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    LisforLeslie

    Depends on the workplace – if you work in a more arts/cultural world, brighter colors and more fashion forward styles are the norm. If you’re in the L’Oreal corporate offices, you can add a lot more flair than at the Morgan Stanley offices.

    Sheath dress with cardigan or jacket always is professional Also pencil skirt with twinset is lovely.

    Talbots has some great dresses right now.

    https://www.talbots.com/online/browse/dresses-suiting/_/N-11640

    and Land’s End

    https://www.landsend.com/shop/womens-dresses/-/N-fy7Zkrs?

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    Kate
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    I’ve been in the corporate offices of L’Oreal, Avon, Heineken, and Coach in New York, and while they may wear higher-end outfits than at, say, Kimberly-Clark in Wisconsin, the formula is pretty similar… pants or skirts, tops, cardigans or jackets. At MasterCard they were definitely stuffier and in blazers. I think it’s great to show you have style, but if you’re getting a lot of comments like, wow, that’s wild! Or, interesting… Or people trying to point out how much skin you’re showing, there might be some opportunity to update your work wardrobe.

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    othy
    othy
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    If you’re having problem with the bust area, you need to find a good tailor. Buy a size or two bigger than you normally would, just something that fits in the bust. Then you can take the item to the tailor and have them take it in everywhere else to make it fit your body. I’ve started sewing recently, and taking in things at the waist (I have a hard time finding pieces that fit at the waist and hips), and everything now fits me so much better. It’s amazing what a couple of small hidden stitches can do for the overall look of a piece of clothing.

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    LisforLeslie

    @kate – I was just saying there are different norms depending on the industry – finance & legal seems to always be more suits where retail seems to be more separates. I Was not thinking about cost but about shape, color and trend.

    Let’s put it this way: it would not shock me if someone once tried one of those work suits with shorts at L’Oreal. I’d be flabbergasted if someone at Morgan Stanley tried it.

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    MaterialsGirl
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    This is a pant that I have fallen in love with because you don’t have the typical long leg issues of too much bag in the butt/hip/pooch or have to deal with too short.. cause it’s meant to be short! i also prefer it in the wool than the cotton but i have both

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/ast/navigation/sale/allproducts/tall-martie-pant-in-bistretch-wool/e1001?isFromSearch=true&color_name=hthr-graphite&N=0&Nloc=en&Ntrm=martie&Npge=1&Nrpp=60&Nsrt=0

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    Janelle

    Nothing I wear is too short or anything. The shoes stay. In OC it’s pretty common anyway. I mainly just am trying to not look like a porn star while still feeling good about what I wear. Work clothes make me go all sexy librarian due to the legs and bust. Throw on the glasses and I suddenly look like I’m about to give a lap dance.

    I bought some more shift dresses this week. All have to be massively tailored though as once they fit in the bust they are huge in the hips and I look pregnant.

    Thanks for the links. I bought two! Back to the normal corporate world and not smelling car fumes all day. I will miss the racing though. Always a car lover at heart. 😉

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    Kate
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    Yeah, I’ve been tempted to wear Louboutins to work, but this is Boston. 1) I feel like they’re too fance for going to see clients, and 2) no one else wears them except for special nights out so I feel like I’d be flaunting or something. If it’s common in SoCal then go with it, I just cringe at LV and red bottoms at work in the northeast or Midwest where I’d travel a lot.

    Sorry about all the expensive tailoring! That is a pain in the ass.

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    Janelle

    @kate I have the rubber bottoms put on protect but still don’t wear them in the rain or if I’m walking around all day. Wouldn’t hurt my babies.

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    Kate
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    That’s the thing about up here too, we do so much walking and the weather is often a mess. And people will step on your feet. So you wear them if you’re, like, getting dropped off at the door. And as a result they become evening wear, not career wear.

    Do you get the rubber soles right away or wait for the paint to wear off?

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    Fyodor

    This is one of the great ironies of American urban development. All the walkable cities are in places with crap weather (much of the year at least) and all the places with nice weather are not walkable. I guess SF is walkable and generally has nice weather but that’s about it.

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    Kate
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    What do you wear for work shoes, Fyodor?

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    Janelle

    I have done both. Sometimes I do it right away and sometimes im impatient and want to wear them right away. I actually have about four pairs in my trunk I need to get to the shoe guy for tips or rubber. Must remember to do that.

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