Some have raised doubts about our TPS reports that feature a silk dress. We think the concerns come from the fact that some cheaper silks can be almost sheer — they can show VPLs; they show sweat like nobody’s business; they wrinkle easily; there are static electricity problems if you’re wearing hose. (To which we … Read More about Poll: Are silk dresses appropriate for the office?
We’ve been seeing lots of reports of trends and — as is far too common! — we’ve been rolling our eyes at the prospect of wearing any of them to work. We thought we’d take a poll… First up: a brief overview of some of the trends we’ve seen reported in multiple places. The boyfriend … Read More about Poll: Which Spring 2009 Trend Will You Wear to Work?
This has come up a few times with regard to the TPS reports, and one of our readers suggested we take a poll on it — which we enthusiastically agree with. Are all sheer fabrics bad for the office, such as chiffon, slightly sheer silk and jersey, and so forth? 2012 Update: You may want … Read More about Poll: Are all sheer blouses bad for the office?
About a week and a half ago, we asked a pivotal question: at what point does a high heel become TOO high for work? As always, the poll is still open, but the initial results are in: – 44% of readers said a medium heel height was most appropriate for work — 3.5″ being the … Read More about Poll Results: Towering Heels
Our readers are thinking along similar lines, because a second reader wrote in to wonder if there is a limit on how high a shoe can be before it’s unacceptable for work. I recently bought some shoes, including these (pictured) (3″ black patent with tweed edging–for $30, I figured why not). When I tried them … Read More about Poll: How High is Too High?
Obviously, miniskirts are not office-wear. However, about a week ago, we asked when — and if — miniskirts become inappropriate even on the weekends if you’re a serious, professional woman. As always, the poll is still open, but the initial results are in: 40% said the miniskirt question came down to a woman’s legs: if … Read More about Poll Results – Maybe Miniskirts Aren’t Weekend Wear, Either
Hopefully, no one thinks that miniskirts are a DO for the office. (See our prior poll on this here and here.) But a reader posed this question in comments, and we think it’s a good one: does a time come in a woman’s life — a serious, professional woman’s life — at which it is … Read More about Poll: When Do Miniskirts Become a Don’t, Even Outside the Office?
We live in scary times. Every day there are thousands of people laid off, from law firms and banks and every company imaginable. The Wall Street Journal tells us that young women are more vulnerable to layoffs. If you’re slightly lucky, your company is ‘fessing up to the fact that the layoffs are economy based, … Read More about Poll – You’ve Kept Your Job, But How to Handle Your Colleagues Who Didn’t?
Somehow, we made it all the way through the election without discussing this: Is it still inappropriate to talk about politics in the office? Sure, places like Fundrace let you know who gave what — and to whom — so the political leanings of your coworkers are much more out-in-the open. Still, the office can … Read More about Poll — Are politics still taboo at the office?
A number of readers have written in asking about holiday presents for administrative assistants. We tend to agree with Above the Law’s advice last year — cash is the way to go for holidays. Still, we thought we’d poll people to see what they’re giving (and how much):
The recession is truly upon us — businesses are shuttering left and right, the outlook is bleak for bonuses, and the Dow keeps going down. Yet if you read this blog, and are employed, odds are you’ve got a hefty paycheck still coming your way twice a month. Is it gauche to be exuberant about … Read More about Poll: Holidays and a Bear Market
We seem to be getting a ton of negative feedback on the reader mail question yesterday, wherein we recommended that our reader wear dark trouser jeans to Sunday brunch at the partner’s house. Although she wrote in to clarify her situation, we were still intrigued by the feedback. As we noted in our original post, … Read More about Poll — Are jeans ever appropriate if you’re in a semi-work situation?