Archives for March 2013

Weekend Open Thread

Oscar de la Renta Printed Stretch Cotton-Blend DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’m headed to my hometown this weekend for Easter celebrations with my family — and while we never get that dressed up for Easter, I always feel like a dress like this would be spot-on appropriate. Love the bold graphics, the flared skirt, and — mais oui — that bright blue. It’s $890 at Net-a-Porter. Oscar de la Renta Printed Stretch Cotton-Blend Dress

P.S. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover, or Weekend, may everyone have a restful, peaceful one!


Weekly News Update

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SheFinds is excited about the new $7 tool from Sephora that will “change your life” (ok, your home manicures).
YouLookFab (which recently had a site redesign) lists the different “sit down checks” you need to do for clothing items. (Along those same lines: the Corporette mirror test for interviewing.)
– Vivia Chen at The Careerist examines how to find a career coach.
– Ask a Manager (via US News) looks at the red flags on your resume, and Lifehacker ponders whether the cover letter is useful anymore.
The Little Pink Book advises how to avoid a layoff after a company merger.
AOL Jobs lists five ways that school is different than work, particularly for women.
Business Insider has an interesting slideshow of tips on how to read people.  Meanwhile, PopSugar Living has tips on how to destress during the workday.
– So interesting: The WSJ’s Juggle has an economist tell you how to space out your kids if you want to stay home with them.
– Put down whatever you’re drinking or eating — Buzzfeed has a new hilarious roundup of the 30 most hilarious autocorrect struggles ever.  I think my favorite is #24.  (Also on Buzzfeed: a kind of amusing roundup of absurdist #safetytipsforladies.  Example: “Learn to clone dinosaurs so you can ride a T-rex everywhere you go.”)

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Linen Cardigan

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

1Linen CardiganI prefer blazers to cardigans for the office, but I must say I really like this linen cardigan from The Limited. I like the shawl collar, the tie waist, the lightweight fabric, and the 3/4 sleeves. It was $42.90, but everything at the site is now 40% off ticket prices with code MARCH40, making this baby $25.74. It’s available in white, gray, and khaki in XS-XL. Linen Cardigan

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Coffee Break: ‘Emma’ Pump

Alexander Wang  'Emma' PumpSigh. Gorgeous, gorgeous shoe — and oh so on trend. Current trends seen in this shoe: emerald (color of the year), “single sole” (no platform), ankle strap (they’re everywhere!), pointed toe (they’re ba-ack), and — just so you can’t pull out any pointy-toed, ankle-strapped shoes you may still have from a few years ago — that straight-across-the-toes vamp. I love the vibrant green and the textured leather, as well as the 3.5″ height, which is pretty walkable. The shoe is $545 at Nordstrom. Alexander Wang ‘Emma’ Pump


How to Look Professional in Flats — All the Time

how to look professional in flats2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to look professional in flats all the time — you may also want to check our more recent discussion on cute flats for the office for more updated brand and style options.

How can you make flats look good with conservative outfits for work, without looking frumpy? Reader N is particularly curious because she has MS and wants to look professional in flats ALL the time:

I’m sure you’ve encountered similar questions in the past, but…here goes: I am 31 and work in downtown Manhattan in a technology org for a big bank. Us females are a rarity in a mostly male-dominated environment. I simply must look good. ;) My biggest issue, specifically, is shoes. I have MS – thankfully without me telling you, you wouldn’t notice (until I throw on a pair of heels >2″….then I wobble around like I’m 3 sheets to the wind. Not cute.) I feel like my options are so limited! I can get away with reasonably flat-soled platforms, but otherwise I feel like I get either loafers or ballet flats. Which don’t always work with my conservative work attire. Any tips that won’t demolish my wallet? Thanks!

I think this is relevant for a lot of women (whether they have MS or not) — not everyone wants to or can kill themselves in 3″ heels all the time. We’ve talked about whether you can wear flats for a court appearance, and we’ve addressed other issues (such as how to buy shoes that you can wear socks with), but we haven’t talked about how to make conservative styles look good when you’re wearing flats around the clock.  It can even be a challenge to find classic heels under 2″! (That said, if you can happily live with a 2.5″ heel your options expand dramatically).  Personally, I still love a lot of the strappy, pointed-toe flats we rounded up for a Hunt last June. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Lace Hem Suit Skirt

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Tahari by ASL Lace Hem Suit SkirtThis skirt is part of a set (blazer here) but to be honest, I think it might be a bit much as an entire suit. By itself, as a skirt, you have a lot of interesting points — the bold vertical stripes, the lace detail around the hem (which does not seem to be see-through or overly boudoir-inspired) and just a great summer basic to be paired with a white blouse. The skirt is $69 at Dillards. Tahari by ASL Lace Hem Suit Skirt

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