The Hunt: Stylish Skin Tone Pumps for Work

collage of skin-tone pumps for work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Ah, springtime — as we all get ready to pull out our spring-y whites and pastels, it’s time for our annual roundup of nude heels for work. I’m pleased to report that the selection of stylish skin tone pumps in 2019 is vastly improved from what it was even five years ago — there are a TON of brands really focusing on offering skin tone shoes for everyone, including Target, Naturalizer, Louboutin, Rebecca Allen, Nubian Skin, and House No. 3028. Of course, it should be noted, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a shade that doesn’t match your skin tone if you just happen to like the particular shade. Readers, what are your thoughts — are you on the hunt for stylish skin tone pumps for work right now, or do you have a favorite from previous years? (Does anyone have thoughts on pantyhose and skin tone pumps?)


Target’s line, A New Day, offers an impressive six shades of nude — huzzah! (Other brands that are focusing on offering a wide range of skin tones include Naturalizer, Louboutin, Rebecca Allen, and Nubian Skin.) The pictured shoes are the color “Cocoa” and are $ 29.99, available in regular and wide widths sizes 5-12. 


I love the little details here — particularly the asymmetric cap toe, which adds not only a dose of style but also makes me think the shoe might last a bit longer. I also love the cone heel, which feels a bit avant-garde — and a low heel never hurts. (We’ve rounded up other low heels in the bulleted list at top; there’s also this lovely d’Orsay option from Sole Society for $ 60.) The pictured shoe is on sale for $ 70.


Not only is Banana Republic offering a TON of skin tone shades this season, they’re also promising 18 hours of comfort. Nice! (Shades offered include deep brown suede, chestnut brown suede, biscotti suede, beige leather, and cool beige patent.) It’s great to see that they come in slightly extended sizes (5-12), and, being Banana Republic, there’s sure to be a 40% or 50% off sale soon. The shoe is $ 118 full price. 


Know your office before trying the transparent trend! It is no longer just a budget option and can be found in the splurge end of shoes — so if you work in a creative, casual office, this shoe might be appropriate. But again, know your office before trying this 4″ heel from Schutz, on sale at Nordstrom for $ 116. They also have a neon option that’s kind of awesome, as well as a lower version of the beige/transparent pump. 


Boden always has darling shoes, and these are no different if this shade of pinky beige is calling your name. I like the racing stripe detail on the heel of the shoe, and I always like a little bit of a strap. These are $ 180-$ 190 and come in other colors, including a very happy yellow.


I don’t think we’ve yet discussed MM.LaFleur’s new line of shoes — what say you, ladies? I know some people were disappointed that the shoes came at such a high price point (these pumps are $ 365), but that feels right to me — in line with Stuart Weitzman, Sarah Jane Parker, and Cole Haan prices, yet lower than Sarah Flint and other designer-y options like Choo and Manolo. 

Some other fun ones we found, pictured at the very top and here:

top row: dark brown / pointy-toed pink block heel / beige pointy-toed stiletto / pink Mary Jane heels
row two: round-toe block heel / pointy-toe mocha block heel
row three: caramel stiletto / beige stilettos / caramel block heel / transparent stiletto

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The Hunt: Shrugs for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

If there is one thing the readers have agreed on over the years, it’s shrugs. YOU GUYS LOVE ‘EM! When I post a shrug, we get tons of comments saying, “WOW, that is so chic!” and “Whoa, it’s definitely on trend and not at all frumpy grandma style.” But you know, we always tend to post simple shrugs from workwear brands, like this one from Boss, or this one from Theory, or this other one from Theory, or any of these from Talbots, or this one from Elie Tahari, or this super pretty one from Max Mara, or even this $ 34 one from Eliza J. (Cropped cardigans we might have posted — but definitely not because SNOOZEFEST! — include these from Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Lovers + Friends, and Modcloth.)

But like I said, we always post these boring looks from business brands. What about the woman who is more daring with her business attire and wants to be remembered as the fashionable one in the office? Glamour, darling, glamour! Well, this roundup is for you. I think these all would look great when worn over a classic black sheath or a chic jumpsuit for work, but for those of you who are into mixing prints and fabrics, go for it! 


This ruffled lace shrug is only $ 29.97 and has a fun bedroom vibe to it. Accessorize with vampy red lips and, of course, a sensible padfolio. Only lucky sizes are left, so act fast if you like it.

