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Coffee Break: Barkly Trench Coat

It’s springtime — yay! — and I’m excited about spring coats. They’ve got a lot of really lovely ones right now, and I especially like this parchment pink coat from BB Dakota, in part because it’s really affordable. (Some of the more expensive ones are gorgeous, including this Club Monaco trench.) The pictured coat is hand wash or dry clean, and the fabric is lyocell, which is really lightweight and has a nice feel. This seems like the perfect drapey, lightweight trench coat for spring. It’s $155 at Shopbop in sizes XS-L. BB Dakota Barkly Trench Coat

Here’s a more affordable version; it’s only $83.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: 3/4-Sleeve Ponte Flounce Dress

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This kind of reminds me of the fit-and-flare dress we featured on Tuesday — but it’s way more affordable at $59, originally $79. I like the 3/4 sleeves, and I like the cut of the skirt — it’s got sort of a flounce built into the A-line. The red is a bit much for me, and I’d probably prefer the navy, but we’re picturing it because it’s the one on the model. It also has a striped version. Note that it comes in sizes regular, petite, tall, and plus, and it’s machine washable. 3/4 Sleeve Ponte Flounce Dress

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Suit of the Week: Basler

For 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 thought this lovely suit was purple for sure, but it’s actually navy. It has a gorgeous pleated back, which I kind of like more on a navy suit — typically you see fanciful details like this on colorful suits but I think you’ll get a lot more wear out of navy. If you don’t like the pleated-back blazer, they do have a more traditional, notch-lapel, two-button blazer. The pictured jacket (Pleated Back Blazer) is $495, and the pants (Bella Pants) are $295.

Here are two more affordable pleated-back blazers: Club Monaco and Shelli Segal, as well as a plus-size option + two pants.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Grid Texture One-Button Blazer

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We’ve featured this one-button Vince Camuto blazer a lot over the years and it keeps coming out in new colors and new size ranges, and so on. This year’s new version has a really nice, nubby little texture — you can see it best on the red, but we’re picturing the white because it’s finally spring! If you’re looking for a good polyester/viscose-blend blazer that has a bit of texture to it and/or a white/ivory blazer that doesn’t look like a doctor’s lab coat, do consider this one. It’s only $169 at Nordstrom and it comes in sizes 0-14. Grid Texture One-Button Blazer

Here’s a white one-button blazer (also from Vince Camuto, at Nordstrom) that comes in plus sizes (in four colors), and here’s another.

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Coffee Break: Centella Dress Pump

Oooh: hello there, pretty pump. I love the taupey brown color here — but the corset-lacing and tassels are also gorgeous. Amazon has the shoe in five colors and sizes from $37-$98; 6PM has it in three colors for $49-$59 (including that taupey brown), and Nordstrom does have it also, but only in red, for 45% off ($49).  Jessica Simpson Women’s Centella Dress Pump

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Half-Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Dress

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This really cute dress from Lafayette 148 New York comes in a number of colors, although the “delft,” a sort of navy gray, has the most sizes left. It’s a flattering, easy-to-wear, fit-and-flare dress that’s also very elegant and sophisticated, and I like the bias seams and hidden back zip. The price range for various options at Neiman Marcus is $174-$328: lucky sizes for $174 here, and a sleeveless lucky size version for $191 in the lighter blue. Also, check this out at NM Last Call for $134. Half-Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Dress

Here’s a plus-size option, also from Lafayette 148 New York (on sale at Bloomingdale’s).

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