Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report:

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

project-social-ribbed-neck-tee Happy Friday!  This ribbed tee looks perfect for work and beyond — the perfect kind of tee for layering beneath suits as well as a good “jeans and tee” kind of shirt. I like the idea of layering delicate necklaces at the neckline, but this kind of top is also perfect for a brooch or two, placed high, near your clavicle. It’s $35 at Nordstrom, available in black, gray, and apricot.   Project Social T Scoop Neck Ribbed Tee

For plus sizes, this tee only has ribbing at the neckline, but I love the shirt in general – gorgeous.

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Coffee Break: Prism Heels

kirkwood-prism-heel-pumpsOooh: a 2″ heel that is not only fashionable, but one of the Barneys’ team’s favorite heels (according to an email newsletter I can no longer find)? Sign me up. I like the winey purple color here, and the gold, prism-shaped heel — while unusual — seems pretty demure considering the height.  Love. The pictured shoes are $595 at Barneys New York, but they’re also available at Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and FarFetch (where they have a taller, stripey prism heel on sale for $292).  NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Prism-Heel Pumps

P.S. Ooh, I haven’t seen Sarah Flint shoes online before, but Barneys has a decent selection.

P.P.S. Looking for a more affordable option? These $129 heels are so cute they may have to be a featured selection on their own sometime soon (available at Zappos and Nordstrom).

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Japanese Oxford Bib Shirt

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

everlane-oxford-bib-shirtHuh. I have a love/hate relationship with Everlane, in that while I love much of what is there, when I get it home and try it on it turns out it hates me and my curvy body type.  Still: I have hope for this collarless bib shirt, made “in Japan from a slow-spun cotton yarn.”  I like the half-placket, the wider cuffs, and the blousy-but-crisp feel.  The bib shirt is $68 at Everlane, available in white and blue in sizes 00-12. The Japanese Oxford Bib Shirt

Here’s an option in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

pleated-peplum-crepe-suit-from-talbotsFor 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.

Up front, let me note that this suit comes in black, a dark wine color, and this pictured teal — and I kind of love them all. The pleated peplum jacket looks gorgeous, and the half-slit in the pencil skirt is very on trend (but it’s Talbots, so you know it won’t be scandalous).  The jacket (Refined Crepe Pleated Peplum Jacket) is $199, and the skirt (Refined Crepe Skirt) is $99. Not pictured: the matching sheath dress and pants. All items come in regular, petite, plus, and plus size petites.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Plaid Contrast Pencil Skirt

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

Escada pencil skirtFirst, the bad news: this skirt is almost entirely sold out. But for the few lucky sizes left, it’s on a great discount ($795 to $318), is made of Italian wool, and hides a fun little surprise: a bright orange gusset instead of a slit in the back.  Love it.  It’s $318 at Saks Off FTH (try code DFS20 for an extra 20% off). Escada Plaid Contrast Pencil Skirt

This skirt is more affordable and available in sizes 2-20, as well as petites, plus, and plus-size petite sizes.

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Coffee Break: Potted Pen Phone Stand

pencil stand desk organizerI always like any desk accessory that adds a nice pop of color, and this plastic “potted pen” desk accessory from Kikkerland looks like just the ticket. There’s a simpler version that’s avaialble at Amazon and ModCloth, but I like that this one serves as an iPhone tray and catches other miscellaneous things floating around your desk, like binder clips, paper clips, and even rings (if you’re the type to take them off while typing — although a separate ring holder may be best for that). The pictured desk accessory is $12 at Amazon. Kikkerland Potted Pen Phone Stand

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