Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wrap-Front Top

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This top from Banana Republic is $68, but they’re always having sales, so keep an eye out — and I’ve seen blouses like this at much higher price points (for example). We’re featuring it in the “wide stripe,” but there’s also a “shadow stripe” (white on black) as well as basic black and navy. It’s getting great reviews, and it’s machine washable. The top comes in regular (XXS–XXL) and petite (XXS–L) sizes, although the petite is currently only available in the black-on-white stripe. Wrap-Front Top

Lands’ End and Eileen Fisher have plus-size options.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

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This pinstriped pencil skirt from White House Black Market looks like a great basic for work. I like the sort of flip at the hem — it’s not too much and it makes it fun. Note that the lack of a hem means you don’t have to worry about the skirt seeming a lot shorter when you sit down. I can’t find the jacket that’s shown in one of the pictures, but if you’re on the hunt, check with a store near you, because they may have it. The skirt also comes in straight sizes and petite sizes and is the same price for each, $89. WHBM offers free shipping and free returns on plus sizes — this could be something they’re doing because their plus-size line is relatively new, so take advantage of it now! Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Linen-Cotton Jacket

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This Brooks Brothers jacket comes in a bright green and a bright pink, both of which seem like a lot of fun if you’re looking for a lighter jacket as warmer days are (hopefully) on the horizon. I love it as styled here with pink, and I love the tie-inspired print under the collar and the pinstriped lining on the inside — it’s just a really great jacket whether you wear the collar popped or not. It’s $198 and comes in sizes 0–14. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers!) Linen-Cotton Jacket

Here’s a plus-size blazer in a very similar green.

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Splurge Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

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I think this dress from Marni is really interesting — I like it because it has a very feminine shape while the contrast piping has sort of a comic book, witty vibe to it. The dress is totally acceptable for work, and I really like how fun and flattering it is — and a little bit different, too. Unfortunately, the dress is priced accordingly — it’s $2,095 at Neiman Marcus (and one size has already sold out). Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

Amazon has more affordable options from Calvin Klein and Adrianna Papell, and Macy’s also has a Calvin Klein option, but in plus sizes.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress

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Ruffle Sleeve Shift DressPresident’s Day sales are already starting, including the big Nordstrom Winter Sale. This dress is new to the sale and while it’s obviously a casual dress, it’s a fun, easy dress that can cross seasons with the help of a little layering (such as tights and a thin, long-sleeved top) during colder months. At 5’4″, everything always hits me much longer than shown on super tall models — so I’d hope it hits me just above my knees. I’d still wear much lower heels than shown here (if not flats), and I’d pair it with a long pendant.  The dress is newly marked to $41 (also available in a fun stripe and a navy — even better for tights!) and has a ton of great reviews. Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Polka Dot Cardigan

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This polka dot cardigan at White House Black Market caught my eye recently, and I think it’s a very cute look. The banded waist is a flattering style, and polka dots are very in right now. It’s available in regular and petite sizes for $79, and it comes in XXS–XL. They do have a bunch of other polka dot things, including a clutch, pumps, and reversible camisolePolka Dot Cardigan

In plus sizes, WHBM has a polka dot blouse and polka dot blazer, among other offerings.

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