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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Houndstooth Stretch Pencil Skirt

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

This store, Cue, is new to me — it features a lot of stuff made in Australia. If you’re looking for something a little bit different and off the beaten track, definitely check it out. I like this stretch pencil skirt, including the very interesting paneling at the top, which I haven’t seen at many other places, and the cool, almost vintage vibe (but in a modern way). It has an invisible back zip (hooray!) and is fully lined. I also like the high-waisted style — it’s very of the moment. The skirt is priced at $229 in Australian dollars, which comes out to about $171 in U.S. dollars, and is available in sizes 6-14 (see size converter). Houndstooth Stretch Pencil Skirt

Here’s a similar option in plus sizes, and this $79 skirt has a similar vibe and comes in sizes XS-XL.

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Coffee Break: Francis Ballet Flat

This Sam Edelman flat looks like it was inspired by the popular Chloe flat — but it has a much more affordable price. (Also check out this flat from the same brand, which we’ve featured before in our guide to the most comfortable ballet flats for work.) The pictured shoe is at Amazon in 12 colors for as low as $47.99, and it’s also at 6pm, and at Shopbop in Havana Red (which isn’t available at the other stores mentioned). Sam Edelman‘s website has it marked down to $59.99 in a lot of colors. Francis Ballet Flat

(Psst: Flats are great, but have you checked out our guide to comfortable heels for work?) 

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

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This awesome colorblock dress from Ted Baker is like a basic blouse with a skirt but for the exposed zipper in the back pulling it together. I like the elbow-length sleeves, the grosgrain ribbon trim, and the goldtone hardware. It can either be dry cleaned or hand washed cold, and it’s $315 at Nordstrom in sizes 0-5 (00-14). ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Drape Sleeveless Blouse

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This is your basic shell sleeveless blouse, but I like that it’s only $20 (huzzah!), and I like the little button at the back — it gives it a bit of a nicer look. Reviewers at Uniqlo’s site love it and say it doesn’t wrinkle, is good for layering, and keeps you cool in hot weather. We’re featuring it in olive but it also comes in mustard yellow and off-white and navy in sizes XS-XL. Drape Sleeveless Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option for $23.

(If you’re a fan of jumpsuits, whether for work or play, this $29 jumpsuit has tons of great reviews and has an interesting half-tuck look I haven’t seen too many other places.)

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Coffee Break: Hummingbird Skull Print Silk Scarf

I don’t know if they’ve jumped the shark or not, but I still find myself wanting an Alexander McQueen skull scarf. This ivory and sky blue one is just so different from what I’d normally think of a skull scarf as looking like — it’s kind of cheeky and fun. If you wear to work, depending on how tightly you wrap it the people you work with probably won’t even notice the skulls unless they’re familiar with McQueen’s work (or, you may just want to skip it — know your office). The scarf is $385 at Nordstrom (and available in black/pink at both Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus). Hummingbird Skull Print Silk Scarf

Nordstrom also has some slightly more affordable McQueen styles: the chiffon skull scarf in six colors ($295; fall collection pre-order) and this silk crepe skull scarf in three colors ($245).

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Essential Structured Blazer

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Like yesterday’s Talbots blazer, this one from Mango also comes in yellow, but we’re featuring the fuchsia today. I like the modern look of this blazer (which I believe is a bestseller), and the style is different than a lot of things we feature, with its more modern, younger cut. I like the seaming and the darts at the back with the structured shoulder, and even though the pictures online don’t show it closed, it does have a front hook closure — in case you want a more tailored, fitted look. The pink looks really fun (and the price is right at $79) but it’s also available in basic black and off-white (plus the yellow). It comes in sizes XXS-L at Mango. Essential Structured Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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