What to Wear When You’re Laid Off and Looking

what to wear when you've been laid offWe’ve been mulling this reader’s question for a while now… first, here’s the request:

My work wardrobe after 30 years is pretty set. However, I’m currently in recession mode, i.e. my job has been misplaced. I find that my non-work clothes are just not suitable for walking around in the supermarket, given that in my community (high tech in Silicon Valley) I might meet someone there who would hire me. So I want to upgrade what would be my weekend wardrobe (if I were working). Can you help? I have my dilemma posted here.  I hope this doesn’t take you beyond the scope of your blog, but once we get to the executive ranks, I have found that networking etc. can extend the requirements and definition of “professional style”.

We went to her website, and this is what she wore out to drinks with former coworkers: [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Tory Burch’s Slim Calf Leather Tote

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

50Green is a surprisingly versatile color — perfect in the springtime when worn with cool colors like gray and white, and perfect in the fall when worn with warmer colors like brown and cream (and it always looks great with black and navy). Despite this, green is a hard color to wear in a coat or sweater unless your skin tone is just so; it also tends to be a bit unflattering as a shoe color. But a green bag? Perfect. This one is particularly nice — it’s got a zippered pocket on the inside as well as two open pockets; we also like the printed inside lining. (We would probably detach the longer strap.) Available at Saks.com for $535. Tory Burch – Slim Calf Leather Tote

Weekly Roundups

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Fornarina ad– We’ve seen this new ad for Fornarina a few places around the blogosphere, but it really is too insane to not share. (The vid is embedded below.) Enjoy! [via Bunnyshop]

– How has being a woman affected your career? According to Tracey I. Batt, not at all. [NY Lawyer (free sub req’d)]

– The curse of being a busy woman: stuff in your fridge and freezer hangs around far too long, sometimes. Here’s a guide to knowing when your food is still tasty! [StillTasty via Lifehacker]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Tights

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Banana Republic’s TightsBanana Republic has a ton of tights on sale right now, with another 20% at checkout when you use code EXTRA20 (good on all sale items, not just tights). We like these geometric printed ones, pictured (available in navy and purple); but there are matte opaque ones in various solid colors, as well as sheer herringbone tights, ribbed tights, and diamond-pattern tights. Most tights were $16, now marked to $10.99 ($8.79 with the code). Women: Geometric tights – Navy

Thursday’s TPS Report: Bratique Helene’s 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Today’s TPS report is written by City Girl — you can read her full experience with Carisssa here!

Bratique Helene 3-4 sleeve wrapThanks so much for inviting me to guest review on Corporette! I love my shirts from Bratique Helene — their creator, Carissa Brown, gifted me with a couple of their shirts, and they have quickly become wardrobe staples. The blue wrap shirt is just beautiful. The design is genius — there is just enough extra material to give room on the bust-line, but it is darted in such a way as to be very flattering and fitted. I really love the wrap design as it provides plenty of coverage to be work-appropriate (and my law firm is as conservative as they get), yet is great to wear on weekends or out to dinner. The blue color is even more gorgeous in person than on the picture, and the material is great quality. I was impressed at how well it holds up after drycleaning — the quality of the material and the tailoring is very apparent in that after a couple of dry cleanings, it has retained its structure and shape. Finally, I also wanted to mention that Carissa is a master at sizing — I am between sizes, and based on my measurements she recommended different sizes for different shirt styles and everything fit perfectly. Overall, it’s been a great experience, and I look forward to shopping at Bratique Helene many more times.

The 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Shirt is $80, and available at Bratique Helene.

Suit of the Week: Theory Novelty Suit

We like this “novelty” jacket from Theory.  We like the wool-linen blend, which strikes us as unusual but great for unpredictable weather.  We especially like the steel-gray color of it; it’s strong yet feminine.  We would wear it with a more structured shirt than the one shown here — perhaps a simple tee-shirt in white or a royal blue. The jacket (Theory Novelty Blazer) is now $276 at Saks.com (was $395); the pants (Theory Novelty Pants) are available for $206.50 (were $295). Don’t forget the Saks sale, going on — you can get gift cards worth anywhere from $25 – $450, depending on how much you spend.

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