2019 Update: We still love this roundup of beige pumps, but you may want to check out our 2019 roundup of stylish skin-tone pumps for work — as well as our general guide to wardrobe essentials for work! Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if … Read More about The Hunt: Beige Pumps
What should you do when mental health issues are holding you back and making it difficult for you to build the career you want? Reader O wonders… I have struggled with mental health problems for years and as a result have always worked really terrible jobs (combination of poorly paid, admin/dogsbody type roles with bullying managers). I … Read More about When Fear and Low Self-Esteem Hold You Back
Are crossbody bags professional? Could you wear one to a business lunch, or a networking event? Reader C wonders… Is a crossbody bag considered professional? I’m tired of carrying a ton of bags to work (briefcase, pump, lunch bag, and purse) and am trying to downsize my handbag. I’m considering purchasing the Lo & Sons … Read More about Are Crossbody Bags Professional?
I mentioned one of my favorite fashion movies a little while ago, and thought the topic was deserving of its own post — what are your favorite movies for fashion? Some of my favorites (they’re almost all rom coms!), below. (Let’s just say it may not be a huge mystery why we named our son Harrison … Read More about Favorite Fashion Movies
If you’re planning to attend an alumni lunch for your law school — and you’ll be taking the opportunity to network there — how should you dress? Is wearing a suit a must in this situation? (Pictured, Boss Juicy 6 Jacket, $575 at Nordstrom — check out our full guide to women’s suits for more ideas.) Reader K wonders… I am … Read More about What to Wear to an Alumni Lunch Event
Are suits made from tropical wool acceptable to wear during the winter, or are they only designed for cooling you down in hot summer weather? And how does the suit color factor in? Reader P wonders… I bought a dark navy colored suit last year from J. Crew in tropical wool, and I am wondering if it … Read More about Can You Wear A Tropical-Wool Suit in the Winter?
2017 Update: We still stand by some of this advice on how to weatherproof your work tote, but I just saw a much better solution: a $20 handbag raincoat. Is it possible to find a weatherproof work tote — a stylish, quality bag for work that won’t be ruined by bad weather? How can you protect your bag … Read More about A Weatherproof Tote for Work
If you’re thinking of adding women’s vests to your workwear wardrobe, what’s the best way to wear them at the office? And where can you buy vests for women in the first place? Reader K wonders… I work at a relatively conservative-dressing law firm, and I’ve seen a few women, at my institution and elsewhere, wearing suiting vests … Read More about How to Wear a Vest at the Office
Do you feel like you have to be a “bitch in business” to get ahead? How do you reconcile as a woman leader wanting to be liked — versus wanting to be respected?
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to wear beneath unlined suit pants — but you may also want to check out our newer discussion of warm women’s dress pants for the office. What do you wear under pants and suits that are unlined? Are you for or against the current trend of unlined … Read More about What to Wear Underneath Unlined Pants
We’ve talked about some of the major financial milestones that can affect your life, like wedding and grad school — but we haven’t yet talked about how to financially prepare for baby. (We have talked in general terms about family planning, as well as when the “best” time to get pregnant is.) So here are the questions: … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Financially Preparing for Baby
What should you do if you look young for your age, and you do all the basic things you’re supposed to in order to seem older (dress professionally, wear heels, etc.), but you still get mistaken for a college student? What more can you try to get your colleagues to take you seriously? Reader E wonders… I’m a college professor … Read More about How to Be Taken Seriously When You Look Young