Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Boatneck Top

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

Everybody loves a good popover top, and this one at J.Crew Factory looks really great. It’s machine washable, too. (It is poly, but it’s priced accordingly.) I’m picturing it here in the deep azalea, but it also comes in navy and a very bright floral that’s kind of a fun print — as well as a nice polka dot. Note that it has buttons at the cuffs and a button closure at the back of the neck. Sizes are XXS–XXL, and it’s $39.50. Boatneck Top

A plus-size option is at Amazon.

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Coffee Break: Carolyne 70mm Fabric and Snakeskin Halter Pump

This Manolo Blahnik pump looks perfect — in fact, I don’t know if a pump can get more perfect than this. I love the snakeskin trim, the covered stiletto heel (2.8″), the pointed toe, and the halter slingback strap. I think it’s classic and fun at the same time. Minor detail: It’s $735 — but then, it’s Manolo Blahnik. It’s available in sizes 5–12 at Neiman Marcus. Carolyne 70mm Fabric and Snakeskin Halter Pump

Tough act to follow, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, Violeta (by Mango) has a faux snakeskin slingback. Also, right now Bergdorf’s has a Manolo slingback pump with a snakeskin buckle that’s reduced from $765 to $535.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Easy Circle Cardigan

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

This circle cardigan from Leith is getting awesome reviews, and would be great as a light topper for a casual office (or a casual day at a conservative office). I like it as styled here, with a dress, but it obviously works well with skinnier pants for work and leggings and jeans for the weekend. The sweater is available in four colors, and was just marked down from $75 to $45. Easy Circle Cardigan

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

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’ve seen so much drab, dull pink lately. Millennial Pink, Tumblr Pink — I also think of it as a Glossier or Goop pink. So it’s nice to see a bright, crisp, powder pink like this suit — it just feels different and I like it. The suit, which is made in a lightweight wool, is at Banana Republic (where it’s getting good reviews) and comes in regular (0-16) and petite (00-14) sizes. I think it’s a very fresh color, and it would also look good as separates if that’s what you’re looking for. The jacket (Long and Lean-Fit Lightweight Wool Blazer) is $198, and the pants (Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Lightweight Wool Pant) are $98.

Here’s a plus-size blazer from Talbots in a very similar shade of pink, and a plus-sized blazer and pants at Eloquii in a brighter pink.

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Brooks Brothers

Welcome to today’s installment in our ongoing series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___, based around the idea that if you’re ordering from a new-to-you store online, it’s great to be able to consider all the bestsellers/classics/hits at once. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ EndTalbots, and Boden (and eventually view the entire series on how to build a work wardrobe).women's classics to buy at brooks brothers

Brooks Brothers is a bastion of classic, sophisticated dressing, with a bit of a New England, WASPy, academic, preppy vibe, and if you’re looking for a place to get started with workwear, this is a great option if your budget allows. Particularly if you’ve been struggling with trying to dress appropriately and conservatively enough for work, Brooks Brothers is an excellent place to get familiar with — it can be fun in that preppy sort of way, but it’s all appropriate for the office.

We’ll go through a few of Brooks Brothers’ classic pieces below, but you should know that in general they have great clearance sales, and their much more affordable line, Red Fleece, is designed for younger women and is a little more playful and fun in terms of their twinsets, suits, dresses, and more. Another thing to note at the outset is that their accessories section has great brooches, necklaces, and a lot of other good accessories like simple, chic pumps, and handbags (especially check these during BB’s excellent clearance sales).

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