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  • Spring Fashion's Best Work Looks--for your budget!

    We scoured our favorite spring working wardrobe lookbooks for must-have styles that transition from the office to post-work activities. Closet staples Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Talbots join White House Black Market and Club Monaco in our picks for our favorite looks for the season Groundhogs and snowmageddons be darned, we're going shopping!

    Printemps Power Suit
    Our top pick in suits this season--Ann Taylor's ruffled bolero exudes bull-fighting bravado while the pencil skirt is oh-so-coy. Wool crepe shawl collar jacket $228; wool crepe pencil skirt $108; silk georgette shell $68; belt $30

    Captain's Colors
    This nautical-inspired look from Talbots (hint: the "Yacht Club" look is big for spring) is both polished and confident. We want it now, but have been told we'll have to wait until March to find it in stores. Bateau-neck dress $139; crepe blazer $159; python bag $189

    See the entire list of our Top 10 Spring Work Looks

    Stand At Attention
    We love this casual Friday look from

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  • Dress for Interview Success

    Remember that Tide-to-Go commercial? The one where an interview candidate tries to explain why he's the best choice for the job. But the interviewer is so distracted by a stain on the man's shirt that he imagines the stain talking to him? The message is obvious: One tiny detail can have a big impact when it comes to getting the job. And what you wear has a lot to do with it.

    Although job-related skills and experience rank high in importance in whether or not you land the position, during the initial hiring process they have less power than most of us think. That's because the first thing we notice about someone is their appearance, and more specifically, the way they are dressed.

    According to a study by Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University within the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer--otherwise known as the meet-and-greet--that person has decided whether or not you're right for the job. Those who come across as polished and

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  • Dads, Daughters And Diets: Obama's Mistake

    As Michelle Obama launches her campaign against childhood obesity, the first attack may be against her own girls.

    By Sandy Maple

    A few days ago, my 9-year-old commented on how her brand new jeans were feeling kind of tight. When I told her that she was probably going through yet another growth spurt, she got quiet. After a long pause, she told me that her papa had suggested that perhaps she shouldn't eat so much.

    I know for a fact that what he really told her was that she shouldn't eat so much candy, and that it was her teeth he was concerned about, not her weight. But as I told him later that evening, it doesn't really matter what he said, it's what she heard that counts. And she heard that she eats too much.

    Her reaction didn't surprise me one bit. I still vividly recall when I was about her age and my own father casually mentioned that I was getting a little chubby. He said it gently and with a smile on his face, but I was devastated. Already insecure about the way my body was

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  • Women in the Fan House: Super Bowl Reaches More Than Just The Boys

    On Sunday, when the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts go head-to-head in the 44th annual Super Bowl, more women are expected to tune in to the game than ever before.

    Since its inception in 1967 the Super Bowl has been a draw primarily for men, but during the past decade there has been a boom in interest among women.

    The increase can be partially attributed to the fact that more women enjoy the game itself and the strategy behind the plays, says Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman. "They [also] enjoy the opportunity to come together as a family or with friends to watch the event."

    And they're becoming as avid fans as men. Women comprise 58 million of the 138 million Americans who consider themselves NFL fans, according to Nielson.

    Click here for a seven great female-friendly fan styles

    The proof is in the numbers: Last year's game pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals drew in its largest audience ever (98.7 million viewers, according to Nielson), and

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  • Three Decades Of Workplace Fashion

    First there were floppy bowties. Next khaki pants. Then the pantsuit. What's ahead in women's corporate style?

    By Colette Martin

    While everyone else is still reminiscing about the good and the bad of the past decade, I thought it would be fun to talk about three (yes, three) decades of fashion in Corporate America. I'll go first, starting with the '80s.

    I know what you're thinking: The '80s were so boring. Well yeah, they were. I remember getting memos about what was (and wasn't) appropriate to wear to work that suggested the only appropriate attire for men was white shirts and ties, and women needed to wear skirts. I tried to find a photo of what would become my work "uniform" for the majority of this decade, but alas, I seem to have shredded any evidence that I ever dressed like this, so you will have to bear with me as I describe it to you.

    I wore what every aspiring female manager wore--a suit. A boxy-cut, shoulder-padded, totally unflattering, matching skirt suit. Never pants.

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  • Do Men Dress To Impress?

    What I wear is all about comfort. But for most women that isn't the case.

