Archives for January 2013

Coffee Break: Quene Pump

Chie Mihara Women's Quene PumpWhat an unusual shoe! Gray suede is a great basic, but as always it’s the little details that I love the most — the leather dots sewn onto the toe area, the slight sparkle to the trim, and the nice pattern on the leather footbed (which looks pretty comfortable, actually). It’s part of Amazon’s Designer Shoes & Handbags Sale going on right now — was $380, now marked to $169.09. Chie Mihara Women’s Quene Pump


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Business Casual — Without Being Overdressed

business casual for women

2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on business casual for women, but you may want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women.

How do younger women do “business casual” in a male-dominated environment — without ending up looking like the mom (or younger sister) of the group?  Reader S asks:

I have a question about work attire: is it possible to be “over-dressed” for work? Without getting in to too much detail, I work for a medium sized engineering firm as an engineer. I am the only female engineer in my group so it’s really hard for me to gauge what would be deemed appropriate work attire for my office. Most of the men dress business casual (as in jeans, or khakis at best, and a polo shirt- even on client meeting days) during the weekdays, with casual Fridays being jeans and a t-shirt. I usually wear dress pants, and an appropriate top; Fridays I wear jeans and an appropriate top. Am I overdressed? The only other person who wears dress pants is the group manager. I should mention I’m only 3 years in to my career.

I can totally see this being a problem. The guys are wearing jeans and polos and look like regular workers — meanwhile, if you wear jeans and a t-shirt you end up looking like their scrappy younger sister, and if you wear trousers and a nice top you look like the mom of the group.  We’ve covered whether you can dress “too nice” for work, and also how to transition to business casual from a more conservative environment, but I don’t think we’ve really talked about this exact question.

For my two cents, here are a few tips on business casual for women — I’m really curious to hear what the readers have to say on this one, though. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Capri Silk Pullover Blouse

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

Equipment Capri Silk Pullover Blouse, Fawn Last Call has a lot of Equipment silk blouses on sale — always a favorite of fashion magazine editors. Take, for example, this simple blouse in “fawn” (it’s also available in a dark green “clover“) — I like that you could wear it untucked or tucked, and the half-placket/pullover seems like an interesting update. The blouse was $229, but is now marked to $119, and with an additional 20% off it comes down to $95.20. Nice! Equipment Capri Silk Pullover Blouse, Fawn

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Suit of the Week: Veronica Beard

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 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.

So: this is an unusual choice, I admit. Still, ask yourself: if you had a casual (or creative) but important meeting and someone walked in wearing this suit, you’d think “wow, I’m impressed she has the confidence to rock that suit.” I like the little details — the squiggly lines (apparently a signature Veronica Beard stripe), the green grosgrain trim throughout, and even the way the jacket looks slightly askew when closed. I think you could get a lot of mileage out of both pieces as separates, also. The jacket (The Weekend Jacket) is $795, and the skirt (The Skinny Skirt) is $595. (If you are on the hunt for a striped suit and this one is too rich for your blood, do check out The Limited — they also have a striped knit suit that is a very bold choice.)

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Sniff, Sniff: What to Do When You Think You’re Getting Sick

How To Ward off a Cold

2017 update: Links have been updated below; you may also want to check out our latest discussion of how to pamper yourself when you’re sick.

What do you do if you think you’re getting sick — and what are your best tips on how to ward off a cold? We’ve talked about how to work when you’re sick, as well as whether you should cancel client meetings if you’re sick and “heavily drugged with cold medicine.”  But I think we’ve all been there: you wake up and feel that nasty tickle in the back of your throat, or perhaps you sneeze twice (when you always only sneeze once) — and you can tell: it is coming.  So what do you do to ward off the sickness, or make it pass faster? (Pictured: Monster tissue cozy by Trigo, available for $8 at Etsy – 2017 update; it’s sold out now but here are lots of other tissue cozies at Etsy.)

For my $.02, I swear by a few big things to ward off a cold: [Read more…]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Blazer

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

Antonio Melani Cashmere BlazerI love a good sweater blazer — I always think of them as falling into the sartorial space between “a blazer is too stiff” and “a cardigan is too casual.” I like that this one is cashmere, and the deal is pretty good — it was $199, but is now marked to $119.40 (and if you use your Dillard’s card you get an additional 30% discount). It’s available in “deep sea” (pictured) and black in limited sizes. Antonio Melani Cashmere Blazer

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