Coffee Break – Milena Suede Wedges

Merona wedges have been a reader favorite for a long time — and I love the look of this red suede Milena wedge. Nice toe box, nice height, nice vamp — and all for $29.99 (save 20% when you spend $75) at Target.  (The gray and black also look great!) Women’s Merona® Milena Suede Wedges – Red



  1. This is a really nice color although the height is not enough for me!


  2. Am the only person who thinks that suede footwear is totally impractically in NYC? Love the cut otherwise!

    • Always a NYer :

      I totally agree. I love the cut and color of this shoe but won’t buy suede footwear because of its impracticallity. One wrong step and the shoe is ruined forever (pun intended) =p

    • I am in NYC, and wear suede shoes quite frequently. I have never noticed a problem and I cannot say I am particularly careful. Sometimes, I remember to spray them down with some suede protector, but most of the time not.

      As to these shoes, I tried on the Merona wedges way back when I first heard the raves here, and I have to say I found them to be incredibly uncomfortable for my feet. This past summer, I bought a really cute pair of open toe wedges from Target (from the Calypso collaboration), and while not initially uncomfortable, those shoes have worn horribly and now it feels like I have all the support of a cardboard box full of wet newspapers when I wear them. I guess to each their own, but for me, Target shoes are just not worth it.

    • Anonymous :

      I spray everything suede or delicate leather with camping spray (looks like a paint can, available in the sports/outdoor section of Target, etc.)… any potentially ruinous junk beads up and disappears or wipes away… it sometimes, rarely, darkens the tone, but as long as you spray consistently, no problem with that. Makes me unselfconcious and more ready to throw on and enjoy rather than baby and thus waste. Life’s too short to buy something beautiful then let it sit and sit. The spray finds a happy middle ground, cheap, no stress.

  3. I like these shoes, wonder if anyone has any feedback on whether they stay on? I have a lot of problems with my heels slipping out of shoes when they don’t have straps. I have a couple pairs of pumps that stay on my feet and am trying to figure out what the magic shared trait is among them.

    Also- for you job searchers out there, I just wanted to share a success story/tip…I was recently invited to interview for a job by someone I met at a conference. He said he was basically reminded of my existence when linkedin sent him an update about me. In fact, when I thanked him for the invitation, he said “thank linkedin, that’s what made me think of you.” So it can really work! He also seemed to appreciate how thorough my linkedin resume was. Anyway, if you are looking for a job, don’t give up on online networking – even though I was skeptical of how worthwhile it was, I had made a point to tweak my profile or add an update once a week or so to keep my name in people’s newsfeeds and it seems to have paid off. Best of luck to all!

    • We talked a lot about these shoes a while back in the winter threads when they were $29.99 back then too and I got them in purple. From one wear I almost died. They gave me humongous blisters and would not stay on. I haven’t worn them since.

      • I’ve got them. I can’t walk in them. My foot keeps coming out. I haven’t tried putting a heel thing in them yet, which may help. also, this is the first pair of wedges i own (strange, I know), so it may just be I would have trouble walking in all wedges, though I have no problem in heels of this height, so I’m not sure if that’s possible.

        • Anonymous :

          Wedges do wear differentely– they don’t flex and stay on, moving with you as other more attenuated heels do, so your foot has to do the accommodating. The shoe doesn’t keep on, the foot has to keep in. Doesn’t mean this particular pair wasn’t substandard, but wedges are a separate breed.

  4. Perfume threadjack :

    Hi ladies–I wanted to get some anonymous thoughts from peers about age and perfume. I’m a 30-year-old professional, and I guess should be into “sophisticated” or “classic” scents, but I am not. None of the upscale scents is “me,” or even has a scent I like. I wear perfume lightly, and for important work stuff none at all, but I am wondering about people’s reactions to the fact that I’ve been wearing Juicy Couture “Viva La Juicy” in spring/summer, and Valentino “Rock and Rose” for fall/winter. Is this ridiculous? (Be honest.) If yes, what do you advise? I like having a scent that feels like “me.” Thanks.

