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Workwear sales of note for 6.02.23:
- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – $50 off $150; $100 off $250+; extra 30% off all sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off purchase
- Boden – Sale, up to 50% off
- Cole Haan – Up to 50% off select styles; extra 20% off sandals & sneakers
- Eloquii – 60% off all tops
- Express – 30% off all dresses, tops, shorts & more; extra 50% off clearance
- H&M – Up to 60% off online and in-store.
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off “dressed up” styles (lots of cute dresses!); extra 50% off select sale
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; 60% off 100s of summer faves; extra 60% off clearance
- J.McLaughlin – The Sale Event: extra 30% off
- Loft – 40% off tops; 30% off full-price styles
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty.
- Shopbop – Up to 60% off sale
- Sue Sartor – Lots of cute dresses on sale!
- Talbots – 25-40% off select styles
Other noteworthy sales:
- CB2.com – Up to 40% off; pop-up sale up to 30% off
- Joss & Main – Up to 60% off, plus an extra 20% off with code
- Tuft & Needle – Save up to $775 on mattresses (Reader-favorite brand; Kat really likes hers!)
- West Elm – Up to 25% off in-stock furniture; up to 60% off clearance
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This is a strange photo of this jacket. Not sure why the one sleeve is all wrinkled and slouchy, like it’s too long, but the other one seems to fit perfectly fine. Also, the pants don’t appear to be flattering either. That being said, I actually like the jacket and can see it being worn as a seperate, as Kat suggested. I have a similar jacket with ruched pockets in black and it’s my favorite jacket to wear with jeans. I think this jacket would also work really well with jeans on casual Friday, in my office anyway. Friday is jeans day and EVERYONE wears jeans here, and as a new associate, I struggle with taking part in casual Friday and still looking professional. I’m working on the blazer with jeans and a scarf look for fall… Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Law-Less: My office is also jeans casual every Friday. I don’t really feel comfortable wearing jeans to work so I tend to wear corduroys and a nice sweater or khaki-fabric pants (in variety of colors other than khaki, which makes me look deathly ill) with a casual top. Basically, I just make sure I am clearly “dressed down” from my Monday-Thursday look, and I don’t stress about whether or not I’m actually wearing jeans.
Interesting. I always avoid khaki/beige around my face for the same reason. Do you think that it washes you out even when worn on your legs? If so, this totally ruins my plans for convincing people to make yellow pants — just so I can finally wear yellow. :)
Yes – maybe it is all in my head :) but I do think it manages to wash me out even when I’m wearing khaki only on my lower half and a flattering-on-me color on top.
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Yellow shoes! I am a super pale person and yellow anywhere else would make me look like I was about to die, but I find it looks great in the form of canary yellow sandals.
This is also a great idea. I had some lemon yellow driving loafers that I wore to death (guess they really were meant for driving rather than walking).
Or a yellow purse! I am on the hunt — have been for almost a year now, and I finally have a couple contenders.
Oh, this! Love to see your contenders.
Why, I’m so glad you asked! I’m not completely convinced on any of these, but …
i think the one sleeve is slouchy because her hand is in her pocket, bending her wrist. the angle of the photo makes it not as obvious.
as for casual friday- i work in a very casual office, so every day is casual day. i wear dark wash jeans, trouser jeans (from express, in case you have a hard time finding them [it took me a while]), etc. usually with a sweater or cardigan over a shirt of some kind.
for me, though, the shoes make a big difference in how “put together” my outfit is. wearing cute flats or sharp-looking heels changes it from casual to work-appropriate (although, to be fair, it’s basically anything goes here, so work-appropriate is entirely my own thing).
I guess the difference between you and me is that I’ve been at my firm for ten years and don’t have a problem at all with wearing jeans when allowed. I am all over the jeans days for charity like white on rice. I make sure they are nice looking and a dark wash. I like the dark long and lean jeans from Gap. I tend to wear them with a blouse, an interesting jacket, or a nice sweater.
I agree that you could substitute cords or khakis if you don’t feel comfortable wearing jeans. Take your cue from others that you respect in the office and how they dress. If everyone else is doing casual, dressing up too much will make you look uptight. If the attorneys are still dressing up, even condoned casual dress will make you look sloppy.