 


Some people say sequins are not for work, and to those people I say, what next? No lace? No shimmery fabrics? Nothing see-through? Get real, people, and live a little! This shrug kind of stretches my understanding of the definition of a shrug, given that it looks like it’s pull-on but in fact zips up the back, so I’m … shrugging a bit. At the shrug. (See what I did there?) It’s $ 188 (down from $ 376) at Farfetch.

 


Some brides-to-be bemoan the fact that you can only wear bridal accessories once or twice — and that may be true for some of those mumsy white lace numbers. However, I think this feathered shrug from BHLDN crosses the line handily into “desk to dinner” territory — your colleagues will surely think of you as a determined, graceful bird, swooping in to take action. You know, birds are descended from dinosaurs, and dinosaurs were known for being super powerful, so it’s like you’re harnessing dino power. DYNO dino power. The shrug is $ 300 at BHLDN, available in rose (and ivory, for you traditionalists!) and made from ethically sourced ostrich feathers. Looking for something a bit higher end with even more dino power? Try this feathered bolero.


Here I am again, shrugging at a shrug, but only because this one doesn’t seem to have sleeves, so it aligns a bit more with my understanding of “wraps.” No matter! I’m quite sure the designers at MM6 Maison Margiela know what they’re doing in naming it a shrug, so let’s go with it! I like that this one offers you matching pants if you want a full tone-on-tone look, which is obviously very professional and stylish. The “shrug” itself is brilliant — think of how your face will be glowing with all that silver shining up at you! I also like that they added padding, because I mean really, without that it would just look like an emergency blanket, and what’s stylish about that, amirite? This shrug is $ 405.72 (on sale from $ 704!) at Italist


I like the Victorian vibes to this cape-like sheath. Chic, and talk about versatile — it will go with all of your black clothes! It’s $ 1,012 — 20% off, so snap it up.

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The Hunt: Modern Blouses for Suits

collage of four modern blouses for suits

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Not to feed the trolls, but: there’s been a lot of talk lately in the comments about what blouses look best under suits. There’s also been a lot of talk about whether button fronts look dated. For my $ .02, I would argue that both are classic looks — but they can be difficult to get the fit right, plus they require dry cleaning and/or ironing or steaming… so of course a lot of women do choose easier care blouses and tops, with less opportunity for gaping. There happen to be a TON of styles for modern blouses under suits right now that are super affordable, versatile, and easy to launder — so let’s round them up! 

Note that we still stand by the recently updated Guide to the Best Tops for Under Women’s Suits, as well as our older roundups of the best dress shirts for women, the best silk button-fronts, and the best busty blouses — we’ve also got some great tips on the best solutions for gaping shirts if you do want to go with a button-front look.

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Here are some of the best modern blouses for under suits that we’re seeing today…

Ann Taylor Factory has this great mixed media top for only $ 17.99 (down from $ 59.99) — it comes in three colors, sizes XS-XL, and it’s machine washable.  At sister site Loft there are several similar split-neck tops (in a bright white, a dark green, a pink polka dot, and a stripe) that are also machine washable and only $ 29-$ 39.

Readers have sung the praises of this boatneck top at J.Crew Factory for a long time — I like that it comes in sizes up to 3X and is only $ 32 today (down from $ 64.50). There’s even free shipping today.

I tend to have mixed feelings about secretary blouses or “pussy bow” blouses — it can feel difficult to get the tie just right! — but this affordable and machine washable option at New York & Co is getting a lot of good buzz, comes in four colors and petite and tall sizes for $ 44.50. Today it’s 40% off. 

Express can be hit or miss as far as workwear goes, but this romantic blouse is only $ 49 and reminds me of ones I’ve seen for three or four times that. I like that it’s machine washable and available in sizes XXS-XL. I get it if you’re avoiding actual button fronts, but this one is super cute with working buttons.

It’s hard to go wrong with Vince Camuto blouses — this “rumpled satin” one has a nice texture and sheen to it, and comes in a zillion colors and style options, including plus sizes. Around the same price range are Hinge blouses, which we’ve featured a bunch. (If you like the satin look this J.Crew one also looks nice.)

Everlane’s silk blouses have always been really popular with readers, and their new “clean” silk blouses are eco-conscious. They’re available in sizes 00-16 in five colors.

Ladies, what are your favorite modern blouses for suits? What brands are your favorites for regular wear, and what are your favorite splurges?

