Consider your clothing as if it were a business card. Be sure it's transmitting the message/image you intend to project. Here are tips for fashionable and functional dressing in 2013.
Pantsuits are back
Figuring out what to wear to the workplace on a daily basis can be just as baffling as office politics. Thankfully, once a closet staple, pantsuits made a return to fall runways for top designers, including Donna Karan and Dries Van Noten. Take note, lawyers and lobbyists, these new versions are not the buttoned-up, big-shouldered, dress-for-success looks of the 1980s. A belted and relaxed style telegraphs confidence and chic.
Bags and bangles
Forgo any temptation to substitute the tote you picked up as a free gift at the cosmetics counter as your multitasking business handbag. This structured, oblong shape from Massimo Dutti will accommodate your essential tech devices and personal musts in a minimalist way. Choose a standout color, such as runway fave oxblood. Also in gray. $228 at Massimo Dutti stores and www.massimodutti.com.
Banana Republic's collection of link bracelets, leather bangles and metal cuffs make design elements similar to those found in antique jewelry within reach of small budgets. The elegance of the past weds with a current sensibility. Instead of a safety catch, an elastic band secures the bracelet to your wrist. Add this gem to your jewel box for a simple statement accessory. Also in yellow, ivory and orange. Wave bracelet, $39.50 at www.bananarepublic.com.
Your work space tells tales about you, too. These meticulously detailed and hand-painted iron butterfly pushpins will speak to your creativity. Use them to tack up important memos, inspirational photos and to keep track of invitations. Set of nine for $35 at www.ballarddesigns.com.
Human trafficking battled by text message
A few months ago, a worker monitoring a hotline for the Polaris Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to combating human trafficking, received a text message from an 18-year-old woman in distress.
Should Detroit sell its priceless art to pay the bills?
A federal judge ruled Dec. 3 that Detroit met the conditions for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Now a question that's been simmering for months is coming to a boil: Should the Detroit Institute of Arts - one of the country's finest art museums and perhaps the city's greatest cultural asset - sell some or all of its collection to satisfy creditors?
Colleges brings liberal arts education into prisons
The men would eat, study, sleep, wake up and work, as they must, inside a prison complex surrounded by high fences and coils of barbed wire. Their campus is the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup. No ivory towers here. Just guard towers.
A 67-year-old caroling tradition
Ruthanna Weber, 98, has been organizing a Kenwood, Md., caroling tradition since World War II when she was in the Navy.
How to care for a cut Christmas tree
Cut Christmas trees must be watered and kept hydrated to last through the holidays and to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. This includes small tabletop trees.
Untangling 7 myths about head lice
Head lice: The idea alone is enough to make your scalp itch. It doesn't help that there's such confusion about how the little beasts operate. Here a few common myths are debunked.
When Black Friday madness takes a tragic turn
As Black Friday bleeds into Thanksgiving Day, the frenzy surrounding one of the busiest shopping days of the year has grown and, in some instances, led to violence or even deaths. Here is a look at some recent incidents that have marred one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Apple pie has no place at Thanksgiving
It's practically a law that in late November, every publication must offer a Thanksgiving guide. This year, I would like to draw your attention to two exceptional ones.
Turkeys are funny-looking and tasty, but can they fly?
Turkeys are an ungainly mess of a bird. Their bodies appear too big for their scrawny legs, and they are pocked with all manner of bizarre anatomical structures, including snoods (fleshy bumps on their foreheads) and a dewlap (that distinctive flappy wattle under its neck). But amazingly, the bird - at least in its wild form - can fly.
A short course on the history of Thanksgiving foods
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
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