    • Diana Barry :

      I find perfume really distracting at work and so only wear it on social occasion. Some people are also allergic.

      That said, I wouldn’t worry that your perfume is not “classic”, at all!

    • Mountain Girl :

      I guess I am of the opinion that if your coworkers can smell your perfume and be able to identify the scent you are probably wearing too much fragrance. I view perfumes as being for me and DH pretty exclusively because nobody else (other than the kiddos and they don’t care) should be close enough to me to really be able to identify the scent. I work in healthcare so perfumes and scented lotions of any kind are strictly forbidden so YMMV.

    • I think it’s more about usage vs. what specific scents you wear.

      You wear it lightly and not at all for important work stuff, so you’re fine.

      As for the actual brands – who would ever know?? Unless you smell like a candy factory, or goth-patchouli, I doubt anyone you work with is going to object on the basis of “not sophisticated enough”.

    • I’m a 13 year old who wears Viva La Juicy in spring/summer as well. Never been attracted to anything Juicy Coture, but I LOVE THAT SCENT. Who cares what the brand is? Scents mix differently with everyone’s chemistry. If your associates and colleagues can identify your perfume from scent alone and then criticize you for it, well… they need to find a hobby.

      • haha, that’s supposed to read 31 year old. Oops.

        • Perfume threadjack :

          Thanks for clarifying! When I read your first comment I thought “No! That’s exactly what I was worried about, smelling like a middle schooler!” :)

      • I also wear Juicy Couture perfume, though I wouldn’t be caught dead in most of the clothes. It’s the original scent and I love it. Whenever I wear it (which is rarely) I get compliments from strangers!

      • Ive noticed that some perfumes I got a while back, which have been lying around smell totally different on me now – think 2 years later, although they smell exactly as they used to when sprayed on something like a tissue.
        They may have changed with time, but more likely its my different weight and metabolism and all. Yikes!

    • LadyEnginerd :

      Valentino Rock and Rose is my go to scent, and I love it! Personally, I use unscented deodorant and a spritz of perfume in the morning – I figure it’s not any heavier of a scent than I’d get from deodorant, and thus not unprofessional or a nuisance to my coworkers.

      Oh, and FWIW (and why I bought R & R), I think that anything where the main note is rose, by definition, classic. :)

    • Perfume threadjack :

      Thanks, all!

    • I love Versace Bright Crystal and hate Channel 5 on me – I too feel weird about it since I feel like I should like scents that line up more with my age and personal style, so you’re not the only one :)

  5. Dispatch from 7th Grade :

    I have learned that I will be working with a friend’s ex-boyfriend when my new job starts next month. They dated for all of college – it wasn’t a great relationship and it ended sort of badly, but I don’t think that they were particularly well-suited to each other. I don’t know him well and have no reason to think he’s a bad guy. I’m not concerned about any awkwardness in the office – he wasn’t my boyfriend, after all.

    Anyway, she knew of this potential run-in before I did and had been pestering me about it, and when I confirmed it today, she said, “Let me know if he asks about me.” He’s supposedly engaged to someone else. I don’t really think she wants to get back together with him, but she is single and frustrated with her search. I personally don’t want to be involved in their “relationship” (they’re not in touch) and, to be honest, I would be somewhat surprised if he asked me about her beyond inquiring as to how/what she is doing these days.

    I’m afraid she will want to know if he is asking about her, though. What’s the proper etiquette here? Is there a polite way to say “leave me out of this”?

    Sorry for the silly intrusion. Feel free to resume your grown-up lives :)

    • Speaking of being a grown-up, I think that gives you an easy out. Just say that at work–especially since you’re new–conversations with colleagues have been all business, and personal matters from the past haven’t come up. That gets you off the hook for having to either get in the middle or to say “nah, he never mentions you” and potentially hurt her feelings. And ideally, it will also give her a little nudge to let it go.

