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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)!

Monday’s Must-Have: The Timeless Trench

8 Mar

Jil Sander Trench Coat, Net-a-Porter.com, $1,895

We are soooooo thrilled that the trench coat is a timeless piece.  What we adore about this season’s trench is that it comes in vibrant colors.  After experiencing Snowpocalypse 2010 and alternating between charcoal grey, dark brown, and plain ole black coats for most of the winter, we can’t wait to put on some springtime color!  No better way to usher color into your career wardrobe than in your outerwear.  You can flirt with color a little more in your selection of outerwear than you can with other pieces because you take coats and other outerwear off before starting a meeting or hearing.  So show a bit of your creative side!  Pick a conservatively cut trench coat in a bold, express-yourself color!  Here are some of the head-turning colors we’ve seen in trenches for the season:

Burberry Ruffled Trench, Nordstrom, $795.00

Bottega Veneta, Net-a-Porter.com, $1,100

Below are some more budget-conscious picks:

Michael Kors Trench, Nordstrom, $138

Impermeable Platinum by Weatherproof, Nordstrom, $98

Old Navy Trench, $49.50

And for the wild ones among us, here’s a zebra print Lauren by Ralph Lauren for ya ($199 at both Lord & Taylor and Macy’s)!   (While we might not be bold enough to wear this one to work, we’re seriously considering it for non-work outfits.  Cute, cute!  Would definitely want to try it on first though since prints like this one aren’t always the most flattering to all body types.)

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.