What do you do if the elbow of your suit jacket ripped? Reader K has a great question… I just had the elbow of a blazer (mid-price point Club Monaco suit) tear. What do you suggest I do? Can I put elbow patches on it and turn it into a casual piece for Fridays? It … Read More about Suit Jacket Ripped? Some Thoughts on Repair…
2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the best camisoles for workwear! Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation … Read More about The Hunt: The Perfect Camisole
2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion on the important topic of how often can you repeat your outfits at work — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on repeating outfits at work. If you’re wondering how to mix up your outfits more, check out our … Read More about How Often Can You Repeat Your Outfits at Work?
How do you pack for a business trip where you’ll be gone for MONTHS? Reader B has a great question on long business trips: Can you give tips or do a post on how to prepare for short-term assignments? I’ll be based in Hong Kong for 2-3 months for a project and I’m clueless on … Read More about On the Road: What to Wear for Many Months Away From Home
2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on staying cool on a hot day. How do you stay cool in an overheated office? Reader L — who notes that she is nowhere near “hot flash” territory — wants some advice on working with some overactive radiators: You’ve written about staying warm in a cold office. … Read More about Staying Cool in a Hot Office
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic … Read More about The Hunt: Black Cardigans
2017 Update: You may want to check out our latest discussion on the best tees for layering! Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly … Read More about The Hunt: Work-Appropriate T-Shirts
2014 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to wear prints to work — but you may also want to check our our more recent discussion on fun but professional patterns and colors. How do you start wearing prints — especially if you’ve no idea how to wear prints to work? Reader T … Read More about Walk on the Wild Side with Prints
Reader A wonders if and when it’s appropriate to have bare legs in the winter… With the crazy weather in DC and other east coast cities this winter – windy and 35 degrees one day, 65 degrees and sunny another, and raining yet another, how do you suggest approaching the issue of tights or pantyhose? … Read More about What’s Off Limits in the Winter?
A reader alerted me today to a post on XO Jane about a fashion editor wearing a sheer top to work, entitled “DO THIS DON’T: WEAR A SHEER SHIRT TO WORK.” Uh, no. Now, as this editor admits, she’s never worked outside the fashion and beauty world, so maybe our resumes just aren’t lining up … Read More about Sheer Blouses: Some Don’ts Should Stay Don’ts
Reader K asks about the merits of cheap suits for women… I’m in the process of changing from a career where pajamas are appropriate work attire to something more “professional” and need all the help I can get. I have been shopping for an interview suit (my first ever and I am almost 40!) and … Read More about Cheap Suits: How Low Can You Go?
2015 Update: We still stand by this advice on having bare arms at work, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on the sleeveless professional look. Can you have bare arms at work? Are shells and tanks acceptable to wear under jackets? As everyone’s layering for fall, this seems appropriate to discuss now, … Read More about The Bare-Armed Elephant in the Room