    • agree, simply say that your colleagues don’t discuss personal issues at work, and a conversation of that kind simply wouldn’t come up / wouldn’t be appropriate. “We don’t talk about personal stuff in my office …”

      As a fellow girlfriend I’m sure you also realize that it’s healthiest for her to cut off that line of inquiry anyway :)

    • Dispatch from 7th Grade :

      Thanks! I was mostly looking for a way to end/avoid that line of conversation without unnecessarily hurting her feelings – saying we don’t discuss such matters at the office should do the trick, I hope. :)

  6. Not an emergency, but... :

    Realized right before I left for work this morning that my freezer door was left open all night and everything defrosted. GROSS. I have only myself to blame, but it still sucks.

    Here’s what I *know* is in there: spinach, cheese, ice cream, fish sticks….

    Is any of this salvageable? I closed the door firmly and ran to work; won’t be home until 8 pm tonight to deal with it.

    PS love these shoes!

    • I would think any processed food and vegetables would be ok (so everything you listed should be fine). If you had frozen fresh meats, I’m not so sure about that but I’ve cooked things that I’ve left out for way longer than I should have with no ill effects, thankfully.

    • the ice cream is a lost cause.

    • if it actually defrosted, the texture will be off on some things but they probably won’t kill you unless they actually got warm. The cautious thing to do is to toss it, but I think if they were still cold but a little mushy they are are probably OK in the sense of being safe. However, you say they all “defrosted”, if you really mean they warmed up to room temperature, I would toss it all to be safe.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      How awful! How hot is it where you are? Where I am, it’s in the 60s/low 70s, which is not the same as the miserable heat wave many of you are suffering.

      The veg (peas, spinach, etc) is fine. The spinach may be a little watery, so be sure to squeeze the heck out of it before you use it, and I’d put it in a lasagna/ravioli filling or something.

      Any raw meat/egg whites/etc are not food anymore.

      The ice cream and cheese won’t taste good anymore and is not worth the calories. At this point, the water in the cheese/ice cream will have separated from the fat, and will form ice crystals if you try to refreeze – not worth the calories.

      Think of it this way – do you want to save $100 and not rebuy everything in your freezer just so you can risk food poisoning? Is it worth it. Another one of those tuition payments in the school of life, as one wise corporette said recently.

    • I dropped a full can of coffee on the kitchen floor this morning. I had already taken the lid off, of course. I know this doesn’t actually answer your question, but misery loves company.

      • Oh, and this actually should answer your question:

      • In this same vein – mentioned this earlier – I showed up for work today wearing two different shoes. One peep-toe, one not. Awesome. Also realized after an hour or so that I’d left my redweld of work I’d taken home for the weekend (and not touched) in the car, and had to go down to the parking lot at lunch. Fan-tastic.

        As for the freezer, maybe you can have some of it tonight, as though you’d purposely defrosted overnight. Otherwise I’d toss it all and start over. Food poisoning is not. fun.

        • I am so sorry this happened to you, but your story just made me seriously laugh out loud. I can so see myself doing this! Reminds me of last Thursday. I drove an hour to get to work, and realized I had left my laptop and work bag sitting just inside the front door at home…

    • Thanks, all. I’m pretty sure at least 3 ladies on this blog can solve ANY problem. Maybe we should start sending Corporette Advisors in shifts to the White House? lol

      And yes, I’m going to throw everything out but the spinach and possibly the fish sticks.

      • Been through 2 hurricanes where power was lost for weeks, not days. Initially we try to consume the defrosted meats by grilling them right away…probably too late for you to do that tonight. Everything else other than produce like potatoes and onions we end up tossing. That food safe website is great. Sorry you have to go through this ick.

        A neighbor once was rummaging in their freezer and took out a bag of shrimp and plopped it atop the freezer (she’s very tall) … never put it back. They went out of town for a week. Horrid.

