Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Jersey Sheath Dress

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vince-ruffle-sheath-dressI am not usually into ruffles for the office, especially on dresses, but this is the second dress I’ve seen recently that looks sophisticated and regal, and not frilly or overly fancy for work. (It doesn’t hurt that the first dress I saw recently was this $1900 dress from Carolina Herrera — now that I think about it also reminds me of this reader favorite dress.) The pictured dress only comes in purple, but it’s available in regular and petite sizes for $128. Vince Camuto Ruffle Jersey Sheath Dress

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? Check out this dress.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Mixed Plaid Blazer

red-plaid-blazer-red-fleeceOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Have you guys checked out Brooks’ Brothers’ Red Fleece section in a while? Ton of affordable, preppy workwear with just a hint of whimsy. (This $138 dress is almost sold out, but it’s just straight up gorgeous.) I love this red plaid blazer — I love the way the patterns are laid in different directions, and $228 seems entirely reasonable for a fully lined wool blazer. It’s available in sizes 0-14. Wool Mixed Plaid Blazer

This red cotton honeycomb blazer is on sale and comes in regular, petite and plus sizes.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Saskia Dress

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saskia-dress-evergreen-lk-bennettThis structured dress from L.K. Bennett would be a perfect new wardrobe essential. It comes in two beautiful but work appropriate colors, evergreen and pink, but what I love most about this dress are the details: the assymmetrical neckline, notched sleeves in the back, hidden zipper, and it’s fully lined. The elastane in the fabric also provides a touch of stretch. Available in sizes 2 through 14 (size 10 is sold out in the evergreen color). Saskia Dress

For a more affordable dress with a similar vibe, check out this dress from Nordstrom, or check out this dress for an affordable plus size option.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Courtney Scuba Dress

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taupe-blush-black-sheath-dress-christin-michaelsReader V wrote in to recommend this dress, noting “I’d recommend Christin Michaels Courtney Scuba dress. I think this is the perfect dress, not too dressy, not too plain, never wrinkles and makes any figure look like an hour glass figure. In black taupe and pink it flatters practically anyone. It can be worn alone or with a jacket. I have worn mine in trade shows where I have to look good, but also have to work hard and look good – not frazzled.”  Nice! It’s only $47 at Amazon — but it’s also only available in sizes 10-16. The brand has several other scuba dresses available right now though, at Amazon6pm and Zappos for $39-$129 — love the mix of colorful patterns and classic shapes, combined with a stretchy scuba ponte; lots of the dresses have pockets, too. Pictured: Christin Michaels Courtney Scuba Dress

On the plus side, this floral scuba dress or this one are both pretty.

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Coffee Break: Wool & Cashmere Scarf

tissue-weight-woolThis wool and cashmere scarf has been a hit for Nordstrom for years — it comes out every season, and is currently available in over 30 colors (including three different shades of teal! and two colors on sale).  At 29″ x 75″ it’s nice and big, and the 70% wool/30% cashmere blend means it’s strong and warm, but also soft.  I like it worn as a regular scarf, as shown here, but at 29″ wide it can be a wrap to a dress or a shawl around a blazer; if bad weather is threatening it can also be a makeshift hood/headscarf (think Grace Kelley/Audrey Hepburn). It’s $99 at Nordstrom. Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stripe Structured Flounce Top

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j-crew-nordstrom-peplum-stripesI was surprised recently when I realized how many J.Crew pieces Nordstrom carries — they’d carried sister brand Madewell pieces for a while, but I hadn’t seen J.Crew stuff there before in any great numbers. (Although Net-a-Porter has sold J.Crew stuff for years! It’s also interesting to note that this top isn’t available at JCrew.com.) This top struck me as fun for both the workweek and the weekend — I love the bits where the stripes go in different directions (the peplum flounce, the cuff on the sleeves), and it seems like a nice crisp navy, if that makes sense — perfect for wearing with black, as pictured.  It’s $59, still available in sizes M-XL. J.Crew Stripe Structured Flounce Top

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? City Chic and Eloquii both have a ton of options.

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