Archives for March 2016

Workwear Hall of Fame: Skimmies Slipshorts

jockey skimmies prevent thigh rub in summerWe’ve mentioned this product a lot over the years, but again, I don’t think we’ve ever done a Coffee Break just to feature it. Readers here turned me on to it, and it’s one of everyone’s favorite things: the Jockey Slipshort. Not feeling like wrenching yourself into Spanx (or don’t need to)? Still want something to prevent chafing between your thighs, ensure against a Marilyn Monroe-on-the-subway-grate moment, and otherwise add a bit more modesty and anti-static to your summer skirts? (They can also be great if you bike to work!) Let me introduce your new favorite thing, the Jockey slipshort. The old standard is the pictured product, Jockey’s Skimmies — it also now comes in a shorts length, a “cooling” fabric, and an anti-wicking fabric, as well as a few more options. I’ve seen readers debate whether or not to wear underwear with them — you do you, but for my $.02 I am strongly on Team “Wear Underwear With Your Tights, Pantyhose, and Slipshorts.” Ladies, what is your favorite in the slipshort line? They’re available at stores like Amazon, Macy’s, 6PM, Zappos, and more for $9-$20. I usually like mine black, but 6PM does have a red pair similar to the pictured pair for $9.99 in sizes S-2XL. Jockey Skimmies Slipshorts

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2017 Update: We’re adding these shorts our Workwear Hall of Fame because they are still beloved by the readers and coming out in more colorways and styles, including recently a wide range of nude-for-you colors.summer antichafing remedy: Jockey slipshorts!

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7 Tips to Help You Hire a Personal Trainer

hire a personal trainerHave you ever tried to hire a personal trainer? Did you find it was a good experience, a mediocre one, or a bad one? Do you have any tips for others on how to hire a personal trainer and get the best experience possible? It’s been quite a while since we talked about finding a personal trainer, so let’s discuss it today. (We’ve also talked about lunch workouts and lifting weights, and fitting exercise into a busy day.)

You have a few options if you want to hire a personal trainer: join a gym and pick one of its staff trainers, find a trainer who works out of his or her own private space, or choose someone who’ll come to your home to work with you. But how do you find the right professional?

Finding my personal trainer (whom I’ve worked with on and off as my budget permits) was pretty easy for me — I found her through an online search and have been happy with her services — but the advice we’ll share below, which includes tips from Corporette readers, goes beyond Google:

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Splurge Tuesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Veala’ Print Pencil Skirt

Print Skirt for Work: Boss 'Veala' Print Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I love blue and red together. This pencil skirt from Boss is a perfect example of how well they work together and what a springy, sophisticated vibe the colors can have. I’d pair the skirt with simple neutrals, like a white top and nude-for-me heels. The skirt is $375. Boss ‘Veala’ Print Pencil Skirt

A few lower-priced options are here, here, and here; here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Holiday Weekend Sales (Happy Easter!)

easter salesHappy weekend, peeps! There are some crazy sales going on, so if you’re on the hunt, these are our favorites. We’ll keep this list updated as we can throughout the weekend. Have you found any great sales — any we’re missing? Updates as of Sunday, 3/27, in green. 

