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Workwear sales of note for 3.31.23:
- Ann Taylor – 30% off full-price tops and sweaters; up to 40% off all sale styles
- Athleta – All sale up to 60% off
- Banana Republic Factory – 50% off everything; extra 15% off purchase
- Boden – Up to 50% off; 20% off sale & new-season styles
- Brooks Brothers – Friends & Family Event: 30% off almost everything
- Express – All women’s jeans $49 + styles from $20
- Everlane – Up to 30% off spring essentials
- J.Crew – 40% off your purchase; swim from $24.50
- J.Crew Factory – 40% off entire site & storewide, plus extra 20% off orders $125+ with code
- Loft – $29 everyday shirts
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty
- Talbots – Buy one get one 50% off! Free shipping on $150+
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I like this cardigan, especially the color. No one seems to wear color in my office!
I have an off topic but important question. Can someone please enlighten me on what “business casual” entails? I always thought that business casual meant slacks, heels, a nice blouse/sweater, and some jewelry. In my big law office, business casual seems to translate to the above mentioned ensemble PLUS a jacket/blazer, at least for women. I thought the whole point of biz casual was to forego the jacket. Otherwise, what is the difference between business attire and business casual?
I’m totally confused and would appreciate some advice.
I’ve learned that every office, and every person working there, has a slightly different interpretation of business casual. I think the only thing that everyone agrees on is that it means “no need to wear a suit.” As long as you aren’t the one who is always overdressed or underdressed relative to the level of formality of the rest of the office, you’re fine.
Business casual means different things in different industries. The difference between formal attire and business casual in a conservative legal environment is the suit (matching jacket and skirt or pant). One wears a suit when meeting clients, going to court, etc. Business casual at a biglaw firm should always be just a notch below this, as you describe, “slacks, heels, a nice blouse/sweater and some jewelry.” A jacket should also be added as it hides many sins, streamlines most body types and projects a certain level of authority, confidence and professionalism.
It really depends on your region and environment. In more casual areas like most of FL, men will typically wear a polo and slacks while women can even get away with capris and sandals (even in legal environments) when it’s still warm out. I know people working in colder/more conservative environments have to wear pantyhose at all times and the business casual dress is just barely under a suit.
My rule on business casual is follow the boss, the big boss. My office is business casual, but we recently had a change in GC. Former was a khaki and polo/button down every day unless in a big meeting, and so the office reflected that. New GC is a bit dressier, but not necessarily conservative, and so is the office now.
I saw this cardigan online and really liked it but when I saw it in the store, I was disappointed. It looked kind of cheap and the satin trim was REALLY shiny. Also, all of the Old Navy cardigans are really long, imo.
I refuse to spend 29.50$ on anything from Old Navy.
Agreed with both Anonymous and LYA.
The cardigan is very long, and looks a little frumpy as a result. The ‘boyfriend’ look is okay for weekend casual but I do not think it works for me for workwear, especially since I have a short torso.
This is not worth $30 IMHO.
Corporette, can you please post ‘Frugal Friday’ type Black Friday deals? Maybe a little ahead of time so that we can shop for the best deals on Friday?
Any of the commentators here care to describe what they’re shopping for this Black Friday?
Agreed! Black Friday deals thread!
I also tried this cardi on in-store in the light pink color. I really liked in on the rack, but once I tried it on, I was swimming in it (multiple sizes). It seemed to balloon around the waist and then hit me at the most unflattering mid-hip length. Please note that stuff is not normally big on me–I am 5’11” and quite lanky.
The satin stitching looked cute when the sweater was buttoned but was cheaply fastened (bad stitching) when the cardi was half-open. I don’t always button cardigans, so this was a no-go.
Also, the material is VERY thin. In other words, it wouldn’t do anything for warmth, so I’d be buying it for looks. But since it didn’t look that great (I tried it in M, L, and XL, but no size worked), I passed.
I finally had to quit Old Navy when I got super-excited this past summer and ordered a whole bunch of stuff, and when it arrived, I couldn’t wear any of it because the short sleeves were so tight they cut off circulation to my hands. I lift weights but I am not, like, freakishly overmuscled. Also, all the pants were too big in the waist and too tight at the crotch. The clothes were unwearable and they all got returned.
After that, I started thinking about it, and realized I don’t think I’ve had anything from Old Navy (except a wool coat) that lasted through more than ONE season without falling apart, pilling, fading, shrinking, or otherwise looking awful. I’d rather buy one nice piece for $200 and have it last for a few years than buy 10 $20 pieces from Old Navy that fall apart after four washings.
Old Navy is really a mixed bag, both in fit and quality. That being said, it is one of the stores where I never buy anything unless it is at least half off, because everything always goes on sale there.
Old Navy is good for socks, flip flops, and pajamas. That’s about it.
Oh yeah — boxer shorts for your young boy children.
Even the boys clothes fall apart before my son stains them or grows out of them. . . and that is pretty sad.
I bought this a few weeks ago during ON’s F&F sale (so it was about $20). I’ve worn it to the office, and I think it’s a great alternative to the similar sweaters that J. Crew has.
Currently on sale for $15.