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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Bell Sleeve Jacket

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

This jacket from Halogen reminds me of an Anne Klein jacket I had years ago when I was sort of doing the Anne Klein mall tour — this is not my color, usually, but I found it to be surprisingly versatile. I used to wear it with graphic patterns, like a black-and-white silk shell, and with a lot of different dresses. You could have a lot of fun with it! (There seems to be a matching dress that I like by itself for different reasons, although it may be a little short — try it if you’re on the petite side.) This comes in sizes XS-XL and in petite sizes as well for $99, in orange, black, and a black-and-white floral print. Bell Sleeve Jacket

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: The Best Deals on Workwear

Whew — I’ve been busy combing the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale all morning to find the best deals on workwear for you guys! (There’s a TON of great stuff under $100, and some crazy markdowns on investment pieces like Hugo Boss and more.) First, a note — I’m seeing tons of stuff from these workwear brands in the sale, so if you’re a particular fan of one of them do check out the sale:

For underthings, there are good sales on Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Natori, Commando, Cosabella,

For weekends, there are good sales on Zella, Treasure & Bond, Trouve, Bobeau — and I just updated our denim post with links to sales.

Onto some workwear picks for you guys…

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

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 am in love with this sheath dress, which has a pieced-together look, like they’ve put fabric pieces together in an interesting way so that the pinstripes go in all directions. Even better, it has a matching jacket and matching full-length trousers that have a simple pinstripe. This lovely suit looks interesting and flattering and traditional, and super wearable for work, but you can also have fun with the dress by itself. The dress is $167 (was $279), the matching jacket (Pinstripe Suiting Jacket) is $179 (was $299), and the pants (Pinstripe Stretch Wool Trousers) are $119 (were $199).

Here’s a plus-size pinstripe suit and a plus-size pinstripe sheath dress.

(Psst: As we noted earlier today, the big Nordstrom sale is on — don’t miss our roundup!)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Sophie Shift Dress

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

This Karen Kane dress looks simple and kind of perfect if this sort of shift dress is your jam. I like the V-neck — always flattering — and the dropped shoulders, and it has pockets, which is amazing. While it’s not machine washable, it’s labeled dry clean and not dry clean only, so after you’ve had it for a while you can give it a whirl. Karen Kane has been beloved for quite a while because of their very easy-to-wear faux wrap dress, which I think has been around for as long as we’ve been doing the blog. This pictured shift dress is $148 at Nordstrom and comes in sizes XS-XL. Sophie Shift Dress

Here’s a plus-size option that comes in three colors.

Psst: Nordstrom’s big sale is starting today — we’ll do a sale roundup post as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can check out some of our prior coverage, such as the classic pieces to get at Nordstrom to build your work wardrobe, and the highest rated, most-loved denim at Nordstrom (for the weekend).

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Coffee Break: Maya Calfskin Shoulder Bag

I love the boxy look of this classic shoulder bag from All Saints, and I continue to be really impressed with All Saints as a leather bag company. The lack of lining is a little interesting, but I like it, although the removable ruffle detail is probably something I’d take off immediately. I like the hidden magnetic snap closure and interior wall pocket, as well as the mix of leather and suede. It’s slouchy but cool, and its boxiness almost reminds me of the Loewe puzzle bag. It’s a beautiful bag! For $298 (at Nordstrom), if you’re looking for a classic bag with old-school appeal for the summer or interview season (it may be a little small for that, but YMMV), this just looks like a great bag. Maya Calfskin Shoulder Bag

Not finding a close match at the moment, but two lower-priced options are here and here.

SALE ALERT! I know it’s not Suit of the Week yet but I just noticed that Nordstrom has just marked down the entire suit that I picked out for tomorrow — and I’m totally gaga over the sheath dress (pieced-together navy pinstripe! tell me you don’t want that!), so I’m going to give you a link right here because the whole navy pinstripe suit is 40% off with lots of sizes left and I’m a little worried it may or may not hold out for tomorrow.  Dress, blazer, pants, skirt.

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How Many Bags Do You Bring to Work (And: What Does Your Schlep Look Like?)

how many bags should you bring to workWe’ve talked a lot about the commute to work over the years, but we just got a great question about how many bags you should bring to work — specifically, how many do you carry, how large, what stuff do you bring to work, and WHICH bags.  Reader A literally just wrote in to ask this question, wondering how many bags you should bring to work, but it’s such a good one that I can’t wait to hear what the readers say:  what DOES your schlep look like, what do you bring to work each day, and do you bring one large bag or several smaller ones?

Are the days of taking a work bag (lady briefcase type thing) + handbag over? I’m about to become a fully admitted lawyer and my totes just aren’t working – plus it’s a lot to take with me for client meetings! in my mind, two smaller bags is easier than a giant overstuffed one, and it does make it easy for spontaneous lunch and drinks plans, plus can be a little trendier. I want to invest in something really nice but am I missing something?

Such an interesting question, and I think this is going to vary HUGELY based on what everyone’s commutes look like — and what your jobs look like. When chiming in, please share a little about what your commute looks like:

(Pictured above: yeah, not like that. Photo credit: Stencil.)

  • how do you USUALLY get to and from work — drive? subway? taxi/Uber/Lyft? walk?
  • do you have a lot of meetings or other events that require travel during the day?
  • on a USUAL day how many bags do you carry with you — and what do you bring?
  • what does an unusual day look like for you — e.g., what bags do you take with you for court appearances or big presentations, or how do you bring bags to or from work if you’re planning for, say, a long weekend at home with a lot of work?
  • what bags do you keep at the office for “last minute” things, either from a “last minute drinks!” perspective or a “yay I have to take home these three binders and review them asap tonight” perspective

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