  • – Up to 60% off nudes, neutrals, and blushes: Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, Sam Edelman, and more. Up to 60% off Coach bags, accessories, and shoes; spring comfort shoes up to 65% off; watches, sunglasses, and more up to 70% off; select styles in dresses $49.99 or less; fashion wedges up to 60% off.
  • Amazon – Up to 50% off spring dresses, suits, and more; up to 70% off jewelry; up to 60% off handbags, luggage, and more. I’m a bit obsessed with this men’s watch (was $325, now $50) if you like a big watch.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off almost everything with code MARCH40.
  • All Saints – 30% off select styles with code SPRING.
  • ASOS – $30 off $150 with code MARCH30, $50 off $200 with code MARCH50, $70 off $250 with code MARCH70.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRSPRING.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Spend up to $400 and take an extra 40% off. Spend $500 or more and take an extra 50% off.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – New arrivals up to 40% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 40-60% off on select items. Take 20% off $250+, take 25% off $500+, take 30% off $1000+ (on almost all regular-price, sale-price, and clearance items).
  • Boden – Mid-season sale: Up to 40% off. Take 10% off full-price styles with code 9U5U.
  • Brooks Brothers – 15% off; 25% off for cardholders.
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale and clearance with code MARCH30.
  • CUSP – Up to 65% off regular prices.
  • Dorothy Perkins – 25% off your order.
  • DvF – Additional 25% off with code FRIENDS25.
  • Eddie Bauer – Everything up to 50% off.
  • Express – 40% off everything.
  • Forever 21 – 40% off 4 sale items with code EXTRA40, 30% off 3 sale items with code EXTRA30, 20% off 2 sale items with code EXTRA20.
  • French Connection – 30% off full-price items and free shipping with code FC30ES.
  • J.Crew – 25% off your purchase with code SHOPMORE.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off. Extra 40% off clearance with code EGGSCELLENT.
  • Lands’ End – 40% off spring essentials with code FIT40 and PIN 4024. Up to 60% off sale and clearance. Get a $30 gift card when you spend $100+ with code YES100 and PIN 1228.
  • Last Call – Extra 35% off everything. (Pretty good cashmere selection if you want to peruse it for next year.)
  • The Limited – 50% off almost everything.
  • L.K. Bennett – 20% off with code FRIENDS16.
  • Loft 30% off almost everything, 40% off select spring styles. Online only, their biggest sale of the year: Cyber Spring! 40% off everything plus free shipping with code SHIP40. 
  • Lord & Taylor – 20% off regular-priced and sale items with code BIG. 25% off select dresses, up to 40% off select shoes.
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% (15% off home and select departments) plus free returns with code EASTER.
  • Neiman Marcus – Clearance, save on wear-now styles. Up to 70% off when you take an extra 20% off already-reduced prices. 
  • New York & Company – 50% off everything.
  • Nordstrom – Cardholders earn triple points through 3/26. 4581 items in sale!
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack: Save up to 75% (with extra 25% off clearance). Nordstrom cardholders earn triple points through 3/26.
  • The Outnet – Up to 70% off Etro and Sandro; up to 60% off Elizabeth and James; up to 65% off Oscar de la Renta, Marni, and Moschino; extra 30% off denim, accessories, and more.
  • Rebecca Taylor – Take $70 off $350+, take $100 off $500+, take $200 off $1000+ with code SPRING16.
  • Saks Off Fifth – Friends & Family: Up to 70% off. Take extra 15% off for total savings up to 80% off with code FRIENDS. Up to 70% off new contemporary arrivals. Up to 60% off seasonal shoes and handbags.
  • Stuart Weitzman – 50% off select styles and colors. Buy 2 pairs full-price shoes and get a free suede care kit with code SPRINGSTYLE.
  • Talbots – 30% off all dresses, skirts, shoes, and accessories; includes new arrivals. Online today only: 30% off all regular price items. 
  • UKIES – 40% off 1 pair of shoes with code HAPPYFEET and 55% off 2 or more pairs with code HAPPYLIFE.
  • White House | Black Market – The Dress Event: 30% off all full-price styles.


Holiday Weekend Open Thread

Weekend Dress: Halogen® Sleeveless Shift DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here. 

If you like dresses on the weekends stylistically but prefer a more relaxed look (or just hate wearing Spanx), this dress might be perfect for you. (I actually also like it in theory for work, but that hemline is going to be a possible workwear don’t for anyone over 5’4″ — so know your office.) It comes in a few different colors and patterns (including colorblock and a very Easter-y/day-after-wedding-brunch white jacquard), in regular and plus sizes, and is a very affordable $59 (although plus sizes are $68, and the jacquard and colorblock, $98). (Remember, the Nordstrom Triple Points event continues through 3/26, so you have a few more days to rack ’em up.)  Halogen® Sleeveless Shift Dress


Psst: Happy Easter as well as Purim to all who celebrate. If there are any good sales this weekend we’ll try to do a round-up (or deal alert if there’s anything really good!); otherwise we’ll see you Tuesday with the regularly scheduled programming!

Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista talks to Aimee Cheshire of Hey Gorgeous, which sells stylish women’s clothing in sizes 10-26.
  • Fashionista also recommends 14 bras for women with larger chests.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut comments on a new study revealing that millennial women leave their jobs not to start families but because they’re not satisfied with their pay or advancement.
  • The Muse advises you of certain key things not to say to your friends who are unemployed.
  • The Columbus Dispatch reports on companies who are relaxing their dress codes to appeal to millennials.
  • The Guardian examines the disappointing findings of a UK government study on discrimination against pregnant women and mothers in the workplace.
  • The Washington Post looks a new study with some interesting findings on people’s happiness in relation to the time they spend with friends and the population density of where they live.
  • The New York Times looks into the growing popularity of meditation and the pros and cons of wearable fitness trackers.

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