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Workwear sales of note for 6.07.23:
- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 20% off purchase
- Boden – 20% off new styles
- Eloquii – Up to 50% off everything
- Express – Extra 50% off clearance
- H&M – Up to 60% off: 100s of new styles added
- J.Crew – Extra 50% off sale styles
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; extra 60% off clearance
- Loft – 40% off dresses; 30% off full-price styles; extra 40% off sale styles
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty.
- Shopbop – Extra 25% off sale styles
- Sue Sartor – Lots of cute dresses on sale!
- Talbots – Everything is buy 1 get 1 50% off
Other noteworthy sales:
- CB2.com – Up to 40% off; pop-up sale up to 30% off
- Tuft & Needle – Save up to $775 on mattresses (Reader-favorite brand; Kat really likes hers!)
- West Elm – Up to 25% off in-stock furniture; up to 60% off clearance
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At Target, “Juniors” seems to mean “too inappropriately short for anything other than clubbing.” The reviews seem to bear that out. I suspect that for those of us over 5′ tall, this will be a pass.
They look really nice over leggings or skinny jeans if they’re too short for you. Black leggings with some tall black boots perhaps?
Yes, but most of us can’t wear leggings to work.
If something is too short for me to wear with tights, it’s also too short for me to wear with leggings. Leggings are not pants!
Always a NYer
That seems to be a big discussion topic this week. I think Kat needs to do a post on just that – “Leggings are not pants!”
found a peanut
This is just simply not true. A sweater that just grazes the bottom of your tush can’t be worn with tights but can be worn with leggings.
absolutely not for work! at least for me
Not to work it can’t. Seriously, I would send someone home if she showed up in that.
Leggings should not be worn to work. Period. Even if you can get away with them, you’re not doing yourself any favors with that sort of image.
found a peanut
I didn’t limit my comment to work-appropriate wear…neither did the poster to whom I was responding…
No one ever said leggings were pants- that dress would definitely cover your butt. Also I think if a boot covers most of your leg it’s a little different, since really the only part of the legging you would see is at the knee. You could also wear black stockings…
I agree with other posters – the “leggings are not pants” thing, I believe, means that your tush/crotch/etc areas should not be visible when you are wearing leggings, but can be visible when you are wearing pants. You can go shorter with leggings, because they are more substantial leg coverings than tights. You just shouldn’t be exposing your bum.
mamabear- if you’re reading (I read the thread where you asked about this too late), Lid-Care is the best eye makeup remover I’ve come across. It’s made by Novartis and is super gentle. I used to always have residue from my makeup even after washing it off and this stuff really does the trick! I buy mine at the drugstore.
SF Bay Associate
On that topic, I was going to try the Neutrogena lotion someone recommended, but then I came across boxed 2-packs of the Neutrogena oil free makeup remover I usually use at Target, for the same price as one bottle. At least at my Target, the boxed two-packs were in the Neutrogena makeup section, but not the facial cleanser/makeup remover aisle, where it was just one bottle for the normal $7.99 price. 2 for 1? Yes please. Guess I’ll try that lotion next time!
Shoot! I paid $9 for one bottle at Walgreens. This is the first of the suggestions that I’ve tried, though I do wish I didn’t have to do the cotton ball thing. :)
I can’t imagine using a cotton ball! Use a cotton pad. So much less linty. The Target brand are thicker and better for eye makeup remover. The Walgreens brand are completely lint-free and best for nail polish remover.
I am listening! Thank you! I am making my way through several suggestions but I will look for the Novartis Lid-Care. I love hearing about really good drugstore products.
someone mentioned it yesterday but i also use pond’s cold cream to remove waterproof mascara. i’ve since switched mascaras but cold cream was the best thing ever and it was moisturizing.
I have a sweater dress from BR that is something like this, but it’s charcoal, does not have flared sleeves, and hits just above the knee. (Thus I wear it to work, while I would not wear this one to work.) I do a button-front shirt underneath it! The collar does not compete with the cowl, it looks dressier, and especially if the shirt is striped or a bold color it adds interest.
I love doing button downs under dresses. I just found a Jill Sander midi wool dress at a consignment shop (v-neck), and it looks great with a button down underneath and belted.
