Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Shaded Plaid Faux Wrap Pleat Front Dress

Sleeveless Work Dress: Classiques Entier Shaded Plaid Faux Wrap Pleat Front Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I like plaid anyway, but shadow plaid on a lovely navy silk dress? Sign me up. I like the faux wrap details at the waist, as well as the soft pleats on the skirt. (If sleeveless isn’t appropriate at your office, try this one with a shrunken blazer (such as this one or this one) or a simple shrug or bolero.) It’s $268 at Nordstrom, sizes 0-16. Classiques Entier Shaded Plaid Faux Wrap Pleat Front Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option available in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites.

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Coffee Break: Acqua di Parmi

acqua di parmaI’m curious, ladies — what are your favorite summer scents? I took a break from wearing perfume years ago when my sons were babies, but I’m starting to get into scents again, and am on the hunt. In years past, my summer scent was the men’s cologne, Acqua di Parma; Nordstrom notes that it is “a composition born from sunny Sicilian fruits and a harmonious blend of floral essences such as lavender and damask rose that merge with woody notes of vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli.” (Not surprising, I guess, considering vetiver and sandalwood are two of my favorite scents — I definitely tend to prefer darker, deeper notes.) It’s $105-$173 at Nordstrom. Acqua di Parma ‘Colonia’ Eau de Cologne Natural Spray

Psst: Know your office (and your coworkers) — many readers have noted in the past that they haaaaate working with people wearing heavy perfume

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Psst: White House | Black Market has some great sales going on right now — take an extra 40% off already reduced prices with code 62787.

Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Single Breasted Jacket

Pinstripe Blazer: Norma Kamali Single Breasted JacketOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

YAAAASSS. I don’t know what it is with me and striped blazers. I hate stripes normally (even the much-loved Breton t-shirts), but when I see a good striped blazer I go a little nuts. I like the alternating pinstripes here (vertical on one side, horizontal on the other) and the raised seam details throughout — it’s a chic, fun take for a casual day. The blazer is $315 at Shopbop, available in sizes 0-6. (At Lyst, the whole 0-14 size range is available.) Norma Kamali Single Breasted Jacket

Here’s a lower-priced option and another in petite and tall sizes; two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Frugal Friday: Pleated Sleeveless Blouse

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

uniqlo pleated sleeveless blouseI was just in Uniqlo the other day, and this pleated sleeveless blouse was being displayed with tons of bottoms. It’s difficult to find a single view that shows how pretty it is from both the front and back, but it’s a floaty, almost misty georgette that is flat in the front but pleated and swingy in the back.  Now: I wouldn’t plan to throw a blazer or cardigan over this one (although, hmmn: a mini-shrug), so if you need or want to wear sleeves at your workplace, I’d skip the look. (Know your office!) But if you’re ok with sleeveless blouses and on the hunt for a swingy, pretty top, at $19 it’s hard to go wrong with this one.  It’s available in four colors, sizes XS-XL; instructions say to hand wash.  Pleated Sleeveless Blouse

Psst: I only saw the Supima t-shirts while checking out, so I did not try them on, but for those of you who have been looking for an opaque white t-shirt — give the Uniqlo ones a try.  Thick, soft fabric.  Also, I was happy to see that this previously recommended dress and cardigan jacket both look great in person.

Here’s a similar plus-size blouse with pleats.

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Coffee Break: ‘Friar’ Shopper

Gray Shoulder Bag: Hobo 'Friar' Shopper Hobo is a solid brand for affordable, quality leather. They have a very popular, long-running bestseller, the Lauren wallet, but today I’m featuring this shoulder bag, the Friar. Note that the leather has a soft, distressed look to it, which can be great, but some colors may veer a little too far into the “ooh, she needs a new bag” territory, at least for a work environment. I like this gray “granite” color the best, which Nordstrom, Zappos, and Amazon all have for $238. Hobo ‘Friar’ Shopper

P.S. A few shopping alerts for you: Ann Taylor’s having a “50% off everything” sale (including sale items), 6PM is having its “biggest sale ever” (with free shipping today only) — TONS of Coach shoes — and Nordstrom Rack is having its Alexis Bittar sale event now.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse

Pink Work Top: Pleione Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

These affordable wrap tops from Pleione continue to be bestsellers at Nordstrom. They just got a ton of new patterns and colors in — I’m liking this simple “red château” the best. It comes in sizes XS-XL for $58. Happy Thursday! Pleione Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option.

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