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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Short Sleeve Keyhole Soft Blouse

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

This Lands’ End top has been on my radar for several weeks now. It’s an exceptionally soft, machine washable top with a rounded hem — pretty, but very appropriate for work, and not too fussy. It comes in regular sizes 2-18 and petite sizes 00-16 in the pictured color as well as black and blue. Short Sleeve Keyhole Soft Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option in the same colors that also comes in petite, tall, and regular sizes.

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Coffee Break: T Satchel

This green satchel with an attached scarf from Tory Burch looks ladylike and festive — just a really sleek and sophisticated satchel. If you like the green they’ve also got a similar tote; Nordstrom and Amazon have the pictured satchel but not in green. It’s $495. T Satchel

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Inverted-Pleat Blouse

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This top from Vince Camuto has 100+ reviews at Macy’s, and 92% of the reviewers would recommend it to others. It’s normally $69, but right now it’s on sale for $41-$54 and you can get an extra 30% off with promo code FRIEND. I like the wide range of colors — black, cobalt, red, white, navy, pale pink, and a black floral. I think it just looks great — and it’s machine washable. It comes in sizes XS-XL. It’s also at at Macy’s and Amazon (plus sizes too), and Nordstrom has the blouse in a shift dress form. Inverted-Pleat Blouse

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Suit of the Week: Express

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.

Here’s a question for the readers: What are your your favorite stores for affordable suits now that The Limited has shuttered (Chapter 11) and other places are closing down too (or drastically limiting their suiting options)? Do you have any to recommend? This suit at Express is a nice casual option. I like that it’s a linen blend, and I like the pretty blue shade as well. You could wear the pants or blazer by themselves, as well, and in general this looks like a good suit. There are only a few reviews, but they’re positive. In general, Express (in my experience) tends to be fairly curvy-friendly. The jacket (24-Inch Linen Blend One Button Jacket) is $138, and the pants (Mid-Rise Linen-Blend Barely Boot Columnist Pant), which come in regular, short, and long, are $79. (Buy 1, get 1 50% off.)

Because some of the sizes are sold out or pretty low in stock for this suit, we’re also sharing the 24-Inch One Button Jacket, which is $128 and comes in 11 (!) colors, including celestial blue, festive green, cranberry, an orangey red (actually called “red”), and more. In general, there are a lot of fun colors at Express if you’re looking for an affordable suit.

Here’s a plus-size linen-blend blazer.

Also: How is Administrative Professionals Day going? What did you get your assistant?

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Bell Sleeve Dress

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This Calvin Klein dress has bell sleeves, which, as we’ve been noting for months, are very trendy but also very impractical in many ways — so I like that these aren’t full/fingertip length. It’s a nice, breezy take on a shift dress for spring, and it’s $129. It’s also machine washable. We’re picturing it in blush, but it also comes in black as well as in plus sizes, at Bloomingdale’s and at Amazon (plus). Bell Sleeve Dress

This Donna Morgan dress is similar but with more colorways and a slightly lower price at $118 (in black, navy, green, pink, and red).

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Coffee Break: Sarah Flat

These really fun flats come in black suede, a denim stripe, and this gingersnap suede, which looks gorgeous. I like the little decorative bow on the top, too. They’re available in a lot of sizes (4-12) as well as in narrow, medium, and wide widths. For $89 and with 10 four- and five-star reviews at Zappos, they look like a great option. They’re at Zappos ($89), Amazon ($38-$158), and Nordstrom ($89). Naturalizer Sarah Flat

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