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The Hunt: White Tops for Spring

the best white tops for work

2019 Update: This post was originally published in 2016, but we’ve updated our favorite white tops for work as of Feb. 2019 — see below!

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Pictured at top, clockwise: V-neck / crew / relaxed / scalloped / sleeveless / polka dotted sweater / Swiss dot button front

I would guess that 60% of my closet — if not more — is black. White appears far less frequently — but even I love to herald the beginning of spring by buying a few new white tops every year, and (if they’ve held up well enough), pulling out old favorites from previous years.  The white blouse, of course, is a classic — but sometimes you want something that isn’t quite as fussy or as formal as a blouse with collars or buttons. (If you’re on the hunt for a basic button-front blouse, a silky collared blouse, or a basic tee or shell to wear beneath a suit, check out our latest roundups on those topics.) I never know what to call these items (tops? shirts? white non-blouses?) but I do think they’re something that makes every outfit more versatile — and can be an easy way to take your more formal suits away from the dreaded “I’ve got a secret interview today” territory. Of course I am on #teamwhitecamisole as well, but that’s me…

In my mind, white tops break down into basic general categories, which I’ll lay out below…. I’ll note at the outset that a lot of these tops come in colors other than white, which show the details FAR better than the white versions, at least online. In fact, the very fact that there IS a white option may be hidden because the color doesn’t show up against your screen — so use the dropdown color picker menu if in doubt (screenshot of what I mean here).

The Slightly Fancy White Tee

These shirts — usually in jersey or some other t-shirt like material — have a few great details that elevate them from your basic white t-shirt.  The details are usually near the neck — but sometimes also down the back or at the hem; the material may also be different or nicer in some way than your usual t-shirt.  Pro: these can be easy to care for, and if you have fit problems because of your bust/waist ratio, these can be easier to wear than a button-front shirt. Cons: opacity can be a problem, and some details (like a sheer shoulder like the lace one below) may give you pause for your office or wardrobe. (For my $ .02 I think they look lovely as a layering piece, particularly beneath a blazer – I just layer a camisole beneath them and a regular nude-for-me bra.)

fancy white t-shirt for suits



The Blouse Tee

These tops are shaped like a tee (and are usually pullovers), but usually made from a blousy material. They can look nice and crisp, but can be high maintenance (e.g., required dry cleaning or ironing). They also can cross into the “too informal” category pretty easily.

t-blouse for work



The White Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater

These can be difficult to find online — so when you see them in the store at places like Ann Taylor or Banana Republic, do stock up! Pros: they’re definitely fancier than a t-shirt material, and sometimes more opaque (be on the safe side here and wear a camisole and nude-for-you bra the first time, though). Cons: they may need extra care in the laundry, or they may fade or look “dirty” too soon.

short-sleeved white sweaters for work



The Non-Blousy Blouse

I normally think of a blouse as having buttons and/or a collar — these tops lack that, but they definitely still feel like a blouse in formality, usually because of their material.  These can be a more modern option, as well as being easier to fit if gaping is a problem… but they can be harder to care for and be more sheer.

non-blousy blouses for work



The Casual/Feminine Blouse

These are blouses that may have buttons up the front and/or a collar — but there’s something about it that makes it more feminine, such as a burnout pattern (like the polka dots below), a peplum detail, eyelet/lace, a wrap effect, or an unusual fabric (like the jersey one we featured a while ago from Anne Fontaine). If you work in a very conservative office and are striving to add more feminine details to your workwear, start here because it’s hard to go wrong (beyond wrinkles/sheerness/etc) — for all but the most formal of occasions they’re appropriate, and an easy, chic addition to your wardrobe that goes with everything else.

feminine white blouses



The White Shell

This can be a huge category — or a very narrow one if going sleeveless isn’t appropriate at your office. To be honest, unless you wear a lot of cardigans or washable blazers, I’d avoid these tops in general — I always think it’s better to wear a sleeved layer beneath a blazer, if only to make trips to the dry cleaner more minimal (not only is it expensive, but it can be really hard on clothes too). I think they can work best with cardigans because you don’t get that line on your arm where your sleeve ends — but if you’re going for bang for your buck, I’d stick with sleeved options. Still, if you’re on the hunt, here are a few cute ones:

white sleeveless shell for work



This is a huge category (and this was a big of a runaway post!) — but what categories am I missing? What white tops do you need in your wardrobe, or have proven themselves to be real workhorses? How do you guys like to make your work outfits more springlike?

