Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse

Short-Sleeve Work Shirt: Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This entire outfit is now deeply discounted over at Brooks Brothers, which I suppose isn’t that hard to believe considering BB’s base clientele is probably not super interested in pinstriped pants with drawstrings and semi-cropped blouses. Still, I kind of like this wool blend pinstripe blouse — the mix of patterns is fun, but it still reads very conservative. If you’re looking for something different, do consider it — it was $128 but is now marked to $38, and it’s available in sizes 0-14. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Mini Transport Tote

Top-Zip Black Tote Bag: Madewell Mini Transport Tote Ooh. I tend to dislike crossbody bags personally, as well as large flappy totes, but something about this tote is calling my name — despite it being a smaller, crossbody version of Madewell’s very popular Transport tote (which can be a bit floppy). It feels fresh and new — as well as flattering — and I like the structure that comes with the smaller size. It’s $148, over at Shopbop. Madewell Mini Transport Tote

Here’s a lower-priced similar tote.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stripe Sheath Dress

Machine Washable Sleeveless Dress: Michael Michael Kors Stripe Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

My endorsement of stripes has been middling at best — I’m certainly not all about the Breton shirts the way other bloggers are. Still, I like the contrasting patterns on this sheath dress from Michael Michael Kors, and the fact that it’s marked 40% off and is machine washable doesn’t hurt. It’s available in regular and petite sizes 8-16 at Nordstrom for $83. Michael Michael Kors Stripe Sheath Dress

A couple of lower-priced options are here and here; two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

Reiss Premium Collection SuitWell, well: I did not realize Reiss has a premium line of suiting. According to the site, it’s “exclusively created in-house with a focus on luxe fabrications and precision fit.” Other retailers have tried this, of course — The Limited still has their Luxe line, but Banana Republic has stopped and started its “premium” line, Monogram. (Awww, here’s a link to one of our very first Suit of the Week posts featuring a Monogram suit.) Still, Reiss’s suiting is great, and the price point isn’t too much higher, so this new Premium line is definitely worth a mention. On the pictured suit, I love the texture, as well as the cut. The blazer (Moss Textured Blazer) is $495, and the pants (Dartmouth Trouser) are $230.

A couple of more affordable suits are here and here. Here’s a plus-size option (jacket and pants).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

Cap-Sleeve Work Dress: Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.  

Wow — they really expanded the colors for this dress quickly. When we featured the dress several months ago, there were only a few colors available, but the reader who’d written us to recommend it liked it so much she’d bought all of them — it’s great to see that it now comes in 6 colors and has 75 glowing reviews at Nordstrom, where it’s available in sizes 2-16. (The aubergine that we featured last time is available at Lord & Taylor, but it’s $128.) Eliza J Pintucked Waist Seamed Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes (in aubergine only, it appears).

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Coffee Break: Michel Bootie

Black Ankle Boot: Born Michel BootieOooh: It may be a bit early for bootie season, but if you’re a fan of Rag & Bone’s hugely popular Harrow bootie, you may want to try these much more affordable, lower-heeled boots from Born. I love that these are only 2” high (as opposed to 3.5” with the Harrow) yet still have the flattering cutout in the front of the boot. The fact that they’re from a brand renowned for its comfort (and that they’re enjoying 14 5-star reviews at Zappos) doesn’t hurt at all. The boots are $135 at Zappos, and also available at Amazon for $99-$218. Born Michel Bootie

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