I’m also hesitating since its from the Juniors department and the thing that I look for the most in a tunic is appropriate length. I want something that hits mid-thigh so I can wear it with skinny jeans or leggings. Has anybody found a good sweater tunic this season they would recommend?
I don’t know if you have a J Crew outlet store near you, but they had an adorable, heavy sweater, perfect length tunic when I was there this past weekend. Alas, it was not on sale so I didn’t pull the trigger. It has short sleeves, but I think it would look adorable with a long sleeve tee underneath!
Here it is – apparently it IS on sale… but just not that great of a sale:
that’s pretty much the lamest ‘sale’ i’ve ever seen. $5 off an $80 item, jcrew? seriously? good grief.
it does look like a great sweater/tunic though …
Very lame. I don’t think it even claimed to be “on sale” at the outlet store.
Boden. I will try to post a link but really there are many cute options. I’ve been getting one every season, they wear super well, just wait for a 20% off promo.
Salit-a-gator, check out style D33127 at Talbots. I’ve always been very skeptical of Talbots, but this worked out really well. (For sizing, I’m 5’7, about 130 and I got the small. It’s high-mid thigh and definitely covers the entire rear!) I got the charcoal color and really love it.
How does it wear? I see there’s some poly it it — are you getting any pilling?
Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!
Boden’s having 15% off and free shipping today, 10% off and free shipping tomorrow… and I think it’s 2.5% off on ebates…
Trying again, since my comment was stuck in moderation – Boden’s having 15% off and free shipping today, 10% off and free shipping tomorrow… and I think it’s 2.5% off on e.b.a.t.e.s…
I just got this and love it (no, you don’t have to follow their suggestion to pair it with leggings!)
Does anyone have any recommendations for (non-button down) long-sleeve blouses that can be worn underneath a suit? I am a new grad, and I currently have very few long sleeve shirts for work. I live in Florida, so lightweight shirts are perfectly fine. Thanks, ladies!
I was in Talbots recently and they had a lightweight silky (guessing not actual silk) scoopneck blouse in cream, black and a lovely houndstooth. Tried on and unfortunately didn’t work on me (long waisted and curvy – gave me the “is she pregnant or did she have a giant lunch” appearance), but that might not be an issue under a suit jacket.
Jcrew talitha blouse.
I actually really like the Gap perfect fit long sleeve tees for under jackets. I’m not in a formal office but find they work well for me and look totally acceptable if I am running around sans jacket. I like the v-necks and scoop necks (when they have them) because I can wear a really great statement necklace.
I like the LOFT long-sleeved tees under a suit.
i love them. to accessorize, pull your hair back and wear pretty earrings. necklaces or scarves just distract from the nice curves of the cowl neck itself, IMO.
on another note, when did J Crew turn into Kate Spade? I can’t tell them apart anymore, what with the red lips – pale skin – 50-60’s lady vibe going on. Is this a recent thing, or am I just out of it?
Same here (on cowl necks) – great for adding some curves for us flat chested ladies! I skip the necklace though, and I’m not really a broach person. Earrings are enough if you have an interesting neckline going on.
Hey, I made the 11th comment on 11/11/11! Yay for me!
Always a NYer
I actually hate cowl necks! They never look right on me – the opening always leans towards one side.
That’s the point. I love them.
Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler
I’m not really feeling this, not because I don’t like it, but because I can’t visualize what it will look like on me. Is anyone else tired of stores not using models or at least a mannequin to showcase the clothes?
Also, I’m in need of some advice. I managed to get an interview (for an internship with the potential to turn into more) with the Attorney General’s office in my state. Any advice either on interviewing or on things an AG’s office typically looks for in its applicants?
Thanks in advance.
Read all of the interview tips http://www.askamanager.com and watch her free video about interviewing
Track down friends or friends of friends or anyone who might be working at an AG’s office in your state (or another state) and have a long chat with them about their daily tasks, useful/relevant law school courses, what they like/dislike about the job.
If you click on the green color, you’ll see a random stuffed bear. (Weird.) But if you then click to zoom on that, you can see the dress on a model. It looks like it hits mid-thigh.
