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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Italian Jersey One-Button Blazer

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

We talk a lot about lower-cost ponte blazers (see below for examples), but I think this one is a great example of what we’re seeing more of lately: high-end jersey knits. They’re comfortable and durable, and there’s a noticeable difference between a high-quality jersey and a lower-quality jersey. This blazer also has little details like the darts, the tailoring, and the way the edges are finished. I love this shade of gray, too. If you like the comfort of ponte but want something that looks a little higher-end and is probably going to last a little longer, consider this blazer. Italian Jersey One-Button Blazer

There’s a huge range of more affordable options — some of the most affordable ones are the Tailored Ponte Blazer at Target for $29.99 (plus-size option here), the Uniqlo Ponte Tailor Jacket (alas, currently sold out), and the Old Navy One-Button Blazer for $22 on sale (plus-size option here).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Silk Tie-Front Solid Top

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august-silk-tie-front-topThis bow style of top comes and goes, and right now it seems to be having a moment. I think this is one of the times where it looks good, and I even like the bishop sleeves. This is sort of an affordable, interesting piece that will be really versatile in your wardrobe — it’s different, but not too different. The top is in a cotton/modal blend and is hand washable. It’s $29, marked down from $60, at Saks Off 5th. August Silk Tie-Front Solid Top

Here’s an option that’s available in petite and plus sizes (as well as regular).

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Coffee Break: Pointy Toe Pump

prada-pointy-toe-pumpThis looks like a great pump if you’re on the hunt for something with a lower heel — it’s under 2 inches, which is the perfect height if you’re going to be standing for any length of time, like at a networking event, or a presentation or argument, for example. If you want to be comfortable for an extended period on your feet, this is a good height to do it with. I really love the textured leather in both the black and the beige; it’s versatile, and it’s a little interesting without being too “out there.” It’ll be much more weather-friendly than the suedes, as well. The shoe is available at Nordstrom in sizes 4-11 for $620. Pointy Toe Pump

If you’re looking for something similar but more affordable, check out these pumps priced $75-$105 — and they come in four widths, also. Here’s a pricier shoe that still costs less than the one pictured.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Knit Surplice Dress

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washable-sheath-dress-lands-end-2Even though we just featured this on CorporetteMoms, it’s worth a post here as well because this is a great dress — for $85 I think it’s going to be hard to do better than this. I love the sleeves, the flattering neckline, and the work-appropriate length. I’m probably more a fan of the black, but the pictured red is certainly very festive. It’s nice to see that it comes in sizes 2-18 in regular, petite, and tall — and it’s machine washable. 3/4 Sleeve Knit Surplice Dress

Here’s a very similar plus-size dress (but not the exact one) from Lands’ End — it comes in red and black as well as a deep pine, and (yay!) it has pockets.

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

banana-republic-herringbone-blazerFor 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. 

When we recently discussed the versatility of light blue suits that are more colorful than the typical navy, everyone agreed that the more muted, dustier shades are better to wear as separates — there’s no possibility of confusing them with black. This is a great, wintry, bright blue suit from Banana Republic. I always like light blue with red, so try it with some burgundy accents; it would also look nice with black or white. The pencil skirt is available in sizes 0-16, as is the blazer and the flannel pant, which offers short, regular, and long options. (I can’t find it in petite sizes, but they may exist — so give your local store a call if you’re looking for something shorter.) The jacket (Herringbone Flannel Blazer) is $228, and the skirt and pants (not pictured) are $98-$120.

Psst: You can get 40% off your purchase of $200 or more with code BRSEASON.

Here’s a herringbone plus-size option from Talbots (who also has a sale: 30% off regular-price items): blazer, skirt, and pants.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Freya Pencil Skirt

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

All the pattern options for this pencil skirt are really gorgeous, and many sizes are sold out (except not in the color pictured), which I always take as a sign of a well fitting piece. As always with Boden it’s nice to see that the size range goes up to size 16, although tall and petites are not an option here, unfortunately. This just looks like a great skirt (which the positive reviews also suggest) — and here’s the matching coat. (Note that they’re both dry clean only.) The skirt is $138 at Boden. Freya Pencil Skirt

Here’s a similar skirt in petite and plus sizes from Talbots.

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