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How Low Can You Go? Low Necklines at Work?

31 Mar

Issa Silk-Jersey Knot Dress, Net-a-porter.com, $405

Is it just us or are necklines getting lower and lower on dresses and tops nowadays?  We were browsing in the dresses section of Net-a-Porter.com and were shocked – no, appalled – to see the dress pictured above listed as a “work dress.”  Exactly what kind of work did Net-a-Porter have in mind when they decided this dress fit into the work category? 

If we walked into a law office wearing a please-look-at-me (no, let’s rephrase that to “please-look-at-us”) neckline like this one, our reputation at work would be totally ruined.  Who can take someone seriously when their C -cups are half exposed?  Is this a joke?  A mistake?  Did Net-a-Porter truly intend this dress to be categorized as a work piece?  Even a camisole or scarf could not save this plunging neckline.

Perhaps some smaller-chested women can get away with slightly low necklines (and we would not characterize the neckline pictured above as slightly plunging, by the way – with any more plunge, the model’s belly button just might be exposed).  However, we would advise staying away from low necklines altogether in the office unless you’re able to use a scarf or camisole to raise the neckline a bit.  If you’re the teasing kind, feel free to wear your sexy, cleavage-baring pieces on nights and weekends when you’re out on the town, but please leave those pieces in your closet when headed to your day job.  Low necklines send the wrong message in a professional environment.  No one has an excuse to try to check our your assets (that’s what sexual harassment lawsuits are made of), but please don’t encourage anyone to do so either by wearing something inappropriate that screams “check-us-out”! 

Perhaps our friends over at Net-a-Porter are marketing to some, ahem, “working girls” who aren’t exactly in conservative fields.  We’re thinking that we’re probably preaching to the choir here, so we’ll stop now.  Just had to get this off our chest (no pun intended)!

Go Green! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you wearing your green today?  With the first day of Spring just a few days away, we are thrilled to see so many shades of green all around us!  As much as we loathed winter this year (ugh, Snowpocalypse will forever be ingrained in our memory!), we are welcoming in the warmer temps, softer colors and sunshine with open arms!  Buh-bye, Old Man Winter!   Hello, Springtime!

Green is a color that reminds us to be environmentally responsible, but it is also a color that symbolizes energy and revitalization.  It is a quite refreshing hue.  As the grass begins to turn green, we’re more than happy to add some more green to our wardrobe!  We wanted to share some of our fave green lust-worthy items with you in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!  Enjoy!

We started with the Alexander McQueen skull scarf pictured above in green & purple (AlexanderMcQueen.com, $260) (not sure whether the skull motif can pass as work-appropriate on a day other than Casual Friday, but we just had to include this scarf anyway!  May Mr. McQueen rest in peace.)

The necklace below could add just the right touch of color to an otherwise boring work outift.

Anthology Necklace in Green Howlite, Nordstrom, $45

 We’re always looking for interesting belts and think this one definitely fits the bill.  With a white blouse and navy skirt, it might just be work-appropriate, especially on a casual Friday or a meeting-free day. 

Maru sash, Anthropologie, $38

 The dress below is arguably a bluish-green, but the description used with it calls it green, so we’re going with that!  Love it!  We’d have to check out the measurements to see where this would fall on us.  The slit may make it not so work-appropriate if the hem is not long enough, but it’s still a beauty (although definitely not in our budget, we can still appreciate its beauty). 

Giambattista Valli Silk Dress, MyTheresa.com, $2,245+

For those who love to splurge, we could not stop daydreaming about this to-die-for Lanvin tote (a  splurge with a hefty price tag of $1,575).  And this  lime Ralph Lauren cardigan has been marked down from $740 to $370.

Also, more options in green for the budget conscious…we like these sheath dresses at The Limited ($79.50) and J. Crew (now $180, was $225).

There you have it – more items to be added to our (and perhaps your) neverending wish list!  So go revitalize your wardrobe with some green for Spring, ladies!

Is Gray the New Black for Spring 2010?

25 Feb

Eva Longoria in her shades of gray

Gray is a staple color in most professional wardrobes.  That’s why it’s quite refreshing to hear that gray is an “it” color for Spring 2010.  Finally, a runway trend that we can wear to the office without hesitation.

We are inspired by the way celebrity Eva Longoria Parker has incorporated two different shades of gray into her look (pictured above).  If her outfit were a wee bit roomier and had a bit more sleeve, we might be able to wear it to the office.  (While we want our clothes to be tailored and to fit properly, we do not want them so tight that they  scream “Look at me, I’m hot!”  “Hot” is not corner office appropriate – at all.  You want your boss and colleagues to be floored by your analytical skills, not by your curves.  Save your “hot” looks for nights and weekends.) 

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few items in gray that we’ve been eyeing for our Spring wardrobes.  😉

Classiques Entier 'Heathrow' Dress, Nordstrom, now $135.90, regularly $228

Tory Burch 'Reva' python flats, Net-a-porter.com, $235

Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini, RebeccaMinkoff.com, $550

Cardigan w/ embellishment, Anthropologie, $88

Kate Spade 'Susie' pumps, Footcandy.com, now $162.50, regularly $325

For more inspiration, check out Elle Magazine’s take on the trend.

Monday’s Must-Have (or Lust-Have): Wrap Dress

22 Feb

 

Classic Wrap Dress, Banana Republic, $120

As busy professionals, we have a lot on our plates – taxing work loads, overbooked social calendars, dreadful exercise regimens, overwhelming family responsibilities and on and on and on.  Sometimes shopping has to take a back seat because we don’t have the time to find the things we need and want.  Well, we hope to help you a little in the don’t-have-time department by posting what we deem to be a wardrobe essential each Monday (i.e., “Monday must-haves” or, in our case, “lust-haves” – – items we just can’t stop thinking about and feel that we “need” in our closets). 

Today’s must-have item is the classic wrap dress.  It’s the versatile, go-to dress when you can’t figure out what to wear.   This gorgeous gem of a wrap dress comes in an irresistible shade of sapphire blue (we looooove sapphires, so this color immediately caught our eye).  It will take you from your office to happy hour with a simple change of accessories (an elegant strand of pearls for daytime and a more elaborate silver necklace for nighttime). 

For those who need a little black dress, it also comes in black .  Of course, the black option would get even more wear than the blue but, if you’re like us, you have a gazillion black dresses in your closet already and like to jazz up your wardrobe every now and then.  If you do not have several black options, get the black – – you won’t regret it.  Every woman can use a classic black wrap dress.

We do not like the style of the nude shoes that the model is wearing with the blue dress (who picks the shoes for these models anyway?); however, the nude color works with the blue.  We’d recommend a nude classic pump like this lust-have Jimmy Choo splurge, this sleek patent Stuart Weitzman beauty,  or this more budget-conscious BCBGeneration pointed-toe pick.  Of course, you should go with the classic black pump for the black dress; black pumps would work with the blue dress as well.

If you have suggestions for our next must-have (or lust-have), please feel free to email them to cornerofficechic@gmail.com.