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For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Rebecca Taylor is leaning hard into the puff sleeve trend, which can be a very flattering look if it works for you. This navy linen blend suit looks great — I like the dress, the cropped pants, and the blazer, all of which seem like they would be versatile as separates as well as a suit. And of course I always like when pinstripes go diagonally, as they do with the wrap dress.  The jacket is $475, the pants are $295, and the dress is $450.

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This is our latest in an occasional series on weekend clothes with a specific personality — see all the posts in the series here. Today: how to get the preppy look.

As a reminder, there was an old book Kat had where the author (90s-era CNN style commentator Elsa Klensch) talked about how “[m]any successful businesswomen I know tap into their private visions of themselves and express that inner being in their weekend wear. … On weekends, I want to be softer, more romantic. My fantasy in the summer is to look as though I just stepped out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel wearing Gatsby-style long skirts and gently flowing chiffon scarves.”

Accordingly, we thought it might be fun to round up different stores selling “weekend vibe” clothes in different personalities for our ongoing Weekend Wednesdays series. After all, we’ve talked in the past about the weekend you vs. the weekday you — as well as sharing our best tips for upgrading your weekend clothes and cultivating style in general. We’ve taken a look in the past at how to get the boho look and tough girl chic — and especially now that the warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the best brands to shop for preppy clothes. More so than the previous two looks, preppy styles are more likely to do double-duty as weekend wear and workwear (with limits, of course), so many of the brands below are good bets for both. 

Building Blocks for the Preppy Look  3 of the Best Brands for the Preppy Look  Lilly Pulitzer 

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It makes sense to start with Lilly Pulitzer, the designer known as the “Queen of Prep.” The brand is known for bright, colorful floral/tropical prints, and their offerings include beachwear and resortwear. Here’s the story behind those prints, from Pulitzer’s 2013 obituary: “A rich housewife with time to spare and a husband who owned orange groves, she opened a juice stand in 1959, and asked her seamstress to make dresses in colorful prints that would camouflage fruit stains” (as you do). Lilly Pulitzer pieces are perfect for vacations, baby showers and the like, and brunches — you’ll look like you should have a mimosa in your hand. (The bright colors are so fun that as a totally non-preppy person, I bought this one a few years ago.) You can find tons of Lilly clothes and accessories at Nordstrom and Zappos, as well as the brand’s website.

1901

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Nordstrom says that its 1901 brand brings the classics up to date in a “reimagined mix of heritage pieces with American prep vibes.” (Second new fact for today, besides that orange juice origin story above: Nordstrom opened its first store in … yes, 1901.) The line does feature lots and lots of preppy elements from the “building blocks” above: florals, stripes, seersucker, gingham, polka dots, bows, Madras… in addition to some random graphic tees (because who doesn’t need a t-shirt that screams “BRUNCH” across the front, amirite?). You can find fun dresses, basic button-front shirts, some tanks and tees, classic blazers, preppy jumpsuits, shoes, and more. The line is pretty affordable — prices range from $14.50 (sale price) to $149 — and, bonus, 1901 offers petites and plus sizes (up to 24, which the site likens to a 22W).
 
Tory Burch  

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Here’s some great ming: ToryBurch.com is having a semi-annual sale right now — up to 60% off, and an extra 25% off sale with code EXTRA. You can also find Tory Burch at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappos. The brand (whose popularity is part of the reason Tory Burch is a billionaire) is a great choice for feminine pieces with lots of stripes, florals, and other preppy patterns, occasionally accented with details such as ruffles, scalloped edges, embroidery, etc. Be sure to also check out the bags and shoes (we featured the brand in our best work bags and comfortable flats for summer posts), as well as other accessories. And since this is a Weekend Wednesday post, we must direct you to the brand’s fun, pretty swimsuits. (Note that Tory Burch clothing is pricier than the first two featured brands.) 

How about you, readers — what do you think are the best brands to shop for preppy clothes? Do you consider your style to be preppy, or far from it? 

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This snakeskin dress is one of the prettiest items that I’ve seen at J. Crew in a while. The print is neutral enough that you could wear this to work, but fun enough that I would wear it out on the weekends, too. If a full dress is too much animal-print for your taste, J. Crew also offers it in a skirt, blouse, and pants. If this is the new leopard print, I’m totally on board. The dress is $168 at J. Crew in sizes XS–3X. Cinched-Waist Dress  

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My guide for interview attire for different types of offices is taking too long, so let’s take a coffee break and ponder these cute yellow flats, which are on sale at Zappos. I like the bright canary yellow, the unusual heel on the flat (including the notched gold detail), and the low cut on the skimmer — always flattering. (Although we had a conversation years ago about whether toe cleavage was acceptable at the office… so know your office.) The shoes are $178 new at Nordstrom and Kate Spade (limited colors and sizes), but the yellow, at least, is down to $133 at ZapposFallyn Skimmer Flat

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Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This colorblock dress looks like it would become a wardrobe workhorse for me. It’s lined, which is always a bonus in my book, and the high, rounded neckline is easy to pair with just about any blazer or cardigan. I would wear it with a bright blazer on a more casual day, or I might consider getting the coordinating jacket ($260) make a full suit. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s for $176 (marked down from $315) in sizes 2–14. Alice Color-Block Tweed Sheath Dress

A couple of more affordable dresses are from Lauren Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, and in plus sizes, from Karen Kane.

