Posts Tagged: smart

Reader Request: Dressing for Cold Offices

clothes for cold office

rb threw this one into the Suggestion Box:

Dressing for really cold offices but still looking professional? Colleagues have resorted to fingerless gloves and even snuggies. 

Why is it that office environments are always places of temperature extremes? A handful get uncomfortably hot in winter, but more are chilly during the cold months AND the warm ones. And in my experience, cold offices seem EVEN COLDER during the summer. It’s like any building with an imbalanced HVAC system just gives up and turns its dials to “arctic” once the sun comes out. I’m sure you office workers are all too familiar with air conditioners that get cranked up to levels capable of crystallizing saliva. Although the sun may graciously warm those lucky enough to sit near windows, many of the world’s cube farmers spend their days shivering as they type.* read more

Originally posted 2012-07-18 06:22:52.

Reader Request: Dressing to Look Older

what to wear to look older

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Reader Andrea e-mailed me this request:

I’m 22 and about to start student teaching at the high school level, but I look like I’m about 15. I’m currently trying to build a wardrobe that doesn’t make me look like a student, but I don’t want to age myself too much and end up looking frumpy, either. So far, I’ve been leaning towards things that are generally more formal than the dress code for teachers in most public schools just to further differentiate myself from the students, and I’ve mostly been wearing heels (which also give me a slight height advantage, because I’m petite). If you have any other advice on this topic, I’d love to hear it. read more

Originally posted 2012-03-05 06:19:59.

Reader Request: Making Blazers Fun

How to make sure your blazer outfits look fun instead of frumpy!

Reader Erin e-mailed me this request:

Every style blogger makes blazers look great, but I find them hard to style.  They seem so versatile on the rack, but then seem frumpy (I’m 24), too dressy/formal, or occasionally too equestrian when I try to create an outfit with them.  I’ve asked some stylish friends and several of them have run into the same issues.  Do you have any tips or suggestions for styling blazers well?

It took me a while to feel like I could make blazers work within the context of my style, so I can relate to Erin’s frustrations. Blazers get a lot of play in fashion mags and advice columns, but they CAN feel a bit challenging. Especially if you’re still exploring your own personal style while trying to embrace the flattering and eschew the formal. read more

Originally posted 2012-01-30 06:23:06.