeth, whatever) that prohibited you from getting braces before this point in your life. We actually have worked with one adult who had braces — it struck us as slightly odd, but not unprofessional (and his teeth were pretty bad so it was obvious that this was a necessary thing).  The harsh truth is that yes, we noticed the braces, but we would have noticed his teeth anyway, and at least the braces showed he was being proactive about it.  Go as high end as you possibly can — upgrade to invisalign or ceramic braces (or whatever) as soon as your doctors will allow it.  Normally, we don’t advise people to go in debt for vanity’s sake, but we might break that rule here if you know you’re going to be able to pay the debt off soon.  If money is a real issue, you might want to approach someone at your law school and see if they know of an alumni who might be willing to sponsor you, or perhaps look into peer-to-peer lending like or


Otherwise, get the braces and be absolutely vigilant about keeping them clean.  Try to avoid picking up any brace-specific ticks that make noise or look odd — in other words, the kinds of things that will call attention to you if you’re sitting in a meeting listening to someone else speak.  You might also check out sources like ArchWired, a site for adults with braces.

Readers — particularly those of you who’ve had braces or other dental problems — please weigh in — we’re sure our reader would love your thoughts and advice.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Jabot Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Today we wanted to point you to this fabulous, almost vintage-looking top from Le Train Bleu, which has many excellent work pieces right now.  According to the website, it has a keyhole back, so you can wear the top backwards as a v-neck, and it’s great as a layering piece under blouses, jackets, and we’re guessing under dresses, also.  The piece looks really comfortable, classic, and beautiful, and all for $72.  (It also seems to keep selling out — hopefully they are replenishing their stock soon, as there are only Black/Smalls left at the moment.)  Jabot Top

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

Suit of the Week

For 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Fringed Two Pocket JacketToday’s suit falls in the realm of “lucky sizes,” but it really is such a gorgeous suit (at such a great price) that we’d be remiss in not pointing it out.  In addition to being a classic color and look, we love the wide neckline (perfect for flattering the clavicle) and the large buttons.  Formerly $750 for the set, the jacket (Fringed Two Pocket Jacket) is now $123 (sizes 6, 10, 12, and 16 only), and the skirt ( Tonal Tweed Pencil Skirt) is now $62.50 (sizes 10 and 12 only).

Fringed Two Pocket Jacket Tonal Tweed Pencil Skirt

In other suit-related news, we’ve now seen three or four suits, from different designers, with this sort of “bandaid” fabric construction. Personally, it’s not our cup of tea, but we’re curious what you guys think…