Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Courtney Scuba Dress

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

taupe-blush-black-sheath-dress-christin-michaelsReader V wrote in to recommend this dress, noting “I’d recommend Christin Michaels Courtney Scuba dress. I think this is the perfect dress, not too dressy, not too plain, never wrinkles and makes any figure look like an hour glass figure. In black taupe and pink it flatters practically anyone. It can be worn alone or with a jacket. I have worn mine in trade shows where I have to look good, but also have to work hard and look good – not frazzled.”  Nice! It’s only $47 at Amazon — but it’s also only available in sizes 10-16. The brand has several other scuba dresses available right now though, at Amazon6pm and Zappos for $39-$129 — love the mix of colorful patterns and classic shapes, combined with a stretchy scuba ponte; lots of the dresses have pockets, too. Pictured: Christin Michaels Courtney Scuba Dress

On the plus side, this floral scuba dress or this one are both pretty.

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Coffee Break: Wool & Cashmere Scarf

tissue-weight-woolThis wool and cashmere scarf has been a hit for Nordstrom for years — it comes out every season, and is currently available in over 30 colors (including three different shades of teal! and two colors on sale).  At 29″ x 75″ it’s nice and big, and the 70% wool/30% cashmere blend means it’s strong and warm, but also soft.  I like it worn as a regular scarf, as shown here, but at 29″ wide it can be a wrap to a dress or a shawl around a blazer; if bad weather is threatening it can also be a makeshift hood/headscarf (think Grace Kelley/Audrey Hepburn). It’s $99 at Nordstrom. Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stripe Structured Flounce Top

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

j-crew-nordstrom-peplum-stripesI was surprised recently when I realized how many J.Crew pieces Nordstrom carries — they’d carried sister brand Madewell pieces for a while, but I hadn’t seen J.Crew stuff there before in any great numbers. (Although Net-a-Porter has sold J.Crew stuff for years! It’s also interesting to note that this top isn’t available at JCrew.com.) This top struck me as fun for both the workweek and the weekend — I love the bits where the stripes go in different directions (the peplum flounce, the cuff on the sleeves), and it seems like a nice crisp navy, if that makes sense — perfect for wearing with black, as pictured.  It’s $59, still available in sizes M-XL. J.Crew Stripe Structured Flounce Top

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? City Chic and Eloquii both have a ton of options.

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Suit of the Week: Vince Camuto

tweed-suit-vince-camuto-429x225pxFor 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.

Oooh: hello. This tweed suiting (with just a touch of stretchy elastane) looks awesome over at Nordstrom — I love the fall-friendly charcoal color, as well as the flattering peplum and collar. The pants are fitted ankle pants; the matching skirt has an interesting lace hem (but know your office!) — and if you want a really modern look, there’s a belted vest in a matching fabric that does look pretty cool with the pants. I especially like how the pieces look great together but are strong enough to wear as separates. The jacket (Vince Camuto Tweed Peplum Blazer) is $159, and the skirt (Vince Camuto Tweed Skinny Ankle Pants) are $99; both pieces are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Pleated Turtleneck Dress

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pleated-turtleneck-sweater-dress-for-workSweater dresses have their place, and this gray one from Adrianna Papell feels fresh and fun to me, while still being professional. I’d wear it with a long pendant necklace (or, cough, a brooch) or — for a more casual office — some strong, colorful earrings with my hair up.  The fact that it’s $120 and already selling out in some colors (it’s available in black and red as well as gray) is always a good sign, too.  Adrianna Papell Pleated Turtleneck Dress

This affordable ikat dress is similar and comes in plus sizes; I also love this sweater dress with an interesting neckline (in regular and plus sizes).

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Coffee Break: Shaye Rain Boot

ugg-rain-bootsI never quite got into the UGG craze, even though I own a pair of the classic style — I mostly just wear them as slippers around the house on leggings/skinny jean days. Still, I keep hearing great things about the comfortable shoes the brand makes — and if you’re on the hunt for a new rain boot, particularly for cold days, you may want to check out these bright rain boots. I love the removable shearling insoles — they look incredibly comfortable and cozy, especially for those days where you skip the boot socks with your rain boots. (Nordstrom reviewers rave about the insoles, but you can see them best in the Zappos video.) The shoe is $79, comes in seven solid colors and about five patterns, and is winning rave reviews at both Zappos and NordstromUGG® ‘Shaye’ Rain Boot

Psst: our very old poll on what kind of rainboots are best for an office commute.