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Last year I remember seeing a bunch of women with great big faux fur pom pom hats and — sad trombone! — by the time I finally said FINE, yes, I want one too, they were all sold out. This year I’m ogling this $48 option in a happy, bright red from Free People, but this $15 option also has great reviews and may win out from a budget standpoint. Hmmn. Happy weekend! Pictured: Happy Trails Faux Fur Pom Beanie

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

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

I keep coming back to this interesting top at eShakti — like everything else on the site, it’s completely customizable, and I like the darts and the empire waist. I also really like the tie-front look because it’s much dressier than a t-shirt but it’s also not that much fussier than a t-shirt. I can see this working in a lot of different situations and offices. It’s $40, and you can change the sleeves or the length. Sizes are 0–36W. Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

Update: Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but here’s an option at Neiman Marcus.

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Coffee Break: Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

ted baker skirted coatIf you’re looking for a gorgeous, statement-worthy coat for this winter, may I present this gorgeous Ted Baker asymmetrical skirted coat. Love the open wrap (it also buttons up for, you know, warmth), the light gray color, and the pleated skirt effect of the coat. Stunning. It’s $575 at Nordstrom (and Amazon may have a similar Ted Baker one in navy, on sale). Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

For more affordable alternatives, try ASOS (a fun pale pink) and Macy’s; two plus-size options are at Macy’s and Amazon.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Classic Blazer

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This is a great blazer by Treasure & Bond — I like the burgundy color and the sort of jacquard pattern, as well as the contrast lining (which is a delicate floral). Like yesterday’s sheath dress, this is a good thing to dress up or dress down at the holidays, and the price doesn’t hurt either: It’s $89 at Nordstrom. (By the way, when you buy Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom, 2.5% goes to youth charities.) Classic Blazer

Here’s an option in plus sizes (and three other size ranges) at Talbots.

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Suit of the Week: Hobbs London

red tweed skirt suit  For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I really like the fact that Bloomingdale’s carries British brand Hobbs – there are so few stores in the US it’s great to have a work-appropriate, often machine washable workwear brand more readily available. This red tweed suit looks great (despite the fact that the skirt looks mighty short — I’m hoping that’s a super tall model…). The color is more wintry than festive, and I think you could wear both the dress, blazer, and skirt (if you dare) as separates as well — in fact, the dress is pretty awesome by itself. The jacket (Florrie Piped Jacket) is $375, and the dress (Florrie Textured Ribbon-Detail Dress) is $325.

Looking for a plus size option? Talbots has several suiting options in a deep burgundy, and this “glazed tweed” jacket is an interesting option as a separate.

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11 Life-Changing Style Tips from Pinterest

style tips from pinterest for working womenI was thinking the other day about some of the best style tips from Pinterest, particularly for working women — and because it can be such a pain to find them amidst the hundreds of thousands of things on Pinterest, I thought I’d do a post rounding up some of them, including some of my favorites from our Wear it to Work board. These are the style tips from Pinterest I thought were most useful — what are your favorites?

(Full pins embedded after the jump — credit given wherever possible to the original source. Please contact me if you’re the original creator and would prefer a pin to be taken down/credited differently!)

1. Choosing Necklaces for Necklines from Imogen Lamport’s Inside Out style blog. It’s super helpful to see all of the necklines and necklace ideas in one place! There’s also this necklace guide from Duet Handmade that’s very helpful.

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