Weekly Roundup

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vogue_cover_michelle_obama– Michelle Obama’s on the cover of Vogue, causing Jezebel to wonder whether people are tired of hearing about Michelle Obama’s fashion choices. (We’re not!) [Jezebel, HuffPo] Meanwhile, here’s another article about the boutique she loves. [NYT]

– Forbes weighs in on what women should and should not wear to the office. [Forbes]

– Would the economy be the mess it is if women had played a bigger role? [NYT OpEd]

– Jeri Dansky reviews the book Brain Rules, which says that making time for sleep and for exercise are essential. [Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News]

– We know a lot of our readers are lawyers — we hope none of you were hit by yesterday’s mass layoffs. If you were, our thoughts are with you!

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: New York and Co.’s City Style Fly Away Cardigan

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.

New York and Co.’s City Style Fly Away CardiganWe like this muted print cardigan from New York & Company because it’s the perfect transition piece for spring. For example, worn with brown slacks: professional and more interesting than a white cardigan. Worn with a shift dress in a muted color like beige or black: springlike and youthful. We’re going to go out on a limb and say it might even look great with more brightly-colored skirts — a red pencil skirt, perhaps? — because beige lacks the aggressiveness of a black cardigan or blazer. Available from New York & Company for $42.95. City Style Fly Away Cardigan – Print

Poll Results – Maybe Miniskirts Aren’t Weekend Wear, Either

Obviously, miniskirts are not office-wear. However, about a week ago, we asked when — and if — miniskirts become inappropriate even on the weekends if you’re a serious, professional woman. As always, the poll is still open, but the initial results are in:

  • 40% said the miniskirt question came down to a woman’s legs: if she has the gams, go for the miniskirt; if not, avoid
  • 28% said that anyone in their mid-30s or beyond should only consider wearing a miniskirt with dark tights, leggings, or pants
  • 18% said anyone in their 30s or older was pushing it
  • 7% said it was inappropriate as soon as college was done
  • only 4% said that a woman could wear whatever she wanted on the weekends, regardless of age

In comments, readers weighed in on the issue. CityGirl suggested — and others agreed — that one should remember that you may run into a professional colleague over the weekend and, while not wearing business casual 24/7, you should dress appropriately. MJ noted that miniskirts look less trashy with flats or wedges, and that as long as one knows how to “keep everything ‘important’ covered,” there was no reason why a woman couldn’t wear them out and about. K thought that it was asking for people to judge you poorly if you wore a miniskirt while lugging kids around.

Readers were undecided as to what constituted a “mini” skirt, but most agreed it’s a skirt that hits mid-thigh. Some said it was anything shorter than one credit-card above the knee; others said it was anything they had to be careful in, explaining: “if you have to make sure to smooth the skirt behind you when you sit down or otherwise actively monitor what’s going on, it’s short.” Interestingly, people agreed that there are skirts that are too short for the office, yet are not miniskirts. (Let’s brainstorm a name for these too-short-yet-not-minis skirts in comments! It seems weird to us that we have distinct names for pants that hit at a different points on a woman’s leg — floodies, capris, bermudas, et cetera — but just the word “skirt” with adjectives. Maybe something like brunchers (a skirt one wears to brunch) or … uh, we’ll keep thinking.)

Thursday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Pleated Printed 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.

Banana Republic’s Pleated Printed DressWe’re normally not a fan of pleats for the office. On pants? Please, no. On skirts? Ok, Betty Crocker. For some reason, though, we like them on this printed dress at Banana Republic — along with the geometric print, nipped-in waist, and cap sleeves, the overall effect is more professional than anything else. We’d wear it with red or purple pumps, and perhaps a structured sweater blazer in a neutral like gray, white, or black. It’s currently $79.99 at Banana Republic (was $130) — part of their new 40% off sale. Women: Pleated printed dress – Black

Suit of the Week: Liz Claiborne New York Diagonal Stripe Suit

Liz Claiborne New York Diagonal Stripe SuitWe’re intrigued by this suit from Isaac Mizrahi’s new collection for Liz Claiborne New York. As Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn might have said: it’s a lot of look. Accordingly, we’d probably wear it as separates except for a few specific circumstances where we want to look extremely young and hip and in-your-face creative. (So: not to court or to depositions or most meetings where you’re the underling.) The diagonal stripe sleeveless dress is $89, and the matching cardigan (which is structured enough that we’re counting the whole outfit as a suit) is $119. Alas: The t-straps, which we love, aren’t available until March 10th.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Ella Moss Skye Stripe Tie 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.

Ella Moss Skye Stripe Tie DressThis strikes us as a great, comfortable dress for a casual day at the office. Shoes and accessories are going to be key in making this more “professional” and less “comfortable” — think traditional black pumps (shined and in good shape, of course), and perhaps a thick, heavy bangle. It’s $117 at RevolveClothing.com. Ella Moss Skye Stripe Tie Dress in Black

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