The Hunt: Classic Sheath Dresses for Work

classic sheath dresses for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

For spring and summer, classic dresses for work are often the easiest thing to throw on — particularly if you keep a blazer and cardigan and a pair or two of classic pumps or comfortable heels at the office, you can almost create a work uniform from the sheath dress. (In fact, in our four-week work outfit challenge we dared you to try wearing the same sheath dress four different ways during the four weeks!) Particularly for summer, note that slipshorts are a reader favorite for comfortable layering under sheath dresses; if you want something to suck you in a bit more you may want to check out shaping shorts like these from Spanx. (If your office is extremely conservative, do check out our guide to pantyhose — and keep in mind that going sleeveless may be controversial in your office, so keep a cardigan or blazer close at hand if you’re new.)

Pictured above: some of our Hall of Famers! Clockwise from the largest: one / two / three

We’ve rounded up a ton of options below (including ones in a wide range of sizes, sheath dresses with pockets or sleeves, and more!) but I’d love to hear from you — what are your favorite dresses to wear to work in 2018? Do you feel like black dresses are classic — or is the color too heavy for warmer weather? Does your summer work uniform include a ton of dresses — and which are your favorites? 

classic sheath dresses for work in 2018

 

Hall of Famers: one / two / three / four / five

Curious for past roundups of sheath dresses? Here they are from 201720162015201420132012, and 2011. For other sizing issues you may want to check out our roundup of bespoke dresses, which you can order fit exactly to your measurements.

Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $30!If you are working with an extreme budget right now, in addition to the Briggs dress (which sometimes goes as low as $15), Target has a number of cute ones right now. This sleeveless keyhole dress has a very classic feel, and could be layered under a number of cardigans, blazers, short-sleeve sweaters, and more. It’s $24.99 at Target, available in sizes XS-XL. (EEEK and I somehow missed that it is open across the back — so as commenters note, this would only be appropriate for most offices if you wear a cardigan or blazer with it.) Sleeveless Keyhole Dress – A New Day™ Black

 

Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $40!Another great budget option: the ponte knit sheath dress from Old Navy. I love the sleeves on this one, as well as the fact that it comes in regular, tall and petite sizes XS-XXL — it’s also machine washable. The dress is $37 (but today it’s marked to $28!). It also comes in a more casual stripey option.  Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress
I can be iffy on scalloped edge details, but I really like them on this Adrianna Papell dress (available in regular, petite, and plus sizes). The dress looks flattering and versatile, but the edge detail elevates it. Very nice. It’s $98-$108 at Nordstrom; Amazon also has a few sizes left in a “midnight” blue. If you’re looking for other plus-size option, check out our roundup in the bullet-points at top — this $109 dress looked particularly great as well. Pictured: Scalloped Crepe Sheath Dress –
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Desk to Dinner edition!Nic & Zoe’s Twirl dress has been on our radar for years as a great flared dress, but this ruched matte jersey dress is, I think, a new addition to their line. I really like it, particularly if you’re looking for a desk to dinner kind of dress — swap out your classic pumps for strappy sandals, throw on some dangly earrings, and you’re ready for date night. The dress is $128, available in three colors, and hand washable. Twist Side Matte Jersey Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath dress with secret shaping properties!I was exicted a few weeks ago to note that Gravitas is now sold at Lord & Taylor — I’ve heard great things for years about the brand as one of the best making workwear with secret shaping powers. This lined, sleeveless shift dress is about as classic as they come, is available in three neutral colors in sizes 0-24. Valentina Sleeveless Shift Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Theory sheath dressAs we’ve previously mentioned, Theory seems to be phasing out their old standard sheath dress, and this newer, slightly A-lined version is getting great reviews. The faux wrap skirt is an interesting detail while still keeping you comfortable at work, and a seasonless wool dress is always a nice option. This dress is $345 at Nordstrom, Theory, and AmazonRisbana Good Wool A-Line Dress

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Comments

  1. Catholic wedding guest :

    I’m attending a Catholic wedding soob (I’m a plus one). I would prefer to not participate in any way. Will this come across strangely? Should I sit as far to the back as possible.

    • Catholic wedding guest :

      *guest. Sorry for the typos

    • What do you mean by participate…? You’re not the one getting married so what would you be participating in?

      • Catholic wedding guest :

        My understanding, having never been to a Catholic wedding, is that there is a lot of sitting, standing, kneeling etc.

