Working for the government, it’s necessary to carry my badge around frequently, but the cloth brightly colored lanyards are an eyesore and clipping it to my outfit is not always an option. Is there such thing as a stylish ID holder?
Would you believe that Kate Spade makes an ID holder? She also offers this silver one on a chain. For a bit of designer, See by Chloe also makes a red leather lanyard.
If you’re searching for something inexpensive, try this faux-leather lanyard or this necklace-style lanyard.
I’m looking for a new raincoat to replace an old North Face anorak I bought when living in Seattle. Fast forward 8 years, I’m now a medical resident living in Boston in need of some rain protection. I’m looking for something waterproof, stylish (maybe even retro), and affordable on a resident’s salary.
This West End trench coat looks good to me. Eddie Bauer also makes an insulated raincoat in several colors. This North Face trench also has a slick look to it.
For something under-$100, try this Wetlands trench. Plus-size or petite? The Eddie Bauer trench comes in those sizes.
A lot of the clothes you feature for professional wear are dry clean only. I need to look professional but I spend parts of my day in a lab and really prefer to have washable clothes. Do you have any go to stores for quality washable items that still look professional?
If you’re looking for suiting, Dillard’s sells the Alexa Marie line, which is machine washable. Many of the blouses from LOFT, like this gorgeous berry-colored blouse, are washable. And if you need dresses, M.M. LaFleur, Land’s End, LOFT, and NY Collection have you covered.
Want to learn to wash your clothes like a pro? Here’s how to clean silk. And Real Simple has tips on how to avoid the dry cleaner.
I’m looking for a fun/cute winter hat…that is functional. I live somewhere that everyone just stays warm and knows we’ll be professional and presentable after our arrival. I wanted to see if you had any fun suggestions before I bought my usual boring (very functional) beanie.
I like berets. A little more professional than a beanie, but in the same family. Nordstrom has this cashmere one and this cool, chunky-knit one.
Another option is a sleek cloche. This bow cloche is really lovely. They’re super-chic, but not the best for keeping the ears warm.
As for ear warmers, I love faux-fur earmuffs. This pretty, jeweled head wrap is also nice.