The woman behind Corporette
Corporette is the lifestyle blog you should follow if you’re a fashionista captured in the corporate world.
One of few career and fashion sites
As written in this post earlier, I cite lack of fashion and career sites for professional women as a reason for creating She. Moments. However, there’s one site in particular that I would like to mention to those of you who haven’t heard of it before.
The blog Corporette contains “fashion, lifestyle and career advice for overachieving chicks”. And it does deliver.
I remember frantically looking through Corporette’s archive when I was going in for my first summer internship. I knew nothing about how to dress for the corporate world, and the only suit I had was the one I had worn at the interview. Luckily, this guide on what to wear as a summer intern saved me.
The woman behind the blog
Kat Griffin, the woman behind the blog, quoted lack of resources telling women how to dress for conservative offices, as one of the reasons she started Corporette. She struggled to adapt her personal style to BigLaw, and assumed others did as well.
Corporette’s history began in 2008, and Kat blogged anonymously for the first two years. In 2010, she finally revealed her identity in a blog post.
After that, she started doing closer collaborations with brands she had featured on the blog. Something she had found to be difficult while writing anonymously.
Kat graduated from Georgetown law in 2003, and she has mostly worked as a litigator. Although, she didn’t even reveal her occupation during the beginning of her blogging career.
Try searching for her suit posts
Kat’s style is fashionable while still adapted to the corporate world. One of my favorite posts from Corporette is a guide to suits, which is a theme I think she writes about very well.
Read up on Corporettes guides to suits here.
Covers more than one topic
In addition to doing fashion pieces and tipping readers on the best sales, she also mentions more important issues like sexual harassment at work.
I think it’s admirable of her not to shy away from difficult subjects. A lot of women are afraid to talk openly about the inappropriate attention they get from men in the office. Or even scared to say they found a joke sexist.
It can be difficult to raise the subject because you’re then in danger of being pigeonholed as “that difficult girl who can’t take a joke”. Discussing which boundaries one should set in a work-setting is very helpful, and Corporette handles such issues gracefully.
A growing community
Her site has also become somewhat of a community where women can chat about anything. Corporette’s Weekend Open Threads have become immensely popular, and I think it would start an uproar if she removed that weekly post.
Since the comment fields on her posts have become so popular, it’s clear to me that Corporette has tapped into something that touches a lot of women.
Why Kat is an inspiration
There are several reasons why Kat and the Corporette blog inspires me. First of all, working such a challenging job in addition to starting a fashion and career site, must take a lot of blood and sweat.
The second reason is that she saw a resource many women missed, and she had the courage and willpower to turn it into something. The staying power it takes to write and create new material for so many years is admirable.
Workwear isn’t insignificant
I know the phrase “empowering women” is used too much these days, and often by those who have little or no reason to use it. But I feel that Corporette does just that.
Kat takes a matter that some people may brush off as insignificant, and she talks about it in a serious and rewarding way to her readers. But the struggle is real: to find your personal style, and to balance it with the demands of the corporate world is indeed hard.
The overachieving Corporette
Lifestyle and fashion advice for professional women or “overachieving chicks” are hard to find. And I will remain an eager reader of Corporette’s updates.