        • You don’t have to kneel if you don’t want to (just sit lean forward in the pew so people behind you can). But what is the issue with sitting/standing? If you have physician restrictions it’s fine to sit, but otherwise refusing to stand seems a little odd to me.

          • Oops – I meant “physical” not “physician” restrictions – doctors note not required, ha.

          • Senior Attorney :

            I agree with this. It’s a religious ceremony and you’re a guest and you should be respectful. So I feel like if you really don’t want to do anything other than sit there staring straight ahead with your arms folded, you might want to catch up with your date after the ceremony.

            I just feel like it kind of puts a pall over the event to have somebody who is quite clearly not on board with the whole concept. And I say that as somebody who is not a believer myself but follows my own advice.

          • +1

            If you’re so unwilling to participate that you refuse to even sit or stand with everyone else during the prayers, don’t go to the wedding. I get that you’re not Catholic. I’m an atheist myself. But someone else’s wedding is not the time to make ostentatious statements about your non-Catholicism.

          • As someone of a Muslim culture, I have been to synagogues where I would stand, sit etc. to not stand out but when they put their hands in front of their eyes, start rocking back and forth (only the males do it in my country), or start to recite some special prayers I’d just sit in silence. No one expects you to know what is being said/incanted so don’t worry about doing something wrong, but don’t be noticeably rigid at a religious ceremony, it is probably important enough for the bride and groom.

    • Anonymous :

      For communion, you can remain in your seat. As far as prayers and hymns, I think you should sit and stand respectfully, but you don’t have to kneel or sing. Is your date observant? If so, you might want to mention this to them so they won’t be surprised.

      • Anonymous :

        This. No one, expect possibly a stuffy aunt or grandma, will expect you to participate by singing or taking communion, or kneeling for prayer. But sitting when everyone else stands (e.g. when bride enters/departs) will seem a bit odd – like you’re trying to call attention to yourself.

        If you’re planning to remain seated at all times, I would be inclined to sit towards the back for the group, but not all the way to the back of the church as churches are rarely totally full and sitting on your own at the back would be more of a distraction.

        • Anonymous :

          Pretty sure you can’t take communion in the Catholic church if you aren’t Catholic anyways. As a protestant, I’ve stayed in my pew or opted to receive a blessing depending on how big the wedding was. For large weddings, a lot of people stayed in the seats in the name of moving the ceremony along faster. Op, don’t worry that they are going to force you to convert or repent. But, you can still show your respect and recognize that this is a meaningful ceremony for the couple.

          • Anonymous :

            I think they’re supposed to let other denominations take communion? As long as you believe in transubstantiation you’re cool, right? But so many Catholics THINK it’s still not allowed that you’re better off skipping it so you don’t get some major side eye.

          • It all depends on the church according to my very liberal MIL (and I have doubts about what she interprets, because no Catholic I’ve met has ever confirmed her approach). The Deacon at my non-Catholic to a Catholic wedding confirmed my non-Catholic understanding that at least the (fairly liberal) church we got married at required you to be Catholic to take communion, which is why we opted not to have communion for our ceremony because I felt (feel) very strongly in an open table which is how my lutheran baptist united methodist upbringing has always handled it.

          • Lana Del Raygun :

            Yup, you have to be Catholic (not necessarily Roman, though—eg Byzantine Catholics are in communion with Rome and that counts) because it’s not just about whether you believe in transubstantiation (although that is important) but also about the unity of the Church.

          • No no no, non-Catholics are not allowed to receive Communion in the Catholic Church. Lana Del Raygun has it right.

        • “This. No one, expect possibly a stuffy aunt or grandma, will expect you to participate by singing or taking communion, or kneeling for prayer.”

          Non-Catholics are not supposed to take communion, period. You may either sit in your pew, kneel and pray, or come up with your arms crossed and receive a blessing.

          You do not have to pray or sing, but you cannot receive Communion.

      • Catholic wedding guest :

        No, neither of us are Catholic (or even Christian)

        • Anonymous :

          It doesn’t matter. It is just a matter of respect. And kindness. And … being a human being.

          • Senior Attorney :

            Yes, this.

            You can go and be minimally respectful, or skip it because you can’t stand up in good conscience, but you don’t get to go and ostentatiously not participate.

          • Yes. Another Muslim. I think it’s disrespectful and unkind to make a show of non-participation. Even if it’s not the set of beliefs you yourself subscribe to, it’s what’s important to people you presumably somewhat care about.

