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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Speckled Tweed Cropped Shrug

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

I know some readers don’t like shrugs, but I’m seeing more and more of them, and this one almost looks like a suiting blazer, like a Chanel suit. I think it looks very classic and elegant, and I like the nubby tweed pattern. It would look great with a basic black sheath dress or a black silk blouse like the one we featured last Tuesday. The matching V-neck dress is $1495 and the shrug itself is $1095. Speckled Tweed Cropped Shrug

Here’s a more affordable option (on sale).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

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This blouse looks like a great basic and a very up-to-date trend piece if you’re looking for a an easy way to bring your spring wardrobe into 2017. While the top has a basic neckline, these trumpet sleeves look functional and pretty without being too gothic or floofy or just too much. This just looks like a simple, easy piece, and I like that the sleeves are sort of split, as well. My favorite is the green (it also comes in black), but the white looks great, and in the reviews it’s the one that everyone seems to be extolling the virtues of — a lot of people love it as the perfect white blouse. It’s machine washable, and it’s $55 at Nordstrom in sizes 2-12. Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option from Eloquii.

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Coffee Break: Lady Leather Tote

This gawgeous leather tote from Mansur Gavriel is part of the brand’s line of Lady bags, which come in a range of sizes — this is the biggest one. It looks so sleek and cool, whether you use it as a large handbag or a work tote, although at 10″ H x 12″ W x 4.7″ D it’s probably not going to be big enough to fit folders, etc. It seems like the right size for an iPad — and it’s pretty deep. I love the red lining and the little pocket on the inside, and I like that the long strap is detachable if you just want to carry it by the handle. Note that Net-a-Porter has it in leather-trimmed suede in a rust color (“brick”) as well in green leather: Net-a-Porter ($895) and Bergdorf Goodman ($995). MANSUR GAVRIEL Lady Leather Tote

Two more affordable options are here and here.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

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This blazer is a bestseller at Nordstrom and has a lot of positive reviews. They only have it in three colors right now (the pictured olive plus black and navy) but it’s come in a ton of colors in the past. It’s got sort of a cropped, fitted look in the back with shorter sleeves, so it’s definitely more of a casual blazer. It’s hand wash cold, line dry, and is available in XS-L for $74. ‘Curve’ Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Lafayette 148 New York

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 love how the simple one-button style of this black crosshatched suit is combined with the interesting collar, and I love the sort of heavy stitch along the seams. I also like the way that it’s your basic black suit with some interesting touches. I’d usually wear black with a suit like this, but it could be a nice opportunity to bring in some pastels as spring approaches. A pale lavender would look lovely, or a French blue — it’s a great way to bring in the season with your base layer. I couldn’t find a skirt for this suit, but the blazer does have matching pants. The jacket (Tristan Monticino Suit Blazer) is $598, and the pants (Barrow Monticino Pants) are $345, both at Nordstrom.

This is a nice plus-size option, although I can only find the jacket. Here’s a suit that’s a lower-priced alternative.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Dolce Check Faux Wrap Sheath Dress

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I think this is a really pretty check pattern, and I like the faux wrap style and black trim details and the fact that it has a concealed back zip. The only thing that makes me sad about this dress is that there’s no matching blazer. You could wear this with greens or yellows for a more spring-y look, or just whites and grays if you want to keep it classic, or pick up the black pattern and trim and wear it with a black blazer or cardigan. It’s in sizes 2-16 at Bloomingdale’s for 30% off: $89 down from $128. Dolce Check Faux Wrap Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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