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There are two trends going on with this Vince Camuto top, and I like them both here. The first trend is the corset look — if you look up “corset” on Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s or Amazon, etc., you will find a zillion things that are corset-inspired. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and some are just sort of weird. I really like this blouse, though, because it looks cool and flattering but not overly boudoir. It also has a sort of baby crop where you can just see a hint of skin. (That’s why it’s a weekend pick — I would not advise showing even a little skin at work. On the other hand, know your office.) The top is $99 at Nordstrom, comes in XXS–XL sizes, and is machine washable. Note that Theory has a similar baby crop. Lace-Up Tie Front Blouse

A plus-size option is at Eloquii.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Button-Accent Sheath Dress

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

Happy Friday, everyone! I know a lot of readers really like New York & Company for workwear, and if you’re a fan you should check out their crazy end-of-season sales. This sheath dress caught my eye and looks like a really nice basic dress, particularly if the buttons hit right at your waist. (If you’ve got a much higher or lower waist, that might be a problem.) And you see a lot of crazy side slits these days, but I think the slit on this dress is perfect. It comes in black, blue, and pink in regular (XS–XXL), petite, and tall sizes, and it’s on sale for only $29 from $64.95. Button-Accent Sheath Dress

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

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Coffee Break: Large Origami Knot Top Handle Bag

We haven’t featured a Nancy Gonzalez bag on the blog in a long time — and this origami-knot, top-handle bag looks really lovely, classic, and very 1950s businesswoman. (It kind of reminds me of the 360 Review post we did on the Mad Men character Rachel Menken.) Even though I’m not really a brown-bag kind of girl, I really love the brown here. The bag has a removable wide shoulder strap, a magnetic closure at the top, and a suede lining. It’s $4,500 at Neiman Marcus. (They also have the medium shoulder bag and small crossbody.) Large Origami Knot Top Handle Bag

Well, that’s a tough act to follow, but here’s a more affordable (smaller) option.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

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To me, when this tweed jacket is shown with the matching miniskirt, it’s just too much — but as a separate, I think the blazer has a lot of promise. I kind of like the tiny bow details — they’re not too much for me — as well as the sedate color and the collarless style with the round neckline. It would look great with a basic column of black underneath it, like a black tank top or blouse with black trousers, or a pencil skirt, or even a sheath dress. It’s available at Nordstrom Rack for $66 (from $169), with a lot of sizes still in stock. Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

Two plus-size options are at Nordstrom and Talbots.

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Suit of the Week: Theory

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.

This really lovely suit is from Theory. I like the sedate gray, as well as the contemporary fit, the sort of collarless jacket (the description says it’s a “cropped mock neck”), and the concealed hook-and-eye closures on the front of the jacket. I also like how the pants aren’t super tight but also not super wide — and they’re actually full-length, huzzah! The jacket (Sculpted Knit Twill Jacket) is $475 at Bloomingdale’s, and the skirt (Pintucked Knit Twill Pants) is $285.

Here’s a more affordable option (though in a lighter gray) that comes in several size ranges, including plus sizes (pantsjacket).

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