Archives for February 2018

Suit of the Week: MM.LaFleur

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.

This was news to me, but MM.LaFleur has started selling suiting — and one of their offerings is this plaid wool suit. I like how the pattern isn’t a very precise plaid, if that makes sense — it’s got sort of a half-finished look to it, which is even cooler. It’s a nice look, and I like the colors and the cut. (They’ve got some interesting style choices for the rest of the suits they’re offering, as well.) Note that the blazer is only available for pre-order and should ship by late March. The jacket (Ross Blazer) is $295, and the skirt (Cobble Hill Skirt) is $165; there’s also a matching pant ($225) and dress ($295).

A more affordable alternative is at Amazon, and Talbots has an option in plus sizes (jacket + pant).

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago. 

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Going-Out Blazer

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

Readers were recently singing the praises of this Going-Out Blazer from J.Crew, and I think it looks really lovely. They likened it to a jardigan (jacket/cardigan) and noted that it’s perfect to wear with both dresses and jeans. It’s getting great reviews, too. I like the collarless style and the darts throughout that give it a fitted look. The blazer, which is only available online, comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes in gray, black, and navy. Note that today you can get 30% off with code DIYUMSN. Going-Out Blazer

Two plus-size options are from Vince Camuto and Rachel Rachel Roy.

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Coffee Break: Skedaddle Laptop Backpack

It’s been a while since we rounded up the best laptop bags for work or backpacks for work. As I’ve said before, they’re not super stylish — but there are a million reasons you may be in the market for one, whether you’ve got back issues, or you prefer it for your commute, or you just like the style. I happened to see this affordable bag from Baggallini in a Facebook ad, and it looks really great — and super lightweight. I like the bright colors — mulberry and cobalt — but we’re picturing the black. (I like the pop of color of the neon yellow zipper, though.) The bag has a zipper closure at the top and includes a coin purse and key ring holder. If you’re looking for a sleek, nylon, waterproof bag to tote your laptop to work, this one is $69.99 at Target. BG by Baggallini® Skedaddle Laptop Backpack

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The 411 On FIRE: Financial Independence/Retire Early

financial independence retire early for beginnersI asked the Corporette FB group a while ago what financial resources people were loving, and a reader suggested we do a post on the FIRE movement — financial independence/retire early — so I asked Rebecca Berfanger to round up some great resources on the movement for beginners! Readers, have you considered retiring early as a serious goal? (Has anyone considered and rejected it as a goal?) What steps are you taking to make it happen — and what will you do once you quit? – Kat

Have you ever looked at your financial situation — income, investments, debt, and other factors — and wondered if you could retire comfortably in your 50s, or your 40s, or sooner? We took a look at the Financial Independence/Retire Early movement (FIRE), which emphasizes ways to achieve just what it says: true financial independence that comes from savings and investments that allow you to retire completely. Have you thought about retiring early? Do you have any ambitious retirement plans such as FIRE or other strategies? 

Psst: We’ve also talked about cash savings vs. retirement savings and retirement savings in general (as well as having a great discussion about how much women should save for retirement in general).

While FIRE will work differently for everyone, depending on how much your employer matches your retirement plan, how much you can afford to live on, and how much you can contribute to your 401k and other investments without a tax penalty, here’s a guide to Financial Independence/Retire Early for beginners:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Trinu Dress

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

This great dress from L.K. Bennett comes in red and black, and between the two colors, every size is available — but both are beginning to run low on stock. I like the fitted silhouette and the round neck, and I particularly like the little details on the sleeves — the little bows and slits go so far in making a polished, feminine look. The dress is $425 and available in sizes 0–16. Trinu Black Dress

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-sized option.

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