Thursday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Colorblocked Sheath Dress

Colorblock Sheath Dress: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Colorblocked Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This $89 colorblocked sheath dress caught my eye when we were rounding up basic work dresses the other day, and I like it — there’s a cool, calm vibe to the dress. Contrast that with these two bright yellow sheath dresses (both of which I like very much also, and think would look fab with a gray blazer or long gray cardigan), and even I have to admit, the pictured dress has more of a “the grown-up in charge has arrived” look to it. It’s $134, but using the 15%-off code SAVE brings it down to $114. Calvin Klein Sleeveless Colorblocked Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Peek-a-Boo Back Ponte Sheath

Work Dress: Talbots Peek-a-Boo Back Ponte Sheath DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ll admit it: when I saw that the name of this dress was “Peek-a-boo back,” I laughed out loud. “Hahahaha I don’t think sssssss—” I cut myself off when I clicked through and said “Oh, that’s kind of nice.” So. Forget the dumb name, or images of godawful sheath dresses from a year or two ago with cutouts exposing the lower back or something — the back of this dress just has a nice little detail sized slightly bigger than a keyhole slit. I like that the dress comes in petite, plus sizes, plus-sized petites, and regular sizes 00-20, and is only $109. We’ve pictured the purple (try it with navy or gray, or olive if you’re feeling adventurous), but it comes in five other colors. Talbots Peek-a-Boo Back Ponte Sheath

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Dyann Denim Blazer

Denim Blazer for Work: Club Monaco Dyann Denim BlazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I thought I was alone in my renewed desire for a denim blazer, but Club Monaco lists this one among the store’s bestsellers, and it’s easy to see why — all the sleek lines and the fun split-back detail. For a more casual office or a casual day, this would be a great topper with neutral pants and a white top; for those of you at more conservative jobs I encourage you to try the denim jacket for your commute and, in general, as a great way to make a sheath dress less formal for post-work activities. (A corollary to this: if you recently transitioned from a very conservative office to a casual office, the denim blazer can be a great addition to your work wardrobe in general because it “fits” with more formal pieces but also makes them more casual.) This blazer is $229 (was $289) at Club Monaco. Club Monaco Dyann Denim Blazer

Lower-priced options are here and here, and here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Set Sail Jacket

Striped Work Blazer: Nanette Lepore Set Sail JacketOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We’ve seen a lot of good stripey blazers over the years, but this one may just be my favorite. The black/pink pattern is perfect, and I love the little peplum flounce detail in the back. It’s even on sale, making this a fairly reasonable splurge: it was $498 but is now on sale for $298. Nanette Lepore Set Sail Jacket

More affordable alternatives are here and here — and here’s a plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Slit Pencil Skirt

Yellow Work Skirt: Loft Slit Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

What a lovely yellow pencil skirt! A bright, almost neon yellow can be great for work, particularly when paired with gray. Try it with a gray tee and a longish gray cardigan (like this one or this one), or of course with a simple gray blazer and gray tee. The skirt is $69 full price, but right now you can get 30% off everything if you sign up for Loft emails. (They’ll send you the code.) Loft Slit Pencil Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option.

P.S. Ann Taylor is offering 50% off everything and free shipping with code CYBER50 through 4/18 at 3am EST.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock Peplum Top

Sleeveless Work Top: J.Crew Colorblock Peplum TopOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This colorblock peplum top in J.Crew’s Super 120s wool looks like a modern addition to a classic suit, or a great way to make a more casual work separate (a pencil skirt, ankle pants) feel more formal. Of course, know your office as far as sleeveless workwear is concerned — I’d layer this under a cardigan or blazer, or on top of a collared blouse. It was $128 full price but is marked down to $79. (With code SHOPNOW you can get $75 off your $200+ purchase or $25 off your $100+ purchase.) J.Crew Colorblock Peplum Top

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size alternative (solid and striped).

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