Can natural, kinky hair be a professional look for women of color? We’ve talked about long hair, blonde hair, even no hair — but we haven’t truly talked about this. Accordingly, I’m thrilled to introduce Patrice Yursik, the blogger behind Afrobella, where natural hair is a regular topic. (It was not so long ago that … Read More about On Natural Hair in the Corporate Environment
Everything You Need to Know About Office Hairstyles, Work-Appropriate Up-Dos, and More
Finding easy office hairstyles and work-appropriate but simple updos can feel really hard, and is an ongoing discussion here at Corporette®. These are some of our favorite stories about hair for work, including:
Also, psst: hair accessories are having a moment, so we did a little round-up of some of our latest favorites (affiliate links). Note that some of our long-standing favorite brands for quality, durability, comfort and styling include Ficcare and France Luxe. For more affordable options (which may not last as long), keep an eye out at J.Crew, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, and J.Crew stores (including J.Crew Factory and Madewell).
I thought it might be interesting to have an open thread about some of the most stylish professional women we know personally. I would suggest we avoid names and, instead, focus on painting a picture of the women who inspire us. I also suggest that we limit this to women we know personally, not famous … Read More about Open Thread: Tell Us About the Most Stylish Professional Woman You Know
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion on corporate women and gray hair, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on how to go gray intentionally. Men who go gray gain an air of experience and gravitas — but women who go gray are often seen as “letting themselves go.” … Read More about The Feminine Touch of Gray: Corporate Women and Gray Hair
Is curly hair professional enough for interviews? Reader R writes in to ask the question, which has come up a ton of times in comments but hasn’t been discussed directly. So let’s talk about it. First, her Q: I am 23 and interviewing for a new position. I have the suit/shoes/accessories combo set for interviews, … Read More about Is Curly Hair Professional?
Two separate readers have written in to recommend the Goody Spin Pins for office updos, and I’ve noticed a lot of commenters mentioning them as well, so I thought I’d mention these again for a Coffee Break. Reader S noted: They are the only way I have ever been able to put my long hair … Read More about Workwear Hall of Fame – Goody Spin Pins
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice below about long platinum blonde hair at work, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of the best shade of blonde hair for being taken seriously at work. This is a perennial question: is long hair professional? And a corrollary: is long platinum … Read More about Can Long, Platinum Blonde Hair Be Professional?
How do you deal with your curly or wavy hair in the winter? What are your favorite diffusers? What hair products do you pull out when you do your seasonal swaps?
Have you found any good ways to use office supplies in a pinch, such as if you have a clothing emergency at work? It’s like reader J is reading my mind… How about a story on re-purposing office supplies for fashion/lifestyle uses when you’re in a pinch? For example, using binder clips while commuting to fold up … Read More about Ten Uses for Office Supplies In a Pinch
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on whether long hair makes you look younger, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how to be taken seriously when you look young. You may also want to check out our best advice for office hairstyles. Reader A has an … Read More about Does Long Hair Make You Look Younger?
2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the best interview makeup! Today’s reader mail is another request for interview advice, this time in terms of makeup… I have several on campus interviews for 1L summer jobs the first week in February. I have my conservative gray and black suits. I have my sensible Nine West … Read More about What Makeup to Wear While Interviewing
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion on which winter hats are professional — but you may also want to check out our recent discussion on how to dress professionally on the coldest days. You may also want to check out more of our general advice on commuting to work. Today’s reader … Read More about Reader mail: Which winter hats are professional?
A while back we got this e-mail from a reader, curious about great hair styles… Can you do a story on work appropriate hair cuts / styles? I’m getting a hair cut soon for interview season, and I’m looking for suggestions on savvy, sophisticated, work-appropriate haircuts. This is an excellent question, and we’re curious to … Read More about Open Thread: Great Hair Cuts