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Coffee Break: Sarah Flat

These really fun flats come in black suede, a denim stripe, and this gingersnap suede, which looks gorgeous. I like the little decorative bow on the top, too. They’re available in a lot of sizes (4-12) as well as in narrow, medium, and wide widths. For $89 and with 10 four- and five-star reviews at Zappos, they look like a great option. They’re at Zappos ($89), Amazon ($38-$158), and Nordstrom ($89). Naturalizer Sarah Flat

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Tales from the Wallet: Seasonal Spending

Here’s a fun question for today: Do you think you spend more in certain seasons? How do your strategies for saving or budgeting change from season to season — and what do you think your biggest money challenges are for each season? For those of you at big law firms and companies with extensive summer intern/summer associate programs, do you actively plan to bolster your savings this summer when there are so many firm-sponsored outings, to take care of things like food/drink/entertainment/transportation?

Pictured: love this floral wallet from Halogen for $89 (affiliate link). 

For my $.02, I definitely spend differently in different seasons, although I’m not sure which season I spend more during. A few ways my spending changes from season to season, off the top of my head:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: High-Waisted Pencil Skirt

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Black Halo’s Jackie dress has been in our Workwear Hall of Fame for years, and I may have featured this pencil skirt before because it has that classic, universal, sophisticated look to it. I like a high-waisted pencil skirt, especially with wrap blouses and and even bodysuits if that’s or bodysuits if you you want to try that — obviously for the office nothing should be too tight, but a nicely tucked-in top does look good with a high-waisted pencil skirt like this (as shown in the photos). It comes in eclipse (pictured), black, and red, and it looks like a great skirt. It’s $230 at Shopbop in sizes 0-12 and it’s also at AmazonBlack Halo High Waisted Pencil Skirt

A few lower-priced alternatives are here, here, and here, and here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Trigg Desk Vessels

They call these “desk vessels,” and you could use them as pen cups, or you could use them as little potted plant holders or for air plants. I like the architectural look to them, and the whole set looks really cool. And because they’re freestanding, you don’t have to worry about attaching them to the wall or anything like that — although they have really nice sconces as well. This set of two is $37 at Amazon with plenty of very positive reviews. Umbra Trigg Desk Vessel (Set of 2), White/Brass

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Sheath Dresses for Work: The Best Dresses of 2017!

The Best Sheath Dresses for WorkSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Today’s Hunt: the best sheath dresses for work!

The sheath dress is an easy basic for so many offices, from formal to conservative to business casual. It’s hard to go wrong with the sheath dress, but watch out for these pitfalls when buying it:

  • is the cleavage too low?
  • is the hem length appropriate for work?
  • does it have any trendy detail that will make it more memorable and thus less wearable in regular rotation (exposed zipper, embellishment at neck, etc)?
  • is the skirt’s slit too high (sit down and do the mirror test to make sure!)?
  • does the dress look “tailored” (good) or “body conscious” (less good) to you?
  • can you wear a normal bra with it? (some of the versions out this year are almost like halter dresses, with a lot of the shoulder exposed — I’d put those in the “less appropriate for work” bucket)

Once you’ve purchased your new wardrobe workhorse: make sure you cut your vents. Hang the dress up immediately after each wearing and let it air out a bit.  If it’s part of a suiting set, be sure to dryclean all your pieces together so they show the same wear and tear. Pictured immediately below are some of our Hall of Fame favorites — the best-selling, classic dresses we’ve drooled over for years — but we’ve also rounded up six of the best sheath dressses for work in 2017 that we’ve just noticed (including some killer sales). Ladies, which are your favorite sheath dresses for work right now? What are your favorite features (pockets, machine-washable) for your sheath dresses? 

First up, the classics:

the best sheath dresses for work in 2017 - the classics!

Pictured above: one / two / three / four / five

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Waverly Blazer

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This looks like a great, simple, very sleek collarless blazer from Rag & Bone. I love the darts and the seams on the back, and also the textured edging. (Note that it’s marked “dry clean” and not “dry clean only.”) The blazer is $595 at Saks and comes in sizes 00-12. Rag & Bone Waverly Blazer

There’s a more affordable option here (also in plus sizes).

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