Archives for May 2014

Weekend Open Thread

DIANE von Furstenberg Maxi Dress - Annie Silk | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

 The simple lines on this gorgeous DVF silk maxi are a great complement to the saturated color. It would be perfect for a summer black tie wedding. Or picnic. In fact, were I the happy owner I would find any excuse to wear it. Swoon. Available at Bloomingdale’s for $595 in the color pictured and in a few colorful, summery prints at, Shopbop, and Nordstrom for $598. Diane von Furstenberg “Annie” Maxi Silk Dress

—Road Warriorette


Weekly News Update

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  • Angie of YouLookFab discusses linen pants and how to make them work in a business casual office.
  • New York Magazine laments the ever-frustrating state of women’s clothes sizes — specifically “alpha sizing” (using S, M, L, etc., instead of numbers). The original Wall Street Journal story is available behind a paywall.
  • Forbes announces its list of The World’s Most Powerful Women for 2014.
  • Above the Law comments on another annual list, The American Lawyer’s Am Law 200 for 2014.
  • And here’s yet another 2014 list to peruse: Working Mother published their list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women.
  • In a recent blog post, the Harvard Business Review looks at how a law firm in France has achieved a 50/50 gender balance with its staff.
  • New York Magazine looks at a new study that measured participants’ reactions to men and women who speak with “vocal fry.” (If you’ve never heard of it, you’ll probably recognize the description in the article.)
  • The New York Times shares some tips for repaying and managing  student loans.

And in Kat news: her son Harrison Grant Griffin finally arrived over Memorial Day weekend, surprising everyone when he came into the world weighing 10 lbs 1.2 oz. Welcome to the world, Harry! 

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ponte Pencil Skirt

Merona Ponte Pencil SkirtOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s TPS reports come to us from blogger Road Warriorette, who’s guest posted with us several times in the past. Thanks for sharing your picks with us this week, RW!

Pencil skirts are a classic silhouette, flattering so many body types. However, they’re not always great for travel days because they can make maneuvering through airports a little difficult. This striped Merona Ponte Pencil Skirt from Target eliminates that concern, moving with you and allowing you to haul your suitcase with abandon. I would pair this with a black top and colorful shoes, or a colorful blouse and nude-for-me shoes. Also available in several solid colors, including navy, turquoise, and green. It’s $20 at Target. Merona Ponte Pencil Skirt

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Coffee Break: Okala Pump

Sam Edelman OkalaWe’ve featured this shoe on the blog before, but at this point I think it’s attaining “classics” status — it’s now available in 10 colors, with 37 glowing reviews on Zappos (and more on Nordstrom). It’s $109-$130, although Amazon does have a few colors on sale in lucky sizes. Sam Edelman Okala


Are Messenger Bags Unprofessional?

Are Messenger Bags Unprofessional? | CorporetteMessenger bags: unprofessional, or just fine for the office? Reader H wonders:

Hello! I love Corporette, and had a question about messenger bags. I read through some of the blog’s archives re: work bags, and found plenty of negative comments about carrying messenger bags to work. I always wore them in school, and recently impulse-bought a men’s messenger bag on sale (this one to be specific), because it was so gorgeous in the store. Going through the comments made me wonder — would this be appropriate to bring to the office and wear to a meeting? The leather is just such great quality, and I love the simple, understated lines. For the record, very, very new at NYC BigLaw, and I only wear these sorts of bags on one shoulder, not across the body.

Interesting question, Reader H! (Pictured: Bleecker Commuter in Leather, $598 at Coach.) We’ve talked about backpacks for commuting (including walking to work), women’s briefcases, and interview totes, and for Coffee Breaks I’ve often suggested briefcases primarily marketed to men, but I’ve never thought about the messenger bag question — so I’m curious to hear what the readers say.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Perfect Trouser Pinstripe Pants

Gap Perfect Trouser Pinstripe Pants | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s TPS reports come to us from blogger Road Warriorette, who’s guest posted with us several times in the past. 

I bought these Perfect Trouser pinstriped pants almost three years ago, and I still take them on almost every work trip. They are flattering, don’t wrinkle, are incredibly comfortable, and go with basically everything in my closet. I wear them with pink, green, yellow, turquoise, purple, and orange. When this pair wears out (which doesn’t appear to be anytime soon!) I’ll buy another — they are that awesome. They’re available at Gap in sizes 00-20 for $36, marked down from $59.95. Gap Perfect Trouser Pinstripe Pants

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Update: The pinstriped pants are no longer on sale, but the Perfect Trouser Pants in gray and Perfect Trouser Pants in true black are both marked down to $36.