Hahaha – thanks for pointing that out!
Yowzaa, is this too short! The description says “above the knee”, which I take to be a couple of fingers. This is more like mid-thigh.
I interned at my state AG’s office. I was told that what they look for is public interest work (especially if it was government-related, doesn’t need to be legal work), a local connection (family lives in the area, went to school in-state, etc.), and the usual grades/journal experience or published article, etc. For permanent hires, extra points for moot court/trial advocacy, judicial clerkships, and prior internship with the AG’s office.
Do you have any connections to the office? If you do, I hope you’ve used them by now (to get the interview), and I don’t think you need to mention the person again in the interview unless it comes up organically. If not, I would scour your professional contacts for anyone who has come out of the AG’s office and might be willing to make a call or email for you. Personal connections are valuable for any job, but in my state, this is especially true for the AG’s office.
For the interview specifically, I can only echo what other people have already said- emphasize public interest (i.e. that you don’t care much about the money) and that you want to get real substantive experience quickly.
I am an assistant attorney general. I think the factors that helped get me hired were: I am under 50 years old, I grew up in the state, and I was eligible for participation in the state pension plan (most people younger than me aren’t). All these things mean I am likely to stick around for 20-25 years. It is a huge concern in my state that educated and professional workers are getting older every year, and each time someone retires we lose 20-30 years’ worth of institutional knowledge.
P.S. Good luck!
I am also an Assistant AG. Prior real experience (clerking, internships at firms, clinic work), strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and desire to work hard are always things we’re looking for in new candidates and interns. Really show that you are the “yes” person during your interview, and that you will be that kind of person in your employment. Always taking on new work, even if it isn’t in an area I practice in or I’m even interested in, has led me to move up to better cases a lot faster than my peers. You can also tell that the “yes” intern gets much more interesting projects than those who are just interested in filling a line on their resume and are just clocking in from 8 to 5.
Any sort of advanced legal research and writing, oral advocacy, criminal law (you’ll be exposed to it even if it’s not what you want to do!), or administrative law classes that you can take during law school will probably benefit you while you are in the job as well.
saggy, baggy and cowl, oh my
+15 for making me laugh
Andrea @ Imwaytoobusy
Not exactly my office style. I think this is more for college-aged worker bees.
Trying again because stuck in moderation:
Corporettes, I need some advice on following up in the job search process. I’m a new attorney, and interviewed at a boutique firm.
Synopsis: Had two interviews, sent all the thank yous. For the last couple years firm has not hired any newly minted attorneys. A couple of weeks after the second interview, I got a call saying they wanted to make me an offer but weren’t ready to yet. In the meantime, I was taking another professional exam. The firm could not tell me when they may/if ever would be able to make an offer, but to call them after exam.
So said exam is done, and they currently have postings seeking experienced attorneys. I surmise they may be comparing me to more experienced candidates. So I’m wondering if I should reach out to them or wait for them to contact me? On one hand I know everyone there is busy, and if they wanted to make me an offer they would. On the other hand, I said I would be in contact, but I don’t feel like I have much to say except, “hey do you think you’ll ever make me an offer? Are you comparing me to more experienced attorneys and is only one of us going to get an offer?”
I would call them, just to ask about the status of your application. They did suggest that you contact them after the exam, so it won’t seem strange. Make it clear that you are still very interested and want to make sure there isn’t any other information that might help them reach a decision.
They told you to contact them after your exam, so I would definitely do that if you are interested in the job. I don’t think it is appropriate to ask if they are trying to compare you to more experienced lawyers, but I would tell them you are still very interested in working with them. Also, I think it is ok to ask again what their time frame is in terms of making you an offer.
Thank you! I guess it is reasonable to ask for a time frame. They did initiate the last communication, but I just hate to be a nuisance. I absolutely abhor when I have to reach out to someone twice to get an answer, because generally if I don’t respond to an email or voicemail it’s because I’m busy, not because I’ve forgotten! At work I end up do having to email/call people more than once to get an answer on things, but I hate to initiate contact twice in a row in job seeking or dating!
