Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Shirred Yoke Blouse

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I know readers have noted success in the past with Loft’s utility shirt, but I am generally anti-pockets on blouses. So when I saw this lovely shirred yoke blouse I thought, yay, no pockets — and how pretty! I think it looks feminine and slightly romantic/boho but still 100% appropriate beneath a blazer or with a pencil skirt or some other structured piece. Pretty. It’s available in regular and petite sizes XXS–XXL, and it’s $49.50 at Loft — but code NEWNOW will give you 40% off. Shirred Yoke Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Shattered Glass Ceiling Paperweight

I always like Uncommon Goods for fun gift ideas, like this Shattered Glass Ceiling Paperweight. You could get it for yourself, certainly, but you could also give it to a woman in your life, such as if she’s a mentor or sponsor. As the product page says, it “symbolizes breakthroughs achieved by women past, present, and future.” (There’s also a necklace.) It only has a few reviews so far, but they’re positive. The paperweight is $48 at Uncommon Goods. Shattered Glass Ceiling Paperweight

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Paneled Sheath Dress

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banana republic 2017 sheath dress for workI feel like we’re in a weird place for fashion (especially workwear right now) — and there are a lot of stores with a bunch of WTF options right now. One store where I do like a lot of the inventory — and so does everyone else, apparently, because there are a LOT of lucky-size only options — is Banana Republic. LOTS of cute dresses and skirts at the moment. This gray paneled sheath dress is sophisticated and simple, and I love the styling with the gray belt. (It doesn’t come with it and I can only find this on their site, which looks a bit different.) The dress is $128, available in regular, petite, and tall sizes — and today it’s 40% off. Nice! Paneled Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are at Talbots and Lands’ End.

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Suit of the Week: Hobbs

hobbs suit included in the bloomingdales' friends family sale 2017For 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’m really loving Hobbs suits lately! I like the piping on the jacket, as well as the colorblocking on the dress — it’s interesting, flattering, and not at all Star Trek-y or “budget” looking. If the high neckline of the dress gives you pause, I’d either do a short, round necklace just above the crew neck (such as a pearl necklace), or — especially for the holidays — consider pinning a brooch to the lapel of the jacket or the collarbone-area on the dress. The jacket (Marlene Piped Wool-Blend Jacket) is $335, and the dress (Marlene Color-Blocked Wool-Blend Dress) is $295.

Psst: This suit is included in the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family sale today, where they’re offering 25% off a large selection of items (this suit is included!) — and on everything else, Loyallists get a $25 gift card on every $100 you spend. Great time to consider buying a big handbag or other purchase that will not likely go on sale!

Looking for a similar option in plus sizes? This option from Le Suit has similar piping, while this affordable plus-size blazer and sheath dress set has a similar sedate, sophisticated vibe. (The affordable set also comes in regular sizes: jacket, dress, pants.)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Wrap Dress

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best wrap dress for plus sizesLeota first came on my radar as a brand that had great maternity dresses in fun prints — but if you’re looking for a great wrap dress in a fun print in general (in any size), they’re great to know — especially since the classic DvF dresses seem to be fewer and fewer each season (the Jeanne and Julian both!). This black floral pattern looks great for work or beyond, and I love that most of the Leota line is machine- or hand-washable. This dress comes in six lovely prints at Nordstrom in regular and plus sizes (and even more prints are available at Amazon, Bloomingdale’s (regular sizes only), and (today, at least) Rue La La). The pictured dress is $148. Wrap Dress

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Coffee Break: Hydro Flask & Yeti

Here’s a serious question for the readers that’s very appropriate for a “Coffee Break” post: Hydro Flask or Yeti? I know people have some strong opinions on the best tumbler for carrying coffee to work. Hydro Flash has some serious accolades at Nordstrom, while the Yeti has the same over at Amazon. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who really wants to keep their coffee hot on their commute or travels, these are both good, affordable options that come in fun colors. So I’m curious to hear which is your preferred coffee transport method! Hydro Flask ($25) or Yeti ($30)

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