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I mostly consider black to be my base for my work wear -- but even I love a white top for spring; they have a way of freshening up your entire work wardrobe and making all of your work outfits that much crisper and lighter! These are the six tops every career woman should consider adding to her wardrobe in spring -- great for wearing under suits, layering under cardigans, and adding as a simple topper to skirts and trousers.

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The Hunt: The Best Pants for Work

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Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Here’s a question we haven’t talked about in far too long: what do you think are the best pants for work? Which ones are your favorites for comfort — for fit — for travel? There are actually a ton of great options right now — almost all of the ones below are washable, available at least up to size 18, and many are available in petite, tall, and plus sizes as well. Which are your favorite work pants? Do tell…

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best pants for work - budget - Old Navy Pixie

If you’re hunting for one that’s under $ 50, there are a ton of great options, but they are very different. Readers love the comfort of J.Crew Factory’s drapey pull-on (usually around $ 35 with the sale of the day), while Everlane’s work pant ($ 50) has a nice, crisp, hold-you-in feeling to the fabric. Still, if you’re looking for a ton of options in color and fabric sizes, readers swear by the Old Navy Pixie pants, pictured above — they’re around $ 35 and come in regular, tall, and petite sizes up to size 20; they’re also available in plus sizes.

best pants for work - J.Crew

Another good option that’s often on sale: J.Crew’s Cameron pant, which readers recently noted was a good option for pears (and have pockets). They’re available at Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter as well as J.Crew, although note that J.Crew has a ton more options and come in sizes up to 24, as well as petite and tall sizes. The pictured ones are a washable option good for four seasons!

best pants for work - NYDJ knit pants

For just a bit more money puts you in the range of the NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers, which are my personal favorite for a mix of comfort and polish — I feel more formal with the zipper (unlike some of the pull-on options on this list) and I feel like they wash and wear really well. I also like the thickness of the pants. They’re currently $ 78-$ 119; note that they’re almost always on sale in the big Nordstrom sales. A few other great options around this price point: Brass’s ponte pants are $ 98 (I’ve heard rave reviews but haven’t tried myself), as well as Nic+Zoe’s Wonderstretch pants (some options as low as $ 102, but mostly around $ 148).

best pants for work - Eileen Fisher

We’ve sung the praises of the pants the readers call “magic pants” before — they’ve noted that they’re “as comfortable as pajama pants,” “like slim cigarette pants that never wrinkle,” and “can be washed in a sink.” They come in plus and petite sizes, and a ton of colors — I personally haven’t seen anything but lucky sizes on sale but that’s me. They’re $ 168 new at Nordstrom, Dillards, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

best pants for work - suit separates

If washability isn’t high on your list of needs — or if you’re more looking for suiting separates that have great pants — Boss and Theory are the brands to beat. Boss’s slightly bootcut trousers get the highest ratings and are around $ 248, while Theory’s Good Wool trousers still get plenty of shoutouts. Fun fact: the Good Wool line is ” is spun from sustainably-farmed Australian wool milled at an environmentally-friendly factory” — and I was surprised to notice that Theory now goes up to a size 16.

Readers, how about you — which do you think are the best pants for work? Which are your favorite styles to wear to work — drapey, slim knit, cropped, or bootcut/voluminous trousers? 

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The Hunt for Budget-Friendly Interview Suits

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2019 Update: We still stand by these recommendations for budget-friendly interview suits; links have also been updated as of Jan. 23, 2019. You may also want to check out our roundup of the best women’s suits of 2018 across every price point!

Sure, we all know what work wardrobe essentials professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Today: we’re hunting for budget-friendly interview suits for women!

Obviously, we cover a Suit of the Week every week, and we have our regularly updated Guide to Interview Suits as well as our recent overview of brands of suits for women for every budget— but we haven’t specifically looked for budget-friendly interview suits in a few years, so let’s round them up! (Here’s our last discussion on cheap interview suits, as well as our discussion of whether you can mix black separates to make a suit (noooooooo!).  In general, if you’re hunting for an interview suit, keep an eye out for options with a) suiting separates b) available in a solid, dark, neutral color, c) that fit your budget. By buying suiting separates you can get a better fit off the rack (such as by buying a size 10 pant and a size 12 blazer, and maybe even a petite skirt even if everything else is a regular size) — and you can make several outfits, particularly if there are two blazers, such as one that’s collarless and one that’s the traditional lapel+button. (If you have problems finding suits in your size range, check our Guide to Plus Size Suits, Tall Suits, Petite Suits, and Maternity Suits!) Readers, which are your favorite budget-friendly interview suits? 

