Tuesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Fede’ Tailored Dress

Boatneck Sheath Dress: Reiss 'Fede' Tailored DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was clicking through the few links I’d put aside for clothes to feature today and came to this dress and thought OH MY GOD I LOVE THAT ONE. So here we are. I will admit I wish it came in black because that lavender gray shade can be hard to work with — I’d suggest sticking with neutrals like navy, black, white, or light gray and avoiding other colors. Love the scoop neck (flattering!) and cap sleeves (easy to layer!). It does look a bit short on the model, but I’m guessing if you’re under 5’7″ it would be fine. The dress is $340 at Reiss. Reiss ‘Fede’ Tailored Dress

A few lower-priced options for pintuck-detail dresses are here (lilac, sizes 2-14), here (red, sizes 6-16), and here (sizes 2-16 in six colors!).

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Coffee Break: Lightphoria Lamp

Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp: Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria LampI’ve never been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but I’ve often thought I suffer from it to some degree — every winter the gray skies and grayer slush start to get me down right around now. You could plan a trip to Aruba (which, hey, let’s do that anyway), or you could get this $60 light therapy lamp. It’s Amazon’s bestseller for the category, emits 10,000 Lux (which is twice as much as other lights in this price range), and uses energy-efficient LEDs. It’s $59.99 (formerly $109) at Amazon, with 1,800+ positive reviews. Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria Lamp

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Jacquard Plaid Wool Pencil Skirt

Plaid Skirt: Michael Kors Jacquard Plaid Wool Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday, guys! I’m a sucker for a good black-and-white pattern, and this wool jacquard skirt is calling my name. It’s available for pre-order from Michael Kors’s Spring 2016 collection — and it has a matching jacket. Yes, unfortunately it is a short-sleeved jacket, which may limit its wear a bit — but the whole look is lovely. (Oh, and hold the phone: there is a sheath dress too.) The skirt is $675 at Nordstrom. Michael Kors Jacquard Plaid Wool Pencil Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative (plus another that’s 40% off today).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Tailored Blazer

Black Work Blazer: New Look Tailored BlazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This $40 blazer from British brand New Look looks great for a basic to keep in your office and throw on when you want a boost of professionalism (or, hey, when you’re cold). I like that it’s machine washable, too. New Look Tailored Blazer

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

P.S. Deal alert: Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your entire purchase with code PRETTY50!

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Coffee Break: Gailia Flats

Flats for Work: GailiaThese well-reviewed Calvin Klein flats are on sale at Nordstrom: some colors are $68, down from $99. (Oooh, and Amazon has some as low as $38!) I think the pointy toe looks sleek, and of course I am a sucker for a cutout.  Of the sale items I like the pictured navy shoe the best (oddly, the color is listed as “teal leather”), but there are lots of other colors if you’re not a fan. (This matte textured black version is my favorite, but of course it’s full price.)  Gailia Flats

Along similar lines – I don’t remember why I’m on this company’s mailing list, but these new pointy flats from Rothy do look nice.

Ladies, which are your favorite brands and styles of comfortable flats?  I need to update our guide to comfortable heels soon, but I know a lot of readers feel more strongly towards flats. 

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Skirt Suit

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

blue skirt suitHere’s a nice budget skirt suit: both pieces can be had for less than $100 over at Lord & Taylor.  I’d probably wear the pieces as separates (think black pants and a light blue blouse with the blazer, or a simple gray turtleneck and red brooch with the blue skirt, black tights and pumps), but then again colorful suits have come a long way.  It’s still available in sizes 6-16. It was $280, but is now marked to $99; use code FINAL to take another 20% off. TAHARI ARTHUR S. LEVINE 2-Piece Skirt Suit

Here’s a similar skirt suit (on a similar sale) in plus sizes.

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