As someone who has been there and is now on the other side, I would say definitely contact them. If I tell someone to get back in touch with me at a certain time, it is because I definitely want to hear from them, and I know I have so much on my plate that I am likely to forget otherwise. I appreciate when people follow up! I know it feels like a nuisance right now, but it really isn’t. Good luck!
Also, if I told someone to follow up with me and they didn’t, I would think they are not that interested.
If this is a patent firm, I can tell you that, being on the other side, you should definitely contact them. Patent attorneys tend to be flaky.
I’d contact HR and after a day or so, contact one of your interviewers. I’d choose an interviewer you got along with really well. HR in small firms is usually one person who is a recent graduate so she is just overwhelmed. I’ve had to be a behind-the-scenes cheerleader for job candidates to make sure they got their offer. I really don’t mind doing it for someone I want hired. Just be sure to thank them on your first day for helping you follow-up.
karenpadi, I want to hire you as my career coach, bc I am also “Contemplating Patent Law.” Rest assured, if I get this offer I will not need to attempt to infiltrate your industry.
The HR woman (I believe it is a department of one) was the last to contact me, but I was contemplating contacting the hiring partner who was “sold on me” in the first interview, so I’ll do as you advise.
Thank you so much for you input, I am continually amazed at the advice and support that is available here!
L (and anonypatentlaw or something like that)
Ha! This is exactly what I was thinking karenpadi! My reg number and bar number somehow made me way more flaky than I used to be.
“I’m calling, as you requested, to let you know I’ve finished the exam” or something to that effect shouldn’t be so hard.
Maybe they just want to see if you can act polished, like a professional, and not freak out over a phone call
Several weeks ago, a number of you posted about the experience of having thigh-highs fall down while you were walking or otherwise in public. I have been wearing thigh-highs for years and never had such a problem, so you when you posted this I figured your items were old, or the wrong size, or you had otherwise done something wrong.
I hereby apologize! Yesterday I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work, and as I was entering the store I felt my stocking, which had been fine all day, start to slip down. As I frantically made a grab at it, though my pencil skirt, an old man leaving the store stopped next to me, leaned over, and whispered loudly, “Nice leg!” I was too busy trying not to let the thing fall down to deal with him or with the woman who was giving both of us a shocked stare. I had to hobble to the bathroom clutching my leg all along the front of the row of checkout counters – it was mortifying.
Corporettes, when anyone ever complains about wardrobe malfunctions again, I will not doubt you. Retribution for my previous unbelief has been visited upon me.
This made my laugh. Honestly, I didn’t get it either till the same thing happened to me while I was walking down the street. I quickly tucked them into my boots and proceeded on my way – but swore off thigh-highs. I couldn’t imagine what I would have done if that happened to me while I was walking down the hallway with a colleague.
WorstWardrobe Malfunction Ever
Have to share this one (Warning, TMI coming): A few months ago, my husband and I went out for a very nice dinner. I wore a dress, and some satin undies that tied at the sides, since it was a special date night. Well, we were walking around downtown after dinner, and all of sudden, I noticed a little strap of black satin poking out from under my dress. One side had come undone! I tried to hold it through my dress, when the other side came undone! I wound up having to whip them off and stuff them in my purse. God, I hope that there were no cameras around and that no one but my husband (who, by the way, found it hilarious) noticed!
Haha! That is hilarious.
Thank you for that story. You made my day.
Oh, this made my Friday!
Haha double knot them next time!!
Isn’t that a “thing” some women supposedly do to get the guy’s imagination going for later?
I got this cowl neck sweater dress from Ann Taylor recently that I like a lot. I wear it with earrings and cuff bracelet. http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Apparel/AT-Dresses/Merino-Wool-Cowl-Neck-Sweater-Dress/267103?colorExplode=false&skuId=90465284&catid=cata000012&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=1000
And I got it when they had a 40% off everything sale and I stacked it with a 30% coupon code someone had posted on here – yeah!
Good pick! I haven’t been back to AT for awhile – was disappointed by how my purchases held up after wear. How has this dress been working for you – does it hold its shape after wear? Pill? (Of course, with a good discount this matters less, but still.)
Cat – I’ve only worn it once so far, but it held its shape fine.
