Reader Mail: What to Wear to a Sailing Event in Mid-May?

what to wear sailingToday’s reader mail has us totally stumped… readers, please weigh in:

I now have my own professional wardrobe crisis – what does one wear to a corporate sailing event? It is in New England, in mid May so will still be chilly. And they have specifically mentioned we must have boat shoes – sneakers or sandals are forbidden. I’m a manager in my early 40’s, what do I wear to look stylish and professional but appropriately sporty? Can I go with some nice golfwear? Help!

Why must companies choose these inevitably awkward events?  This is the kind of event that seems destined to make the one person there who knows about sailing look like a genius, and everyone else either clumsy and uncoordinated (if you try to help and have no idea how) or lazy and entitled (if you try to just enjoy the sail).  Le sigh.  Thoreau once said to beware of all enterprises that required new clothes; we might amend that for companies that they should beware of all enterprises that require new shoes.  The best advice we can offer you is to call the marina or port and find out what you should wear, exactly. (Pictured: Sailing just off Manatee Public Beach, originally uploaded to Flickr by larry_ami.) [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce Handbag

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.

Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce HandbagWe’re loving this feminine yet practical handbag from Antoinette Lee — it’s surprisingly large (14″x11″x4″) and the chain detaches, meaning you can go for the look of an oversized clutch (how Rosalind Russel of you!) or for a swinging handbag. We’re liking the yellow this morning, but it’s also available in a more subdued black or white, as well as more rock-and-roll type combinations with mixed leather (like, say, the black and gold leather combo). Pricewise, it’s not bad for an up-and-coming designer: $374 at Couture Candy. Antoinette Lee Designs Dolce Handbag

Weekly Roundup

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2– One of our favorite fashion blogs has a new monthly feature:  editorial items under $50.  Fun!  [The Daily Obsession]

– Very interesting profile of the current White House social secretary:  the stylish Desiree Rogers, descendant of a voodoo priestess with unparalleled connections in Washington.  [WSJ Magazine]  Incidentally:  The Obamas have a Flickr account? Awesome.  [The Daily Obsession]

– The sisterhood of female lawyers:  will it crumble as more women become bosses?  [WSJ Law Blog]  Similarly: is the recession good for female lawyers? [Above the Law]

– Does Wall Street prefer women CFOs? [The Glass Hammer]

– How to find the right CD or money market account. [Get Rich Slowly]

– Mmmn: gummy bears that are good for your skin.  [Makeup Loves Me]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Leaf-Print Top

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 Leaf-Print TopWe’ve liked this lovely cowl-necked, scoop-necked top since we saw it — it’s a fun, happy, pretty thing that would look great with gray trousers and a white cardi, or beneath a black suit (maybe accented with sapphire jewelry). It’s machine-washable, it’s opaque, and it’s on part of Banana Republic’s latest markdowns (yet the green is still available in lots of sizes). It’s now $29.99 (was $39). Women: Leaf-print top – Spearmint

Poll Results: Most of You Really Don’t Like Fishnets

fishnets to conservative jobSo last week, we asked about fishnet tights — and whether they were ever appropriate for the office. It turns out that we failed to account for something that a lot of people thought was an important factor: the width of the netting. (Our apologies!) With the caveat, then, that our poll was imperfect (hey, aren’t they all?), the results were:

– 60% of you said they were never appropriate
– 24% said only if worn as trouser socks
– 13% said they were fine so long as the skirt/outfit was demure enough
– only 1% had a laissez-faire attitude about fishnets.

can you wear fishnets to a conservative jobCommenters noted that small-weaved fishnet tights added texture and style, and as long as the fabric was the color of your skin then it was acceptable for a casual day. One commenter (Style Goddess) felt so strongly hers were appropriate she sent in some pictures (above and at right) — we must agree, they look great on her. N.B.: Even those in favor of fishnets noted that these were not the accessory to choose the day you’ve got that court appearance, press conference, or stock holders’ meeting.

The poll is still going on — please weigh in!

Thursday’s TPS Report: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Pleated Sheath Dress

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.

Calvin Klein Sleeveless Pleated Sheath Dress with BeltWe like this basic black sheath dress for today’s TPS. We like the pleating at the bust, the belt, and the appropriate, ladylike length of it — it’s perfect for pairing with jackets or cardigans year-round. We especially like that it’s on sale at Macy’s for $89 (was $129). (It’s available in petite, as well.) Calvin Klein Sleeveless Pleated Sheath Dress with Belt

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