    By Charles Salzberg

    We're getting ready to go to the theater. I am wearing a pair of "marsh brown" (I'm not really sure what color that is, but that's the way Ralph Lauren describes them) Polo cargo pants, a clean, white T-shirt and, over it, what I think is a very nice cotton navy blue V-neck sweater.

    And, oh yes, the pièce derésistance, a pair of red Converse sneakers. I am feeling pretty good until my girlfriend, dressed in a black skirt that falls just below the knees, a black scoop neck sweater and boots, asks, "Is that what you're going to wear?"

    This is not a rhetorical question. It's more like an accusation.

    "Yes, it's what I'm going to wear," I reply.

    "You could do better," she says. "We're going to the theater and it's respectful to dress appropriately."

    Now the problem is, I think I am dressed appropriately. I walk in and take my seat, the lights go out and the performance begins. Nobody in that

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  • Talking To The Kids About Haiti

    How much to show and tell them without inducing nightmares?

    By Joan Indiana Rigdon

    Haiti is horrifying for any parent, for any person. I can't stop thinking of one photo, of a woman half-buried in rubble holding her hand out to the photographer for help; of all those buildings leveled like closed accordions.

    Between the Web and Twitter and text, I've donated money; tracked the progress of the USNS Comfort hospital ship across the Atlantic; read on-the-ground pleas from doctors with not enough IVs. At one point a journalist friend sent news of a particular clinic 70 miles north of Port-au-Prince with seven doctors and not enough patients. Along with others, I echoed its coordinates into Twitter and felt briefly useful.

    All the while, my 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son have been leaping across my lap, construction-paper light sabers drawn, calling each other "Master Windu" and "Master Yoda" as they hurry off to councils in their bedrooms to plan how to save the galaxy from the

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  • The Cult Of J.Crew

    The retailer is doing exactly the right thing: selling clothes that women want to buy. Why isn't anyone else?

    By Leah Bourne

    This shouldn't come as a shock: It's a bleak time for retailers. Stores have gone out of business, 70% off sales have become de rigueur and women are shopping in their closets rather than whipping out their credits cards to spend.

    But while most retailers have been suffering through this millennium's version of the Great Depression, J.Crew is having its golden era. First Lady Michelle Obama wore J. Crew while gabbing on Jay Leno's couch in 2008 and the first daughters donned Crewcuts, a children's line, to the inauguration. J.Crew's creative director, Jenna Lyons, has taken on fashion icon status comparable to the likes of superstar designers like Donna Karan and Miuccia Prada ("Jenna's picks," which are updated monthly on, often sell out).

    And J.Crew's recent success is more than just hype. The company reported 14% revenue growth for the third

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  • 12 Things Every Professional Should Know

    Business know-how to help you manage professional situations with confidence and poise.

    By Meghan Casserly

    There's no denying the business world can be tricky to navigate. Career coaches, managerial strategists and even layoff consultants are experiencing a boom in business as more and more professionals, employed or not, try every trick in the book to achieve success.

    At ForbesWoman, we know that no person enters the workforce with her skill set fully developed. For most of us this education is trial-by-fire. We're thrown into interviews, conference calls and business events eager but ill-equipped. Mistake by mistake, new lessons are learned--quitting a job unceremoniously and having to return, tail between your legs, to ask for a letter of recommendation will fast teach you a lesson in grace and professionalism. Likewise, a missed opportunity with a potential client due to insecurity and hesitation can lead you to realize the importance of defining your role and your company--and

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  • Settling For Mr. Good Enough

    In business, ''good enough'' is often ''very good.'' So why should we expect--and demand--perfection in dating and marriage?

    By D.A. Wolf

    I usually make a morning stop by Dad's House blog as I begin my day. There's always an entertaining read--the perspective of a single dad who talks about parenting and sex, cocktails and sex, Internet dating and sex...well, you get the picture. But this single dad is also keenly aware (and opinionated) when it comes to the world around him. This morning, his comments concern the soon-to-be released book by Lori Gottlieb, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough.

    I saw. I read. I paused. I flinched.

    Settling for Less Than What You Want

    Whoever titled this book got it wrong--and right. "Settling" is the sullen yet emotionally charged equivalent of being beaten (or beaten down), and cornered into accepting anything but exactly ... what ... we ... want.

    It is the word used for agreeing to negotiations yielding an unsatisfactory result,

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