Coffee Break: Amelie Tote

Pembrook Large Amelie ToteOooh: I love the color options on this large tote from Dooney & Bourke — it comes in a lot of colorways, but my favorite ones are where there’s a different tone in the space between the print, like here where it almost looks like pink and red (there’s also a really nice black/navy option and a brown/red one, too). I have a number of Dooney bags and think of them as being sturdy, quality bags that will last forever — so long as you like the style of the bag itself. This one was $378, but is now marked to $276, at Dooney.com. (There are a number of other options in the Pembrook line as well, including wristlets, shoulder bags, and more.) Pembrook Large Amelie Tote

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Etiquette Tips for the Office Gym and the Gym Near the Office

gym near the office etiquette (and office gym etiquette tips)Here’s a topic we haven’t talked about in forever: what are your best tips office gym etiquette? Whether your workplace has a gym for employees, there’s a gym near the office so you always see coworkers there before, after, or during work — or you’re traveling with coworkers and see them at the hotel gym — what are the dos and don’ts? (ARE there any in 2018?) We’ve talked about a lot of office to gym issues in the past, including how to fit in mid-day workoutswhat to wear to workout in front of your coworkers, and how to handle workouts near the office — and we kind of discussed whether leggings with “daring” mesh cutouts were appropriate in our recent conversation on comfortable workwear for late nights.

So let’s discuss! Various questions:

  • do you really care about how much “cooldown” time you’ve got as a buffer between your gym time, or are you cool to go to a meeting with your cheeks flushed and some sweat still in your hair?
  • If you exercise at a gym before work, is wet hair at work ever acceptable?
  • Are there certain things you won’t wear to the office gym (e.g., bra tops, short shorts, leggings with mesh cutouts, graphic t-shirts, 80s-inspired workout headbands)?
  • Are there any workouts you won’t do in the office gym, like preferring not to do a bouncy aerobics class in a windowed room?
  • Similar to our discussion of the dos and don’ts for salons near the office — do you try to avoid dumping a lot of work on your subordinates and then working out in a more public spot like something viewed from the windows (or being seen in the office hallways with workout gear on)?

For my $.02, I’ve seen more men make gaffes with “gym near the office etiquette” — I remember one older partner regularly coming into work at like 9 AM straight from his shower at the gym up the street with his shirt completely unbuttoned so his bare chest was on full view… and while I’m not sure it’s a gaffe or not, I do remember one more junior partner who would dump a bunch of work on me and my team members and then loudly announce he had a 4 PM spin class to get to. (Good for him for fitting exercise into his busy day… just maybe keep it more vague?)

All right, ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on corporate gym and gym near the office etiquette?

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Martha Skirt

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

This pick from Boden — the Martha Skirt — looks like a fabulous skirt, particularly in this Riviera Blue color (one of four prints available). It’s made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane, it’s lined, and it comes in petite (2–10), regular (2–16), and long (4–18) sizes. It has great reviews, as do the matching dress and top, which are called, funnily enough, the Martha Dress and Martha Top. The skirt is $77–$110, depending on color. Martha Skirt

Two plus-size options are at Talbots.

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Suit of the Week: Nora Gardner

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.

I knew that a lot of people liked Nora Gardner’s dresses for work — but I did not realize that she also makes suiting. I particularly like the way the collarless jacket lays with the high V of the dress — it’s a look that’s surprisingly hard to get right. The dress can be machine washed, which is always nice. The jacket is $328, and the dress is $276; both options are available in sizes 00-16.

Psst: We just created a new resource (that we’ll keep updated): Where to Find Stylish Petite Suits for Women — come check it out! 

Previously, on Corporette…

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

One year ago…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Tie Waist Shirtdress

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

 Tie Waist ShirtdressI’m usually iffy on shirtdresses, particularly for the office, but I like a lot of the details here — the collar/lapels, the self-tie belt so it can be as loose or as tight as you want: all really nice! Tahari has a number of nice-looking shirtdresses right now, actually, in regular, petite and plus sizes, some on sale for as low as $73. The pictured dress is $138-$148.  Tie Waist Shirtdress

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