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Coffee Break: Faux Suede Comfort Ballet Flat

Here’s a question: What is your favorite foldable flat (or other lightweight flat) to throw in your bag or keep at work in your desk drawer? The company I’ve always recommended in the past, CitySlips, has apparently gone out of business (RIP) and so I’ve been looking for a replacement (although there are still the old standards like Dr. Scholl’s and so forth). This one isn’t totally foldable because it doesn’t have a split sole, but it’s got a lot of good ratings and comes in several fun colors. I thought we’d feature it today for readers on the hunt for a cheap flat to keep in your bag — for example, if you’re going to a conference or a networking event where you’re expecting your heels to get painful at some point in the evening and you know you’ll want to put on flats the second you get out of there. (That has been my strategy, at least!) These are $25 at Amazon with free Prime shipping and free returns. Ollio Faux Suede Comfort Ballet Flat

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Coffee Break: Ginger Satchel

We’re on a bit of a ladylike, feminine, classic, elegant kick right now, and this bag is no exception. This gorgeous satchel from Ferragamo just looks so elegant while also having a very modern and fresh look. I could see someone like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn carrying this bag with aplomb. It’s available at Zappos/Amazon for $2,250, while Bloomingdale’s has it for $1,990. The “ecorce/golden brown” color is at 6pm for $1,195. Salvatore Ferragamo Ginger Satchel

Here’s a more affordable option.

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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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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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Coffee Break: Holly Crocodile 50mm Pump

I’ve been a fan of Nancy Gonzalez’s bags from a total drool-worthy, splurgey standpoint for years now, and I was intrigued to see that she recently came out with a shoe collection. This is the shorter of the two heels she has — it has a 2″ covered heel — and we’re featuring the “luggage” here. You can also get it in black and navy. I think it’s an interesting look! The pump is $1,995 at Neiman Marcus in sizes 7.5–9.5. Holly Crocodile 50mm Pump

Here’s a more affordable option, and here are two even more affordable options.

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Coffee Break: Suede Tote

I always think of Clare V. as being known for her clutches, but there’s really been a groundswell of these Simple Totes lately. They all have a wonderful French look, and a lot of them are suede or haircalf, with some canvas. If you’re looking to carry files to and from the office, these bags give you a modern, clean, and minimalist way to do it. The prices for the totes range from $325 to $525 at Shopbop; the one pictured is $499. Clare V. Suede Simple Tote

Here’s a more affordable option.

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