Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Knit Midi Tube Skirt

Work Skirt: Vince Camuto Stretch Knit Midi Tube Skirt Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

As far as workwear goes, a tube skirt is second (at least in my heart) to a pencil skirt with a zipper, lining, and other structure — but if you’re hard to fit, on a budget, gaining or losing weight, or you just prefer them for comfort, tube skirts do have a place in the working woman’s closet. This skirt is $49 and comes in red and the pictured cobalt blue. Vince Camuto Stretch Knit Midi Tube Skirt

Here’s what appears to be the same skirt in plus sizes (in black) and another with tons of color choices.

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Coffee Break: ‘Zana’ Wedge Pump

Wedge Heel: Aquatalia 'Zana' Wedge Pump Wearing wedges can be a nice way to get height with stability — which is great for commuting and general comfort — but they can definitely feel a little frumpy from time to time. A slender wedge heel like this one keeps it sleek and young, and I like the lowish vamp and not-too-round, not-to-pointy toe. The shoe is 40% off, marked to $197 from $395, with lucky sizes remaining in all four colors. (It’s available in full price in a nice textured black leather, also.) Aquatalia ‘Zana’ Wedge Pump

A few more affordable wedges are here, here, and here (also in wide).

Psst: Have you used your Personal Ten Point Day at Nordstrom yet? The event ends tomorrow! Check out this post from Monday for more details on the rewards event and some suggestions for what to get.


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Side Twist Jersey Sheath Dress

Pink Work Dress: Anne Klein Side Twist Jersey Sheath Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Oooh: I realize this looks just like last Friday’s TPS top, but I kind of love it in a dress form too. Pink dresses aren’t usually my thing, but this one seems muted enough even for me. Try it with navy, white, black, and gray accessories, with a possible pop of red in the mix. It was $119 but is now 40% off, marked down to $71. Anne Klein Side Twist Jersey Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here (solid colors) and here (prints).

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

Patterned Suit: HalogenFor 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 like this suit for a lot of reasons — it’s hard to go wrong with a small print in black/white, it comes in regular, plus, and petite separates sizes, ensuring something for everyone, and the open, collarless jacket with pencil skirt is a sleek look for summer. But for whatever reason, when I first saw this on Nordstrom’s site, it was right next to this Smythe jacket, and considering the price difference for two very similar pieces, I like it even more. The jacket (Halogen Zip Pocket Open Jacket) is $98 ($108 for plus sizes), and the skirt (Halogen Welt Pocket Pencil Skirt) is $59.


Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Promotion Dress

Asymmetrical Neckline Dress: J.Crew Promotion Dress Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I still mourn the death of J.Crew’s origami dress, which rode high for years — but it looks like they have a new bestseller in town with an asymmetrical neckline: the Promotion Dress. I love it most in olive, navy, or black, but I always think you can see it best on the model, so here it is in red. It’s $148 new, but use code SHOPEXTRA
to get 30% off. J.Crew Promotion Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: ‘Siren’ Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring

Rose Gold Ring: Monica Vinader 'Siren' Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking RingI have yet to own a Monica Vinader piece of jewelry, but it’s only a matter of time — I’m a bit obsessed with her simple, almost organic designs. This stone stacking ring makes me want to start a collection of stacking rings, ASAP — and I like that depending on sizing, you can wear it as a midi ring or a regular ring. It’s $150 at Nordstrom, now available in lucky sizes only — although there are a few more choices at Nordstrom, mostly with green Amazonite. Saks has an additional size in stock. Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring

BY THE WAY: I just (hopefully!) chose today as my “personal 10 points” day for the current sale (my husband has a GREAT Father’s Day coming his way, it seems!) and noticed that they are now offering Nordstrom Rewards for EVERYONE, regardless of whether or not you have their credit card. I’ve mentioned before how I like to keep most of my purchases to one or two credit cards for tracking/paying purposes, but I have been using my Nordstrom card here and there for early access to sales, personal points days, etc. — so the ability to get rewards AND use my beloved Amazon Visa is a welcome development. No social security number, no credit check — all you need to provide is your phone number. Woo-hoo!