        If you have smell troubles, I recommend Consan Triple Action 20 … available at hardware stores. It does a great job with any mildew/mold/smells and is not harsh. We go through alot of it when hurricanes hit.

        I woke up Sunday with a cold and last night it progressed (per susual for me) to laryngitis. Will croak through sessions today and then have to cancel/reset assessments from W and Th to next week and beyond.

        Is it a full moon for Corporettes this morning? Yikes.

      • I would throw the fish sticks out too.

        To commiserate: the last time I did this (with a standalone freezer) we had just stocked up at Costco and then promptly left on vacation for a week. In the middle of summer. I came home to $250 worth of meat, ice cream, and frozen entrees melting into a puddle on the utility-room floor. I cried. The smell was so bad my husband and I worked until 2 a.m. bleaching EVERYTHING just so the room didn’t smell like a slaughterhouse.

        ANYWAY – the advice you already got is good – I wouldn’t say the fish sticks are necessarily unsafe but I wouldn’t want to risk it, and the flavor/texture would probably be off anyway. Fish is not terribly resilient with temperature changes, even processed fish.

  7. I have these in gray and love them! And they don’t slip off my heels, in response to the poster above who was wondering. I have pretty narrow feet, but I don’t have an ongoing heel-slip problem, so YMMV.

  8. I already have three outfits in mind in my closet that MUST meet these shoes. They look so comfy too and will give my mostly black work wardrobe (lately) a much needed punch. Love!

  9. Anne Shirley :

    Thoughts on mirrors in law offices? My view is great, but sort of off to the side. A mirror would really bring it in, but is this too far beyond the pale?

    • I am not pro or con, but if your concern is that it will come off as vain, what about one of those mirrors that is broken up in panes to look like a window? Idon’t think something like that will not come across as a means of checking yourself out or whatever worse case scenario one can come up with.

    • I think it’s a good idea – just make sure the mirror is in a nice frame and fits in with the decor. You’re lucky to have a nice view!

  10. DC Kolchitongi :

    Threadjack: Has anyone else read Unnatural Selection? I downloaded it to my e-reader this weekend, meaning to read it on Metro and such, and ended up finishing the whole thing in an afternoon because I just couldn’t put it down.

    First of all…. I’m sure that everyone on this blog already knows how lucky they are to live in America…. but this book will really drive it home for you. I had the overwhelming urge to go give the Washington Monument a big hug.

    Second…. I already knew that American parents, or at least the segment of them that use adoption agencies and fertility clinics, show a significant preference for girls over boys. Now that I have read this book, I realize what a stunning reversal that is from the historical worldwide status quo. Unfortunately the author didn’t do much with it; she pretty much chalked it up to “American women want to buy their kids princess sh*t”. But since she wrote in such great detail about the social conditions that give rise to a preference for boys, I wish she had done the same for the preference for girls — even if the sample size is tiny at this point.

    What is it about upper-class Americans that they prefer girls over boys? Especially since in China and India, the educated upper-class parents show a much stronger preference for boys (/abort more girl babies) than the general population.

    What thoughts did everyone else have? (I clearly need to join a book club…)

    • Oooh, thanks for the recommendation. I am in a couple of book clubs but they prefer to read fiction. Other than for the clubs I read pretty much only non-fiction so I’m always looking for recommendations. I’ve added this to my Goodreads to read list! Sorry I can’t discuss with you. :-/

    • I’ve heard of that book, and have been wanting to read it, now I really want to get it. As for the girl preference in this country, I really think in our culture girls are more likely to take care of elderly parents, which might lead to a slight preference for girls. But, I have no statistics to back that up, just a feeling.

