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Compassionate Fashion: 8 Office-Ready Basics From Dobbin

There are so many reason to love the women-owned clothing line Dobbin, but here are a few:

1. They make all of their clothing in the U.S.
2. They use the same quality fabrics and factories as much, much more expensive designer labels, but keep all their prices below $200.
3. Most of their pieces are available in sizes 0-16.
4. Their simple, beautifully tailored styles are flattering and perfect for the office.

Click through to check out 8 awesome mix-and-match basics from their current collection that you’ll reach for again and again come Monday morning…

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Style 911: Help Me Find Work-Appropriate Shorts!

Lovely reader Elise left the following question on our Facebook page:

Would it be possible to do a slideshow on shorts-at-work? So many of the shorts styles are too revealing to work, wearing jeans all the time is way hot, and wearing skirts all the time is way too girly for my .com office! Frisky to the fashion rescue?

Of course we’d be happy to help! Shorts at work can be a tricky proposition… Keep reading »

Work It: 10 Cute Dresses For Conservative Offices

It can be tough to find appropriate clothing for a conservative office environment, especially during spring and summer, when sleeves disappear and hemlines rise dramatically. I went in search of work-ready dresses with sleeves, modest necklines, and hems that hit at the knee or below. Obviously if you work at a super conservative office, you’ll need to stick to suits and separates, but if dresses are acceptable attire at your workplace, check out these 10 simple, flattering options in an array of colors and sizes, starting at just $25…

Style 911: What Should I Wear To My Event Planning Job?

“My job is a bit unusual because I work in a large sports bar/ lounge at night. I handle all of the events in the space from birthdays, game watches, corporate happy hours and pretty much anything under the sun. I find myself in a wardrobe dilemma!! My hours are so random just like the events and I never know what to wear. The guys that work here just get to wear jeans and our bar t-shirts or sometimes they will wear button ups and jeans. I feel like I have to be dressed a little nicer because you never know when someone will drop by and want to plan a huge event! The other thing that makes it tricky is that I am often on my feet for long periods of time and we have 3 levels so heels aren’t the right footwear at all! Any advice?”

As someone who used to DJ a bunch, and has spent my fair share of time in and around bars, I feel your foot pain. There’s always flats, definitely. But have you considered a platform wedge? They’re actually a lot more comfortable than you might think — because having a platform means you’re not walking on as much of a heel as it first appears.

As for what to wear? Looking professional in a bar scene can be a challenge, but we think dark or black denim, or casual, comfortable dresses should do the trick. Check out our picks after the jump!
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Work It: 15 Office-Appropriate Pieces For $100 Or Less

On these cold fall mornings, the last thing you need is a closet full of clothes that make you feel frumpy and uninspired. Looking for some new pieces to expand your work wardrobe? We found 15 awesome, office-appropriate clothes that are perfect for fall, all for less than 100 bucks. Click through to check ‘em out, and stay tuned for more work wear shopping guides for plus sizes, petites, and a variety of office dress codes!

Awesomely Affordable: 10 Work-Appropriate Pencil Skirts For $50 Or Less

Looking for a work wardrobe staple you’ll reach for again and again? You can’t go wrong with a classic pencil skirt. Flattering and professional, pair your pencil skirts with blazers, cardigans, and ruffled blouses, and amaze your coworkers with your ability to never go out of style. If you’re in the market for a new pencil skirt, we rounded up 10 awesome options in a variety of colors and sizes, all for $50 or less. Click through to check ‘em out!

How Does Your Job Affect Your Style?

My friend Molly has a wardrobe many young professionals would envy. She works at Banana Republic, and consequently has a closet full of stylish, classy pieces purchased at a heavy discount. Whenever we hang out she looks polished and put together. A couple weeks ago, we were out Christmas shopping and Molly picked up a skater-style Volcom hoodie, clutched it to her bosom and said, “I never buy stuff like this because all I do is work and I have nowhere to wear it.” This got me thinking about how much our jobs can affect our personal style… Keep reading »

What Was Your Worst Work Uniform?

When I found out my friend Aileen once worked 8-hour days dressed as a Holiday Snoopy at the local outlet mall, I have to admit a part of me was a bit jealous. I’ve had some interesting jobs in my life — the night in D.C. when I was hired to keep drunk men away from Whoopi Goldberg comes to mind — but I’ve managed to avoid epically bad work uniforms. My professional past includes no propeller hats or suits shaped like a meatball sandwich. In fact, the strictest dress code I’ve had to adhere to was the green apron and black polo shirt required at Starbucks, accessorized with a hearty splatter of mocha all over my face and hair.

I know you guys can easily one-up me on this one, so let’s hear it: What was your worst work uniform? Keep reading »

Dear Michael Kors, You Rock.

Dear Michael Kors,

When I go shopping, I tend to channel a raccoon—I’m instantly attracted to anything shiny, sparkly, or fishy.

This means that I have a closet full of sequined miniskirts and silver boleros and earrings shaped like salmon fillets. I’ll go to the store with every intention of purchasing simple black trousers, but within seconds I’ve been seduced by the flashy racks of ridiculous trend pieces and I end up buying gold lamé harem pants instead. I have a really hard time buying sensible clothes. Keep reading »

Style 911: How To Wear Sleeveless To The Office

If you work in a place where not looking skanky or slobbish is valued, summer presents a few problems. As temperatures creep closer and closer to unbearable, keeping up the same level of dress sometimes becomes an issue. Fall, after all, makes a crisp blouse and jacket easy. July at 90 degrees? Not so much. Conveniently, unless you work in a really conservative office, there are a few ways to avoid pit stains, look professional, and keep relatively cool, all while showing off your guns. Yes, ladies, we’re talking about pulling off a sleeveless top at the office; it’s a bold move, but someone’s got to do it. Keep reading »

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