I love the dark Long and Lean jeans from Gap, too! They are great.
I clerked at the firm where I am now an associate for the last year and half and it took me a good 3 months to actually wear jeans on Friday! I just could not grasp the concept of jeans in a law office! But then I was literally the ONLY person not wearing jeans, so I eventually bit the bullet. At some point I stopped caring and wore jeans with blouses, *nice* t-shits, etc. (which was still nicer than the *actual* t-shirts that some of the support staff wear), but now that I have been promoted I’m trying to step it up again! So far it’s been mostly blazers and cardigans with jeans. Also, I’m not going to court or hearings yet and the only time the attorneys wear full suits here is when they are going to court (obviously we are a super casual, business-casual office), so I’m not wearing full suits on a daily basis Monday-Thursday. I usually wear separates during the week. Still struggling with Fridays though!
Second the idea to wear long trouser jeans in dark wash. These are what I usually wear on Fridays. It’s still denim, so I feel like I fit in, but I wear them with the same ankle boots I wear with business outfits during the week, and don’t feel awkward wearing either loose “weathered” and faded jeans or the dark straight (basically skintight) jeans I’d wear to go out on the weekends.
My office is biz casual anyway and on Friday everyone jumps on the jeans bandwagon. My go-to are Gap jeans (dark-medium wash) + nice blouse/sweater OR luxe long sleeve tees that i picked up in Europe. I add closed toe shoes + toursade necklace with the tee.
Toursade necklaces with tees – I always see pictures like that on here or in magazines and it always looks so chic! This sounds like a great outfit.
Note to self: try that out.
anon for this one
i find this jeans thing hard as jeans always seem to accentuate too much for the office on my body, particularly the rear! if i buy them really baggy then they don’t look tidy – i seem to have tried 100s of pairs. i look at my slim hipped colleagues in their dark denim with envy and usually wear a decidedly casual dress….
This is cute, but could we see something that comes in a size larger than 12. Lovely pieces this week, but I can’t remember the last time you featured something I could actually wear.
Small PSA Threadjack in that vein–I tried the new BB plus-size suiting. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I don’t know why everyone who can shop at BB doesn’t. I got the birds-eye wool, and the fabric is gorgeous and soft. The fit is really flattering–the jacket nips in at the waist. Lots of great menswear detailing like inside jacket pocket. It was pricey, but I’m in love. I’m generally a Talbots devotee, but the last three pairs of pants I’ve bought have fallen apart at the seams. They are fine when I sew them back together (and I’m not a particularly strong sewer), so I have to really question the quality there now. So, I give the BB suiting two thumbs up.
I also bought a couple button front shirts. One with the buttons starting lower, and one with buttons to the neck and French cuffs. Both are lovely–wrinkle free, with stretch, in a nice thick fabric. I liked the fit of the one with lower buttons better and found it to be perfectly appropriate on me.
Thanks for the review. I’ve been looking to try BB suiting and just haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’ve been disappointed in my last few puchases elsewhere and am looking to step up quality and fit.
Thanks for the review. The photos on the BB site made the jackets look really boxy so I am glad to hear they are more shaped when you try them on. I will have to wait until things go on sale, but I’m more willing to try these out now that I have heard a good review.
I was wary as well, but the jacket is nicely shaped–much more so than Talbots (again, I don’t mean to rain on Talbots as I’ve bought 80% of my work wardrobe there for the last 5-7 years, but I’ve had major quality issues lately).
Sounds interesting! What is BB?
Love BB. Got a lovely button down (buttons start a bit lower down but you cannot see any cleavage) and it’s a lovely fit – I am curvy and generous of bust:(
A little Veteran’s Day threadjack:
For any of you Corporettes who serve or have served in the military, thank you for your service!
Ditto! We are thankful every day, not just today! Als0 thanks to those Corporettes who are military spouses, you sacrifice too and we all appreciate it.
So happy to see this here! I want to add my sentiments also. Thank you so much to those you sacrifice — servicemembers and families alike — to keep us safe.
Something I saw today that really touched me.
+1! Especially to my favorite veteran of all–my dad.
Thanks Ladies! It’s nice that people are remembering us these days (and ironic that my non-vet husband gets the day off and I don’t!)
