Archives for April 2013

Coffee Break: Marli Too Wedge

Kate Spade New York Marli TooIt always mystifies me why Kate Spade no longer seems to make the Halle wedge — there was a big New York Times article about how it was such a comfortable shoe that women in DC were doing bulk orders in election season to prepare for door-to-door campaigning. I would think that shoe would become a classic, like the Kate Spade Karolina pump! And yet… I haven’t seen the Halle wedge available for sale since the article came out. 6pm does have a number of nice Kate Spade wedges for sale, though — this particular shoe, the Marli Too, is available in black, navy, and gray patent for $135-$208 at 6pm; they also have a “sport suede” wedge for $142, and (in tiny sizes only) a cap-toe wedge for $165-$178. Most were $298 to begin with; the gray Marli wedges pictured are now $208. Kate Spade New York Marli Too


P.S. Check out the Corporette Guide to Comfortable Heels!

How to Indicate a Sabbatical on Your Resume

sabbatical-resumeHow do you indicate a sabbatical or other gap on your resume, whether to smell flowers, travel, write, or more? Reader M wrote in, wondering:

So: any recommendations for indicating a sabbatical/career break on the resume? I am taking this time to volunteer (and travel some, but will emphasize volunteering) and I am proud of that. Face to face it has been easy for me to explain this. My job wasn’t working out, I had some savings, had always wanted to volunteer, and so I quit. How do you think I should indicate this current volunteering time on the resume?

Great question, because I think more and more people are taking sabbaticals. I’m curious to hear what the readers say, but some notes from poking around the Internet:

– “Sabbatical” can mean a lot of different things to different people, and hiring managers will raise an eyebrow at it [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Lolli Plain Jacket

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

Reiss Lolli JacketLove the vintage vibe for this blue jacket from Reiss. The puffed shoulders, the collarless, clean look, the darting (particularly the back of the jacket), even the color and fabric — everything looks like something Rosalind Russell or one of those other fast-talking dames might wear. Lovely. It’s $350 at Reiss in sizes XS-L (with, unfortunately, a skirt more fit for cheerleading than work).  Lolli Plain Jacket

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Coffee Break: Exotic belt

Exotic beltI like the simple look of this “exotic” belt from Banana Republic — although one should note that it’s polyurethane, not any animal skin.  (Although hey, polyurethane is kind of exotic, right?)  It comes in a variety of fun colors: green (pictured), coral, yellow, and mint, as well as camel and black. It’s $39.50 and selling out fast in some colors. Today, use code BRAPRIL to bring it down 40% (to $30ish). Exotic belt


The Hunt: Simple Sheath Dresses


2018 Update: Check out our latest roundup of classic sheath dresses for work!

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

I’m the kind of person who wears sheath dresses year round — with tights and sweaters in colder seasons, and usually with bare legs and pumps in warmer seasons.  To me, the perfect sheath dress: a) is sleeveless (so I can throw a blazer or cardigan on top without feeling like the sleeves are bunch), b) requires zero consideration of which bra I’m wearing with it because it has wide enough straps and a high (if not entirely covered) back, c) is a bit fitted, but not skin-tight like a “body con” dress (body conscious) or boxyish like a shift, and d) has a high enough neckline that I can wear it by itself.  No beading/sparkles/bows/artistic folds, please, and the plainer the color, the more versatile the dress.  Of course, I should note: although you see “professional” women everywhere on television with bare legs and bare arms, you really must know your office — if you’re still learning the culture, prepare to wear pantyhose, as well as a blazer or cardigan if you’re walking around the office/attending meetings.  Readers, what does your perfect sheath dress look like?  Have you gotten any amazing sheath dresses recently?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Polly Lace Peplum Jacket

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

Alice + Olivia Polly Lace Peplum Jacket I fully expect at least half of y’all to call me crazy, but: I really like this lace peplum jacket. And yes, I like it for the office. Even though I’m still iffy on lace at the office, I think that the tonal underlay elevates this from “lacy blazer” to “white blazer with texture and oh hey it’s lace.” I love that high collar, and I think the blousy feel is perfect for the blazer. I’d wear it with pretty much any color except black. It’s $495 at Bergdorf Goodman. Alice + Olivia Polly Lace Peplum Jacket

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