Archives for January 2018

Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Oooh: Ann Taylor has a few cute suits right now, including this sleek pin-dot suit (pictured here with a matching peplum shell, which I’m not totally sure I’m into, FWIW). I think the suit is on trend in a lot of different regards — the bracelet-length sleeves, the ankle-length pants, the total lack of frills — and even polka dots are supposed to be in for 2018, so the teeny tiny pin dots here are kind of on trend as well (versus just being a dependable classic). There’s some weirdness afoot online, with capri pants being pictured in one of the instances even though both matching pants are ankle length; I also expect the stock is highly changeable as well, so call your local store or start a chat if your size appears to be out. The jacket (Pindot Suit Jacket) is $179, and the pants (Ankle Pant in Pindot – Devin Fit) are $109; they both come in regular, petite, and tall sizes. There’s also a matching Kate fit pant (almost entirely sold out in regular sizes, but still available in petite/tall sizes).

This suit is more affordable, and Talbots has a mini-dot suit in plus sizes, plus size petite, petites, and regular sizes 2-18.

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Weekend Wednesday: What Are Your Weekend Sneakers — and Why?

what sneakers do you wear and why

For today’s Weekend Wednesday, let’s talk about sneakers…specifically, which sneakers do you wear, and why?  Obviously sneakers are not appropriate at most offices unless you’ve got a very casual office. But almost everyone needs a pair of sneakers for the weekend (whether you’re canvassing for office, hitting an outlet mall, or just having brunch). And I’m always interested by how many women, myself included, sort of have a base sneaker that you choose again and again for “fashion” more than any athletic purpose. For me it’s Converse, which as I’ve noted, I’ve always associated with a wacky, outsider, sarcastic kind of persona — the kind of persona that I really identified with in my youth. I’ve stuck with Chucks, even though they don’t feel 100% me anymore, in part because the other sneaker brands feel even less like me since I have associations with those, too. Keds = My Grandmother. Vans = My friend J. (Nothing against J; they look great on him — they’re just not me.) (And today’s question honestly has nothing to do with judging other people — it’s more like the Amy Poehler idea of “good for you, not for me” — there is no right answer because obviously all of the different sneakers are hugely popular. I just think it’s interesting how we identify different personality traits or style personas with different sneakers, sometimes very strongly.) [Read more…]

Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Nell Ponte Blazer

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

This ponte blazer at Boden caught my eye because it’s such a happy pink, and it looks like a great blazer. It’s very easy to find ponte blazers in black, gray, and navy, but it’s very hard to find them in other colors — so if you like ponte because it’s machine washable, generally has a semi-fitted shape, and so on, do take note of this one. It also comes in black and navy and has a kind of fun lining, which is a nice detail. It’s available in regular and petite sizes and is $90–$105, marked down from $150. Nell Ponte Blazer

If it’s hard to find a ponte blazer in colors other than black/gray/navy in straight sizes, it’s even harder to find one fitting that description in plus sizes. One possibility is at Lane Bryant (not a store we usually feature), which has a pink ponte blazer. (It does have gold buttons, but if you’re not a fan, those are easily swapped out.)

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Coffee Break: Samantha Half D’Orsay Flat

Samantha Half d'Orsay FlatThis pointed toe, half d’Orsay flat is pretty basic — and sometimes that’s exactly what you want. It does come in a zillion colors (and sizes, and widths — and Amazon has even more in sale colors/sizes for as low as $22), but something about the black leather/suede duo is speaking to me today. They’re $89 at Nordstrom (which has a bunch of new markdowns, FYI!). Samantha Half d’Orsay Flat

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The Best Financial Books for Beginners

the best personal finance books for beginnersIt’s been YEARS since we’ve talked about the best personal finance books for newbies, so we figured today we’d discuss the best financial books for beginners. Paying off debt, saving for retirement, and managing your money in general can seem overly complicated and intimidating no matter what your age — but especially when you’re a young professional — and these books use simple rules and straightforward concepts to educate people who are new to personal finance. What is your favorite personal finance book (or blog, or magazine, or podcast)? What was the best advice you took from it? 

Psst: In the past, we’ve shared our money roadmap, offered financial tips for women lawyers, pondered how to make a budget, discussed the pros and cons of cash savings vs. retirement savings accounts as well as paying down debt vs. saving, and much more. We also included several recommendations for finance podcasts in our podcasts for working women post.

Here are six of the best financial books for beginners:best personal finance books for beginners - image of book covers including Get a Financial Life, You are a Badass at Making Money, You Need a Budget, The Financial Diet, I Will Teach You to Be Rich, and The Total Money Makeover

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: The Dani Top

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This Dani top from MM.LaFleur has been on my radar for a while, but it keeps selling out. Lo and behold, all four colors (deep indigo, deep plum, pomegranate, and viridian) are available right now in sizes XS–XL. It looks really nice — I like the band at the bottom and the crossover V, and it’s machine washable, too. Like most of what MM.LaFLeur offers, it’s made in NYC. It’s $165. The Dani Top

Two lower-priced options are at Saks and Lord & Taylor, and a plus-size option is at Bloomingdale’s.

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