      • I am having a Catholic wedding soon and have invited Jewish, Muslim, and atheist guests in addition to Catholics and Christians. I invited people special to me and look forward to celebrating this day with them. I agree with the comment that it would be nice for you to sit and stand as the community does, but you would not need to sing, say the responses, or go to communion (although you may go to receive a blessing if you’d like). There is likely to be a detailed program (we created one, there is a standard form) that will help you follow along with what is happening.

      • Lana Del Raygun :

        Sitting and standing are not statements of faith or acts of worship in and of themselves. You can certainly skip kneeling, praying, singing, etc, but if you sit the entire time you will probably come across as a grump.

    • Catholic wedding guest :

      Ok, thanks everyone. I guess I’ll sit/stand. (And probably grumble to my date in private, but the bride doesn’t need to know that)

      • Senior Attorney :

        Out of curiosity, why would you grumble? What skin is it off your nose to stand to honor the bride as she walks down the aisle? Or to stand during prayer if it’s the custom of the place where you’re a guest?

        • In-house in Houston :

          My thought exactly. If she’s going to “grumble” about it….don’t freakin’ go!!!

          • Horse Crazy :

            Seriously. Why does respecting somebody’s customs (which aren’t discriminatory and don’t hurt anyone) bother you so much?

        • Catholic wedding guest :

          Listen, I get that this is an important and meaningful ceremony for the bride and I’m down to bite my tongue and support her in this moment that is important to her. However I have a bit of a hard time being super thrilled with the Catholic churches vew on women and the lack of female leadership (not a uniquely Catholic problem). I’m also athiest, so it’s a ceremony that isn’t significant to me, with an organization where I don’t feel very welcome. I know lots of people will disagree with this, but it is truly how I feel. (Not trying to start an argument here)

          • This seems pretty unkind and unyielding, and I somewhat think this comes from the privilege of not having had to accommodate different cultures. I’m Indian Muslim, so it’s not some personal stake in Catholicism that’s got my hackles up about this. I feel like you think you’re being principled (which I genuinely admire), but in fact you’re being kind of superior and very very disrespectful. Most every affiliation has its imperfections – we take from them what makes sense for us. You may identify as atheist, for example. There are some atheist leaders who are dogmatic and sneering and superior – but I don’t think that means atheism in itself should be judged (just those particular leaders) and I wouldn’t be grumbling about attending the wedding of an atheist friend who might incorporate, I don’t know, unitarian traditions.
            It’s not a clean example, but hopefully it somewhat makes sense.

          • Catholic wedding guest :

            It’s a bit unkind. I’ll admit that and appologize. I’ll also admit that I’ve gone a bit on the defensive. The bride has been policing what everyone is planning to wear to ensure that no one is wearing anything “sl$tty” (her word not mine). It’s rubbed me a bit the wrong way.

          • It’s sweet of you to reply- and that would bother me too, jeez! Im light of that, I can absolutely understand feeling defensive. I would too.

          • Linda from HR :

            I totally get having some problems with the church, but this wedding isn’t about you, it’s not about your politics or social leanings, it’s about the couple, and your role it to be there for the couple on their big day, and witness an important moment in their lives, which they have invited you to be a part of. I’d suck it up and go with the flow as much as I could. No one is forcing you to embody the church’s ideal version of womanhood while you’re at the ceremony, or make some kind of promise that you will take the church’s teachings on marriage into account in your own life once you leave.

        • Catholic wedding guest :

          I guess I’m just disappointed that I don’t have a way in this situation to express my support and respect for the bride that doesn’t feel disingenuous to me.

          • I don’t think you’re being disingenuous. As in, no one will suddenly think that you converted to X religion just because you did a bit of sitting and standing in unisson with a crowd who gathered to celebrate a bride and groom the way they (the couple) chose to be celebrated.

          • Anonymous :

            Gently… would you feel the same way if this were a Hindu ceremony? Or would you approach it as an opportunity to observe someone else’s culture?

            Even if you are from the same race, class, etc. as the bride… if she is religious – even if in name only – then you two do not share the same culture in a very significant respect. I encourage you to look at this as an opportunity to enjoy a peek into her life and her culture that you have never seen.

          • Catholic wedding guest :

            Respectfully, yes I would feel the same way. Im happy to observe whatever ceremony the couple has chosen, but where I’m struggling is that siting/standing feels a bit further than simply observing, at least to me.

          • The way is that you say, “I’m very happy for you. I wish you joy.”

