Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Fluted Wool Pencil Skirt

Red Work Skirt: Fluted Wool Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow — you’ve got to watch the video on Net-a-Porter to truly appreciate how classy and graceful this skirt looks. For some reason it calls to mind actresses from the ’40s like Lauren Bacall, but I think it looks 100% appropriate for today’s office. I love it as styled with a simple white blouse and nude-for-her heels, but I’d also wear it with a black top and purple heels in the fall, and call me crazy but I think it would look great for an evening out with an orange top (this affordable one is really cute). The skirt is $1,090. Oscar de la Renta Fluted Wool Pencil Skirt

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

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Crepe Blouse

Green Work Top: Apt. 9 Crepe BlouseOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader L wrote in to recommend this affordable blouse, noting:

I recently purchased a couple of workhorse blouses from Kohl’s, of all places. Yep, they’re polyester, but surprisingly substantial and not completely sheer like other tops. Regular price is $36, but only fools pay full price at Kohl’s. (I worked there many moons ago.) I think I paid less than $20 for them.

Nice! I like the black best, but I’m featuring my second favorite, mint green, because you can see the details better — an opaque, washable blouse is always great. They were originally $36, but are currently marked to $24 — keep an eye out for promo codes to bring them lower. Happy Friday! Apt. 9 Crepe Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option with several color and pattern choices.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: High Waist Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt

Green Work Skirt: The Limited High Waist Asymmetrical Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This is a bit of an untraditional pencil skirt, but I don’t think it’s so wacky that it won’t be received well at work. (I wish it were in a darker color, but it’s only available in mint!) I always like mint with navy, black, and charcoal — if you want to have a bit of fun, try it with a purple pump or a purple top so dark it’s almost navy. The skirt is $80 full price, in regular, petite, and tall sizes 00-18, but marked down to $31 today. The Limited High Waist Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt

Two plus-size options are here and here, both on sale.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Poplin Pleated Skirt

Blue Work Skirt: Michael Kors Poplin Pleated SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, slightly flippy skirt for summer, this blue one is on a great sale over at Last Call. It was $995 but comes down to $174 — that may be one of the largest discounts I’ve ever seen. Use code TAKE25 to take an additional $25 off (today only). Michael Kors Poplin Pleated Skirt

A few lower-priced options are here (regular and petite), here, and here; here is a plus-size option.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Knit Dress

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

amazing Armani sale at NordstromI mentioned it in our Hunt for stylish pencil skirts yesterday, but I’ll mention it again here: there is an amazing sale on Armani at Nordstrom right now.  Tons of deep discounts (60% off!) on basic items like pencil skirts.  I’m a bit obsessed with this beautiful dress — love the cap sleeves, jewel neck, slight flare to the skirt — it’s all very flattering to your waist.  Looking more closely the bottom hem is made up of lots of little slits, so there’s going to be a bit of movement when you walk as well — almost flapperlike but not quite. (Ahhhh, that’s why they picked the yucky name “carwash dress.”)  I’d still wear it to work as well as out, but that’s me.  The dress was (wait for it) $895, but is now marked to $358 right now — with lots of sizes left. Armani Collezioni Cap Sleeve Knit Carwash Dress

I think the vibe of this plus-size dress is similar (try this link if the other one doesn’t take you to the product page).

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Francis Dress

Blue Work Dress: Sportmax Francis DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday, ladies! I’m loving the tailoring on this sleek, happy dress from Sportsmax — the seaming on the body and the back of the dress looks gorgeous, and I like the slightly loose, almost belled sleeves. The dress is $750, available in sizes XS-XL, at MatchesFashion.com. Sportmax Francis Dress

Here’s a more affordable option in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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