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Readers were singing the praises of Mott 50 recently, and because I’m like a vampire and hate the sun, I’m now drooling over this cardigan that you can wear as a cover-up with a suit, or just outside anytime. It’s rated UPF 50 for sun protection and even has thumbholes to cover your hands, it’s machine wash cold/line dry, and it just looks awesome. The cardigan comes in seven colors in sizes XS-XL at Amazon. Mott 50 Women’s Marilyn Open Cardigan

Nordstrom also carries the brand (but not the cardigan); of course the brand’s site has the most options.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! How is your office handling the Tuesday holiday?

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Weekly News Update

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  • Teen Vogue shares 10 beauty products you didn’t know you needed, including this color-changing lipstick by Lipstick Queen founder, Poppy King.
  • Feedspot has ranked Corporette No. 1 among the “Top 30 Work and Office Fashion Blogs & Websites for Professionals.”
  • NPR reports that the number of complaints regarding hair and skincare products, including hair loss, breakage, skin irritation, serious injuries, and even death, has more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, according to a study published earlier this week.
  • Fashionista investigates how Shoes of Prey and other customizable clothing companies are changing the way we shop.
  • Bustle shares secrets to prevent summertime chafing that could be helpful for your Fourth of July outings.
  • Harvard Business Review reports that female entrepreneurs are treated differently by venture capitalists than their male counterparts, which in turn affects how much funding women entrepreneurs receive.
  • Code Like a Girl shares how a “woman with a lot going on” is unfairly treated because of her many accomplishments.
  • The New York Times shares some of the 1,000 stories of workplace sexism that they received from readers after their recent request.
  • Poynter asks whether women should stop using exclamation points in work communications. The answer? “We need to stop attacking or demeaning each other for the way we speak, write and work.” (Using exclamation points in emails is something we discussed a few years ago.)
  • The Associated Press reports that a judge has ruled that Ivanka Trump must testify at deposition in a trademark infringement case involving an Italian shoemaker.
  • Thrillist presents 15 places you should consider for your next vacation, both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • The Cut offers 28 sleeping hacks from Salma Hayek, entrepreneurs, and others.
  • NPR reviews Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman (affiliate link), a collection of “deeply thoughtful” essays by cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen regarding how famous women are criticized for being too… (fill in the blank).
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s shares an unemployed woman’s experience selling her eggs for a “bargain basement price.”

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless V-Neck Blouse

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

This blouse from Mossimo is only $19.99, and the sale color, blush, is just $5.98 on clearance. You can also get 20% off with promo code JULY4, and that brings it down to $15.99. (You can’t use the code on the clearance color, unfortunately.) There are pluses and minuses with this top, of course: I’m sure the fabric is cheap, and it’s longer in the back than in the front, so if you don’t like that style that may be an issue, but this looks comparable to blouses I’ve seen for $150 and up. So if you’re looking for something very affordable, do consider this top from Target. It comes in eight colors in sizes XS-XXL. Sleeveless V-Neck Blouse – Mossimo™

For plus-size options, here’s one that’s also from Target and another from Nordstrom Rack that comes in five colors.

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Coffee Break: Kenzee Trench Coat

Jackets may be the last thing you’re thinking about right now, but this cute tasseled one from Club Monaco is too different and interesting not to post — and it’s a linen blend, so it would work for colder days and evenings. I like the relaxed fit and the tassels, which are kind of a cute look, so do consider this if you’re a summer jacket kind of person. It comes in XS-L and is $379. Kenzee Trench Coat

Two lower-priced alternatives are here and here; an option in plus sizes is here.

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Cold Shoulder Tops… and the Office

Can you wear cold shoulder tops to the office? Workwear fashion blog Corporette weighs in.Can you wear cold shoulder tops to the office? Reader L wrote in wondering whether cold shoulder tops are work-appropriate… Here’s her question:

Cold shoulder tops seem to be everywhere. Are they ever appropriate in the work setting? I’ve seen some that would look acceptable as a sleeveless tank or cardigan (for more casual environments), but there’s something about the “cold shoulder” that feels more risque.

Interesting question, Reader L! We got into this a bit in our chat about the trends we won’t wear to work, but as always trends get muted and change the longer they go on, so it seems like it’s deserving of a fuller discussion. I will note that a number of stores (sigh) include such styles in the “wear it to work” section. I’m curious to hear what readers say.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Dot-Print Sheath Dress

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I’m not usually a fan of Kasper, but Macy’s has a ton of affordable, cute sheath dresses from Kasper right now, so do consider the brand if you’re looking to build your wardrobe. This polka dot sheath dress looks very cute — I like the neckline and the straps, and how it’s just a very simple sheath dress. In addition to the print, it comes in pink. There’s also a neon/honeydew sheath dress that caught my eye — it’s kind of crazy, but fun, too. The pictured dress is $52 on sale, but promo code FOURTH brings it down to $45. Dot-Print Sheath Dress

Here’s an option in plus sizes, also at Macy’s and also on sale.

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