            Just being present in a church isn’t disingenuous. It’s a building. If you really feel that even being present is disingenuous, skip the ceremony and go to the reception and wish the couple well there. If you don’t mention that you’re doing this they may not even notice. No one is taking a head count during the ceremony.

          • Senior Attorney :

            If you were my friend and we were talking about my (church with mass because it was important to my husband) wedding, I’d say “love you to pieces and I totally get it — why don’t you skip the ceremony and we’ll celebrate at the reception!” And in fact if you do that your friend probably won’t even know (the whole RSVP thing for weddings is all about the catering, after all).

            I’d much rather have you happy at the party than fuming at the ceremony. It just feels like bad vibes to me and nobody needs that at their wedding.

      • What is with your attitude?? You can’t bother to sit or stand where appropriate? Girl, please.

        • +1 Seriously. Sit/stand is not a big deal. My husband and I are both atheists in a hugely Catholic city and when we attend Catholic weddings we sit and stand but don’t kneel, sing, do the responses, or take communion.

      • joan wilder :

        If my faith led me to choose to be married in a house of worship for my denomination, I would be deeply hurt to know that you felt compelled to grumble about my traditions while ostensibly being there to support me. Just stay home if you can’t respect the choices of the couple getting married, and that includes their expressions of their faith during their ceremony.

        • Anonymous :

          +1 – I mean, I get it – Catholic Mass + wedding stuff means at least an hour of listening to other people talk. But mark it as an opportunity to experience the ritual for what it is, versus something to complain your way through. Someone went through the effort of picking out music and readings and writing a homily and all those other things.

          I mean, I went to a Greek Orthodox wedding once – the whole thing was in Greek. All I recognized was the “Kyrie Eleasons”. So at least your Catholic Mass is in English (and not Latin anymore)?

          • Try a 3 to 7-day traditional Moroccan wedding… but foreign friends all seem to find it fun so I guess it’s OK

          • The last Greek Orthodox wedding I went to I’m pretty sure they repeated everything (in Greek) three times, to my non-Greek ear.

          • Lana Del Raygun :

            Yeah, Byzantines love triples! You are not imagining that. :)

        • Greek anon :

          Agreed. If it is that offensive or uncomfortable to you to attend and sit/stand along with the crowd, simply don’t go to the church. Consider how rude that is to have a choice to stay or go and decide to go anyway only to grumble about it. I am Greek Orthodox and we invited friends of many different stripes and faiths to our ceremony, including Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, and my husband’s entire Catholic family. I was grateful so many could attend to celebrate with us, but I also understand there are some people that feel uncomfortable even being in a church. No problem – we were not out to make anyone feel uncomfortable or force them to do anything they did not want to do. (And also, I didn’t notice or ask people why they weren’t coming.) And I am really glad no one was telling me my faith and tradition were weird and grumbling about it. I have attended weddings in all of these faiths and was glad to be included.

          Remember- this isn’t about being respectful to the God(s) but being respectful to those who practice their faith in that tradition, in this case the bride. If you cannot step foot in a church, perhaps the most respectful gesture is to not attend the church service.

      • Anonymous :

        Dude just don’t go to the ceremony. It’s fine to go to the reception and skip the ceremony. Others may disagree but really a ton of people do it. Especially if there’s a Catholic gap.

      • Catholic wedding guest :

        I think grumble was the wrong word. I will privately express to my date that I am not entirely comfortable with every aspect of the day. Thanks all!

      • Anonymous :

        You should just not go to this. You clearly can’t be a grown up for along enough period of time.

    • DH and I are Jewish but his cousin married a Catholic woman and the wedding was Catholic. We didn’t take communion but otherwise I don’t think there was anything to participate in? I don’t recall kneeling or standing at all. But I agree you need to participate respectfully or not go. Non-Jewish men who attended our wedding wore yarmulkes. It would have been very disrespectful for someone to refuse.

    • Late to this party but still mildy appalled at your line of questioning- enough to comment here. I just got married, in a very liberal welcoming “good news” Catholic ceremony (ceremony, not a whole mass). We invited friends and family of all faith backgrounds, including atheists. One of my favorite moments of the day was looking back at the church filled with my absolute favorite people, who were all beaming back at me.

