New (to Us): Bird

Sure, Bird may be a likely suspect for various magazines’ round-up of New York’s greatest boutiques, but we’ve never been there. Blame it on the fact that we’re mostly Manhattan girls or just lazy shoppers, but either way — having looked through the site’s collection (which has some serious sales right now due to a moving sale), we’ll have to make a trek out sometime soon. The owner, Jennifer Mankins, got her start as an assistant buyer from Barneys New York; she also was head buyer for Steven Alan before she helped start women’s clothing label Charlotte Corday. She opened Bird in 1999, where she features “women’s apparel, shoes and accessories by up-and-coming designers from New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London, as well as Japan and Scandinavia.” In addition to the online shops, she currently has one shop in Park Slope and another in Cobble Hill; her largest store yet will be opening in Williamsburg sometime soon.

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Corporette 101: Always Clean Matching Items Together

dryclean-suitsFrequently, women’s suits are sold as separates with interchangeable parts. One woman’s skirt suit might be another woman’s pantsuit — or maybe the same woman owns all 3 pieces and wears the jacket with the pants some days, or the skirt by itself other days, or . . . you get the picture. When you have matching separates (matching fabrics, buttons, etc) it pays to dryclean them together — that way the cloth wears consistently, and even if the color fades or the fabric gets nubbly, the pieces will still “match” in a year or two’s time.

The same reasoning goes for things that you throw in the washing machine, as well — for twinsets, for example, even if you wear the cardigan more than you wear the shell you should wash them both together.

Pictured: Cryptic clothing label, originally uploaded to Flickr by Wm Jas.

Weekend Roundup

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– Ah, finally! The WSJ gives us “the rules” for wearing white linen pants.

– Why, yes — the wealthy use coupons also. [ChiTrib]

– Is there a woman’s generational gap in the workplace? You betcha. [BusinessWeek]

– Are venture capital firms still a boy’s club? Jezebel thinks they know, and helpfully links to a bunch of funny t-shirts. [Jezebel]

– Great article for how to use social media without permanently dinging your chances of becoming a CEO or President. [DumbLittleMan]

– Finally: How to give advice. [Ben Cashnocha via NYT’s Shifting Careers]

360 Review: Project Runway

In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.

One of our favorite shows, Project Runway, is starting again on July 16. It is the show’s last season on Bravo before it moves to another network, and we suspect this explains the nonexistant PR that we’ve seen for the show. In fact, if we hadn’t seen an article on reality blurred about the dearth of PR on PR, we wouldn’t even have known that Project Runway was starting soon.

(If you aren’t watching the show, you must! Project Runway is one of the few reality shows that still manages to attract intelligent, artistic, creative people for a show that has interesting challenges and natural drama. We think the caliber of contestants is everything — unlike some reality shows, these designers are selected based on their design chops, not how pretty they’ll look on camera. Designers from the show have also effectively boosted their careers by appearing on the show (unlike appearances on other reality shows, where it seems like the only thing awaiting them is a possible speaking career), so they tend to be more intelligent and introspective than your average reality show contestant.)

To celebrate the start of Season 5, we’re going to review some of the creations by one of our favorite contestants, Jillian Lewis. Prior to the show, she had designed for Searle and Ralph Lauren; according to her official website, she’s going to have a personal line out by the end of August, which we’ll eagerly look for. Despite her propensity for miniskirts, we thought that many of the outfits she created for the show would lend themselves to a corporate environment; everything looked wearable and beautiful. Even where she was a bit outlandish for dramatic effect on the runway, it was easy to see how the clothes would be adapted for off-the-rack shoppers like, well, us. You can view her entire final collection here (on YouTube).

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Weekly Round-Up

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– The Fug Girls wrote a hilarious and great article about how fabulous Anne Hathaway looks after her breakup from certain imprisoned bankers. [NY Mag]

– A new online magazine has come out for smart women — articles cover a range of topics on art, decor, lifestyle, culture, history, literature, product reviews, and even a dating blog by eloise. []

– WWD reviewed Christie Brinkley’s clothes choices for her divorce trial. “Armed with a uniform of crisp button-down shirts, dainty cardigans and figure-hugging pencil skirts from Ralph Lauren and Prada (with a little Gap mixed in for soccer-mom street cred), Brinkley has onlookers wondering what Cook was thinking….” [WWD (sub req’d)]

– There’s an article in the WSJ style section that we’re not sure about: how floods are becoming popular for men’s suits (floods = higher hemlines so men bare their ankles). We saw the Thom Browne collection for Brooks Brothers and thought, oh, this must be for the creative types who shop there, but now we’re a bit curious: has anyone seen men wearing floods in your corporate environment? Please comment below if you get a chance. (Truth be told, we’re not even sure if we would recommend floods or capris for women’s outfits!) Speak of the devil…

– If you’ve been purchasing purses and shoes with the hopes of their being investment pieces, read about, a new service that will help you track the worth of things in your closet (or of other collections you’ve kept). [SheFinds]

– Finally: read about how to get the most for your organic buck. [Greenopolis via Lifehacker]

What to Wear To… The Corporate Gym

In this feature, “What to Wear To…” we tackle attire for office events that are outside the confines of the 9-5 office day.

If you’re lucky enough to have a gym in your workplace (or nearby enough that there’s a good chance of running into people at your office), you may be wondering what to wear to the gym. Obviously, you’ll want to leave the thong-leotards and short-shorts at home, but what does that really leave you with? Particularly on a hot summer day, the choices can seem limited.

Choose moisture-wicking fabrics. These fabrics tend to cost more than your basic cotton or nylon, but they breathe more, wicking moisture away from you.  This means you’re drier, lighter, and cooler — which then means that you can wear pants rather than shorts, even on hot days.   Look for words like Dri-FIT (Nike’s brand), ClimaLite (by Adidas), and Double Dry (by Champion). [Read more…]

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