2017 Update: We still stand by this advice below, bu you can also check out our more recent discussion on how to avoid professional frump. We got this reader mail a little while ago, and it seems appropriate in light of the response to this morning’s cardi set (wow, you guys did NOT like that). … Read More about Some Thoughts on Frump
We’ve had a great time reading the comments on our “what clothes to buy for your summer internship” post on Monday — it brings to mind so, so many memories of summers past where we’d think, HOW in the name of God did X get through high school, let alone college, with this thick a … Read More about Idiotproof Your Summer: Further Etiquette and “No Duh” Tips For Your Internship
2018 Update: We still stand by much of this advice on building your wardrobe for a summer internship (and links will be updated very soon), but note that we’ve also started a new series on how to build a work wardrobe at specific stores, and our four-week work outfit challenge may be helpful for you … Read More about Building Your Wardrobe for a Summer Internship
We are seriously behind in answering this poor reader’s e-mail — our sincere apologies! Here’s the question: I am a mid-level law associate and my husband is a teaching physician at a local hospital. His boss is getting married in DC in April. It is the bride’s first marriage and it will be a huge … Read More about Reader Mail: What to Wear to the Wedding of a Colleague
We’ve been mulling this reader’s question for a while now… first, here’s the request: My work wardrobe after 30 years is pretty set. However, I’m currently in recession mode, i.e. my job has been misplaced. I find that my non-work clothes are just not suitable for walking around in the supermarket, given that in my … Read More about What to Wear When You’re Laid Off and Looking
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?
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?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how short is too short for a skirt at the office — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on when is a dress too short for work (including what’s a modern length, and if the perfect skirt length is different … Read More about Poll: How short is too short for a skirt?
2017 Update: you may also want to check out our latest discussion about work-appropriate nails. As we roll into August, the shimmery pinks and muted nudes of early spring and summer tend to move their way to darker hues, like the NARS polish at left. So today’s poll is about nails — particularly, darkly … Read More about Poll: Are dark nails inappropriate for the office?
Sometimes, women new to suits don’t realize that when you purchase it off the rack, there are a number of things that are sewn up for display purposes that should not be sewn up once you wear them. Namely, pockets on jackets and pants, slits in skirts, and vents on jackets. Slits and vents will … Read More about Corporette 101: Rip Your Clothes
There’s an interesting story in today’s WSJ regarding pantyhose, and how it causes a generational divide between workers. That’s definitely true! We here at Corporette think they should be worn on the most formal of occasions — court appearance, meeting with the CEO, etc — but for daily work they aren’t necessary. We were surprised, … Read More about Generation Pantyhose
2016 Update: We stand by the advice below, but you can also check out our most recent discussion on dining etiquette for business lunches. No, we’re neither Debrett’s nor Emily Post, but we know a thing or two about conducting ourselves properly at a business lunch… we’ve also seen some truly bad manners. Thus, whether you’ve … Read More about 10 Things You Should Know about a Business Lunch