      If someone had chosen to sulk and grumble in the back alone at my wedding, it would have been noticeable and upsetting- to me and to my parents and the bridal party. If you choose to do that- you’re taking attention away from the celebration of love and commitment- you’re publicly drawing attention to yourself and your principles. There is a time and place to declare your principles- this is not it. If you can’t participate in the MINIMAL sitting/standing that is respectful as part of the ceremony, DO. NOT. ATTEND. Spend the time in your own way, meet them at the reception, and graciously allow them to be surrounded by people who respectfully and happily affirm their decision to marry in the Church. Do not take away this happy moment from the bride and groom. Let them bask in their love for each other and the love of their friends and family.

    • Anonymous :

      You can just sit in your seat, that’s fine. Or skip the ceremony if even that is too much. You don’t have to participate at all.

  2. Kat that dress from Target is open across the lower back. Definitely not work appropriate unless you wear a blazer or a sweater all day.

    • Kat, I love these sheathe dresses. They are very stylish, but the sleeveless does NOT really work for me in the office.

      As for the OP, yes, I agree. There is NO WAY I could wear this at work. Frank’s hands would be all over my back. And he is married! FOOEY on Frank!

      I got soaked walkeing to work yesterday (Sunday), as the manageing partner wanted all billeings out by the 15th. I sent mine out this morning so he can NOT squawk to loud, b/c I am now doeing over 60% of the firm’s billeings all by myself! It seems that w/o me, no one would be getting paid. Dad says I am the MVP of the firm. YAY if that is true!

    • Oh wow, glad you spotted that. I was just getting excited about that dress. That’s definitely not for work.

      • Thistledown :

        I’m looking at it now and the back looks fine? At least on my computer it’s not low-cut at all. Maybe the link was updated?

    • Not to be a total grump, but it would be nice if the recommendations on this s1te were a bit more…researched. The fact that Kat didn’t even click to see the different views of the dresses she was recommending is ridiculous. How much effort could it really be to click through and look at the dresses? (Forget about actually trying the items on or seeing them in person!)

  3. Reposting from this morning – Question/advice needed: My 30 yr old husband is an alcoholic – went to 30 day treatment program mid January this year to mid February. This treatment program focuses on the 12 step program and strongly encourages AA meetings and fining a sponsor. Fast forward…he came home and drank again on day 2 of being home and secretly/not so secretly continued drinking nearly daily ever since. Last week, I gave him an ultimatum that he return to treatment or I would leave. He had been going to 2 AA meetings a week since he came home, but he had not found a sponsor yet. This time, he switched to beer (vs. vodka before) because “he thought he could handle it.” He’s slated to come home again on April 26…does anyone have any advice for me or good online/book resources? I need to create some good boundaries for myself and potentially for him.

    • Have you tried al-Anon? They have a lot of good literature and many people who have gone through/are going through similar situations.
      Hugs… It can be really hard. Sounds like he’s back in treatment, so that’s a good sign. Hang in there.

    • Anonymous :

      Boundaries are for you. Are you going to stay if he continues drinking? Sounds like that is the question for you to answer. If you plan to stay, I’d look into Al-Anon.

    • Can he enter an intensive outpatient program (IOP)? The transfer from inpatient to home/complete freedom seems pretty abrupt. IOP has a lot of group meetings, so he actually gets to know and care about the people on the journey with him. That care helps foster a reciprocal relationship where he wants to be strong and stay sober to help them on their journey.

      AA is recommended in addition to IOP. In fact, often inpatient centers recommend attending 90 AA meetings in 90 days post-discharge. Has he tried several different AA meetings – different locations and different times? Groups can really vary so its important for him to try out a couple of different ones. There is an expression that you have to go to AA until you like it (and then once you like it you naturally just keep going). Finding a sponsor is very important, but it’s also not something that happens overnight because it requires a relationship.

      Al-Anon is important for you. And it’s okay to go and just listen. You don’t have to share or make any commitment to going. Just being in that room and hearing that you’re not alone or crazy is so comforting. “How Al-Anon Works” is the standard beginners book.

      I’ve been in your position and know how difficult and confusing it is. If you’re anything like me, you are probably researching and looking for someone to just tell you what to do, how to fix it, what the answer is so that you can solve the problem. Unfortunately, the disease of addiction doesn’t work that way. I, a rational person, kept trying to thinking about it logically. It helped a lot when I finally understood that addiction isn’t logical. Group family sessions are very insightful and helped a lot with this. I hope you have some at his inpatient facility or IOP program.

      Recovery is possible, but your goal has to be to maintain your happiness, whether he is sober or not. That requires detachment (which doesn’t necessarily mean physical separation) and a host of other skills that Al-Anon helps teach.

