Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Fleur Fitted Dress

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

This fitted dress from Boden looks fabulous — although, alas, it is dry clean only. It has a bunch of fun colors, and I like this pink, which is almost a fuchsia, but there’s also a black, a navy-and-black floral, and a navy-and-green floral that they show with boots, which I think looks nice. It has elbow-length sleeves and a below-the-knee skirt, and I really like the textured cotton fabric — I think it’s going to be very comfortable to wear. The dress is getting good reviews, too, and currently has four stars. It comes in petite (2–10), regular (2–16), and long (4–18), and it’s $170 full price (with 10% off at checkout with code 7GNM). These two floral patterns are on sale for $54-$72, however. Fleur Fitted Dress

Here’s a plus-size option (30% off today).

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Coffee Break: Reversible Tote Bag

This tote bag at Amazon comes in 10 colors, but as far as reversible tote bags go, it’s not that different otherwise — it’s synthetic vegan leather, and it’s a big bag. What’s interesting about this one is that it’s the bestselling tote bag on the site. I like the light blue color because it’s unusual for a bag, and I like the dark navy on the reverse because it’s almost the color of dark rinse denim. (The gray is also really nice.) This bag may or may not have a place in your work wardrobe, but I thought we’d feature it in case you’re looking for a very affordable reversible tote bag, maybe to keep at the office or something like that. It’s 15.5″ x 13″ x 5.5″ and comes with a small clutch-type bag. Scarleton Stylish Reversible Tote Bag

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The Best Merino Wool Sweaters for Work

The Best Merino Wool Sweaters for WorkSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work 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.

Now that the calendar says it’s officially fall, we’re supposed to be easing into sweater season — cozy merino wool sweaters, for example — but in most parts of the country, temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Let’s put that aside for now (it helps if you’re sitting in air conditioning) and start picturing the more typical autumn weather that will have you reaching for your boots, jackets … and merino wool sweaters. We’ve mentioned the many advantages of merino before: It’s very warm but also lightweight (often light enough to wear beyond fall and winter), and it holds its shape much better than cotton. It’s not quite as luxuriously soft as cashmere, but it tends to be more durable and is often machine washable. (Here are some tips on washing merino wool.) If you’re on the hunt for merino wool sweaters for work, now is a good time — there are a lot of sales out there, some offering deep discounts. Which brands are your favorite for merino wool sweaters? Do you prefer merino to cashmere for warmth? Which brands have you found to be the best at holding up to washing and/or dry cleaning — and do you typically machine wash, hand wash, or dry clean your merino wool sweaters? Anything else you like merino for, like socks, tights, skirts, long underwear, shells for under jackets? 

(Psst: Here’s our last roundup on the best affordable cashmere for work. And, er, our post on the best summer work clothes might be helpful today as well.) 

Here are some of the best merino wool sweaters for work available now:

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Etienette B One-Button Jacket

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
I love a pop of color, and this electric pink blazer from Theory is gorgeous. If the color is a bit too bright for you, though, note that it also comes in a more subdued, darker shade called “pink currant.” And yes, those are real flap pockets, not the fake ones that designers love to put on women’s clothing. The blazer only has one review at this point, but it’s a positive one. It’s $475 at Nordstrom and is available in sizes 0–12. Neiman Marcus has it in black (exclusive to them), and Theory has a few other colors on its own site, plus the matching pantsEtienette B One-Button Jacket

A couple of more affordable options are an open-front jacket in a very similar pink, a one-button jacket in bright pink, and a bright pink one in petite sizes. There’s a plus-size blazer with two options of pink shades and a bright pink one as well.

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Weekend Open Thread

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Despite their lack of pockets, I’m still a fan of my Zella leggings — they don’t come unraveled like some brands, they don’t roll down, they’re opaque, and they’re on-trend and lovely. I’m liking these moto-inspired ones in a greenish gray (also available in black) for that BAMF vibe. Workout, brunch, some light shopping — they could take you far. They’re  $75, available in sizes XXS-XL (but alas, some colors/size combos are sold out). Note that this weekend Nordstrom is offering triple points, so it’s a great time to stock up on basics like denim, lingerie, and other basics. Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings

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Weekly News Update

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  • The Washington Post reports that Rebel Wilson has won a record $4.56 million Australian dollars ($3.66 million U.S.) in damages in her defamation case. We love that she was wearing Rene Russo’s look from one of our favorite fashion moviesThe Thomas Crowne Affair—a crisp white blouse beneath a strapless dress—when she learned the verdict.
  • Racked provides details on the affordable JW Anderson and Uniqlo collaboration, available now.
  • Ms. JD shares how a lawyer stood her ground in court, even after opposing counsel and the clerk told her she looked like a 12-year-old girl.
  • Ask a Manager offers advice on how to handle coworkers’ questions about recent weight loss.
  • The Huffington Post has a firsthand account of how Dr. Mary-Claire King survived what could have been her worst week ever—or at least the plot of a sad country song—and how it led to the project that became BRCA1. (If this sounds familiar, she also told her story on the The Moth in May 2014.)
  • Gothamist details a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that finds standing—like sitting—for long periods of time can be bad for you.
  • The New York Times offers an opinion that suggests that, in Silicon Valley, “‘hustle’ is just a euphemism for extreme workaholism,” even among rank-and-file employees.
  • The New York Times also has actress Amber Tamblyn’s response to being called a liar after she reported her personal experiences with sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, including an encounter with James Woods.
  • The Everygirl provides 20 recipes you can prep on Sunday for healthy meals you’ll want to eat the rest of the week.
  • The Cut offers 25 quotes from famous women on their regrets.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Reductress shares “stunning heels perfect for a night out on the town as you lurch 10 feet behind all your friends.”

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