How to Keep a Working Wardrobe While Losing Weight

how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how to shop for clothes while losing weight. (Congrats!)

We’re still behind on reader mail (sorry, ladies!) and catching up…  Today’s question is about how to keep a working wardrobe while losing weight.

I was recently laid off from a somewhat conservative field. I’ve very overweight and have been using my unemployed time to try to lose some weight. I’ve lost 15 pounds and my dress clothes no longer fit.

I’m still very overweight and I estimate that I need to lose about 10 more pounds before I can fit into the size 18 at Ann Taylor or the Tahari sets at Macys and Filene’s Basement. I’m estimating that it’ll take me 6-8 weeks to lose that additional weight. In the meantime, I’m trying to network, going to industry events, and I want to be prepared for any last minute interviews or other events. Even 5 pounds can make a difference in the way clothing fits and since I don’t know how long I will be unemployed, I’m trying to avoid having to buy new dress clothes every few weeks.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Prada Buckle Pump

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.

9Spring sales are starting to happen, and we love the shoe sales going on right now at Barney’s, including these great Prada pumps (available only in lucky sizes, alas). We love the walkable heel, as well as the not-quite blue, not-quite black color of them. Were $625, now $249. Prada Buckle Pump

Weekly Roundup

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f-bomb at work– This is SUCH a great question that we’re going to have to explore this further at some later date: What do you do when the men at the office obviously censor themselves because you’re a “lady”? [Working Girl] (Photo credit: f bomb, originally uploaded to Flickr by macwagen)

– Hmmn: We like black or navy tights with skirt suits, but apparently there’s some disagreement on that. [Bitter Lawyer]

– How did you decide what to wear on your last interview? [Fashionista]

– Tips from the WSJ on managing e-mail overload. [WSJ]

– Article III Groupies, rejoice: Underneath their Robes is back, with a new editor. [ABA Journal] Also, another voice from the past: Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote a column in the WSJ about how the crisis has lost us a dozen years’ worth of wealth in a few months. [WSJ]

– Cool new app for your iPhone combines a cool new app for the web: Read It Later allows you to bookmark long articles on the web and then read them offline on your iPhone. [via Lifehacker]

– Will fake breasts help you get a job in Big Law? Probably — but probably not the one you want. [Bitter Lawyer]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Anthropologie’s Big Island 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.

Anthropologie’s Big Island TopSometimes, a splash of color is just what a working wardrobe needs. We like this empire tunic with puffed sleeves from Anthropologie — worn with conservative gray or black trousers, it would be a great addition to a summer wardrobe, especially when paired with an opaque white cardigan. Available at Anthropologie; was $78, now $39. Big Island Top

Thursday’s TPS Report: Brooks Brothers’ Pinstripe Trousers

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.

Brooks Brothers’ Pinstripe TrousersWe really like these super 110s wool trousers from Brooks Brothers — the way they lay, the spacing of the pinstripes, the Bemberg lining — they just strike us as a beautiful, comfortable, and professional pair of trousers that will last for years.  We particularly like the discount — they were $238, now $95 (but with the automatic discount they come down to $80).   Pinstripe Trousers

Idiotproof Your Summer: Further Etiquette and “No Duh” Tips For Your Internship

how-to-be-a-great-internWe’ve had a great time reading the comments on our “what clothes to buy for your summer internship” post on Monday — it brings to mind so, so many memories of summers past where we’d think, HOW in the name of God did X get through high school, let alone college, with this thick a skull?  Especially in this economy, you need more than just the smarts and scores that got you past the admissions office — you need survival skills and street savvy.  And, in case it needs to be said:  No summer should feel entitled to anything. Here are some from our “greatest hits” list — please add more in comments. Pictured: Clowns, originally uploaded to Flickr by Earls37a.

If your company or firm invites you to a closed-door meeting of any kind — deposition, mediation, etc. — please do not check your Blackberry.  Seriously, I’ve sat in depositions with six people, and the partners and the associates and the witness are taking the day’s events seriously — and the summer associate is sitting there checking their Blackberry.  Tell your secretary where you are; you can check your Blackberry when the partner does.  And yo, that game of Brickbreaker can wait. [Read more…]