Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Irving’ Stretch Wool Pants

Wool Pants for Work: Lafayette 148 New York 'Irving' Stretch Wool Pants Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I don’t often feature a lot of pants here (beyond our roundups of washable pants and the like) because — honestly — they all look kind of lousy on the screen. These pants are no different, again if I’m being honest — but they are super, super highly rated at Nordstrom. In fact, there are a TON of Lafayette New York pants that are highly rated in petite, plus, tall and regular sizes. Numerous customers sing the praises of their durability, comfort, and wrinkle resistant properties, as well as their form-fitting shape, and — hold the phone — a waist that fits properly. Nice. The pictured pants are available in four colors, size 0-18, regular and petites, for $238. (Oooh, and Nordstrom even has a “find your fit” just for Lafayette pants, here.) Lafayette 148 New York ‘Irving’ Stretch Wool Pants

Here’s a plus-size pair of pants from Lafayette 148 New York.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress

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

meteorologist-dressHat tip to Glamour (citing Reddit) for this $23 find — they’re trumpeting this dress as “The Ultra-Flattering $23 Dress Meteorologists Are Wearing All Around the Country.” Apparently there’s a FB group for meteorologists; someone shared a link to the dress, and TONS of meteorologists have gotten it in various colors and worn it on their local television news. (This reminds me of the $30 comfortable pump readers have shared here — any other favorite affordable workwear, ladies?) As far as $23 dresses go, the fit is usually the biggest issue, so it’s nice to see that it is a flattering look on all of the women wearing it. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon, 263 positive reviews, and comes in sizes 4 through 18 (but the sellers caution you to check their sizing chart first). It’s available in eight colors for $22-$29. Homeyee Women’s Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress U837

Here are three plus size versions from Lauren Ralph Lauren, Talbots (in regular and petite sizes also), and NY Collection.

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Coffee Break: Saffiano Double-Handled Briefcase

Red Saffiano Briefcase: Barneys New York Saffiano Double-Handled BriefcaseOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I feel like this has been the month of red briefcases, and I have yet another one for you: this saffiano double-handled briefcase currently on sale at Barneys Warehouse. This seems like an extraordinarily low price for a saffiano bag, and I tend to believe it’s because it’s a store brand / made exclusively for Barneys Warehouse. It was $319, but is currently marked to $239. (While you’re there, check out the nice selection of briefcases, and do note — they’re offering an extra 70% off all clearance). Barneys New York Saffiano Double-Handled Briefcase

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Watercolor Pencil Skirt

Floral Skirt for Work: Banana Republic Watercolor Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was perusing the Banana Republic website recently and this skirt caught my eye about five separate times because it was paired with different sweaters and blazers that were actually the featured item. I think it’s a fun and eye-catching skirt that is also professional. I’d wear it with all sorts of toppers — neutrals like navy, black, cream — or go for a bit of contrast with olive green or red (as styled here), or else just pick one of the less prominent colors in the skirt (pink, light purple, light blue) to pull out for the top. It’s $98, full price, available in regular, tall, and petite sizes 0-16. (Good news: You can get free shipping on all orders over $25 through 1/24, no code needed.) Banana Republic Watercolor Pencil Skirt

Two plus-size options are here and here (the watercolor print).

Psst: Ann Taylor is offering 50% off select full-price suiting and blouses — use code SUITUP through 1/22 at 3 AM EST.

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Suit of the Week: Elie Tahari

elie tahari suit on saleFor 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 feel like this happens every year around this time: the suit pickings get extremely slim, with boring, classic suits being The Thing. This Elie Tahari suit is on deep discount over at Saks’ Off Fifth — lucky sizes, admittedly, but a pretty good spread. I like the blue/gray color, and the overall sleek nature of the suit — and I think the pieces would work well by themselves as well as together. The jacket (Elie Tahari Donilyn Jacket) was $448, but is now marked to $124 (!!), and the pants (Elie Tahari Bennett Pants) were $228, but now marked to $65.

(OK, the Frankensuit picture was pretty bad, so here’s the jacket by itself as a separate.  FYI, here’s a similar blue/gray suit in plus sizes.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock Sheath Dress

Colorblock Work Dress: White House | Black Market Colorblock Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Wednesday! I like the asymmetrical colorblocking on this sheath dress from WHBM. The white, beige, and gold add a nice dose of neutral color, and I like the sleeves, the machine washable fabric, and the faux wrap effect. The dress is $160, available in petite and regular sizes 00-16. White House | Black Market Colorblock Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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