Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Open-Front Cardigan

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This attractive little cardigan comes in black and white at Reiss and is a blend of viscose and nylon. (It’s hand washable.) It looks like a cool-girl sweater that you can layer in a lot of different ways — I prefer the black but the white also looks very nice. It’s got a slight blousing to the sleeves and it’s long and open. I think it’s very chic, particularly as styled — look through the pictures on Reiss’ site to see more. The cardigan comes in sizes 0-10 and is $230. Open-Front Cardigan

Here’s a more affordable option (in black or white) and a plus-size option (three colors).

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Coffee Break: Abbey Road Sunglasses

green sunglasses free peopleI was in the Free People store recently and couldn’t resist buying these slightly crazy green sunglasses. (I also took a quick picture for the blog’s Instagram story. They’re huge sunglasses even for me, with a mirrored lens that’s more of a tint than a dark glass.  They’re $20, exclusively at Free People — and they come in a six other colors if bottle green isn’t your cup of tea. Abbey Road Sunglasses

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Your Favorite Colors for Your Working Wardrobe

the best colors to wear to workHere’s a fun question for today: which colors do you usually buy for clothes for work? Do you buy different colors for the weekend you? What colors do you think you don’t look good in/do look good in? What color combinations do you find yourself wearing a lot? Do you think there are best colors to wear to work? (For example, here’s a whole Business Insider article about color psychology, suggesting that gray is unacceptable because it’s “too passive,” which kind of makes me laugh when I think about all the fabulous gray suits and trousers we’ve featured over the years!)

I was thinking about the my own color preferences for workwear while shopping at the Carlisle outlet last week — the brand was new to me until I saw that a reader had mentioned the outlet in our NYC shopping post. While perusing the store, I sort of felt like I was in Texas or somewhere, well, not New York — there were lots of light colors, floral patterns, and numerous colorful dresses and pants that I kept thinking, ah, that would be so cute if only it were black or navy. (I was also thinking a lot about our older discussion on whether colorful suits are primarily for older women!)

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Plaid Off Shoulder Jacket

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When I saw this, it made me think of our post on how to dress like Selina Meyer in Veep. She had a similar blazer that she wore for a speech or something similar, and it was really great. Yes, this one is not a regular day-at-the-office jacket — it’s for a special situation like accepting an award or, like Selina Meyer, giving a speech. You could very easily layer it with a simple black sheath dress; it does come with a matching dress with a high crew neck that I’d want to try on to see how it looks. I think this is an interesting look, and it’s a statement piece that’s still conservative. The jacket is available in sizes 00–12 at Saks, where it’s $495, as well as at TheoryPlaid Off Shoulder Jacket

A more affordable option is this blazer, but if you’d prefer something more traditional but in plaid, here are two others. Here’s one available in plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

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James & Erin is one of the new Amazon Prime brands and it’s got a kind of cool girl vibe that can work with a lot of different women’s styles. This embellished shell is on a crazy sale ($15!), comes in purple and black, is handwashable, and could work with anything from skinny jeans to cargo pants to even a high-waisted look (so the bottom part of the design is tucked in and the top is a bit blousy). Like I said, it’s $15 at Amazon, available in sizes XS-XL. James & Erin Women’s Embellished High/Low Sleeveless V-Neck Top

PS. Many apologies for no morning thread — we’ll throw the weekend thread up a bit early for you, and I’ll also go back and post the one we were going to post this morning because it was a good deal. Siiiiiiiigh.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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Society New York has a number of cute dresses for work — including some with pockets and sleeves (that rare workwear unicorn!) — nice! This simple black and white one is $29-$69, available in sizes 0-12 in black and white as well as red and black — and is eligible for Amazon Prime. Nice. Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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