Coffee Break: Nikki 60mm Sunglasses

best sunglasses under $15I have a few pairs of more expensive sunglasses that I adore, but I also like to stock up on less expensive ones to keep in our swim bag or wherever.  The consistent thread through all of my sunglasses: the bigger the better. Pictured: These $12 ones are huge, super affordable, and well-reviewed over at Nordstrom — score!  BP. ‘Nikki’ 60mm Sunglasses

Psst: Along similar but trendier lines, I thought I’d hate these geometric shape ones, but have seen so many similar designer sunglasses at like $500+ that I couldn’t resist ordering them for $11 — and I was really pleasantly surprised when I wore them on a recent date night!

Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Evita Fit and Flare Dress

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

dvf sheath dressDvF dresses are often heralded as workwear classics (and I’ve said the same about the longer version of the wrap dress), but the problem with many of the dresses is that they’re too short, too low cut (wrap dresses, I’m looking at you), and often sized substantially differently than other workwear brands. (A friend once told me her theory on the proper way to wear a DvF wrap dress: go up two sizes and wear them backwards.) In any event, I was happy when I saw this simple sheath dress with a criss crossy detail at the waist.  A work-appropriate neckline and hem length, all combined with that luxurious ponte DvF uses? Sign me up. The dress also comes in a bright blue, in sizes 0-14, for $398.  Diane von Furstenberg ‘Evita’ Sleeveless Ponte Fit & Flare Dress

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: High Waist Chevron Skirt

Patterned Skirt for Work: The Limited High Waist Chevron Skirt Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This high-waisted dress is one of the “customer favorites” over at The Limited, and it’s easy to see why –it’s a fun, flippy skirt that’s one of those classics you can wear for years. I like the longer length here, as well as the higher waist — note that it’s pictured with an obi belt. Another hit: this simple black pencil skirt with some nice piping details, now marked to $29 (was $49). The pictured skirt is available in regular and petite sizes for $41 (was $69). The Limited High Waist Chevron Skirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Pola Peep Toe Heel

Peep Toe Heel: Salvatore Ferragamo PolaFerragamo is always a favorite among readers when we talk about comfortable heels — and Zappos seems to be having a secret(ish) sale on select styles. This darkish taupe is 10% off, which normally I would snub my nose at, but will welcome at this price range. (The other three colors the shoe comes in — red, black, and light beige — are all full price still at Zappos and Nordstrom. Another Ferragamo shoe on sale at Zappos: this lower-heeled pump, in beige or black.) The height is perfect for work, and I like the bit of bling. The shoes are $625 (were $695). Salvatore Ferragamo Pola


N.B. Peep toes may not be appropriate at every office — know yours!

Thursday’s Workwear Report: Ottoman Stripe Bodycon Dress

Cap Sleeve Work Dress: Aqua Ottoman Stripe Bodycon Dress  Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This well-reviewed dress comes in a zillion different colors and prints over at Bloomingdale’s, and this sliiiight ottoman stripe looks nice to me. It’s available in cobalt, black stripe, plaid, and plain black ponte — note also this fancier chevron knit version that is one of Bloomingdale’s bestsellers. (Note that a “body con” dress can be hit or miss for work, but a sure way to have a “miss” is to buy one that looks like it’s painted on — so size up if you need to!) The dresses are $70-$88 at Bloomingdale’s. Aqua Ottoman Stripe Bodycon Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Suit of the Week (and Deal Alert): Ann Taylor

ann taylor semi-annual 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.

Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale is on, and even I’m kind of blown away at some of the prices. The major (MAJOR) caveat is that there are mostly lucky sizes only — and they’re doing that annoying thing where half the things say “sold out” only after you click on them. (Why?!) Still: there are big deals to be had if you’re in the mood to hunt, ladies. This suit, for example, looks great.  The jacket (Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket) was $189, then marked to $119, and with the additional 50% off, it comes down to $60.  The skirt (Tweed Pencil Skirt) was $89, was then marked to $54, and then comes down to $26. (Let’s not discuss the matching high-waisted shorts.)

Some other picks from the sale, pictured below:

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