Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock V-Neck Cardigan

Work Cardigan: Halogen Colorblock V-Neck CardiganOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Readers love these cotton cardigans generally (they come in a zillion colors!), but I particularly like this colorblocked sweater. Not only is it on sale, but the colorblocking is such a flattering effect. I’m featuring the purple/navy version because it showcases the details the best, but I think I personally like (gasp) the white and gray one the best. (I know, you didn’t see that one coming, did you?) Even though I wear tons of black most of the time, a white sweater can be really versatile (and, cough, a great way to summer-ize a mostly black/gray/navy wardrobe.) The sweater also comes in a gray-blue version — all three color combos are marked to $40.80 in regular and petite sizes; they were originally $68. Halogen Colorblock V-Neck Cardigan

The cardigan is usually available in plus sizes, but it seems to be almost entirely sold out — tons of this highly-rated Sejour cardigan on sale though.

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Coffee Break: Bryn Hobo Bag

minkoff bryn hoboThis bag looks white, but is actually a pale lavender, which only makes me like it more. You’d be surprised by how versatile a lavender bag can be — it will look gorgeous with neutrals like navy, black, white, as well as other colors like greens (especially olive!), blues, and reds. The bag is part of the big Nordstrom sale — it was $345 but is now marked to $206. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Bryn’ Hobo Bag

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stella Silk Shirt

Button-Down Shirt: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The last time I was at the Time Warner Center I popped into the Thomas Pink store for, ah, some market research, and must say: the Stella silk shirt is but-ter-y soft. And, lucky you, it’s now on sale — it was $250 but is now marked to $95 (lucky sizes only, alas). If your size isn’t in stock but you’re on a hunt, the Darcy or the Honey shirts are both Pink silk blouses as well that look great for work. Pictured: Thomas Pink Stella Silk Shirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Boss

Stretch Wool Suit: Boss SuitFor 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.

Wow, a beautiful navy suit from Boss — on sale for 40% off. Yes please! That’s a dress beneath it, made of mixed materials for a “blouse and skirt” type look. Now, that high neckline is exactly the kind of thing I usually avoid (see my top style tips for busty women), but I would make an exception here because this is such a gorgeous outfit. I’d probably be sure to wear my 18″ set of pearls, or even a simple gold necklace (I just got this one and like it) to visually lower the neckline a little bit to the more flattering mid-clavicle region. The jacket (Boss ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $357 (was $595), and the dress (Boss ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $345 (was $575).

Here’s a more affordable option — a dark navy jacket + dress (with detail at the waist) in seasonless wool, available in misses, petite, woman, and woman petite sizes.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Somerset’ Cotton Blend Cardigan

Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan: Kate Spade New York 'Somerset' Cotton Blend CardiganOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow: not only is there a ton of Kate Spade in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (JUST started!), but it’s interesting to see that the brand now offers a size “XXL,” presumably for size 16. That’s great news for everyone on the cusp — and this sweater is great news in general. I like the fresh, crisp color, and the bow detail on the sleeve. I’d wear it with navy, gray, white, possibly with a pop of yellow or sky blue in the mix. The sweater was $198 but is now marked to $118. (Six other colors are available for the original price.) Kate Spade New York ‘Somerset’ Cotton Blend Cardigan

Here’s a lower-priced option in XXS-XXL (with one print in plus sizes, and a stripe in plus sizes at Nordstrom Rack for $19); two plus-size alternatives are here and here.  Don’t forget to check out our plus-size picks from the Nordstrom sale.

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Coffee Break: Flossie Pump

lk bennett flossie pumpI’ve had these fun “confetti” pumps on my list of things to recommend for weeks — and now the shoes are part of the excellent Nordstrom sale going on.  I love to think of them worn with a white suit like the one we featured last week (which is also on sale now, I believe 40% off), but I also think they’d be great with a simple black or gray dress if white isn’t your thing.  They were $345, but are now marked to $207 at Nordstrom. L.K. Bennett ‘Flossie’ d’Orsay Pump

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