    • Haven’t read the book, but just off the top of my head, it seems to me that perhaps one reason parents who adopt may sometimes prefer girls is that conditions in countries like India and China are that much worse for girl babies, or maybe there are just more of them up for adoption. You read so much about parents preferring male children in certain parts of the world, or even here, that perhaps a desire to save all those baby girls just forms, consciously or not. I, obviously, don’t enough about the subject, but it seems like one possibility.

      In terms of older kids, I think that there is a perception — fair or not — that girls are better behaved, and so perhaps that plays a role too, in that parents might think (incorrectly or not) that girls will adjust better to the adoption process.

      This is all conjecture and speculation, of course, but I would imagine that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that adoptive parents would be susceptible to such thoughts. Still, of the people I know who have adopted, the primary consideration was finding a child to adopt — I don’t think anyone requested a gender (though all the adoptions I am familiar with did seek a child under two/three).

      • I was wondering some things along those lines, too (in particular the urge to adopt an international girl because the American adoptors know that girls are less wanted elsewhere). I also wonder if it’s not just plain that most people would prefer a child of the same sex as them, if for no other reason then the fact that that seems less terrifying to a new parent, and that women are driving the adoption process in American marriages, so their preferences are more prominant. Not sure if that’s true, but it sounds plausible.

        Almost all of our friends and family that have little kids seem to have girls, so I’m hoping that our first will be a boy, personally.

    • I haven’t read the book, but it seems like an interesting read. My guess is that upper class Americans have read the studies that show girls outperforming boys on most areas of academic performance. With all the upper class pressure to get children into the best schools, I think parents assume that if they have a girl, she will be easy to mold into that perfect student who will get into Harvard and Yale.

      I think of the situation in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother with Amy Chua and her two girls and wonder how it would have worked out if she had two boys instead. Even as it was, one of her girl children rebelled and decided she wanted to do sports. I grew up with many classmates who had parents like her and gender didn’t really seem to make any difference, but I can see this perception that it *could* make a difference as boys are thought of as more rebellious as girls.

    • My sister is adopted from China, and my co-worker’s daughter from South Korea. My sister’s (white) parents would have been happy with a child of either gender. However, the East Asian countries seem to only have girls in the orphanages, especially in China due to the one-child policy. These orphanages tend to be run ok, though problems abound. My sister’s orphanage in Hunan had no heat (no gov $ for it), so the babies were wrapped in many layers of blankets so they would stay warm by caring staff. This also meant her motor skills were severely delayed because she’d basically been in a well-meaning straight jacket for most of her life. The staff cried and hugged my sister when her parents came to get her, and wrote her notes. They took many pictures and saved the notes for my sister when she is a little older.

      They chose to adopt from China instead of Eastern Europe (where boys are available) because the orphanages in Eastern Europe are widely reputed to be poorly run and to hide physical and mental conditions from the would-be parents. They trick you into going to pick up the baby you were promised, and then discover the baby has fetal alcohol. Great if that’s what you expected and signed up for, but very upsetting if you were promised a healthy child. As for Central America (boys available), there are concerns that children in those orphanages are sometimes there because they were taken from their parents and/or sold. I’m not aware if they considered Africa or India.

      It’s very difficult to adopt an American baby (boys available) with confidence – parental laws are so strong here that the baby, perhaps now a toddler, can get taken back by its non-consenting but unaware-at-the-time-of-adoption biological parent, or a biological parent that simply changes his/her mind. Typically, a mother gives her baby up for adoption, signs off on all the paperwork, and then either has second thoughts a few years later, or the father who didn’t know he was a father re-enters the picture wanting his child back from the adoptive parents. A nightmare scenario for an adoptive parent.

      Also, I think the book has it backwards. Upper-class Americans don’t prefer girls. Adoption is incredibly expensive ($40k++) and not covered by insurance of course, so upper-class Americans can better afford adoption, skewing the adoptive parent pool. Combine that with their understandable risk-adverse preference for a good orphanage i.e. China/Korea, and those cultures’ preferences for sons, that can help explain the result of most American adoptive parents (who happen to be upper-class) ending up with girls.

