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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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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Double Layer Front Tee

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

If you’re looking for an opaque t-shirt, double-layered tops are always a good bet. This one is $42 at Boden and comes in five colors, including a light and a dark blue — we’re featuring the red because that’s what’s pictured on the model. N.B. that it’s available in white as well. So if you’re specifically looking for an opaque, 3/4-sleeved white shirt, do check this out. It’s machine washable and it’s getting good reviews, with customers often commenting on its appropriateness for work. Double Layer Front Tee

Here’s a plus-size option that also comes in five colors. (It appears a bit more casual than the Boden top — it’s hard to tell by the photos alone, but hey, Nordstrom has free returns.)

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Coffee Break: Block-T Leather Tote

Tory Burch Block T Tote SaleI’m sure I’ve ogled Tory Burch’s simple block bags on here before, but when I saw that a) Nordstrom has them on sale, b) including this happy blue color, I had to post. There are several versions on sale, including large totes like the one pictured (also in black, as well as a navy/cobalt iteration that’s quite lovely), a north/south tote in plain black, and a black leather backpack. They’re all 25% off, meaning this one comes down to $343 from $458. Nice.  ‘Block-T’ Leather Tote

Update: I just realized that this week it’s Triple Points week at Nordstrom! Now through September 24th you can earn 3x the points on net purchase made in stores and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook. Nice! It’s a great time to stock up on basics like these hosethis skirt, this cardigan, this cardigan, or this camisole.

Amazon has a wide range of colors in this tote, and if you’re looking for a more affordable dupe, this $56 cobalt tote is similar, while this $150 Lodis tote has some nice blue details while being more subdued. If you really like a bright, saturated color by not the Tory Burch megabrand, check out this tote from GiGi New York.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Tweed Jacket

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Uniqlo has a very interesting collaboration with French designer Inès de la Fressange — the collection just arrived in stores on September 1. This tweed jacket looks really lovely — I like the sort of nipped-in, schoolboy look and the dark gray of the tweed, and the fact that it’s only $99. It used to also be available in a wine color that is now sold out online, but check your local stores if you’re dying for a wine tweed jacket. The navy is still available, and there are matching navy pants. Sizes are XXS–XXL. IDLF Tweed Jacket

Here is a plus-size jacket with two color options (also comes in petites, woman, and woman petites).

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Suit of the Week: L.K. Bennett

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.

Oooh: I’m sure we’ve featured the Judi jacket from L.K. Bennett before, but this dark belted purple is so lovely — interesting, but still subdued. There’s definitely a matching skirt, and I believe the pictured dress matches as well. Alas, it isn’t pictured on a model at the LKB site, but you can see it in teal on Kate Middleton in our post on whether or not lawyers can wear interesting suits to court. Weirdly, each of the three pieces is $395.

A couple of other options for purple suits: a more affordable one and one that comes in plus sizes (it’s a pantsuit, however).

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Announcing… our new Guide to Business Casual for Women!

Guide to Business Casual for WomenEven though our focus here at Corporette® tends to be on conservative business attire (women’s suits and sheath dresses for the win!), we’ve done a TON of posts over the years offering advice on business casual — so we’re happy to announce our new Guide to Business Casual for Women! We’ve rounded up some of our best posts over the years (and identified a few obvious holes, like reviewing the different “types” of business casual offices women may encounter, from smart casual attire to casual business attire to California professional — stay tuned for that one). Hopefully this will be a great resource for you if you’ve got a business casual conference, an informal interview, or if you transition from a conservative office to a business casual office. We intend this to be a living page that we’ll update regularly, much like our Guide to Comfortable Heels and Wardrobe Essentials for Work.

Some questions for you, ladies, possibly for future posts and additions to our Guide to Business Casual for Women:

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