Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Flare Long Dress

Belted Dress: Uniqlo Ponte Flare Long DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Uniqlo has a number of cute dresses right now, including this ponte flare dress. (Do check out their seersucker dresses too, though, especially for summer.) I like the simple look of this one — it seems more minimal (or elegant or some such) than the usual ponte dresses we see at this price point. The dark green is nice (try it with light gray, beige, white and navy, or even pale lavender to make it more springy), but the dress is also available in white, gray, and black. It’s $39.90 at Uniqlo, well-reviewed, and available in sizes XS-L. Uniqlo Ponte Flare Long Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Michele ‘Deco II Diamond’ Diamond Dial Watch Case

Work Watch: Michele 'Deco II Diamond' Diamond Dial Watch CaseUm: this is amazing. I know the name of this watch style is “Deco,” but this particular face seems very Art Deco inspired to me (love!) — and of course the color scheme scores points with me as well. Plus some everyday bling with diamonds? Yes please. The watch face is swappable with different bands, making the whole thing a pretty solid investment. This particular watch face is $1,795; there are a few similar options. Michele ‘Deco II Diamond’ Diamond Dial Watch Case

A few lower-priced watches that have faces with colorful designs are here, here, and here, and here, as well as this one by Michele for $795.


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Orca Wrap Dress

Washable Work Dress: Shabby Apple Orca Wrap DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Someone reminded me of Shabby Apple recently — I hadn’t checked out their site in years. They have a ton of machine washable, stretchy dresses with a slight vintage vibe, including this fun ponte dress. Customer service says that despite its name it’s not a true wrap dress — it has a “skirted wrap panel attached” — and they recommend that you machine wash it inside-out on cold using the delicate cycle. It’s $74, available in sizes 2-12. Shabby Apple Orca Wrap Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Suit of the Week: BOSS

hugo boss skirt 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.

This tailored dress+jacket combination has been calling my name for weeks. I love the mixed materials in the sheath dress (crepe on top, suiting micro-stripe on the bottom), and I like that it looks really polished by itself as well.  The pinstriped jacket (BOSS ‘Julea1’ Stretch Wool Suit Jacket) is $595, and the dress (BOSS ‘Darlana’ Mixed Media Sheath Dress) is $595; matching pinstriped pants are available in regular and petite sizes for $275.


Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Adalyn Blouse

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

equipment blouses on saleColor me crazy, but I don’t believe I’ve seen Equipment’s silk blouses on sale at Zappos’s sale site,, before — but not only do they have a bunch of nice silk blouses, they have cashmere sweaters 50% off, and they have a ton of super cute (if casual ) shirt dresses. Note that they’ve made some other changes over there also — instead of always having to pay for shipping, you now get free shipping if your item is over $50; unlike Zappos though their return policy remains only 30 days. This particular blouse was $258, but is now marked to $125; it’s available in sizes XS-L. Try code SHOWERS10 to get another 10% off. (Note that Saks also seems to have a pretty good selection of Equipment blouses on sale right now.)  Pictured: EQUIPMENT Adalyn Blouse

For plus-sizes silk blouses, note that Nordstrom Rack has a ton of Classiques Entier blouses for up to 70% off today (regular sizes are in the sale too).

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Coffee Break: Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

White Gold Hoops: KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie EarringsThese double-row huggies have been hovering back and forth between available and sold out for the past few weeks — I love the double rowed bling with the comparatively small size. Fun question, for those of you who’ve bought a lot of “fine” jewelry at department stores: Which department store is your favorite for purchasing fine jewelry for value/quality/style? Have you found a good market for reselling such jewelry if you feel like it no longer fits your style, etc.? (As someone who bought a lot of stuff at Macy’s years ago I’m curious and just starting to think about it — the online resale sites like Tradesy and The Real Real seem too high-end for no-name department store fine jewelry, if that makes sense.) KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

Here’s a lower-priced option.