Design Mistakes for Workwear

design mistakes for workwear

Here’s a fun topic we haven’t gotten into in a while: What are some of the biggest designer mistakes for workwear that you’ve seen? Things that make the garment unwearable, things that aren’t as appropriate for work as the fashion community seems to think, or things that just annoy you to death? In the past we’ve talked about designer no-nos like double-breasted blazers (now, super in!) and hated workwear trends like sharkbite hems and exposed zippers, and more — but what are the biggest design mistakes for workwear that you’re seeing in 2019?

Some of my top designer mistakes for workwear would be:

design mistakes for workwear bell sleeves

1. Full-length bell sleeves, particularly in a dry-clean-only fabric. If you’re eating, writing with ink, or washing dishes, full-length bell sleeves are a pain in the butt. Plus, I have a feeling you’re going to instantly date any item you own with that feature.

design mistakes for workwear - step hems on skirts for work!

2. Step-hems for workwear. Nooooooooooooo. So…. ugly. For denim, I might be able to think of it as fresh and trendy, but for workwear it just looks like a mullet or something.

design mistakes for workwear - faux wrap tops

3. Loose wrap shirts that look like faux wraps but are just entirely open. I just ordered (and sent back) a top that had looked great online but turned out to be totally open in the front. Even when I was a nursing mother I wanted a bit more coverage. 

design mistakes for workwear - satin and other party fabrics

4. Party fabrics for day. We talked about this a bit in our post on wedding wear vs. office attire, but a lot of stores and brands seem to think “workwear” includes fabrics like tulle, satin, sequins, and more. No thank you. I think the only exception here is with a very traditional tweed blazer — sometimes a shimmery thread running through it is okay and gives dimension, but that shimmery thread should feel like less than 10% of the garment — probably a lot less than that. 

How about you guys: What workwear trends make you cringe right now? What design elements and trends do you wish that you could persuade fashion brands and designers away from? 

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New Year’s Day Sales for Workwear and Beyond!

New Year's Day Sales for Workwear

Happy New Year’s Day, guys! May you have an absolutely wonderful 2019. I thought I’d start an open thread and do a sale round-up… have you found any great deals? I keep buying things from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, and the other sales I’d hit first are in bold below. 

  • 6PM.com – New Year’s Sale, lots for $ 20.19! 
  • Amazon – Coats under $ 50, dresses under $ 25, boots under $ 50… lots of options! 
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off all sale styles, 40% off full-price styles.
  • Ann Taylor Factory – End of season sale, lots for 50%, 60%, and 70% off! Must have sale styles starting at $ 17.99.
  • Anthropologie – Winter tag sale — now an extra 40% off sale items!
  • Banana Republic – Today only, extra 19% off, plus three more can’t miss deals. 
  • Banana Republic Factory – Up to 75% off original prices!
  • Boden -Further reductions, up to 50% off sale!   (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale! Up to 40% of limited time value end January 2. Through January 1, get an extra 15% off.  
  • Dillards – New Year’s Day Clearance, save an additional 50% off!
  • Express – 100s of new styles, take an extra 40% off clearance for up to 70% off!
  • J.Crew – Extra 60% off all final sale styles!
  • J.Crew Factory – Extra 60-70% off clearance! Online only. 50% off everything else. 
  • Last Call -Extra 30%-80% off everything! 
  • L.K. Bennett –  Up to 70% off! Tons of great markdowns for work. 
  • Loft – Mystery flash sale — check to see what YOUR crazy-good deal is.  (Mine was 50% off everything.) 
  • Neiman Marcus – Last Call Winter Sale, up to 70% off!
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly Sale! Save up to 50% through January 2. See our favorites from the sale here
  • Reiss – Further reductions, up to 50% off!
  • Talbots – Happy New Year’s Day Sale — now an extra 50% off markdowns! (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)
  • Victoria’s Secret – The semi-annual sale — 40-60% off 2000+ styles. 
  • Zappos – The Winter Sale Event! Huge selections from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Free People, Frye, and Kate Spade New York (100s of options!), and lots of other good options from 1.State, Aerosoles, Aldo, Adrianna Papell, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, Blank NYC, Born, Botkier, Coach, Clarks, Cole Haan, Cosabella, Dansko, Dooney & Bourke, Dr. Scholl’s, Fly London, Free People, Hue, Hanky Panky, Jag Jeans, Kut from the Kloth, Karen Kane, Lodis Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nic + Zoe, NYDJ, Naturalizer, Nine West, Paul Smith, Rieker, Rockport, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Three Dots, Under Armour, and ZAC Zac Posen. Try this link to already be limited to those above brands for women, then limit by size from there… 

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All the Best After-Christmas Sales for Workwear…

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday! Here’s a quick roundup of some of the major sales of note right now for workwear — don’t miss yesterday’s roundup of some of the great stuff you can get at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started…

