I do a lot of online shopping. Like, a lot. It probably isn’t healthy that my first instinct is to buy something online rather than try to schedule a trip to a store. I got in the habit when I was working such long hours at the law firm that — aside from local lunch-hour … Read More about Online Shopping: Who? Where? Why?
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!
We’ve talked about a lot of lifestyle things over the years on this blog — but we’ve never really talked about the home component! So first up: let’s discuss sheets. Which are your favorite sheets? Do you splurge on 1000-thread count luxury linens like Frette, or do you prefer highly-rated, well-reviewed sheets like L.L. Bean’s? … Read More about The Best Sheets
For some women it makes more sense to splurge on “investment” shoes for work that (hopefully) you can wear for years, rather than choose cheaper ones that you’ll keep having to replace. Reader M wonders: I am struggling with my shoe game! I would like to invest in shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and long lasting. I notice that guys purchase … Read More about Stylish, Comfortable Shoes That Are Made to Last
2020 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 best jeans for work and play. Welcome to what is probably our final “next step” feature, where we explore how to take the next step up in … Read More about The Next Step: Upgrading Weekend Clothes
The capsule wardrobe for work — a limited number of essential pieces that can be combined to create many outfits — has been growing in popularity, which makes sense when you look at the parallel trends of “slow fashion” and Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (aff). A focus on quality pieces + an emphasis on decluttering/organization = … 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
Why It’s Important to Buy Clothing “Made in U.S.A.” John Oliver’s segment on Last Week Tonight, his HBO show, has brought “fast fashion” back into the news — two years after the horrifying Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. (The factory was linked to several well known U.S. and European clothing brands.) If you want to make ethical shopping … Read More about “Made in USA,” Ethical Shopping, and Slow Fashion
What are the best ways to upgrade personal services such as massages, food delivery, personal training, and more? More importantly, where is the middle ground between DIYing it and, for example, hiring a personal chef? How can you outsource and save time in some areas of your life so that you can focus on spending your time (and money) on the … Read More about The Next Step: Services
What are best practices for getting workwear at the thrift store? What are the pros and cons?
A lot of people know where to go for inexpensive professional clothes — and then they know the brands that celebrities wear. But the middle ground for professional clothing brands can get confusing for people — particularly, how to step up your game when it comes to fashionable workwear. We talked a few weeks about … Read More about The Next Step: Professional Clothing Brands Across All Budget Points
Your personal style is made up of many preferences and habits — your work style vs. your off-the-clock style, how conservative or edgy your wardrobe is, the accessories you choose to complement your look, your opinions on what’s office-friendly and what isn’t, and the styles/colors/trends that you’ve decided you just don’t wear, ever. Many moons ago, I had a purple t-shirt … Read More about Your Personal Style: What Just Isn’t “You”?