Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Padded Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress

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I never thought I’d be recommending something described as having “padded cap sleeves,” but I kind of like the detail here. To me, it doesn’t feel too militaristic or too ’80s; it just seems like a cool little detail on this very basic, very simple, heather gray sheath dress. I also like that it comes in regular (0–16), tall (2–16), and petite sizes (00–14), has a hidden back zip, and is machine washable. It’s $128 full price, but it’s Banana Republic, so keep an eye out for the next sale. Padded Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: The Sant Ambroeus Jardigan

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Readers have always loved the MM.LaFleur jardigan (and if you read some of the comments you’ll see how some are styling it — taking out the shoulder pads, etc.). If you’re not a fan of blazers and you like an easy, knit cardigan that’s a little more pulled together, do consider the jardigan (as in jacket/cardigan), because it’s getting rave reviews. It comes in black, driftwood, ecru, and galaxy blue in sizes XS-XL, and it’s $195 at MM.LaFleur. The Sant Ambroeus Jardigan

Here are two lower-priced options and a plus-size option.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Macey Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A velvet blazer is great for everything from the staff holiday party to a topper as it gets more into fall, and you can also wear it on a regular day at work to have some fun with texture. This jacket from Alice + Olivia looks lovely and it’s part of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — it was $485 and is now $323. Macey Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Update: Unfortunately, this has sold out!

Here are two more affordable options: one in regular sizes and one that comes in sizes XXS-4X.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Faux Wrap Skirt

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now (here are our picks for workwear), and although this clearance skirt isn’t part of the sale, you may want to pick it up too. I love the pockets, the flared look, and the small slit in the front, and it’s 40% off of what was already an affordable price of $69, taking it down to $41. It comes in regular sizes 0–16 and petite sizes 00P–14P in black and olive. Faux Wrap Skirt

Here’s an option in plus sizes.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Schoolboy Blazer

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This schoolboy blazer from J.Crew was a beloved favorite, but I don’t think it’s been at the main site for a few years (except the girls’ version). It’s currently at J.Crew Factory — it was $158 full price but regularly comes down below $100 with sales — so if you were a fan of the sort of shrunken schoolboy blazer basic in wool, do check it out. It comes in navy, camel, and black (plus several other colors and patterns) in regular sizes 00–20 and petite sizes 00–12, and it’s $110. Schoolboy Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

Psst: Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has started for cardholders! If you’re unfamiliar with the sale you can check out our guide here; we’ll try to have a roundup of our workwear picks asap.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Crepe Trumpet Dress

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This Betsey Johnson dress seems like an update on a style that was available last year that everyone really loved. I like the trumpet flounce at the bottom — I think it’s kicky and fun while still being a traditional shape for work — and I like the little poufy sleeves. It looks like a fun dress for work and dates and beyond (if, of course, the bright pink color is ok with you). It’s $128 at Nordstrom — lucky sizes only. Stretch Crepe Trumpet Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

Psst: If you’ve liked the brand Hobbs in the past but haven’t wanted to buy directly from the store, note that Bloomingdale’s has a ton of deep discounts on lucky sizes on the brands’ stuff — this linen blazer is down to $182 and this washable ribbed navy dress is down to $101. (There may be an additional 25% off at checkout on select items, too!)

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