      • DC Kolchitongi :

        The chapter on this subject is pretty brief, but the author does cite sources to the effect that adoption agencies get more requests for girls than for boys. (Granted, I don’t think it said what % of prospective parents make any gender request in the first place.) She also reports that fertility clinics which offer pre-conception “gender selection” (a process that sorts the X-sperm and Y-sperm apart) get the overwhelming majority of their business from clients wanting girls. While neither adoptive parents nor fertility-clinic clients are representative of society at large — and obviously, sperm selection is not the same order of magnitude as a 20-week abortion — in my opinion it’s still pretty remarkable that observable “girl preference” exists in any population at all.

        BTW — Interesting comments on the adoption process. Wishing happiness for your parents and new sister!

      • Two thoughts in response.

        First, our adoption agency stated that any potential adoptive parents which did not have kids could not request a specific gender of child. If you already have kids, then you can … if there’s a good reason (e.g., you have three boys and always wanted a girl). This is not uncommon.

        Second, anon, you’ve simplified what happens with FAS in Eastern Europe. The reality is that FAS can be hard to diagnose and even harder if not much is known about the child’s background. It’s not necessarily about tricking adoptive parents. My son has FAS. It wasn’t clearly in his medical records, but we knew how to read between the lines to figure out what’s going on. We also knew, from our research and preparation, that definitions of a “healthy child” can vary widely.

    • I can’t speak for the American preference for boys, but in India and most of South Asia, sons take care of their parents until death. Historically, daughters were married off and went to live with their in-laws, and as crude as it sounds, it was a resource issue because the parents invested in a child who would grow up and leave (versus stay and work on the land, bring money home, etc.). This is still the case for many families in South Asia – many daughters still move in to their in-laws homes whereas with sons, the daughter in law moves in with the family bringing extra help around the house (cooking, cleaning, childcare, etc.). And even though it’s illegal now, you can’t forget the dowry system and the level of debt some families go into to marry off their daughters – with sons, the family would receive a hefty sum (now in the form of new cars and homes in some cases) in return for taking their daughter. I should add that traditionally the dowry is for the daughter to take with her as a form of financial security but it’s morphed into something completely different.

      It will be interesting to see how this plays out with a shortage of women for men to marry in states like Uttar Pradesh, India. Some of the ratios are so heavily skewed that I think the dowry system may have to be reversed (where men would have to pay versus women).

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      • Two thoughts: (1) Unlike many cultures where boys tend to remain close to their birth families while girls become part of their husbands’ families, in the US the perception is that married men join their wives’ families. It is documented that women are more likely to be primary caregivers for elderly parents and (2) This is probably a very minor contributor, but I know a couple who used pre-conception gender selection to increase their chances of a girl because of a gender related genetic condition.

      • Am Indian, one of 2 daughters. Thankfully our parents are gender blind though I know loads who aren’t….

        In China, only sons can provide funeral rites. Same in India. This is a big deal. Also boys work ‘on the land’ in poor, labour intensive, agricultural countries, girls are not perceived (physically) to be capable of this.

        Also while dowry perpetuates gender selection, it’s ironic that it originated as a way to ensure the family wealth was shared with daughters (sons get land, house, girls get $$). But now abused so it has become like a “payment for marriage”.

        • oh, and in India, there was previously the concept of bride price. i.e. you pay the bride’s family to marry her. Not sure why it stopped:)

    • My dad said he always thought girls were easier because boys wreck cars. (I always thought boys were easier because girls get pregnant.)

      Joking aside, in a lot of countries, the wife “belongs” to the husband’s family. You raise a daughter, and then she goes off to be someone else’s. In the US, it’s usually the daughter who stays closest to her own family, while sons tend to get sort of absorbed into their in-laws’ family. I read a study about this recently; I think it was written up in the NYT. I think that explains a large part of the preference for girls.