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Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: J.Crew FactoryHat tip to the commenters, who noted that J.Crew Factory has lightweight wool suiting — I don’t think I knew that before! They have two-button suits, skirts, dresses with pockets, and trousers for $ 49-$ 75 per piece; they also have cotton suiting. Everything comes in sizes 0-20, in regular and petite sizes. (There are pros and cons to factory stores — if you happen to like them, note that Banana Republic Factory also has some great suiting options!) Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: T TahariSo many of my first suits were from T Tahari — so I’m happy to see that they now come in separates. Bloomingdale’s has the widest selection currently, with tons of different styles of pants, skirts, dresses and blazers coming in black and navy. Prices range from $ 51-$ 118 right now. Pictured.
Affordable Interview Suits for Women: TalbotsIf you need a larger size range by way of petites, pluses, or plus-size petites, Talbots is your go-to — a LOT of readers love this suiting. Their seasonless wool suiting is what you want to look at — and if it’s too boxy for you off the rack, do consider getting your suit tailored. (Here’s our guide to suiting alterations to consider!) At full price, pieces are $ 129-$ 229 — but there are often sales. (As of this writing the range is $ 53-$ 119, plus extra discounts if you buy 2+ items and/or use a Talbots credit card.)
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women Lawyers: Anne KleinThese Anne Klein separates (available at Nordstrom and Macy’s) are great basic interview suits if you’re on a budget — it doesn’t get more classic than this. As a curvy girl I’ve often liked the fit for Anne Klein better than Calvin Klein, which has more of a straight fit. The price point is generally $ 69-$ 119 per piece. Macy’s has a ton of similar options from similar brands that offer separates like Kasper, T Tahari, and Calvin Klein. Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: ExpressI hesitate to recommend Express suiting, even for budget-friendly interview suits, because I tend to associate it with looks that are often too tight and too curve-hugging — but if you know that going in you can be wary when picking out a suit. A major con to budget-friendly suit separates is that the pants can often feel frumpy (one of the reasons skirt suits can be easier!) so it’s a major pro that Express blazers pair with their Editor and Columnist pants, loved by readers and on our list of great washable pants for work. Right now prices range from $ 79-$ 128. Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: Ann TaylorAnn Taylor, J.Crew, and Banana Republic are final options to consider if you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly interview suits for women — they can feel a bit pricier, but are great first suits if you like the fit. For Ann Taylor, look for the tropical wool suiting or the all-season stretch — both will be great basics to take you from interviews to the first days on the job. Prices range from $ 98-$ 140 at Ann Taylor (with lots of different options for the fit of pants, as well as petite and tall sizes up to size 18). Meanwhile, over at J.Crew, note that they seem to be phasing out their longstanding suiting collection of Super 120s wool in favor of “Italian stretch wool” — do any readers care to give a report on the new stretch wool? (There are some crazy deals on lucky sizes on the older Super 120s inventory, fyi!) Prices on the Italian stretch wool collection range from $ 99-$ 248 plus, of course, any additional J.Crew sales.  Another big option in this price range (and with tons of sales): Banana Republic! Their lightweight wool collection ranges from $ 98-$ 198, not including any BR discount of the day. Pictured.

Readers, what are your favorite styles and brands for affordable interview suits? What stores am I missing – have you found great budget-friendly interview suit at ASOS, Zara, Lord & Taylor, or any other stores? What do you look for in a suit for interviews? 

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Stories from the Witch Hunt

Handmaids. Witches. Comedians and musicians. These were not your standard #MeToo stories. This was The Witch Hunt, a variety show inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Witch Hunt performers backstage. (Paul Zollo)

The performers who took to the stage at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles shared tales that amounted to a different kind of modern horror story—and gave performers and the audience gathered alongside them an outlet to process and heal from trauma. Amrita Dhaliwal, the Intrepid Dance Project and Christopher Ashman were among those who used musical and comedic performances to explore scary tales of sexism. Celia Daniels spoke up about a difficult conversation with her daughter about her gender identity. Jennifer Jonassen told the audience a story that her abuser, who was also her high school teacher, left out of their memoir—and the factors that still keep her from sharing her story.

