The Hunt: The Perfect Black Blazer

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 item that every woman should have.

This week’s “The Hunt” features that perennial office basic — the black jacket you can throw on over anything and it looks great. This one was a surprisingly challenging hunt because we wanted to feature jackets that were intended as separates, not ones that were part of a suit (although that is always a valid choice as well). The black jacket is particularly great for the summertime — come in wearing a sheath dress or a casual t-shirt and, when you get to the office, put your black jacket on. You’re instantly more professional (and warmer).

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Bargain Thursday’s TPS Report: Belted Cotton Coat from Boden

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

We have a thing for yellow raincoats, we’ll admit it. It’s nasty and gray and pouring outside, and there you are in your happy yellow raincoat, dry and cheerful. This yellow jacket from Boden is perfect for the job — not only is it $50, but we love the blue polka-dot lining. If you don’t share our affection for yellow jackets, however (whaaaaaat?) then rest assured: the cuteness comes in beige (with red polka-dotted lining) and navy (with yellow polka-dotted lining). Get 10% off, off your order and receive free delivery and returns

Corporette 101: Rip Your Clothes

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Sometimes, women new to suits don’t realize that when you purchase it off the rack, there are a number of things that are sewn up for display purposes that should not be sewn up once you wear them. Namely, pockets on jackets and pants, slits in skirts, and vents on jackets.

  • Slits and vents will be sewn shut with a tiny “X” marking the spot — you should cut that off gently and remove all the thread.
  • Pockets are your choice* — you don’t have to rip them open, but it probably isn’t a bad idea if you have a building card pass to carry or want to take your debit card for a lunch run. Again, take some scissors and rip them open and remove all offending thread. (Although, in a pinch, just ripping it open with your bare hands will do.)

If you aren’t sure whether or not there’s actually a pocket in there, look on the inside of your jacket or pants — you’ll see the pocket pouch. [Read more…]

Weekend Round-up

– The first female nominated four-star general gives leadership tips. [Washington Independent]

– Nice article profiling Bonnie Fuller, one of the power women of today. Good quote: “Ms. Fuller is known for her hellacious hours, indifferent people skills and an approach to deadline matters that is more akin to ritual sacrifice than publishing protocol.” (And for continuing to edit while in labor.) [NYT]

– The four parts to an effective thank-you note — and just in time for interview season. [The Simple Dollar via Lifehacker]

– Obama’s got lady troubles. Watch out, sweetie. [WaPo]

– A review of some products designed for the inner klutz: Miss Oops. [The Daily Obsession]

– Yes, we’re trying to kick our Diet Coke addiction also. Here are some tips to help. [Lifehacker]

Above: Photo by Roadsidepictures, courtesy of Flickr.

360 Review: Ellen Parsons

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

ellen parsons fashion(1)We must admit, we stopped watching FX’s series Damages after a particularly preposterous deposition scene. However, we were impressed with Aussie actress Rose Byrne’s portrayal of Ellen Parsons, the naive young lawyer who finds herself playing with wolves. Her style reflects some of her naivete: She seems to think that having absolutely no personality will make her seem professional. Accordingly, most of her choices are either black suits with beige blouses, or occasionally a white shirt with a black blouse. It’s 100% professional — the most daring thing she does is wearing dangly pearl earrings — but given that her brutal boss, played by Glenn Close, dons them in half of her scenes it could be another example of Parsons towing the line. [Read more…]

Monday’s TPS: LV Epi Leather Alma bag in Grenade

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Happy Monday!  Not so happy?  Perhaps you feel like you’ve been kicked in the head already?  Yeah, us too.  But, good news!  This is a four day work-week!  Woo hoo!  Still, you’re going to need sustenance to make it through the week, and we suggest this little ditty, to your right.  Louis Vuitton bags have long been classic; the Alma bag is particularly favored among business women.  Made of durable and luxurious Epi leather; it’s large enough to fit all your technology, a large paperback, a huge sunglasses case, and more. This season they have two limited edition colors, Grenade (at right) and a darker purple, Cassis.  We’re sure both would be surprisingly versatile — after all, what can’t you wear purple with?   Available at Eluxury.com for $1,240. Louis Vuitton – Epi Leather Alma – Grenade.