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Coffee Break: Berenice Pump

This is a lovely, basic, feminine pump from L.K. Bennett. Some people like shiny patent and some don’t; one plus is that patent leather is usually waterproof (and if you’re going to do patent, do L.K. Bennett!), whereas the downside is that it can feel very shiny. This one looks like a really classic and sophisticated pump, and it has a good height at only 2.5 inches. It’s available at Nordstrom for $325 in sizes 6–10.5 and is on sale at L.K. Bennett from $162-$227 in lucky sizes only (and almost sold out in black). Nordstrom will price match, however, so if you want them in the black, you can give that a try. Berenice Pump

Here’s a more affordable option.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Soft Black Oriane Dress

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I often forget about Agnes B., in part because I don’t like their online store, but if you’re looking for a cool, French girl vibe, they’ve got that in spades. The price point is higher — it’s not cheap clothing, for sure — but it’s always lovely and very, very simple stuff. Right now I’m liking this soft black Oriane dress, which is a stretch knit with a little bit of darting under the bust, almost like an empire waist. It comes in red and black; the black is full price at $285 and the red is on sale for $171. It’s a nice way to mix it up if you want a soft stretch knit, and note that you can steam and wash it, but they say not to soak it. Soft Black Oriane Dress

Looking for something more affordable but similar? Don’t discount this reader favorite (available in regular, plus, and petite sizes).

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Coffee Break: “Start Standing Now” Standing Desk

This standing desk is only $25, and it’s gotten pretty good reviews. It’s certainly not much to look at — it’s sort of an ugly little thing — but if you’ve been thinking about ergonomics at the office and starting to stand while you work, you can’t get cheaper than this. You can use a laptop or a iPad along with a Bluetooth keyboard, and it can even hold a regular monitor. There are three sizes according to the user’s height: small (under 5’4″), medium (5’4″ to 5’11”), and large (over 5’11”).|Spark by Ergodriven | The Perfect “Start Standing Now” Standing Desk

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Glen Plaid Short-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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I always say, if you’re going to splurge, splurge on a print — because that’s where you see the difference in workmanship between a $1,150 dress and, say, a $150 dress. In this case, there are darts, seams, sleeves, even an awesome little kick pleat in the back, which is what made me totally fall for this otherwise simple dress — and the pattern looks great throughout. There’s also an interesting cutout in the back that, for once, I think works for work, assuming no bra straps are shown when you wear the dress. It’s $1,150 at Neiman Marcus. Glen Plaid Short-Sleeve Sheath Dress

A few more affordable cutout options (of various types) are herehere, and here — and a plus size option.

Psst: If you’re a fan of Rebecca Taylor’s feminine designs, note that 6pm has a TON of great styles for 75-80% off today. Lucky sizes only, of course.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Printed Short Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Target used to have some amazing dresses that readers would recommend, and in fact, I still have one from a thousand years ago — but right now, I’m sorry to say that half of their work dresses make me wonder, “Did she forget to put pants on?” This one looks great, though. There are a lot of things to like (even with the slightly odd sleeves): the length, the black and white, the tie at the waist, the neckline, and the price too, which is $27 on clearance. It’s machine washable and has a bit of spandex for comfort. If you have any favorite workwear at Target, do let us know, because I’d like to do a post on how to build a work wardrobe there. This dress comes in sizes 6-16. Printed Short Sleeve Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Audrey Jana Work Tote

Readers have always loved Lodis Accessories totes, and we’ve featured many of them over the years. This tote looks lovely because it’s a great size (15″ x 5.5″ x 12.75″) and I like the little details like the red piping. There are other Lodis totes that look very similar that have a laptop pocket, which this one does not. It does have interior zip pockets and flip pockets and also a magnetic snap closure. This looks like a great basic bag if you’re looking for something for work, and it’s $284 at Zappos, available in toffee, red, and black. It’s also at Nordstrom and AmazonLodis Accessories Audrey Jana Work Tote

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