+1 from me as well. Thank you to all the vets, and the families of vets.
Adding my thanks – and for legal Corporettes, a plug to consider the National Veterans Legal Services Project next time you’re choosing a pro bono project. NVLSP is a great organization that helps vets of all wars to access the benefits and services to which they’re entitled. I had a really great experience as a pro bono attorney for them, helping a severely disabled Iraq war vet to get a much-needed increase in his VA benefits (from $150/month to $2700 – big difference for a family with four kids). The organization provides really good training and support.
Good on you. Sacrifices are not just made in combat or by military members. Thanks for being there for him and his family. As a veteran and current Reservist myself, I appreciate the encouragement of everyone.
Meanwhile, since my mom is a retired teacher, I’m declaring tomorrow Thank a Teacher Day. :)
I am in LOVE with this blazer in the Macy’s sale:
As an aside, any thoughts on how to wear a blazer (or what type to purchase) so it doesn’t look like you’re missing half of your suit?
There have been a few discussions about that in the last few months. I think the summary is that if the blazer is a different texture and color than your bottom clothes, it will look good.
If the blazer is in a neutral color (grey/black/navy/etc) and looks like it is cut for a very conservative/plain interview suit, it won’t look so great with another suiting neutral at the bottom (so IMO no black suit jacket from your interview suit plus navy pants). One exception that is still hard to pull off IMO is a black interview-type suit jacket with light grey suiting bottoms.
If you’re trying to wear a suiting-type jacket you’d want to wear it with something like khakis or jeans or a “chunky” bottom (like a herringbone or boiled wool type thing). Basically it’s the different texture thing. The bigger the difference between the textures (or the difference in the fabrics’ weaves), the more intentional it looks.
Also look for blazers (like the one featured by Kat) that have details/features that will make them stand out (be a bit more trendy perhaps) like here the peplum cut, or say bracelet sleeves, or even flourishes like bows/ruffles/whatnot (but not all together :)
I think that blazer you linked would go well with almost anything in a business casual office (or on the weekend with jeans!).
This is gorgeous. I have just purchased it. Thanks!
I just bought it, too! Great find!
Despite the styling pictured, I think this would look best with a shirt longer than the blazer, untucked, over the pants – for wear in a business casual office.
Never like the pants suits with a short jacket so that front view you are looking at the pants fly – not a particularly pretty area to focus on even if wearer is quite slim with a flat stomach. I think the better designer clothes avoid this look. See suit of the week.
So, do you never take off your jacket while wearing slacks-thus never exposing the fly area? What do you do during off work hours to avoid exposing the fly on any of your pants?
I have never thought of my “fly” area as *not* particularly pretty, and I have no intention of doing so now. I think some people may have figure issues there, and we all have our own, but no need to make such a grand pronouncement.
I’ve never really noticed anyone’s fly unless it’s down…
Isn’t that inevitable unless you have a really long jacket or shirt? The length it would take to cover my fly entirely would not be flattering at all. I have a long torso, so the fly is going to show even with a longer jacket. I have never viewed this as a problem.
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When you want to wear a blazer for the day, but you need more warmth for your commute, what do you do? I’m not sure that my winter coats will accomodate a blazer underneath. How do people deal with this?
I couldn’t find a solution other than buy a size up in the coat, I’m afraid. :(
Fold up blazer and carry it with you in tote bag, put it on at the office after you take off your outerwear
a…jacket?? like, a warm knit that stretches? (i’ve always purchased my coats and jackets with layering in mind- i live in both the deep south and the french alps, so it’s important that i’m able to switch back and forth for the different temperatures in winter. so…buy a bigger coat?)
I just buy coats a size up… you just have to try it on to make sure it looks nice
Sizing up is one option, though I would wear a blazer to go coat shopping b.c for me going a full size up = way too big coat. I just try different options to see what works.
Also, I find I do not have this problem with puffer coats for the really cold days. They seem to have more stretch. So I don’t buy that sized up.
Another solution, which I have employed, is to keep blazers in the office (assuming you have a closet). I even have mine dry cleaned by the office & as a bonus, I find I need to dry clean blazers much less when I don’t commute in them.