  • 6PM – After Christmas Clearance, up to 70% off MSRP! Lots of good options from Coach, DvF, Kate Spade New York, Loeffler Randall, Ferragamo, Sigerson Morrison, Tory Burch, Vince, and Rag & Bone.
  • Amazon – Year-end deals include New Year Party supplies, 80% on holiday clearance, and select NYT best-sellers on Kindle. 
  • Ann Taylor – End of season sale, 60% off all sale styles, and 40% off full-price styles. 
  • Ann Taylor Factory Store – End of season sale, 50-70% off!
  • Anthropologie – Thousands of fresh new cuts, plus an extra 30% off sale!
  • Banana Republic – Extra 60% off sale styles, and 40% off regular-priced styles. 20% off just-in styles. 
  • Banana Republic Factory Store – Winter clearance event, up to 75% off clearance!
  • Boden – Further reductions, up to 50% off sale! Free shipping over $ 49. 
  • Brooks Brothers – Big Event, Semi-Annual Sale, up to 40% off — and only through 12/27, save an additional 15% online!  
  • Everlane – Choose what you pay! 5 days only. 
  • Express – 50% off everything! Sweaters, tops, outerwear and more on sale, prices start at $ 14.90.
  • J.Crew – Extra 50% off final sale styles (with 100s of new items added). 
  • J.Crew Factory Store – 40-60% off, online only, and an extra 50% off clearance! 
  • Last Call – One day! Extra 60-90% off clearance! 
  • Loft – Thousands of new markdowns, with lots under $ 30!
  • MM.LaFleur – 30% off select items; final sale only.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 70% off until noon CT; after that up to 55% off. 
  • Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! Check out our roundups here.
  • Reiss – Further reductions, plus new lines added! Up to 50% off. 
  • Soma – Semi-annual clearance; up to 70% off!
  • Talbots – The Biggest Sale of the Season! Extra 40% off markdowns. 
  • Victoria’s Secret – Entire store 30% off; panties are 7 for $ 28.50.
  • Zappos – The Winter Sale Event! Huge selections from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Free People, Frye, and Kate Spade New York (100s of options!), and lots of other good options from 1.State, Aerosoles, Aldo, Adrianna Papell, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, Blank NYC, Born, Botkier, Coach, Clarks, Cole Haan, Cosabella, Dansko, Dooney & Bourke, Dr. Scholl’s, Fly London, Free People, Hue, Hanky Panky, Jag Jeans, Kut from the Kloth, Karen Kane, Lodis Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nic + Zoe, NYDJ, Naturalizer, Nine West, Paul Smith, Rieker, Rockport, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Three Dots, Under Armour, and ZAC Zac Posen. Try this link to already be limited to those above brands for women, then limit by size from there… 

Images via Stencil.

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Black Friday Sales for Workwear!

best Black Friday deals for workwear

There are some great sales out there today! Nordstrom is one of our favorites (up to 60% off, with the best stuff going fast — here are our picks) as well as Ann Taylor, Boden, Theory and several factory stores (ATF, BRF, JCF)! 

6pm – Featured sales on Frye, The North Face, Clarks and “6 Mystery Deals” — plus an extra 10% off your entire order!

Amazon – InstantPot for $ 69, plus major deals on Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Ring Video Doorbell 2, and more! Plus, crazy deals to be had on Amazon clothing brands like Daily Ritual, Core 10, Lark & Ro, and more!  

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything, including suits!

Ann Taylor Factory – 50-70% off almost every single thing, plus an extra 15% off your purchase!

Anthropologie – 30% off everything!

Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced merchandise, no exclusions!

Banana Republic Factory – 60% off entire store! Doorbusters starting at $ 9.99. Extra 15% off your purchase, including clearance! 

Boden – 30% off plus free shipping over $ 49!

Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off sale items, plus lowest prices of the year for non-iron shirts: 2 for $ 99! 

Express – 50% off everything!

J.Crew – 50% off everything! 

J.Crew Factory – Online only: get an extra 40-50% off sitewide, with clearance up to 80% off original prices!

Last Call – Extra 40 to 80% off!

Loft – 50% off your purchase!

Neiman Marcus – $ 50 off $ 200 of regulalr priced merchandise, plus up to 60% off (extra 33% off select sale items)!

Nordstrom – One of our favorites! Prices are up to 60% off and there are some crazy deals to be had. Here’s our Black Friday deal roundup.

Reiss – 15% off everything!

Rothys – Extended holiday return window, plus limited styles! 

Talbots – 50% off one item until noon today, plus 40% off your entire purchase.

Theory – Buy more save more: 20% off $ 200, 25% off $ 400, 30% off $ 600!

Victoria’s Secret – All bras 40% off, all sleep and lingerie buy 1 get 1 free, plus free shipping on $ 50!

Zappos – Black Friday sale! Prices up to 50% off!

Readers, have you found any great Black Friday deals today? 

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Link Love: Workwear Brands to Watch

According to Fashionista, Modern Citizen is the Everlane of women’s professional clothing.

Refinery29 rounds up 5 plus-size-friendly workwear brands.

In this NYTimes piece three brands run by young women share their wisdom on workwear, and where it’s going next.

Fab Links from Our Members

Jessikams likes Universal Standard’s Transformers collection: “Super cool things you can add to your clothes to make them more interesting or fancy. Like Spanx ‘arm tights,’ but way more fun.”

She also thinks the video for Chaka Khan’s song Like Sugar is total fashion inspiration. She adds: “If you watch this one, and also Lizzo’s Good As Hell, while you get dressed, awesome outfits will result. Or at least you’ll have fun dancing around.”

UmmLila likes this ManRepeller/Leandra Medine piece on what maximalism means to her.

La Pedestrienne really enjoyed this New Yorker piece about the costumes and style on the ’90s sitcom The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher. “So many fond memories of that program from my childhood, and it is sooo fun to see the ’90s making a comeback. Talk about maximalism…”

Shevia directs us to this Vanessa Friedman piece in which she compares sneakers to Dutch tulips.

Jenni NZ thought people might like to read about Kelly Coe, designer of Augustine and other brands, whose collections are full of colour and sparkle.

And last but not least, Angie, Alyson from Wardrobe Oxygen, and Kat from Corporette, were interviewed for this New York Times article on what business casual really means.


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