So pretty! I got a similar sweater dress at Ann Taylor outlet in burgandy that I love. But I am thinking of getting this one in teal. Thanks for the suggestion!
I bought the same dress but couldn’t get the cowl to lay down correctly without looking really silly. Ended up returning it. The colors (eggplant, teal) are gorgeous though.
Pretty! Love the Lunar Sky color.
i have this dress too and love it. but i, too, have only worn it once. i had to fiddle with the cowl neck to get it to lay right but once it did, i really liked it.
For some Friday fun also had to share this dress that I just saw on the AT website. It would be great if you were appearing in “Swan Lake” not sure where else you would wear it.
That’s funny. Fashion inspired by Bjork?
Haha! Further, I can’t imagine such a structure is very flattering to the thigh region.
I’m actually wearing this right now.
With a blazer and opaque tights, it could go anywhere!
Imagine sitting down – there would be a big feather lump just under your thighs.
Ehhh. I see this working on a younger (under 30) woman, with a great figure for a holiday party.
PSA: I’ve been lusting after the Jcrew No. 2 pencil skirt in double surge wool and just noticed they added two new colors – a very nice light blue and a Elle Woods type pink. I’m personally torn between the heather acorn (light camel) and the viridian green (green teal). I have to confess that THE pencil skirt from Nordies did not work out for me, so I’m pretty excited about the No. 2 as a winter option.
I love this skirt! I am wearing it right now in the charcoal, and I bought the navy tweed as well. It’s kind of crazy expensive for a skirt, if you ask me, but they fit so well, and seem like such good quality (unlike most of J.Crew’s stuff these last couple of years), that I got them anyway. I will definitely get more colors if/when they go on sale. I like the heather acorn, too.
I hear you – THE skirt from Nordies is only 1/2 that much, so I’m hesitating on pulling the trigger on the No. 2. Glad to hear you like it!
I got this skirt in vibrant flame and viridian green and they’re my favorites. I wanted some bright colors to save me from the winter wardrobe doldrums, and despite the silly price, I feel like it’s worth it. I usually take a 6 in J Crew bottoms, but the 4 fit me better in this particular skirt.
I have the green and I love it. It does run a big large in my opinion.
I have 1 of these from last year in gold and have 3 still sitting in the bag that I just bought in black, charcoal, and green. In theory I should be returning 1 or 2 of those but I can’t decide and suspect I will end up keeping them all, even though I need more wool pencil skirts like I need a hole in the head.
I wanted the in-store only color of “deep turquoise” instead of the green, but they couldn’t find it in my size. Now considering the new blue instead…
I fell in love with that in-store-only teal as well, but they don’t carry petites in store so it was not an option. Wish they would carry petites like AT and BR do.
hahaha my parents always used that hole in the head saying with me and clothes/shoes/pocketbooks!
I would say you don’t need the charcoal and the black. If you have a lot of black or white tops, keep the charcoal. If you plan on wearing it with colored or other neutrals, keep the black.
Alternatively, if you don’t think you’d get much use out of the green, then return that one!
I definitely don’t need both charcoal and black. I like the charcoal better, but I have gray wool pants already, so black seems more practical. I think I have about 1/4 tops that would only work with charcoal, 1/4 that would only work with black, and 1/2 that would work with either.
I like the green (or blue) and I would wear it, but I already have 3 “non-neutral” wool skirts (pink, gold, and a brown plaid) so a 4th seems excessive.
I bought the viridian green when they had the 25% off sale, and love it. It looks a lot better on me than THE skirt (although I still have several of THE skirt because the price point and color options are so great). If you are narrow-hipped (as I am), the No. 2 is much more flattering. I am also lusting after the bright yellow, and am hoping for a sale.
Agree with Eleanor that the quality is good (unlike most of my experiences with JCrew recently).
I have a question for wearers of THE skirt. I tried it on for the first time recently and it fit great (I have to have the waists of the J Crew skirts taken in). But even in the right size, plus a size or 2 too large, the stretchy nature of the fabric meant that if I did anything other than stand perfectly still, you could see EVERYTHING (not just VPL, but visible edges of super thin, not at all tight, laser-cut thong ). This despite it being lined. How do you all deal with this? If I tried to tuck anything into it it would look even worse.