Lila Dupree, co-creator of the Witch Hunt and one of the performers, remarked to Ms. that comedy can be a good way to deal with difficult topics like abuse, and that the show, directed by Gloria Iseli, was built to give survivors a different kind of platform for their #MeToo moments.

When Giovannie Espiritu was in high school, her stepfather suggested that they could “do things’” she was learning about in sex ed, or that she could learn from him by watching him masturbate. Her response was curt: “No, thank you.” She went upstairs to her room and blocked the door with a chair.

When Espiritu’s mom learned about the incident, she defended her stepfather. When she opened up about the abuse to an acting teacher, she was worried that she would get in trouble. When Child Protective Services arrived at her door, her mother issued a cold directive: “You are an actress now. So act.”

Years later, Espiritu’s role in a different kind of performance created space to finally tell the truth.

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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The Hunt: Stylish High-Heeled Boots for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

There have been so many boot styles lately that it kind of makes one’s head spin — block heel boots! sock boots! shooties! lace-up boots! Chelsea boots! Western style boots! — so we haven’t gone on a Hunt for a while for boots. Still, there are a ton of these very sleek, professional-looking stiletto booties right now — so let’s take a look at what’s out there on the market.  (Looking for flat ankle boots for work? Just a few months ago we did a roundup of flat and low-heeled options…) 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots under $  50

This one isn’t the sleekest, but it is $ 15, and still available in a ton of sizes 8-13 (with wide sizes also!) — that’s kind of hard to beat. (Amazon has a bunch of smaller sizes for $ 39 and Prime.) Readers have LOVED the DexFlex Comfort line in the past. 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots with Comfort

If you’re looking for a reliable brand for comfort, it’s hard to go wrong with Clarks — these heeled booties have a bunch of solid reviews at Zappos, and are marked 50% off (down to $ 60 today!). They’re available in sizes 5-11. Nordstrom has a very similar style for $ 139, but with a zipper. 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots for Work with Kitten Heels

Sam Edelman doesn’t market itself as a comfort brand, but their soles are usually packed with comfort features — and these kitten-heeled booties (above) look great to wear with tights and trousers. Note that this one comes in a ton of colors — if you’re on the hunt for white, red, or gold leather booties, this may be the solution you’re looking for. Note that Amazon has even more colors (leopard! shiny silver!) and some colors and sizes are Prime Wardrobe eligible and as low as $ 51.

Sudini has long been one of my favorite brands for comfortable kicks in sleek packages — these pointy-toed booties with kitten heels look fabulous. They’re only $ 159 and available in black and cognac suede, sizes 6-11, in medium and wide sizes. 

If you’re going for a very sleek look, these DvF stilettos are well-rated, with some colors and sizes on sale for $ 240 (down from $ 348). These also come in a variety of colors, including cherry patent, silver, and ivory leather — the vertical details really look fabulous on the ivory pair if you’re on the hunt. Unfortunately the matte black (pictured here) seems to just have lucky sizes left.

Readers have ALWAYS sung the praises of Aquatalia — particularly for waterproof boots — and these pointy-toed styles are a polished and sophisticated way to keep your feet warm and dry. Zappos has the black matte pair for $ 237.50 (50% off!), while Nordstrom has the black patent still full price at $ 475. 

 

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The Hunt: Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

So we haven’t talked about affordable cashmere for work in a while — let’s discuss! I was intrigued, upon looking around at the stores, how many “weekend” options for cashmere there are. Hoodies! Boyfriend sweaters! Ponchos! Duster cardigans! If you want more of a classic, sleek look to wear with beneath blazers or on top of blouses (or both!), it can be a bit tricky to find them in stores right now. So we rounded up some favorites! Ladies, what sweaters are you reaching for the most on chilly mornings? Have you bought anything in years past that you still love — or have you bought anything recently that was a great find?

Pictured at top of post: one / two / three / four

 

Curious for past iterations of this roundup? Here they are from 2017201620152014, and 2012.

