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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Silky V-Neck Rolled Sleeve Blouse

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

This top is getting a ton of great reviews at Express — it’s got 415 reviews and 4.5 stars, and it’s $39. It comes in blue, red, green, white, and black, and I like that it’s a simple, silky, drapey blouse, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s machine washable, which is always nice, and it’s available in sizes XS-L. Silky V-Neck Rolled Sleeve Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Banner Medium Patchwork Leather Tote Bag

This is a splurge item for sure … but look how pretty! I really like this Burberry tote bag — the pattern is fabulous. Obviously, I would welcome this kind of pattern on a much less expensive bag, but it’s great to see the details, like the way the leather is sewn together, the gold hardware and metal feet, and the internal pockets. This bag is just really fun, and it comes in a lot of colorways. It’s $2,895 at Neiman Marcus. Burberry Banner Medium Patchwork Leather Tote Bag

Two more affordable options are here and here.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Rozey Mixed Media Tee

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We’ve featured Ted Baker t-shirts before, and they’re a great option for fancy t-shirts for beneath suits. This particular mosaic pattern shows up in a lot of different pieces, like a dress, workout gear, scarves, etc., so if you happen to like the design but not on a t-shirt, do check those out. And if you like the idea of fancy, silky statement tee but you’re not a fan of this particular pattern, Ted Baker has a million of them with other designs, and they’re all around $79-$95 with a size range of 00-14. This one is $95 at Nordstrom. Rozey Mixed Media Tee

This plus-size tee from Marks & Spencer has a pattern reminiscent of some Ted Baker florals. There’s also a nice option from Lafayette 148 New York … but it is $548.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

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 light blue suit from Talbots seems kind of perfect for summer. I like that it’s mostly cotton (lined with 100% polyester, which can go both ways), and I like the light blue/dark blue combination and the subtle pattern to the suit. I also like the contrast piping and the basic pencil skirt, and I think the round neck is flattering. You could wear these pieces together or by themselves, too. As always with Talbots, there’s a very nice range of sizes: misses 2-20, petites 0P-14P, and woman 12W-24W. The jacket (Biscay Jacket) is $189, and the skirt (Biscay Pencil Skirt) is $99.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Belted Scuba Sheath Dress

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I like a lot of things about this really cute dress from Ellen Tracy: The neckline is nice and high while still a flattering V-neck, the very slight cap sleeves won’t be bulky under a cardigan or blazer but will still provide a little bit of coverage, and it has some lovely diamond-shaped seaming in the middle of the dress to suggest a hourglass type of shape. It also has a non-exposed back zipper, huzzah! We’re featuring the dress in black, but it also comes in cobalt (and as with most belts, if you don’t like the belt you can take it out and swap it with something that’s not shiny). It’s $108 at Nordstrom in sizes 2-16 (and runs large). Belted Scuba Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Oval Opal Signet Ring

Pinky rings: yea or nay? In the vein of “I’ll bet Jacqueline Onassis wore one,” I kind of like them — they have a spare elegance with a hint of mob-guy toughness. This designer, Jacquie Aiche, has a ton of pinky “signet rings,” but I must say I always thought a signet ring was meant to be engraved with a crest or, failing that, a preppy monogram — still, I like the fire in the opal here too much to not post. The ring is $190 at ShopBop. JA Oval Opal Signet Ring

Psst: here’s our 2015 discussion about whether midi rings are appropriate for the office.

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