Suit of the Week: Boden

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Cobalt suits seem to be on a 3-4 year cycle — I’ve seen them regularly enough over the years that at this point I think they’re approaching “everyone who wears suits should have one” status. Not interview material, mind you, but perfectly appropriate for a regular workday whether as a matched suit or broken out and worn as separates. This polyester/wool cobalt blazer and skirt from Boden is lovely — I really like the deep shawl lapel of the jacket and the streamlined goodness of the skirt. And: huzzah for a fun lining. The jacket (Claremont Blazer) is $189, and the skirt (Claremont Skirt) is now $105. The dress is down to lucky sizes only in blue and is $140 (down from $200).

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago. 

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Elodie Wrap Blouse

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This ivory wrap top with embroidered flowers caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, and I keep coming back to it. It seems very chic and very flattering and also a little bit different — you won’t look like you’re wearing the same thing that everyone else on the planet is wearing, and I like that. I don’t think it’s too feminine or frilly, either. I would probably wear this with a pencil skirt or with some wide flowy pants, but I could also see it working well with ankle pants. The top is $148 at Anthropologie, where it comes in sizes XS–XL. Elodie Wrap Blouse

A plus-size option is from Vince Camuto.

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Coffee Break: Hutton Ankle Strap Shoe

A friend just called with a dilemma: she needs to interview for high level positions and is looking for something other than orthopedic shoes to wear (with confidence) for the interviews. I get it — fussy feet are no fun. Of course everyone wants to wear sleek looks like pointed toes and heels… but sometimes life hands you lemons (or bunions, or plantar fasciitis, or weak ankles, or…) So: I was recommending this kind of shoe to her for interviews, the strappy flat. The 1″ heel is a comfortable height, the strap keeps it on your foot comfortably, and there’s still a little flash of skin on your vamp. (These shoes also make great commuting shoes or everyday shoes.) They’re available in three colors, sizes 5-11, for $129 during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — after the sale ends they’ll go back to full price at $195. Hutton Ankle Strap Shoe

Psst: check out all of our coverage of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including our top picks for workwear under $200 and our favorite plus-size picks for work!

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When Your Colleague Offers Your Firstborn to Sweeten the Deal

Reader N wrote in with an interesting problem: her colleague offered to throw in her firstborn to sweeten the deal. HiLARIOUS, right? Here’s her question:

Here’s an interesting dilemma, recently a senior male colleague and a new client were haggling over price when my colleague said jokingly, “to sweeten the deal we will throw in [my name]’s first born” (I am in my 20s and have no kids), they all laughed. It has since become a running joke, to refer to my first born in all pricing discussions with this client. I feel uncomfortable whenever it happens, but don’t want to seem high-maintenance. Should I raise it with my colleague?

 

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Textured Peplum Dress

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

 Textured Peplum DressThis dress has a very Kate Middleton vibe to me, for some reason — classic, polished, very feminine. I like the sculptural neckline, the cap sleeves, and the little pelum and bow belt, and I love the bluesy gray of the fabric, which keeps it in the realm of business and away from being too twee. Lovely. It’s part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so is currently marked down to $210, but after the sale ends it’ll go back up to $315. Textured Peplum Dress

Psst: check out all of our coverage of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including our top picks for workwear under $200 and our favorite plus-size picks for work!

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