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I recently added this $50 reversible work bag to our Workwear Hall of Fame (it’s been around for three years and is still getting rave reviews!), and someone commented on the Corporette Facebook page that they got an even more affordable reversible tote from Amazon a year ago that she loves… this black/grey one, pictured above! The bag is made of “high quality synthetic vegan leather,” has magnetic closures, and is reversible, with a bunch of different color options available, including black/grey (pictured), navy/black, brown/black, burgundy/brown, and more. At 15.5″ x 13″ x 5.5″ it seems like a big enough bag for a ton of stuff — I could especially see it being a great option to leave at the office and bring home as needed. The bag is $25.99, and available for Prime. Scarleton Stylish Reversible Tote

Psst: We’ve updated our “About the Authors” page, available from the top menu, to put all the bios for the Corporette writers in one place, including Kat, Kate, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and more. Thank you so much for reading!

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A few months ago, readers had a good discussion about job interview strategies in the comments on this post, and we decided to compile them for today’s post — and ask for more of your best interview tips. (We also included some helpful advice from our open thread on interviews that we did several years ago because commenters shared lots of useful tips there too!) So, let’s hear your advice about job interviewing, readers: phone interviews, video interviews, in-person interviews, informational interviews, and more! What is the best and worst advice you’ve gotten about job interviews? What interview advice can you share that is specific to your field?

Here are some of Corporette® readers’ best interview tips: 

How to Prepare Before the Interview
  • Practice specific responses/examples that you can adapt to various questions.
  • Prepare insightful questions for the interviewer.
  • Think of a couple of “fun” things about yourself to weave into the interview.  
  • Print out the job description and bring it with you.
  • Make sure you know your resume very well.
  • Check out Ramit Sethi‘s YouTube videos on job interviews.
Interview Tips for During the Interview 
  • Be honest and be yourself.
  • Avoid canned answers. 
  • Stay positive.
  • Show some of your personality.
  • Don’t ask questions you should already know the answer to (e.g., from googling).
  • Find out why the position is open.
  • Ask what the organization/interviewer is most proud of.
  • Ask about company policies and culture, including advancement.
  • Take notes. / Don’t take notes. (Hmm… Readers, what are your thoughts?) 
  • Don’t forget that you are interviewing the interviewer(s), too.  
  • If you think the interviewer might have specific concern about you as a candidate, address it directly.
  • At the end, ask if there is anything else the interviewer needs to know about why they should hire you.
  • At that same time, also ask the interviewer if they like working at the company, or their favorite and least favorite things about working there.

Of course, one of our top posts over the years is tips for dealing with post-interview anxiety, including advice like getting exercise, going out with friends to keep yourself occupied, reading brain candy, and getting enough sleep.

How about you, readers? What are your best interview tips? What do you agree/disagree with regarding the tips above? What lessons have you learned from experience? Any interview success stories/horror stories to share?

Stock photo via Stencil.

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This top looks like a versatile, elevated basic. I like the elbow-length sleeves and am always a huge fan of soft modal fabric. I think the slim fit would be gorgeous with an A-line, printed skirt. I’d also wear it with lighter-colored suits this summer. And maybe on weekends with a maxi skirt. OK, fine, I’d wear it with just about everything. It’s $325 at 11 Honoré and available in sizes XL–2X. Mara Hoffman’s site also has it in XXS–2X. (NB: The 11 Honoré website says that it should be dry cleaned, but the Mara Hoffman site says that it can be hand washed!) Marla Top

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There are a ton of great washable dresses with pockets in the big Boden sale, but if you’re looking for solid colors a lot of their stock is already pretty limited in terms of sizes. (It’s also worth noting that Nordstrom is price-matching what limited Boden inventory they carry.) The pictured dress is from Bobeau and has been for sale for a few years, I believe — and it’s got a lot of positive reviews. I like that it’s under $60, has an interesting neckline and hemline, has pockets and sleeves, and is washable “by hand,” which to me means “delicate cycle,” but that’s me. They’ve styled the navy dress with silver strappy heels, which is a bit odd because I would probably want this dress for more casual weekend activities, but you do you. It’s $59, available in six colors, in regular and petite sizes (XXSP-XXL). Pleat Front Curved Hem Shirtdress

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There’s a ton of cute stuff for really affordable prices (up to 50% off) in the Boden sale… some quick picks are below! Note that lots of their thick, stretchy ottoman dresses come down to under $100, and the green jacquard dress pictured above has sleeves, pockets, is machine washable, and is only $60. (W0w.) There are lots of cute blouses for work under $50, as well.

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Pictured at top: green work dress / green weekend dress / blazer / heels / cardholder

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