    • I’ve been there and here is what worked for me: I went to Alanon. I followed the advice in the beginner’s packet. I read How Alanon Works and also Alcoholics Anonymous. I went to open AA meetings to learn more about alcoholism. I read Codependent No More, and got a sponsor, and started working the steps. I got my own apartment a little over a year after my first Alanon meeting. I had just turned 37 and had to accept not only that I might lose my husband but that I might not ever get to be a mother. Four months later my husband took his last drink and has been sober for over five years. We have a 3-year-old and are pretty happily married. Alanon changed my life. Even if my husband hadn’t gotten sober, Alanon helped me see the problems in my own behavior and attitude. Good luck to you, Anon!

  4. Anonymous :

    If I were selling sleeveless sheath dresses, I would always show them with suggested over-the-top sweater or blazer options. I can’t wear sleeveless, both because of office dress code, and because of unfortunate self consciousness. So often, I see a nice sleeveless dress, but don’t buy it because I have nothing to match and don’t feel like further shopping.

    • Anonymous :

      +1

      I work in an icebox. If something doesn’t come with a jacket, it risks being paired with the fleece I keep on the back of my chair. But in reality, I probably wouldn’t buy it.

  5. IVF and Insurance :

    I just lost a great employee who took a new job because the other company’s insurance offered IVF coverage and ours does not. Apparently ours covers infertility treatments up to IVF but nothing IVF related.

    I know many of the women on here have undergone IVF – is it pretty commonly excluded from insurance coverage? Our plan is otherwise very broad and comprehensive, I was pretty surprised to learn that IVF wasn’t covered.

    • Anonymous :

      IVF is not covered under my relatively-Cadillac plan.

    • IVF is very rarely covered, and infertility in general has limited coverage with a lot of restrictions. Reproductive endocrinology office staff are wizards at decoding insurance benefits because they have to be.

    • Not sure you will see this, but as someone who very recently underwent IVF, it is very rarely covered. It is required to be covered in just 12 states and most policies that do cover some form of infertility treatment limit it to a couple rounds of IUI and maybe some of the IVF meds but that’s it. Very frustrating, particularly when Viagra and other meds like that are covered. Grrr…

  6. I’m in a clothing rut for better business casual attire and just signed up for Rent the Runway Update as a first step. Anyone have experience with this subscription or the Unlimited product and have suggestions or favorite brands you like that are available? I think there’s a good chance I’ll move to Unlimited if I like it but thought I’d start small.

    Thanks!

  7. Paging sorting the amazon brands :

    Pompom here.

    My only known way to avoiding all the duplicate, crappy factory stuff from questionable origins? Get your search narrowed to gender, clothing, item type, and then look for “Top Brands” as a filter on the top left. That usually works for me.

    • Mary Beth :

      Even that hasn’t been working great for me lately. Amazon seems really loose in their definition of “Top Brands.” I wonder how companies get themselves on that list.

      Amazon really needs to step up its clothing buying experience. It’s terrible.

    • thank you! i will try this strategy… worth a try even if it isn’t perfect.

  8. I LOVE Macy’s Kasper sheath dresses. Washable, petite, affordable and a very classic feel. They hold up WAY better than Lands End (NO bacon neck).

    • Me too! They also have some Kasper at Stein Mart, and there is almost always a coupon you can use there too.

  9. IVF and fertility treatments in general are rarely covered. I worked for a place that touted they covered infertility treatments, but they covered the first $500 of some super basic testing and a far cry from what it would actually take/cost to get someone like me with a suite of fertility-related issues pregnant.

    While I’m sure much of it is cost-related, I think some of the lack in coverage comes from people just not talking about infertility enough and therefore insurance policy decision makers (HR, CEOs, CFOs, etc.) not knowing what it takes/doesn’t take to provide that coverage to an adequate level. Someone raised it to former employer and they took steps to improve the coverage the following year, no questions asked. The HR people sincerely didn’t realize the coverage was as bad as it was.

  10. One word of warning – the Old Navy ponte sheath can be a little on the short side. I’m 5’6″ but have longer legs and a shorter torso. It is short enough on me that I don’t wear it to work much (and am glad I found it on clearance.)

    Old Navy does have some cute dresses for the summer – simple styles and colors – but I’ve learned the hard way to try everything on there first. Every time I just grab my size and go for it, I wind up with a questionably short dress.

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