That’s why I left that skirt on the rack. The VPL was ridiculous. It was one of the least flattering articles of clothing I’ve ever tried on. I was so disappointed, because I was prepared to buy up every color based on the recommendations here…
I wear a slip or spanx under The Skirt (and tuck my shirt into the whole shebang). That seems kind of idiotic since it’s lined, but it solved the visible-everything problem.
I am so freaking frustrated with J. Crew right now. My size has been consistent for years. I can order online and know that everything will at least fit – I only have to return what I don’t love. Until 3-4 months ago, when all of a sudden it seemed I was swimming in my standard size.
In a fit of optimism, when I found a coat I loved this season, I ordered it. In the same size as my *four* other J. Crew coats that I’ve bought over the past 6-7 years. Put it on this morning, and … it’s too big.
So to J. Crew, I say: What the crap?? At 5’6″ / 125 lbs, I shouldn’t be too small for a freaking size 0. I would like to shun you, but between AT skewing too sheer/low cut, BR’s decline in quality a few years ago, and my resistance to paying more than J. Crew prices, I’m not sure where else I’m supposed to dress myself. As the illustrious Ellen would say: Fooey!
Herbie- They definitely did a full on size change in the past few months. I used to be a straight 6 / size small top (I still have all my older clothes from there in these sizes that fit), but recently I had to return and re-order an entire online purchase of maybe a dozen items because I was swimming in everything. Apparently I’m now an XS / 4 there, which I agree is insane. I am really not this size anywhere else. It’s really annoying, but at least I think the sizing is pretty consistent now that they’ve made the change.
i have vibrant flame, but i do really really want heather acorn, the new blue and maybe the pink. i did size down though.
Suggestions on where to find a pretty brooch? I love the look but have never found one that works for me – they seem either Grandma-ish or else a little too much (e.g. the big feathery ones). Would love to find one that stylish and modern but not over the top (and yes, I’ve looked at Etsy, but there are just too many options to sift through!).
What’s your budget? I don’t have time to check now, but BR usually has some (and might have more now, given the Mad Men collection); Brooks Brothers has lovely office appropriate ones, although they can run pricey/mature; have you checked places like MoMA?
BR is running a 33% off sale today only (until about 10pm) – code BRELEVEN.
I seem to recall that Overstock has a good selection. I’ve bought a couple there at least, including a cameo brooch that I loooove (and which I tell myself is hipster-ironic rather than granny). It is, in any case, by far the nicest cameo I’ve seen in recent history priced as “costume jewelry” should be.
saw a few on sale on my spree this morning…
Thanks! Will check those out!
PSA for the corporette looking for a swacket/bleater/swazer the other day
this is cute. Petites only, so I’m out of luck!
Read more: https://corporette.com/2011/11/10/coffee-break-patent-hair-calf-ballet-pumps/#ixzz1dPlMVqOZ
Anyone else at work but mostly just shopping sales online? I’ve already hit Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor (cashmere sale!), and Banana Republic and picked up some great deals. I won’t be surprised if Visa calls me to report “unusual activity” on my card. But it was way more exciting than answering interrogatories, so worth it.
Close…I ‘m reading about other people’s shopping rather than drafting a pre-trial report.
I’ve got an interview with a headhunter next week…on the same day that I’ve got CPR training at work. I can usually get away with getting slightly more dressed up than usual without raising eybrows in my very casual office, but not on this day. Do I send a note to the interviewer explaining the situation? I commute from the suburbs into a city, so going home (or anywhere) to change isn’t an option.
Can you wear a casual skirt to work, and then change into the suit skirt in the car (skirts are much easier to change in the car than pants), or are you using public transportation? Or are skirts out because of the CPR training?
I work in business casual and will just add my suit jacket and nicer shoes for interviews.
Research, Not Law
Can you change in a restroom at work? Do you have a nearby gym membership where you could use the locker room?
Or could you put together an outfit that could easily transform? I’m thinking black slacks and a blouse. You could switch to heels, a jacket, and accessories in the car.
