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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Seasonless Wool Layla Dress

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

We’re featuring this dress in black, but you can also get it in a very pretty teal called “night sky.” I like the v-neck, and I like the sleeveless style because you can layer it with a blazer or cardigan. I also like the faux wrap and the fact that the fabric resists wrinkles. The sale doesn’t hurt, either! You could make a suit out of this if you wanted — but only in the blue — as there’s a blazer (and skirt) available. Note that the description says dry clean, but not dry clean only. The dress comes in misses, petite, and plus sizes and is on sale for $99 from $199. Pendleton Seasonless Wool Layla Dress

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Suit of the Week: Akris

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.

This ice gray suit is apparently one of Saks’ top sellers right now. I’ve written before about my love of light gray suits — light gray pants particularly, because they’re more versatile than white pants in the spring and summer. You could even look at this as an alternative to a winter-white suit — I think you’d get a lot more wear out of it because it doesn’t have the stigma associated with white as being fussy and so forth. I like the very sleek, fitted style of the wool jacket, and the cropped portion is intriguing. The pants appear to fit well, and they have a classic straight cut. All in all, it looks like a great suit for work. The jacket (Akris Ice Cropped Wool Jacket) is $3,590, and the pants (Akris Maxine Wool Pants) are $895.

By the way, Saks has a ton of lucky sizes in Akris right now, so search your size — there are some serious markdowns like this dress and this dress.

Here’s a more affordable suiting option from Boss (on sale at Nordstrom) — the pants are sold out, alas, but the sheath dress and jacket are still available (lucky sizes only).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Twirl Seamed Dress

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We’ve featured this twirl dress before, and it’s one of these things that they just keep making in different colors and different sleeve lengths, etc., from season to season (it’s always highly rated), and now they have a skirt made from the same fabric. This is sort of a classic U-neck sleeveless look, and it’s in a really pretty dark blue. I think it’s very flattering, I think it’s easy — it’s just a hall of famer. They do make a petite if you’re worried about it being too long. The dress is $118 (from $198) at Bloomingdale’s in sizes XS-XL. NIC and ZOE Twirl Seamed Dress

Nordstrom has several options for the twirl dress in plus sizes, as does Amazon.

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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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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Paperbag Belted Stretch Wool Pants

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I think these stretch wool pants are lovely. This is a really classic look, and it reminds me of Katherine Hepburn. I think bodysuits’ popularity is waning, but if you happen to have any that are work appropriate, these pants are perfect to pair one with. Otherwise, just wear these with a regular blouse tucked in. The navy pinstripe is nice and will always be in fashion, and I like that there are no cuffs, as I’m not a fan of cuffs in general. These are 99% wool with 1% spandex, and they’re available in sizes 2-16. (Note that they’re labeled dry clean but not “dry clean only.”) The pants are $229 at Nordstrom. Classiques Entier® Paperbag Belted Stretch Wool Pants

Two lower-priced alternatives are here and here; here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: ‘Stembend’ Ear Jackets

This is a newer trend for post earrings — they have a piece with a significant drop (1.25″) attached to the post in the back. It’s a very modern look, and I like it. If you’re generally a very simple post-earring kind of girl, these simple ear jackets give you an easy way to update your look. They’re only $25 at Nordstrom, too. (Note that the goldtone will ship around 2/13 but the silvertone is available now.) Madewell ‘Stembend’ Ear Jackets

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