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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Tie-Neck Long-Sleeve Blouse

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

I absolutely love the pink coat that’s featured as part of this outfit, but at $11,000 for a frayed coat, it’s even a bit much for me. Instead we’re featuring this $1,490 hammered silk blouse (actually a viscose/silk blend). I’ve seen a lot of pussy bow or tie-neck blouses lately (and Melania Trump got a lot of press for the pussy bow blouse she wore to a debate), and they’re definitely having a moment. I haven’t seen this kind of to-the-side look and I really like it; it kind of reminds me of some of Veronica Palmer’s blouses in Better Off Ted and would look interesting under a suit. Tie-Neck Long-Sleeve Blouse (scroll down)

A couple of other asymmetrical tie-neck blouses with slightly lower prices are here and here. This one is significantly less expensive, as is this one in plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

socks for chucksSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

This may be perhaps the most boring Weekend Open Thread ever, but I was unreasonably psyched when I saw these, so I thought I’d share: they are now making socks cut just for Chucks.  Yes: if you (like me) are a fan of Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, but can’t decide between the comfort of ankle socks and the dang no-show socks that keep bunching up in your shoes, you may want to give these socks a try. They’re $20 for 6 at Zappos and Amazon, and available in a number of colors. Converse Cut-for-Chucks 6-Pair Pack

Psst: the Nordstrom Winter Clearance sale ends 2/26 — check out all of our roundups of what to buy for work!

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Cotton Knit Fit and Flare Dress

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

This dress is that rare unicorn with both sleeves and pockets. I also like the boatneck, and for those of you who don’t like exposed back zippers, the plus to this dress is that there’s no zipper at all — it’s a pullover style. It’s machine washable, as well. Like most eShakti options, this comes in a wide range of sizes (XS-6X, plus custom) and it can be modified with your choice of 10 necklines, 7 sleeve types, and 5 lengths. It’s a great look you can do a lot with. The dress was $54.95 and it’s now on sale for $46.95. Cotton Knit Fit and Flare Dress

Psst: We just updated the links on this post on bespoke dresses if you’re interested in more dresses that allow you to customize the measurements.

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Coffee Break: Sasha Hobo

gigi new yorkI still love the bright blue GiGi New York clutch I got as swag at a recentish blogger event (they even put my initials on it!), and I wholeheartedly recommend you take a look at the winter sale they have going on right now through the end of the week. For my clutch at least, the leather is supple and rich, the color is vibrant, and while my date-night clutch doesn’t get a lot of action (waaah) I have no complaints about how it’s holding up. With the pictured bag, while no one is going to mistake it for a Bottega Veneta, I like the similar classy “no logo” vibe — it’s just a great leather bag. And, it’s a killer sale — the pictured bag was $575, but is now marked to $230.  Wine Sasha Hobo

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Deal Alert: The Best Shoes For Work Still Left in the Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale!

Winter #NSale 2017: Shoes EditionLadies — The Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale is still on through 2/26! I did our big workwear roundup from the Winter #Nsale last Thursday — but I thought I’d take a look at what’s left in the sale at this point. Click this link to see all of the previous things we’ve featured for Coffee Breaks and Workwear Reports that are now in the sale — TONS of stuff we’ve previously featured is on sale, including a ton of shoes from our Workwear Hall of Fame (the best-selling, top-rated styles that have been around for EONS).

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Help! My Assistant Talks Too Much

Help! My Assistant Talks Too Much!We’ve talked about the chatty boss before, but Reader N has a slightly different question: how to deal when your assistant talks too much? Reader N wonders what she can say to discourage her chatty assistant:

What are some ways to end a conversation with people at work that work for you? I have a new assistant, who is fantastic at the job! But she is VERY long winded for the smallest things (e..g, dropping off a file) & ends up on very long tangents completely unrelated to work. I understand that part of her need to chat with me / be friendly with me has to do with me being the boss,but need to be able to get work done during the day. I want to keep things friendly as she is helpful.

We haven’t talked about this problem in far too long — I still remember a fellow lawyer who used to “pop in” my office for what became two hour gabfests in the middle of the day. (Funnily enough I haven’t heard from her since we stopped working together.) Here, the added dynamic of the chatty coworker being your subordinate makes things a bit more complicated from an etiquette standpoint, but not unworkable.  Obviously, you can just tell her sternly to “please let me do my work” or actually sit her down for some bigger conversation about her talkativeness being disruptive — and because you’re the boss, the direct approach is absolutely fine. Readers in our discussion of chatty coworkers suggested saying things such as “hey, now isn’t a good time to chat, but I’ll stop by later” — but if you don’t actually ever want to hear her 45 minute theory about Westworld, that may not work either. (Or, Westworld aside, maybe you just prefer to keep a healthy distance and not be friends with your subordinates.)  But: of course you still want to be friendly and have a good working relationship.  This may take us back to our discussion of whether women bosses should aim for being liked or respected, but here are my top tips for solving the problem of when an assistant talks too much in a non-direct, friendly way:

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