If not, I’d definitely consider rescheduling with the headhunter. I’d simply say that you’ve been scheduled for a work-related event that cannot be missed.
I commute using public transportation. I could potentially change post-interview at a gym near the office but that would mean bringing my change of clothes with me to the interview. I think my best bet is a pants suit with a jacket that can be ditched before anyone notices how dressed up I am. That’s much easier to do now that the weather is getting colder and I’ll need to wear a coat.
Wear suit pants and an unembellished, fitted sweater to work. Add the suit jacket and some nice pearl or cubic zirconia jewelry for the interview.
Am I the only one that really wants to love sweater dresses, but finds that they constantly emphasize my lumps and bumps? I’m fairly slim and (I think) well proportioned but I’ve never found a flattering sweater dress, even when sizing up. Is it the weight of the knit? Is the sweater dress style just suited better to someone more straight up and down, and an 8 shape like me isn’t meant for it? Sigh.
I want to find one because I love the idea of a cute sweater dress, tights and boots on a winter day. Every one I’ve ever tried on has either unflatteringly or TOO flatteringly (ie, sexually) emphasized my body.
YEP! I am not currently slim and trim, but even when I was they were not flattering on me.
I’m a sweaterdress addict and have an hourglass figure as well. Thicker knit helps, but I also have a few thinner dresses that have a fuller skirt (i.e. fitted at the waist and then goes looser through the hips and knees so as not to cling). Wearing tights also usually helps make the dress look office appopriate by reducing the cling factor, so try it on with tights before rejecting it. You shouldn’t need to size up in a sweaterdress, especially if you’re wearing tights which sort of holds everything in. I wear my normal dress size in sweaterdresses.
I have one from BR from a few years ago that I adore, but I think their quality has gone down dramatically in the last couple years. I’ve also had really good luck with a lot of the low-mid-range brands at stores like Dillards and Nordstrom. I’ve had really bad luck with several sweaterdresses from The Limited (beautiful on the model, but too short/clingy/see-through on me). I have yet to try any from Ann Taylor or Ann Taylor Loft but I’m going to order a couple soon and will let you know what I think.
They look terrible on me as well, but I am straight up and down (and not particularly toned, I will admit). I have only one that I can wear – with Spanx – and it has a higher waist. I tried really hard to find a sweater dress last year and found that every time I put one on, I could see the extra five pounds I’ve been hauling around for the last year. I wish I could find about three of them that were perfect to wear with boots and tights this winter. :(
i have the same problem with most sweater dresses. It’s the nature of the knit – most of them make me look like Jessica Rabbit and the ones that don’t just look dumpy. I found one cashmere dress at Loehmann’s last year with something of a dolman sleeve that works, but only with a jacket or cardigan. It’s just not meant to be.
I am fairly slim as well (and not much on the curves) and can’t wear them without heavy-duty Spanx. I love the look and have resigned myself to wearing spanx when I shop for them.
Wear a slip underneath. I like the Jockey tactel full slip — it smooths everything out.
I’m on the hunt for black boots I could wear with leggings. Probably flat or wedged. I’m a small woman, so I don’t want anything that will be bulky. Has anyone found any that they love? My workload and I would greatly appreciate the help! Back to trying to do work and not online shop.
own and adore the Saylem, but such a cute/comfy/affordable brand, had sto suggest both.
I just got some Portlandia Pace boots on endless.com, and wear them with leggings all the time.
anon in SF
My mom got me a clarisonic for christmas about 6 years ago, when they were still sold primarily through spas and by estheticians. She has a penchant for useless gadgets, so I initially wrote it off. But, after trying it for just a few weeks, I was a total convert. It makes *such* a huge difference. I used to have acne, and it has really cleared up. It has also really helped even out my skin tone. If I forget to pack it on a long weekend trip and don’t use it for a few days, I can tell a difference and start to break out.
I am now on my second clarisonic (the early versions were not dual voltage, and I accidentally fried it when traveling internationally.) It is an essential for me, and I generally eschew gadgets, special soaps, etc. I think it is totally worth the investment.
I can’t speak to the mia, but if it gets generally good reviews that might be a good option. It is smaller and probable better for travel.
