Reader A has a great question about dressing better than her boss — specifically, she wonders, must she carry a lower-end bag than what her boss carries, or would a work-appropriate designer bag be OK? Here’s her question: I know the blog has discussed before if it’s appropriate for younger folks to have designer items … Read More about Dressing Better Than Your Boss: Designer Bag Edition
Ladies, how often do you buy purses and bags? Do you prefer to make one big purchase and buy a quality, name bag — or do you prefer to make more frequent, smaller purchases? Does having a trendy bag matter to you, or do you want a classic style? I’ve been thinking about this recently because I’ve been helping a friend … Read More about Designer Bags, Purse Budgets, and Investments
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: Stylish, Professional Satchels
We’ve talked about upgrading your work clothes, buying better bags and grown-up furniture — but we haven’t yet talked about different tiers for shoes. (Of course, we’ve talked in the past about comfortable heels, classic flats, which brands of shoes we love, which brands just don’t work for us, and even about how to find … Read More about The Next Step: Shoes
What are the different “levels” for handbags — and how do you upgrade your handbag collection? I’m curious to hear what readers say. We’ve already talked about how to upgrade your professional wardrobe, as well as where to buy grown-up furniture… up next in our Next Step series: handbags. I’m pretty solidly in Bucket 3 … Read More about The Next Step: Bags
2018 Update: We still think this is a fascinating discussion on what purchases are worth the splurge, and where to save money — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion where we asked the readers: what are you a snob about? Something that I’ve wanted to do for a while is … Read More about What Purchases are Worth the Splurge — And What Aren’t?
2018 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion of how to deal with offensive clients — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion about the colleague who offered the reader’s firstborn to sweeten the deal. How do you deal with men at work making derisive comments about the … Read More about Offensive Clients: How to Deal
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to wear heels if you’re used to flats – links have also been updated. How can you wear heels, if you’re used to flats? Which are the best first heels to buy? How do you make the transition smoothly and effectively? Reader J wonders: I … Read More about How to Wear Heels (If You’re Used to Flats)
2019 Update: We still think this is a great discussion on the best height for interview heels — but you may want to check out our more recent discussion about the rules for interview shoes. Are 4″ heels too high for job interviews? Is a red sole inappropriate for interviewing and networking? Reader A wonders … Read More about The Best Height for Interview Heels (aka, Can You Interview in 4″ Heels?)
What items are “worth the splurge” if you have a healthy amount of discretionary income? Reader S wonders… Here’s my idea for a post – what are the central items that are “worth the splurge” for those of us with a healthy amount of (but not unlimited) discretionary income? I’m thinking there are certain purchases … Read More about The Best Splurges
When is the right time to wear pearls? We’ve talked about how to buy pearls, but Reader C sent in a super short email wondering when to wear them… One of my favorite jewelry pieces is my strand of Mikimoto pearls that I got for my 30th birthday. They were an investment piece, and they … Read More about When Should You Wear Pearls?
Can younger women buy quality suiting pieces like Armani and St. John’s, without looking old? Reader J has an excellent question: I recently bought this Armani Collezioni jacket on an impulse. The price was too good to pass. But after I got home and tried it on a few more times, I start to wonder … Read More about How To Buy Quality Pieces Without Looking Old