      I also think that both parents tend to bond with their daughters. Moms want a little girl just like them, and dads want a little princess who adores them. A daughter is always the darling of the family. People feel like their household isn’t complete without one. I don’t think parents tend to feel quite the same way about boys. Plus, in the US, girls can do anything that boys can (broadly speaking) – we can even keep the family name after we get married – so there’s no real drawback to having a daughter while in most of the world, there’s at least a perceived drawback to having daughters.

    • Haven’t read it, but based on your comment, it’s going on my “reserve” list at the library. Thanks!

  11. Threadjack:

    I finally booked a job interview for an AMAZING position after 4 phone interviews, and I’ll be talking to 2-3 people at the end of the week. The position offers amazing (and interesting, I hope) advancement, great benefits, and it is literally next door (vs. across the country). I just booked an emergency personal shopping appointment at Nordstroms for THE interview outfit. I said I would look at suit and mixed separates – I need to go for something a bit on the edgier side of classic/professional. (“Digital” is in the job title.) And I am SO nervous. I hope they can help me find something good. If so, I think I will start using their service regularly to help me build a wardrobe that supports my “brand.” Eek. Oh, and when I was in there yesterday just getting the lay of the land and checking out prices, I couldn’t get anyone to help me if I was on fire. :-/ I am going to be a wreck all week. Has anyone else managed to “reinvent” themselves during a job transition? I’m pigeon-holed and stagnating where I am right now, and it’s really been messing with my head. I’m also 20+ pounds heavier than the last time I interviewed for anything, which is why I feel like I need help finding that perfect suit/outfit. So much rides on perception when there’s so much competition these days…

    • Anonymous :

      Breathe. just get something that makes you feel like $1M and it will show.

      • I know it’s meant well, but I find it so condescending to be told to breathe when I’m really worried about something. Akin to being told by random strangers to smile while out in public.

        /pet peeve.

    • I am sure you will do great. Congratulations on finding such a fantastic opportunity – I am sure your enthusiasm for the position will come across. Don’t forget to snip any threads holding the back of your jacket/skirt together, and best of luck! :)

      • Okay, so now I’m really freaking out. And breathing. Truly, there have been moments in the past week where I swear I may have forgotten to breathe. Can’t tell if it’s just my imagination or if I really have been holding my breathe. So I guess sometimes the reminder is necessary.

        Anyway, I have no suit. I’m so disappointed. I have a rocking black pencil skirt with an interesting belt detail (polyester, not very different from what I already own) and two identical knit drapy tops (black and dark lavender), also very similar to what I own. All Classiques. I couldn’t find a blazer/suit to save my life, and I feel like all the shopper did was run sizes for me. Yes, the black on black combo looks sharp (and I know I will rock it with leopard calf hair pumps), but it’s not an interview outfit. Not a double-your-salary interview outfit. I was close to crying half the time. And she wasn’t exactly helpful trying to convince me to get a $400 Theory blazer with one button that didn’t go with the skirt and looked horrible on me. My husband liked the outfit I got a lot, but again, I don’t want to go into an interview in a sleeveless top. Maybe for a follow-up meeting, but not the interview. And nothing looked good over it at all. This position will act as an external spokesperson – I need to inspire confidence w/a modern edge. Argh.

        I’m freaking. It’s probably going to happen on Thursday, I have a business dinner tonight, and I’m booked all day Wednesday. I am going to go to the mall today over lunch and try Ann Taylor. At least I’ve had success there in the past. Plus, what I’m really looking for is separates. A blazer I can really rock with jeans later and wear all season (bc I’m in Florida), etc. This is a horrible time of year to find something. So much chunky tweed.

        • It took me so long to find a suit to interview in and the only one I found that fit properly was a dark aubergine with jewel button detailing. I was freaking out because it wasn’t the “classic” navy or black but it was all I could find. The company is a global corporation and I figured everyone I met would be in a suit. Turns out my worrying was for nothing because I was the only one in a suit the day I interviewed. I got the job, with the aubergine suit, and have not had to wear a suit since. Which figures because I just found a bought the perfect navy pantsuit.