I have been on the hunt for boots for the longest time, but I just bought these today – http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/corso-como-rocky-boot/3191013?origin=category&resultback=84
I wear black boots by Redwing. They are really comfortable and have lasted a long time.
Has anyone tried the Clarisonic skin care brush? I feel like I remember reading some reviews a while ago in the comments but couldn’t find anything using the search function. I’m trying to figure out if it’s actually worth spending $200 on. Any thoughts appreciated!
At the risk of once again embarrassing myself, I use a soft bristled tooth brush plus a little face wash to exfoliate. I sanitize it prior to every use. (I hope it’s obvious that I’m not suing the same brush I use on my teeth…) It exfoliates far better than any scrub I ever used. Just a thought before you slap down your $200.
I got the Mia (~$100) to help with the breakouts I started having after I stopped BC. Noticed a difference right off the bat – using my own cleanser (Cetaphil) and daily evening use. I’ll see if I can find the other discussions and link them below.
Trying this again…
Have it. Love it. I got the Mia, which is smaller and is closer to $100 ($140 I think?). It has been fantastic for my super sensitive acne-prone skin! I’d suggest using it once a day.
Go for the Mia. It’s less expensive than the regular version and I haven’t missed the extra settings a bit. The Clarisonic has done wonders for my complexion, which is prone to unevenness and clogged pores (even though my skin isn’t that oily).
agreed on going with the Mia. I have the regular, which I bought because I was sure I’d want to use the extra settings/body brush/etc. Haven’t at all. It’s made a real difference with my skin texture (oily, pores the size of buckets, a little sallow in the winter) and was a great purchase.
I’ve used the Mia since last spring, and I have to say, it’s ok, but I don’t love it the way most people seem to. I didn’t have major skin issues, just basic combination skin with some redness and an occasional breakout. Since buying it, my skin has been decent, but for the price, I personally don’t think it was worth it. My skin is probably better than it was, but not that much better. But that said, most people seem to absolutely swear by it, so I might just be the outlier.
I have the Classic. Love it. Worth every penny, IMO.
I just ordered the Clarisonic Mia last week with the Sephora 20% F&F that somebody posted here. After waiting a long time to pull the trigger, I’m excited it may finally take care of my skin issues! I’ll post a review on here.
Btw, Sephora has some really cool gifts if you order anything for $25 now – I like the mini fragrance sampler (10 items) and the eyeshadow set (with guide on how to do a smoky eye). I am contemplating ordering something else just to get one of the free gifts!
I got the Mia a couple of months ago and it has done wonders! Totally worth the price… I just keep using my normal cleanser and I only use it every other day or so (I find that’s enough). I was having breakout issues and they have been greatly reduced. I also think it just makes my skin a bit more radiant, and I’ve gotten compliments, so I feel like people have actually noticed. Definitely worth it!
I’m in the minority here. I have a Mia and don’t like it at all. I don’t break out, my skin just runs a little dry in the winter. For me, the scrubbing/vibrating feeling was incredibly unpleasant.
Always a NYer
I have the Classic and I love it. It has a body brush attachment for exfoliation of dry patches that does wonders for dry skin.
Nordstrom anniversary sale update…
I’ve received all my packages, except 2 items that are gifts (the Guinevere bangle bracelet in black and The Skirt in berry cordial).
The 2 items I bought for myself are the T Tahari Corinna dress in purple and the Donna Morgan twist front dress in navy. Both are very pretty. My mom and sister-in-law voted that I should keep both.
I also bought The Skirt in red petite for my mom and in turquoise petite for my sister.
How did the rest of you fare?
My kids love their new Keen rain/snow boots.
For once, I exercised restraint for myself. :)
Bunkster, I finally got the T Tahari Corinna dress, too, but I think I’m going to return mine. It’s oddly tight on my hips (weird because I have narrow hips), and sadly not flattering on me. But I’m keeping every single other thing I bought (which is a substantial amount of stuff).
Healthy lunch options ideas (for Batgirl, I believe): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/magazine/brown-rice-is-not-just-for-hippies.html?hpw
Some of these look delicious!