20 Stylish Flats That Prove Comfortable Shoes Can Mean Business Too

Just like some days at the office call for a powerful pair of heels, others require something a bit more practical. Well, we have good news for anyone who’s sick of wearing pumps and ready to store those boots until next winter: The right pair of flats will summon the same amount of power in the boardroom without all the discomfort.

In an effort to take the pressure off the balls of feet while still looking polished, we asked our friends over at Who What Wear for some fashion guidance. Editor Anna LaPlaca came to the rescue by sharing the most on-trend and professional-looking styles of flats for work so you can fill up your shopping carts wisely.

Ready to step into something a little more comfortable? Read on to find out her style tips as well as the top four picks for each type of flat to wear to work, from refined classics, edgy statement-makers, laid-black kicks, and everything in between.

The Types of Sweaters That You’ll Wear for the Next 6 Months

You know it’s finally sweater weather when the leaves start to fall and the days become shorter. As you partake in your yearly routine of taking all your fall and winter staples out of storage—including your favorite sweaters—you can rejoice at the stylish warmth they will provide despite the weather. It’s a good thing, too, because for the next six months, alongside your scarves and coats, your sweaters will be in constant rotation. Whether you restrict your oversize sweaters for the weekends and off-duty occasions or love to wear your fitted cashmere sweaters to the office and the occasional party, sweaters—no matter the type—are a foolproof way to keep your outfit the right amount of casual and chic. Plus, who doesn’t love feeling cozy?

If, this season, you find yourself in need of more sweaters in your rotation, feel like your whole sweater drawer needs a refresh, or mistakenly put your favorite sweater into the dryer only to find it ruined forever, then we’re bringing you a quick recap of a few types of sweaters you should be buying and (eventually) wearing nonstop. To aid in the process, we’ve also broken things into categories—fabric and fit—but also offer some basic care instructions so that you never have to bid adieu to your favorite sweaters ever again. Find a sweater for all your style preferences (and respective weather) ahead.

Cotton sweaters are always reliable. Even though they’re on the lighter side of the sweater spectrum, they can be easily layered with other tight tops. Plus, if you opt for a textured version, it adds an edge to your outfit.
There are many types of wool sweaters. Whether you opt for merino, sheep, Shetland, or even a wool blend, this fabric you’ll most commonly find in-store. It’s also the coziest.
Say hello to the softest, coziest, and most delicate fabric for your sweaters. Also, luxury. That being said, it’s pretty pricey, but the investment is well worth it because you’ll never want to take it off.
Turtlenecks are such versatile sweaters. They basically have a built-in scarf, when you think about it. They’re also perfect for layering under low-neck dresses (if they’re formfitting) or even over dresses (if they’re more oversize). The possibilities are endless—and cozy!
You can’t go wrong with a casual crew neck. They’re the most common sweater fit you’ll find, probably because they’re just as perfect for layering over shirts and turtlenecks as they are styled with denim jeans or work trousers.
Not a crew neck, not a turtleneck, a mock neck (just as the name suggest) lies perfectly in between. 
The first step in cleaning any sweater is reading the care tag instructions. Depending on how you look at it, “dry clean only” might be the most straightforward because you just take it to the professionals and let them handle it. If not… 
Typically, washing a sweater by hand in cold water with a delicates-friendly detergent will prevent them from pilling and shrinking. As for drying…
After you wash them by hand, don’t use your dryer. Simply gently squeeze out any excess water and let the sweater dry on a flat surface. If you twist or hang it, you risk altering its shape.

Are you ready for sweater weather now? 

Italian Wine Company Tommasi Invests in Chianti Classico’s La Massa (Wine Spectator)

The Tommasi winery of Italy’s Veneto region has purchased a significant share of Fattoria La Massa, an estate in Panzano in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region. The deal was signed Nov. 23. The percentage of shares and the price were not disclosed.

Ermen Minari, an Italian entrepreneur, also invested in the deal. La Massa owner and founder Giampaolo Motta will retain ownership of the remaining share of the company.

“[La Massa] was in need of restructuring to be able to invest for the future,” Tommasi executive director Pierangelo Tommasi told Wine Spectator. “We at Tommasi have been looking for a Chianti Classico project for a long time …. We have known [Giampaolo] for several years and understood the opportunity to do something together at La Massa; we decided to pursue this opportunity.”

“We will define some rules more specifically in the next few weeks, but it is clear and agreed that Giampaolo and his team will continue to look after the vineyard and wine production, in synergy with my cousin Giancarlo [Tommasi, the company’s winemaker] and our team,” added Tommasi.

The agreement will give La Massa more resources, the possibility of planting additional vineyards on the property and help it grow the wines’ distribution in markets around the world.

Founded in 1992, La Massa occupies 111 acres, 67 of which are planted to vines, in the Conca d’Oro of Panzano, an amphitheater of vineyards that is also home to top Chianti names likes Fontodi and Castello di Rampolla. It makes modern-style super Tuscan reds, led by its flagship Giorgio Primo, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Total production is 12,000 cases.

The Tommasi winery is based in Valpolicella, but now makes an average of 250,000 cases per year from multiple regions. Tommasi’s latest investment increases its presence to three estates in as many different areas of Tuscany. In 1997 it bought Poggio al Tufo in the Maremma, replanting the existing 148 acres of vines, eventually expanding to 222 acres. In 2013, the company purchased an additional 198 acres from a winery in Scansano, for a total of 420 acres in the Maremma. It then gained a foothold in Montalcino with the purchase of Podere Casisano and its 54 acres of Sangiovese in 2015.

“La Massa makes great wines and has a great brand. We are very happy to be part of it,” said Tommasi. “I can assure that La Massa has a great future ahead.”


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