Here are some of the great cashmere sweaters for work we’re finding today…

 

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great cashmere sweaters for work - Uniqlo

Pictured above: Uniqlo is always a great spot to check for affordable cashmere sweaters for work — they’re warm, classic, and come in a zillion colors. (Pro tip: check out Uniqlo’s Heattech line if you’re looking for a lot of warm options, especially for commuting clothes!) The red V-neck pictured above is $ 79.90, comes in __ colors; the brand has similar options in a turtleneck, crewneck, and cardigan.

great cashmere sweaters for work - Inhabit

This sweater may look basic, but don’t be surprised if it’s one of the softest cashmeres you’ve felt — I was thrilled to find several Inhabit sweaters at Nordstrom Rack. The pictured sweater (above) comes in black in sizes XS-L for $ 79 (originally $ 368!).

great cashmere sweaters for work - HalogenThis Halogen sweater is only $ 89 and has close to 500 super positive reviews at Nordstrom. I love how simple it is — it’s very easy to throw on beneath a blazer, add a statement necklace on top or a dickey beneath it (or an actual blouse!), and wear it to work. It comes in 8 colors, regular and petite sizes, XXSP-XL. The brand has a ton of more casual cashmere options as well.

great cashmere sweaters for work - jcrew

For $ 99+, J.Crew has a ton of great “everyday” cashmere sweaters. (Sadly, they are all excluded from the 40% off promo happening today!) The sweaters are available in sizes XXS-3X, which is great; the pictured crewneck comes in 23 (!) colors. They’ve also got a great everyday cashmere turtleneck. (To discuss: are turtlenecks “back” in style or have I just not noticed how many there were in recent years? I’ve always thought they’re a great basic look — certainly great background for a brooch or two! — but they felt like they were rarer in years past.)

great cashmere sweaters for work - Everlane

I often get asked about Everlane, and I will say that I’ve always been happy with their cashmere and merino sweaters — everything I’ve had has been great quality, and felt like a very current but classic take (so, for example, the longer cuffs here feel very au courant but the sweater itself is classic — not a ruffle in sight, thank goodness, and it’s a polished enough look that you can wear it to work or on the weekend.) The pictured sweater is $ 100, comes in 18 sizes (including some fun stripey options), in sizes XS-XL.

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The Hunt: The Best Ankle Boots for Work

the best ankle boots for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Even though it’s been so warm lately, boots season will be upon us soon — so if you’re hunting for the best ankle boots for work, this roundup is for you. For this Hunt we’re focusing on low-heeled or flat options that are really walkable. Readers, do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots for work right now, or are you eyeing one in the store? Do you still feel like the Chelsea style is a classic, or do you prefer some of the newer iterations of ankle boots?

best ankle boots for work - TOMSIf you’re on the hunt for a classic Chelsea style and the Edelman boots that have been around for eons don’t work for you, I like the look of these affordable $ 99 boots from TOMS. They have a ton of great reviews at Nordstrom, come in four colors, sizes 5-12, and regular and wide widths.   TOMS
best ankle boots for work - ann taylorI love the teensy little block heel on these cute boots from Ann Taylor. They’re $ 198 full price, but AT is offering 40% off all full-price styles today — so they come down to $ 118. Nice.  Jocelyn Suede Booties
best ankle boots for work - Marc FisherWe featured these booties in leopard print a few days ago, and I love both the price point ($ 135 on sale) and the subtle texture to the leather that I’m including them again. They’ve got 149 positive reviews at Nordstrom, as well as a ton of good reviews at Zappos — where if you don’t like the slightly pebbled look here, they’ve also got them in a black patent and a “black leather snake” for $ 160-$ 178. Pictured, for $ 135: ‘Yale’ Chelsea Boot
best ankle boot for work - banana republicI suppose the Chelsea bootie BR has right now fits more with the spirit of the post, but I really like these low block heel booties, and think that they look pretty darn walkable as well with the sturdy 2.5″ block heel. They’re available in the black leather pictured as well as navy suede and “sand” suede in sizes 5-12. They’re $ 168. (Note that everything at BR is “buy one get one: half off everything” which is a nice deal if you’re looking to stock up on something basic in multiple colors.)  Low Block Heel Bootie (BR)
best ankle boots for work - JCrewI always like J.Crew’s shoe choices, and these cap-toed ankle boots from the brand look sleek and walkable. They were $ 258 full price, but for “today only” they’re offering 40% off everything, which brings the ankle boots down to $ 155. They also come in a fun faux snakeskin. Pictured:  Cap-toe ankle boots
best ankle boots for work - AquataliaThese suede booties from Aquatalia are super low, super waterproof, and for some reason look very sleek to me. They’ve got 14 rave reviews at Nordstrom, and are best sellers at Bloomingdale’s, and are our splurge pick for today: they’re $ 495. They’re also available in espresso and navy suede, as well, at both Zappos and Nordstrom. Ulyssa Weatherproof Bootie

 

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