The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame

corporette workwear hall of fameWelcome to The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame! I started this blog in 2008 -- and I've been fascinated to see how, every so often, a company gets such a rave response to a dress, bag, or blazer that they keep producing the item, year after year.  There may be new colors or patterns, or slight adaptions like pockets or sleeves -- but in general it's the exact same product.  These classic, best-selling styles are exactly the pieces you want to use to build your work wardrobe.  We always mention the Hall of Famers in our biweekly Hunts (where we go on the Hunt for a classic workwear piece), but I thought it would be great to collect some of these heavy hitters into one easy place for readers to review the items.  Thus: the Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame was born.

Workwear Hall of Fame: Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

Cap-Sleeve Work Dress: Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.  

Wow — they really expanded the colors for this dress quickly. When we featured the dress several months ago, there were only a few colors available, but the reader who’d written us to recommend it liked it so much she’d bought all of them — it’s great to see that it now comes in 6 colors and has 75 glowing reviews at Nordstrom, where it’s available in sizes 2-16. (The aubergine that we featured last time is available at Lord & Taylor, but it’s $128.) Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes (in aubergine only, it appears).

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Duchess Blazer

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

smythe duchess blazerSmythe’s popular Duchess blazer has been around for years, but I haven’t seen this army green color before. I like it as styled, with all white, but if you’re a fan of whites, beiges, browns, army green looks great with those softer colors — it can also look great with a pop of light pink or another pastel, particularly when worn with a darker neutral like navy or black. The blazer is $595 at Shopbop, with select styles also available at Nordstrom and Amazon. SMYTHE Duchess Blazer

Psst: if you’re curious about the dress we accidentally posted first this morning, here are details on the original post from April.

2017 Update: This blazer has been around forever, so we are adding it to our Workwear Hall of Fame!

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Workwear Hall of Fame: ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Stylish Work Flat: Salvatore Ferragamo 'Varina' Leather Flat We’ve mentioned this shoe a lot over the years, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it by itself in a Coffee Break. Meet the Varina, a long-running (looooong-running) bestseller from Salvatore Ferragamo. At $525 the shoe makes AGLs look downright affordable, but sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge, right? Nordstrom reviewers seem to all note that the shoe runs narrow and if your foot is not narrow you should get the “wide width shoe.” Like other Ferragamo shoes, the comfort is strong with this one. It’s $525 at Nordstrom. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Two more affordable options are here and here.

2017 Update: We’re adding this shoe to our Workwear Hall of Fame! It’s been around for ages and has been loved by readers forever.

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Skimmies Slipshorts

jockey skimmies prevent thigh rub in summerWe’ve mentioned this product a lot over the years, but again, I don’t think we’ve ever done a Coffee Break just to feature it. Readers here turned me on to it, and it’s one of everyone’s favorite things: the Jockey Slipshort. Not feeling like wrenching yourself into Spanx (or don’t need to)? Still want something to prevent chafing between your thighs, ensure against a Marilyn Monroe-on-the-subway-grate moment, and otherwise add a bit more modesty and anti-static to your summer skirts? (They can also be great if you bike to work!) Let me introduce your new favorite thing, the Jockey slipshort. The old standard is the pictured product, Jockey’s Skimmies — it also now comes in a shorts length, a “cooling” fabric, and an anti-wicking fabric, as well as a few more options. I’ve seen readers debate whether or not to wear underwear with them — you do you, but for my $.02 I am strongly on Team “Wear Underwear With Your Tights, Pantyhose, and Slipshorts.” Ladies, what is your favorite in the slipshort line? They’re available at stores like Amazon, Macy’s, 6PM, Zappos, and more for $9-$20. I usually like mine black, but 6PM does have a red pair similar to the pictured pair for $9.99 in sizes S-2XL. Jockey Skimmies Slipshorts

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2017 Update: We’re adding these shorts our Workwear Hall of Fame because they are still beloved by the readers and coming out in more colorways and styles, including recently a wide range of nude-for-you colors.summer antichafing remedy: Jockey slipshorts!

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

washable ponte sheath dress for workWe’ve featured this dress in a million roundups for sheath dresses, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it for our morning workwear reports — at least not in its most basic version, pictured.  If you’re not familiar: this is the Lands’ End ponte sheath dress.  It has pockets. It’s washable. It’s $69-$79 full price (but on sale today!). It comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes. It is so wildly popular that it comes out in a zillion new patterns and colors every season, as well as an offshoot of dresses that are very similar but for some additional design element, like a keyhole neckline or sleeves.  Today, regular, petite, and tall sizes are on sale for $40-$45. Nice! Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

(There’s free shipping on $50+ — if you’re looking for something else to add to your cart, consider their shaped scoopneck tees, or the reader favorite supima cardigans. If you happen to be busty they have a great selection of DD/DDD swimsuits.)

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Coffee Break: ‘Del’ Pump

Tan Work Pump: Corso Como 'Del' PumpYou know, we have featured this shoe a zillion times over the years in posts for The Hunt and as commentary in other posts, but we’ve never featured it in a dedicated post. Women love this $98 pump, and it’s one of the usual suspects if you’re looking for a new, basic pump for interviewing or regular office wear — and can comfortably walk in 3.5″ heels. It’s available in sizes 4-12, medium and wide widths, in four colors: caramel (pictured), beige, black, and black patent. (If you’re looking for a more trendy pointed toe with a slightly lower (3″) heel, try the $98 Flex pump from Kors — another highly-rated usual suspect in this price range.) Corso Como ‘Del’ Pump

Need a narrow-width option? This pump is on sale right now (50% off!) at Nordstrom.

Ladies, have you checked out our recently updated Guide to Comfortable Heels? Which are your favorite basic heels?

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