Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Long-Sleeve Zip-Front Cashmere Cardigan

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I remember years ago in one of our discussions on the best cashmere for work, one reader mentioned that she always gets Akris cashmere on eBay. I haven’t made the leap yet myself, but there is a lot of it on eBay right now. This really lovely zip-front cardigan at Neiman Marcus is a mere $2,490, and I kind of like that it has an almost boxy cut. I love the way it’s styled here with a bunch of different grays. This comes in sizes 4–16. Long-Sleeve Zip-Front Cashmere Cardigan

Two much more affordable options are at Macy’s and L.L. Bean, and here’s a plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Pleat Front Trousers

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These pull-on trousers from Leith have a ton of really good reviews (70+) at Nordstrom, and they’re hand washable (which, of course, means machine washable too, if they’re OK in the hand-wash cycle). Some of the reviewers note the good fit and design and the fact that they’re true to size and very comfortable. They have real pockets, too. (If you’ve bought these, we’d love your opinion on them.) They look like a great pair of pants for $55, and they come in sizes XS–XXL. Pleat Front Trousers

Vince Camuto has a plus-size option, as does Foxcroft.

(Psst:  check out our recent discussion on comfortable clothes for late nights.)

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Coffee Break: 14K Yellow Gold & Cultured Freshwater Pearl Earrings

These teeny-tiny pearl earrings make me squee — I just really like them. I’m usually not a fan of post earrings, but I think these are so cute and I like the small, dainty pearls. They seem like a fun little earring that’d be a good basic to have in your wardrobe. The earrings are $150 at Bloomingdale’s. 14K Yellow Gold & Cultured Freshwater Pearl Huggie Earrings

Here are a few lower-priced options: two at Etsy and one at Kohl’s.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Split Cap Sleeve Midi Dress with Belt

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Someone told me recently that ASOS Curve is really great — as is this dress we’re featuring from them — and I’d love to hear from readers who agree: What have been your good finds? Is there anything in particular that you regularly buy? This dress has pockets, which I really like, and I also like that the belt doesn’t go all the way around. It’s a flattering and forgiving style, and it comes in lots of sizes and colors, including tall and straight sizes (and a mini dress as well). The dresses are $46 (sale) to $76. ASOS CURVE Split Cap Sleeve Midi Dress with Modern Ring Belt

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Suit of the Week: Boss

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.

I want to call this suit tweed, but instead it’s a really interesting, textured fabric “made from Italian jacquard richly textured with a check plaid and diagonal ribbing” — if you zoom in you can see little raised black squares on a black check plaid pattern. I think mixing textures is a really sophisticated but easy way to bring a lot of contrast into an otherwise sedate wardrobe, so I love fabrics like this — try pairing it with a fluffy cashmere or a matte silk blouse, for example. Love. The jacket (Kanelli Jacquard Jacket) is $445, and the skirt (Manelli Jacquard Pencil Skirt) is $265. (There’s also a matching dress.)

For plus sizes, this long jacket + dress has a similar vibe but is almost sold out (and probably a bit too fancy for work); this $53 jacquard dress is lovely.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress

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I really like how this dress from Calvin Klein is mostly black but with a bit of ribbon trim. You get a figure-flattering, figure-skimming look that’s more forgiving than perhaps your usual wrap dress or fit-and-flare dress. The dress is at Lord & Taylor, and because they’ve extended their Cyber Monday sales, it’s $100, marked down from $134. The sizes are S–XL. Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress

Here’s a plus-size option with some contrast trim used in a different way.

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