Archives for 2014

Kat’s Favorite Suits of 2014

Corporette-2014-review2014 was a great year for women’s suits — these are some of my favorites from our weekly roundup. (Each picture links back to the original post… and of course, don’t forget to check out The Corporette Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting.)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Pssst: Happy early New Year’s Eve to everyone — everyone be safe tonight, and have fun!

Kat’s Favorite Accessories of 2014

Corporette-2014-review Like our workwear recommendations, we recommend one accessory appropriate for the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Mondays I try to pick a budget-friendly piece, and the price rises on Tuesday and Thursday. I generally try to include one shoe and one bag each week, but the third item varies — we’ve done watches, wallets, scarves, hair accessories, office accessories, coats, and more.  These were my favorites of 2014 — if you’re curious for older ones, here were my favorites from 2013, 2012, and 2010.  (We didn’t do year-end roundups in 2011!)

Kat’s Favorite TPS Reports of 2014


2016 Update: This is still some of our most favorite stylish workwear from 2014, but you may also want to check out our 2016 roundup of favorite workwear suggestions

Every weekday here at Corporette, I offer one suggestion for an item that I would wear to work. Sometimes readers love the item, and wow do you guys hate it sometimes. Sometimes *I* love it, sometimes it was just the best I could find given the restraints (for those who haven’t noticed, Monday and Tuesday tend to be pricier items, Wednesday is in the $100-$150 price range, Thursday is in the $50-$100 price range, and Friday is in the “under $50” range.) Still, as the end of the year approaches I thought I’d look back over the past year and choose my personal favorites from the things I recommended… each picture is from one month, and the picture links back to the original post.  (Most are sold out, but some of the later months are still available.)

If you’re curious, here are links to the similar roundups from 2013, 2012, and 2010.

Readers, what were your favorite workwear pieces in 2014 — either that we featured, that you bought, or that you just ogled from another reader’s suggestion? (And of course: feel free to use this post as an open thread.)

Jan / Feb / March / April / May / June / July / August / Sept / Oct / Nov / Dec


68 After-Christmas Sales (And Kat’s Top 17)

sales175 punySanta’s come and gone, hopefully leaving everyone gift cards to spend on some of the c-r-a-z-y sales happening right now.  Lots of good ones — which will you shop first, ladies?  Any big sales we’re missing? (My favorites are in bold.)