Last but not least — for transitional weather days, when I just don’t want to bother with a coat, I either do a thin cashmere sweater under or wear a warm wrap/poncho over (or both).
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Helpful as ever, AIMS! By the way, did you ever get that dark green turtleneck from J. Crew? I got two of them, and love the fit but find that the colors weren’t exactly as I expected them. Still: keepers.
I did! In dark green. It ended up not working out for the dress I wanted to wear it with — the color was a bit off, just as you say! But it’s very soft & great under suits now that it’s cold out. Wore it on Monday, very cozy all day. Thanks for pointing me too it!!!
I guess my blazers fit pretty slim-ly (slim?), because I’ve never had a problem getting a coat over them. If I weren’t wearing a blazer, I’d probably be wearing a thick sweater, so I’ve always had coats that would fit over those.
My male, managing partner boss wears a polartech/North Face style jacket UNDER his suit coat (and then no proper coat). I wouldn’t recommend this, but felt the need to share that it is an option…
I just snorted out loud in my office.
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Thanks all! Good suggestions. I now have some trying on and strategizing to do…
Think of it like menswear – there are casual winter jackets (like down, or Columbia jackets) and there are wool or camel winter overcoats. A man’s overcoat is meant to go on over a suit jacket. That’s the type of coat you want to wear over a blazer or suit jacket yourself – a long, wool one. Those are generally made for multiple layers underneath.
(But I’m a hypocrite – I wear my North Face down jacket over blazers on the one-block walk to court. And sometimes the blazer sticks out below the down jacket. It’s probably better not to do that, but I’m lazy, and it’s cold.)
I keep a set of blazers in my office closet, so I come in wearing a warm jacket, take it off, put on my blazer…
I’m also in a business casual office where I don’t wear suits but just keep a black blazer and a gray one to mix & match.
I was thisclose to buying this but it’s already sold out in everything but a size 12
I know, sad. :( 6s and 8s are never the leftover sale sizes!
I like the *look* of this suit & the price is great, but in my experience this brand fits terribly, at least on me.
The reason one sleeve looks weird is that the sleeves are very loose & large. The quality is also not that great, and the Tahari ASL suits I’ve encountered usually also have some hidden awful detail or buttons that need replacing, etc.
But, oh, how I wish I could find a nice suit for $60!!
Funny, Corporette brings you $60 polyester suits, $2,000 polyester suits… ;-) Very egalitarian! Poly doesn’t have to mean “cheap,” either. I have some very beautiful poly suits … Just sayin’!. I’m also seeing a lot more acrylic creepage in sweaters at all price points, too. Is this all about right-sizing in America? Bye, bye natural fabrics! (snicker).
I was just reading about this last week. The global price of cotton has risen due to increased demand and (partly) to the Pakistani floods reducing supply. The consensus seems to be that cotton prices will rise even more next year, so we’re likely to see more artificial fibers or pay more for our clothes : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/business/03cotton.html
Tahari ASL has alway fit me well, but the suits don’t exactly last forever. I think the brand’s “sticker price” is always ridiculous – but I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen anyone pay $250 for those suits. Macy’s always seems to have them on sale, even if not quite this cheap, and Marshall’s/Filene’s/Etc. always seem to have a ton of these suits in the under $100 range, and they are definitely worth that to me.
I ordered this suit immediately after seeing your post. It arrived yesterday and is a PERFECT fit. I ordered an 8 and it doesn’t need altered at all (first suit that I’ve bought that doesn’t). I’m a first year law student (so money is obviously tight) and couldn’t be more pleased with this great deal. Thanks so much for the heads up!
Not sure why I feel this way, but it seems a little strange that overachieving chicks care so much about fashion. I mean, if you’re smart, overachieving, and contribute to the bottom like, who cares if colors wash out skin tone…
I am a woman, and work (very sr. paralegal) in a nyc firm, and my bleached out jeans look never make me look less than professional. Like the partners in the firm, I contribute to the bottom line (in my very sr. paralegal way), and on Fridays my focus is comfort. Holes in jean, Hippy T-Shirt, etc. Got the suits when I need them in my office, and everyone likes me. In fact, they may like me too much…I’m from Cali…maybe I look to beach on Fridays, but my bonuses and every increasing salary make me happy.