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
Is it ok to go to work sans tights — in February? What else is off limits in 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?
Are bare arms at work acceptable in a conservative office? Can you wear a shell or sleeveless dress without a blazer or cardigan?
2020 Update: We still stand by this advice on professionalism in a laid back office, but you may want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. Reader M wonders about professionalism in a laid back office: I was wondering if you could do a piece regarding how to stay professionally dressed … Read More about Professionalism in a Laid Back Office
Button-down blouses can be great — if they fit you and don’t gape in the bust. Some companies specialize in creating non-gaping dress shrirts for women with large breasts (e.g., The Shirt) but sometimes you just want a DIY fix for a shirt you’ve already got. Guest poster Kathryn Rubino — one of my good … Read More about Mind the Gap: Some DIY Options for Gaping Blouses
How do you modernize your work wardrobe? Today’s guest poster, Becki Singer of Shopping’s My Cardio, ponders the question. I’m thrilled to have Becki guest posting on Corporette — I’ve been reading her blog since way back when (before I even started Corporette). Fun factoid: she used to be a lawyer also and has recently … Read More about Modernizing Your Work Wardrobe
I’ve had my share of wardrobe malfunctions at the office — as I’m sure all professional women have! Today’s guest poster, Kai Falkenberg, shares one of her personal doozies. (Kai was also good enough to share her favorite wedges for Fall 2011 — the perfect commuting shoes.) Thank you, Kai! – Kat. (Photo Credit: linuswong.) … Read More about Wardrobe Malfunctions at Work
Since she’s started at a more business casual office, Reader L wonders how she should transition her wardrobe of blazers and pencil skirts to an office filled with jeans and sneakers. I’m 24 and recently left a paralegal job at a small litigation firm for a research and editing job at a large publishing company. … Read More about Transitioning from a Conservative Office to a More Casual One
Throwing on a suit in the morning is one thing — but how do you wear a blazer with a non-suit outfit? What is the perfect black blazer to keep at the office? What are the best tips for how to wear a blazer with something other than a suit? Reader B wonders this question, … Read More about How to Wear a Blazer With Something Other Than a Suit
2016 Update: I still agree with all of my advice in this post, but you can also check out our most recent discussion on what not to wear to work here. – Kat We’ve had a few great conversations on here about summer internships and summer associates (including what not to DO at your internship) and … Read More about What NOT to Wear as an Intern or Summer Associate