  • – After-Christmas Clearance: 70-90% off select women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories.
  • Amazon – Up to 70% off all fashion. 50% or more off select clothing, shoes, jewelry, and watches.
  • Ann Taylor – 60% off your purchase with code ANN60 (excludes new arrivals).
  • Anthropologie – Winter Tag Sale: Extra 25% off select sale items in clothing, home, shoes, and accessories with code INAFLURRY.
  • ASOS – Up to 50% off select sale items.
  • Banana Republic – Up to 50% off everything. Extra 50% off permanent markdowns with code BRWINTER (through 12/28).
  • Bare Necessities – Up to 60% off women’s sleepwear (through 12/29). Buy 3 panties, get 1 free; buy one bra, get one bra 50% off (through 12/30).
  • Barneys – New markdowns, up to 60% off.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Up to 60% off women’s designer shoes.
  • Baublebar – Save 40-60% off select items (through 1/4). (Need an invite? Click here.)
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 60% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – After-Christmas sale: Up to 75% off a great selection of items.
  • Bluefly – End of the Year Sale: Up to 80% off Prada, BCBG Max Azria, Chloé, Tahari, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc New York, and more.
  • Boden – Further reductions: up to 60% off.
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% off (through 1/2). Extra 15% off sale items (through 12/27).
  • Club Monaco – Extra 40% off sale styles and extra 50% off clearance styles with code CHEERS.
  • Coach – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% off.
  • Cole Haan – Extra 30% off sale items with code NEWYEAR.
  • CUSP – Online only, save up to 60% off original prices.
  • C. Wonder – Semi-Annual Sale: 50% off your entire purchase.
  • Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off everything including dresses, tops, and shoes.
  • DSW – Women’s Clearance, boots up to 50% off.
  • DVF – End of Season Sale: Up to 50% off select styles (through 1/5).
  • eBags – Extra 20% off your entire purchase with code ENJOY.
  • Eloquii – Up to 75% off Vault items and 40% off everything else with code HOLLY.
  • eShakti – Up to 70% off sitewide (through 12/29).
  • Express – 50% off everything.
  • French Connection – 40% off everything with code FC40XS.
  • Halsbrook – Up to 40% off brands like Armani, Max Mara, and Elie Tahari.
  • Henri Bendel – Winter Sale: 40% off select items. 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+ (full price).
  • Hugo Boss – Up to 50% off.
  • J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles & extra 40% off winter sale styles with code HOLIDAYTIME.
  • J.Crew Factory – 30% off new arrivals (prices as marked); extra 30% off clearance with code HAPPYSALE (through 12/28).
  • Jones New York – End of Season Clearance: Select items $19, $29, $39, $49 (through 1/1).
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 25% off all sale items with code JINGLE25 (through 1/7).
  • Kate Spade Saturday – Extra 25% off sale items with code SALEAWAY.
  • Kohl’s – After-Christmas Sale and Clearance: 60-70% off select styles. $10 off $30+ with code HAPPY2015 (through 1/1).
  • Lands’ End – Winter Sale: Up to 65% off. Extra 20% off shoes, boots, and slippers with code FOOT and PIN 1226 (through 12/27).
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Extra 30-60% off everything (through 12/26).
  • The Limited – Extra 50-60% off sitewide, 60% off full price sweaters, 60% off holiday party skirts & dresses, $12 v-neck sweaters (through 12/28).
  • L.K. Bennett – Up to 50% off handbags, shoes, and clothing.
  • LOFT – 50% off everything. 
  • Lord & Taylor – 20% off sale and clearance items with promo code AFTER (through 1/1). 60% off women’s coats, clearance handbags, and 50-60% off women’s sweaters.
  • Macy’s – After-Christmas One Day Sale (ends 12/27). Extra 25% off clearance (online only). 65% off select women’s sweaters, select bras two for $19.99.
  • ModCloth – 50% off 100s of seasonal styles.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 60% off when you take 25-33% off already reduced prices.
  • Net-a-Porter – Up to 70% off sale items.
  • New York & Company – The Big Big Sale: Everything up to 80% off.
  • Nine West – Up to 60% off; extra 20% off select styles.
  • Nordstrom – Clearance Sale: Up to 50% off selected items (through 1/4).
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack: Extra 25% off all clearance items (through 1/4).
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, and more.
  • Payless Shoesource – Clearance sale, up to 60% off PLUS (for a limited time) an additional 20% off red tag clearance items with code ZZCLEAR20.
  • Pendleton – Winter Sale: Up to 60% off 300+ items.
  • Piperlime – Extra 60% off final sale with code CHIC60 (through 12/26).
  • Reiss – Up to 50% off.
  • Saks – The Designer Sale: Up to 70% off select styles.
  • Saks Off Fifth: Starts now, clearance blowout.  They’ve take up to an extra 60% off. Plus, free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP.
  • Sephora – Extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20 (through 1/1).
  • – Extra 30% off sale shoes with code 30SALE.
  • ShopBop – Up to 70% off 100s of styles.
  • Sierra Trading Post – Up to extra 55% off. Extra 30% off $100+ with code SITEHIT1214.
  • Stuart Weitzman – All sale now 50% off.
  • Talbots – Up to 60% off original prices; extra 40% off markdowns.
  • Target – Clearance, save up to 60% on hundreds of items.  Friday-Sunday, take an extra 20% off clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • Theory – Up to 60% off.
  • Tory Burch – Extra 25% off sale styles with code NEWYEAR.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Semi-Annual Sale: 25% off bras, up to 40% off sleep, bra clearance $16.99+, panty clearance $3.99+, and free shipping on $50.
  • White House | Black Market – Winter Sale: New reductions up to 60% off.

Merry Christmas! NINE Noteworthy Sales

xmas-day-sales-2014Merry Christmas, guys! I haven’t done a full survey (and it seems like there are less sales starting today than in previous years!), but there are a few noteworthy sales happening if you find a moment to yourself today… happy holidays to all!  (We’ll try to do a fuller round up tomorrow… stay tuned!)

  • Nordstrom Clearance Sale: “It’s like Half-Yearly, but Better! Save up to 50% on selected items.”  Plus, earn double points 12/25-12/27.
  • LastCall:  Extra 30-60% off everything.  Online now, in stores 12/26.
  • Saks: Online only designer sale, prices up to 70% off.  Online now; in stores 12/26, 8 am-12pm.
  • Saks Off Fifth: Starts now, clearance blowout.  They’ve take up to an extra 60% off. Plus, free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP.
  • Bloomingdale’s: Save up to 75% in their after-Christmas sale and clearance. Starts online today, 12/26 in stores.
  • Club Monaco: 30% off sale, 50% off clearance with code HOLIDAYS.
  • Neiman Marcus: Save up to 60% of when you take an extra 25-33% off already marked prices.
  • Sephora: Sale on sale – extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20. Online only, ends Thursday, 1/1.
  • J.Crew: 30% off full-price styles and extra 40% off winter sale styles.


Holiday Open Thread

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I’m a big fan of clutches for hitting the town — it’s a much sleeker look, bag-wise, than I normally manage otherwise. I like this clutch from Aldo for this holiday open thread — it won’t break the bank, it’s wearable for the holidays and beyond, and I can see it looking great with jeans or a dress.  It’s $40, and available in three colors. Aldo Alpignano

Psst: Happy holidays, ladies! We’ll be rounding up the noteworthy sales in the next few days, and next week we’ll be continuing our Year in Review with some of our favorites from 2014 for TPS reports, coffee breaks, and suits. Stay tuned!