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Suit of the Week: Michael Kors

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 think this gawgeous tweed jacquard suit from Michael Kors is the picture of elegance. I love this dark navy and white pattern, and I think the cropped shrunken blazer is amazing. The jacket (Tweed Jacquard Jacket) is $1,450 and the coordinating dress (Wool Jacquard Dress), which is also really elegant, is $1,395.

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size alternative.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Zip Trim Jacket

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

This cotton/rayon/modal moto jacket comes in both regular sizes and plus sizes. I go back and forth with moto jackets, but this one seems graceful and elegant and edgy all at the same time. Note that it has front pockets and doesn’t require dry cleaning, just hand washing (which, if you’re careful, can mean the hand-wash cycle on your machine, of course). Right now, both versions are 40% off: The regular/petite is $130, down from $218, and the plus is $142, down from $238. NIC+ZOE Zip Trim Jacket

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Coffee Break: Bayville Loafer

This shoe has a ton of great reviews at Zappos — the consensus is that they are comfortable and don’t really require breaking in — and to me it looks like a much more affordable version of the very popular Gucci loafer that’s super in right now. It’s $115 at Zappos and Nordstrom, and although it’s $180-$208 at Amazon right now, their prices can change anytime. MICHAEL Michael Kors Bayville Loafer

Here’s a lower-priced version from 6pm.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Wool-Twill Little Black Dress

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

Red Fleece is a great line is to check out if you’re looking for preppy clothes that are more affordable than the rest of Brooks Brothers’ offerings and have a slightly more youthful edge than you might normally think of the brand as providing. I like the sleeves here, the seaming details, and the belt that defines the waist. And — huzzah! — it does not have an exposed back zipper (and the seaming on the back is really great). It’s $148 at Brooks Brothers — and the Red Fleece shoes it’s styled with are $178. Stretch Wool-Twill Little Black Dress

Right now, Brooks Brothers is offering up to 50% off select fall and winter styles as well as an additional 15% off clearance.

Here’s a plus-size option at Nordstrom.

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Coffee Break: Asymmetrical Wrap Scarf

We’ve talked a lot about how the wrap is an essential tool for every working woman. You can use it as a blanket on your lap if your skirt is shorter than you thought it was or if your legs are cold, you can layer it on top of a blazer or a chunky sweater, and more. This 100% acrylic mohair wrap has a pretty good price and I like the edgy, asymmetrical look. At the same time, it also looks cool just doubled up around your neck. It’s $98 at Nordstrom in bright red, cornflower blue, and black. Rebecca Minkoff Asymmetrical Wrap Scarf

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Gypsy Rose Dress

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

Black Halo’s Jackie dress is very popular, but I’ve always liked this V-neck version — I think it’s more flattering and easier to wear. Note that it has a concealed back zipper. Amazon has some lucky sizes (in black, “cruise,” and “wildfire”) as low as $237, and full-price it’s $375. Black Halo Gypsy Rose Dress

This plus-size V-neck sheath dress looks lovely, and it’s 40% off.

Ann Taylor Flash Sale: Through tonight only, you can get an extra 70% off sale styles!

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