Have you ever bought an item so perfect that you just don’t need to shop for anything similar any more? As in, the whole shopping category is just no longer one of your concerns? Did you KNOW it would be a shopping category killer when you bought it (i.e., the clouds parted, trumpets rang out, etc.) — or … Read More about Shopping Category Killers
Are skirts and dresses unprofessional? What if you have a boss who has a firm opinion, one way or the other? What if you have a boss who forbids YOU from wearing dresses and skirts, when other women in the office can and do? Reader A wonders… I recently started a new job in a creative … Read More about Are Skirts and Dresses Unprofessional?
How should you dress for law school orientation? When you’re planning which outfits to wear, how much should you worry about looking professional, or put-together, or about making a good first impression? Reader N wonders… I am extremely excited to be starting law school in the fall but I am puzzled by the idea of picking orientation outfits. Any … Read More about Law School, Orientation Outfits, and Dressing For You
2019 Update: This is still a fun discussion on hated workwear design details of 2015 — but if you want to see our current thoughts on design mistakes for workwear, click here! We haven’t talked about design no-nos for workwear in far too long — so I thought today it might be a fun open thread. … Read More about Hated Workwear Design Details: Exposed Zippers, Shiny Fabric, Sharkbites, and More!
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to dress when you’re slim but too tall for petites — you may also want to check out our recent roundup of where to find petite-friendly clothing for work, or our work fashion tips for petite women. If you’re slim with a small frame, but … Read More about Slim But Too Tall for Petites: When Are Alterations Worth It?
2018 Update: We still stand by these thoughts on upgrading weekend clothes — you may also want to check out our new series on weekend wear, including the most-loved denim. Welcome to what is probably our final “next step” feature, where we explore how to take the next step up in work clothes, office heels, stylish work … Read More about The Next Step: Upgrading Weekend Clothes
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to create a capsule wardrobe for work — but you may also want to check out our free four-week outfit challenge if you’re hunting for work outfit ideas for conservative offices. (Our Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women may also be helpful for you, … Read More about Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Work
Have you ever seen a random stranger wearing something — shoes, a coat, a blouse — that you really, really love but have no idea where to buy? Sure, you could try to ask her where she got it, but what if you don’t want to yell across the subway platform, or you don’t have time — or you just … Read More about Where Did You Get That? How to Track Down a Mystery Piece of Clothing Without Asking
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to look stylish and professional at a business casual office, but you may want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. When you’re used to dressing conservatively for work and your new office is much less formal, how do you put … Read More about How to Look Stylish and Professional at a Business Casual Office
2017 Update: We still stand by our advice for what to wear to a big meeting at a casual office, but you may also want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. When you work at a company with a casual dress code, how should you step it up for a board meeting — or for … Read More about What to Wear to a Big Meeting at a Casual Office
When interviewing, must you button your shirt all the way to the top? How many buttons are acceptable to leave unbuttoned? Reader S wonders… I am going for an interview at quite a conservative organisation. I have a navy skirt suit and was going to wear a white button up shirt. Do I need to button … Read More about How High to Button Your Shirt for Interviews
In our ongoing discussion on The Next Step — i.e., how to upgrade various areas of your life — a reader suggested we discuss how to upgrade your jewelry collection, and how to buy jewelry for work in general. Excellent idea, and I’m curious to hear what people say. (I swear, I intended this to … Read More about The Next Step: Jewelry