          Anyway, short of telling you to relax and exude confidence, I think a black pencil skirt with a 3/4 sleeve black knit top would be very appropriate for your interview. Because you said this position is more on the creative side, I don’t think it will be held against you if you don’t have on a suit. While I love me some leopard pumps, I wear a pair of shiny black patent leather pumps for the interview. I love all-black ensembles and think it looks sleek and modern. Maybe add a colorful scarf?

          Best of luck with the interview and be sure to update us with how it goes!!!

        • Complete Stranger's Well-Meaning Advice :

          Please calm down. Your outfit is important, but this is an interview, not a photo shoot, so it’s much more critical that you are relaxed and confident and able to express your interest and enthusiasm for this job rather than just “look” the part. Beyond a certain bar – which you appear to have passed – your outfit is only going to get you so far.

          This is all obvious, but your above post sounds like you might be losing a little perspective. They want to interview YOU, not your clothes. And if they had to choose between an exquisitely attired but nervous wreck of a candidate vs. someone who was dressed more neutrally but really nailed the interview questions – who do you think they would choose? I work in with plenty of people who have “digital” in their job title. (We’re a big media company.) Everyone still cares a lot more about qualifications than clothes.

          I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience at with your shopper either, and perhaps you will have better luck at AT … but much more importantly, good luck on the interview itself!!!

        • What about other department stores? Lord & Taylor (they might have personal shoppers, too), Macy’s, Dillards, etc. You might be able to find a nice jacket. Also, it depends on the individual stores, but sometimes places like H & M and Zara could have jackets that look professional but have a bit of an edge. No, they won’t last for years, but you really only need it to last a few hours, right?

          Also, keep in mind that they seem to really want YOU. To go through 4 phone interviews and then invite you in seems, to me, to show interest. Four phone interviews should be enough to give them an idea of your qualifications and general personality, now they just want to see you in person. Also keep in mind that it’s not all on you – they need to convince you that this would be a great place for you. It sounds like this is a great opportunity for you, so try to focus on that and take happiness from it.

          • Thanks to everyone above. I am just very, very excited, and I am a major perfectionist. I know what I want to project, and for me, that includes the smallest details. It probably doesn’t help that I am currently employed in a place where shoes can make or break your upward mobility. Literally.

            I’m also more nervous bc although their feedback so far has been tremendously positive (calling me “golden needle in the haystack” based on my “eclectic resume” upped the pressure considerably), the link between my experience and what they originally wanted is very indirect.

  12. Hello! I was wondering if any of you have attended/ are attending the part-time MBA program at NYU. What has your experience been like? What do you think of your cohort? What advice might you have for someone thinking of applying?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Check out the forums and blogs and poets and quants blogs. There will be an NYU part-timer in the blogs on Businessweek. For PT, make sure to get a sense of what kind of recruiting access you get–many schools restrict PT access to OCI because the PT students are, in many cases, subsidized by current employers, so make sure you factor that in (not sure if that’s true for NYU though).

      • Thanks! Was just looking at Poets and Quants; will check out the Businessweek blog.

  13. Little Lurker :

    Hey Anon — I don’t have an MBA, but you’re commenting late enough in the day that you probably won’t get the response you’re looking for. If you can wait a week, I suggest you try asking on the Weekend Open Thread for better results!

    (Otherwise, try threadjacking one of the TPSs at the very top!)

  14. Travelling Lots :

    These shoes are terrific. I have been travelling 3 out of 4 weeks for the past 3 months (multiple cities, multiple continents, flights, trains, cars, stairs, you name it – I’ve had it) and they are both light and comfortable. They go with my suit, pencil skirt, and dresses.

    I only wish I could go to target to get another pair! Sadly, my travels don’t take me into US.

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