Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Open-Front Cardigan

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This attractive little cardigan comes in black and white at Reiss and is a blend of viscose and nylon. (It’s hand washable.) It looks like a cool-girl sweater that you can layer in a lot of different ways — I prefer the black but the white also looks very nice. It’s got a slight blousing to the sleeves and it’s long and open. I think it’s very chic, particularly as styled — look through the pictures on Reiss’ site to see more. The cardigan comes in sizes 0-10 and is $230. Open-Front Cardigan

Here’s a more affordable option (in black or white) and a plus-size option (three colors).

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Coffee Break: Abbey Road Sunglasses

green sunglasses free peopleI was in the Free People store recently and couldn’t resist buying these slightly crazy green sunglasses. (I also took a quick picture for the blog’s Instagram story. They’re huge sunglasses even for me, with a mirrored lens that’s more of a tint than a dark glass.  They’re $20, exclusively at Free People — and they come in a six other colors if bottle green isn’t your cup of tea. Abbey Road Sunglasses

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Plaid Off Shoulder Jacket

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When I saw this, it made me think of our post on how to dress like Selina Meyer in Veep. She had a similar blazer that she wore for a speech or something similar, and it was really great. Yes, this one is not a regular day-at-the-office jacket — it’s for a special situation like accepting an award or, like Selina Meyer, giving a speech. You could very easily layer it with a simple black sheath dress; it does come with a matching dress with a high crew neck that I’d want to try on to see how it looks. I think this is an interesting look, and it’s a statement piece that’s still conservative. The jacket is available in sizes 00–12 at Saks, where it’s $495, as well as at TheoryPlaid Off Shoulder Jacket

A more affordable option is this blazer, but if you’d prefer something more traditional but in plaid, here are two others. Here’s one available in plus sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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Society New York has a number of cute dresses for work — including some with pockets and sleeves (that rare workwear unicorn!) — nice! This simple black and white one is $29-$69, available in sizes 0-12 in black and white as well as red and black — and is eligible for Amazon Prime. Nice. Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Fringe Moccasin Flat

Eeek, what fun flats — and I love this happy green color (but note that these also come in beige, navy, and pink). I’m not usually such a fan of moccasins or fringe, but somehow these are the best of all worlds, and they look sleek but comfortable and stylish. Love. They’re made in Italy and available for $310 at Nordstrom (but only in lucky sizes at this point). Fringe Moccasin Flat

Here are two lower-priced options.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: World’s Comfiest Button-Down

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If you’re on the constant hunt for dress shirts that don’t gape open, Betabrand has this one, which they’re also calling the world’s comfiest button-down. It’s interesting because it’s a fake button front with two functional buttons that make the shirt easy to put on and take off. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable, and it just looks like it’s going to be comfortable and easy to wear and will look nice tucked in. It’s $78 — only available in pink at the moment, but many of the 150+ comments on the page are asking for additional colors, so stay tuned. It comes in XS-XXL, but not all sizes are in stock — you can sign up to be emailed when they’re available again. World’s Comfiest Button-Down

PS 1: Banana Republic Factory just went on sale at flash sample sale site Zulily. Lots of blazers, blouses, pants, dresses, accessories and more, with the vast majority priced between $29-$55. Here’s my referral link if you need an invite to the site.

PS 2: Thanks so much to the reader who recommended the Carlisle outlet in our post on NYC shopping for workwear — I was in the neighborhood yesterday and checked it out and was excited to see the crazy good sale prices. (Example: $595 blazer marked on sale to $275, then take 80% off of that price. I got a $375 blazer for $32.) Lots of stuff that wasn’t quite my cup of tea, but lots of good basics for trousers, skirts, dresses, coats, and accessories at crazy prices.

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