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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: ‘Painted Floral’ Pencil Skirt

pencil-skirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Milly is one of those brands that I forget about from time to time, but they’re consistently doing really interesting and feminine takes on workwear, like this pencil skirt — I think it’s sophisticated and stylish and would work in a variety of seasons. You could pick up the green in the skirt and wear it with a pop of kelly green in the springtime, and you could also pick up the more muted purples and blacks and wear it in the wintertime. It has a hidden back zip and comes in sizes 2-10. The skirt is on sale for $130, down from $325, which is a really great deal. ‘Painted Floral’ Pencil Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced option from Ellen Tracy (regular and petite) and a skirt from Talbots that comes in plus, plus petite, regular, and petite sizes.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

brooks-brothers-ponte-dressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There’s a lot to like about this dress. It has pockets, great tailoring, an unusual square neck, a work-appropriate length, and no crazy zipper in the back. (Unfortunately, it’s dry clean only.) The dress is available in regular (2-10) and petites (2-12) and is pretty well reviewed. Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

Talbots has a similar dress in plus sizes (along with petite, petite plus, and regular), in four colors — and today there’s a 30%-off-everything sale.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Simone’ Slim Ankle Pants

flattering-ankle-pants-rag-boneOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

These Rag & Bone ankle pants aren’t the best choice for a conservative office, but for a casual office or a really casual day at a conservative office, they’d work well. The most notable thing about these is the reviews — people love these pants. Customers (in a wide range of ages) have written things like, “This is the pant version of the LBD,” “These might be the best pants I have ever worn,” and “These pants are a dream come true!” If I were looking to splurge on pants, I would take a serious look at these. They’re made in a cotton blend (note that they’re “dry clean,” but not dry clean only), have a back zip, and come in sizes 00-12 in black and navy. They’re $295 at Nordstrom. ‘Simone’ Slim Ankle Pants

Here’s a more affordable option; two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

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If you have some holiday office parties coming up, you may be on the hunt for party shoes — and these Kate Spade ones are not only adorable, but highly rated at both Nordstrom and Zappos. (Nice: Amazon has some lucky sizes and colors for under $100 today.) The heels are available in black, gold, silver, and a “multi sparkle glitter” with hot pink heels. At $325, these may seem like a bit of a splurge, but I’ll bet the fashion math works out: if you wear them a few times a year for the next 10 years, get compliments every time you wear them, and feel joyful whenever you wear them — then really, $325 seems downright reasonable.  Kate Spade New York Charm Heel

If you’re on the hunt for more of a glittery boot, readers were talking about this one (nice!); I’ve also been eyeing this glittery Chelsea boot (whoa, down to $40 in some styles).  If slingbacks aren’t your thing, this similar heel is a d’Orsay style (and on sale too).

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Frugal Friday: Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

red-jacquard-work-dressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This is a very well-reviewed dress at Loft. I like how it has a high neckline (like yesterday morning’s dress) as well as sleeves, and it’s in a machine-washable cotton blend. The reviewers really seem to love the fabric of the dress and also the way that they can wear it from desk to dinner — or at this time of year, to office holiday parties. It’s available in regular sizes 00-16 and petite sizes 00-12, and you can get 40% off (no code needed), which brings the price down to $53. Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

Psst: While you’re there, check out this skirt — it’s a bit on the busy side but I really like it.

Here’s a plus-size dress option that also comes in tall, petite, and regular sizes.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Dolman Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

stylish-wrap-dress-2016Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I posted this last week in the Nordstrom Thanksgiving Sale roundup, but I’m featuring it again today because all seven colors look really great. I linked to the cobalt blue before, which was a very bright color, but this also comes in much more muted colors, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s available in sizes 2-12 for $90 full price, and it’s well-reviewed at Nordstrom. Dolman Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

Here’s a plus-sized option.

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