Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Button-Accent Sheath Dress

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Happy Friday, everyone! I know a lot of readers really like New York & Company for workwear, and if you’re a fan you should check out their crazy end-of-season sales. This sheath dress caught my eye and looks like a really nice basic dress, particularly if the buttons hit right at your waist. (If you’ve got a much higher or lower waist, that might be a problem.) And you see a lot of crazy side slits these days, but I think the slit on this dress is perfect. It comes in black, blue, and pink in regular (XS–XXL), petite, and tall sizes, and it’s on sale for only $29 from $64.95. Button-Accent Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option from Eloquii that also comes in three colors.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

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To me, when this tweed jacket is shown with the matching miniskirt, it’s just too much — but as a separate, I think the blazer has a lot of promise. I kind of like the tiny bow details — they’re not too much for me — as well as the sedate color and the collarless style with the round neckline. It would look great with a basic column of black underneath it, like a black tank top or blouse with black trousers, or a pencil skirt, or even a sheath dress. It’s available at Nordstrom Rack for $66 (from $169), with a lot of sizes still in stock. Bow Trim Tweed Suit Jacket

Two plus-size options are at Nordstrom and Talbots.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath Dress

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Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath DressWhat a fabulous basic sheath dress — and I don’t remember seeing this one before at Talbots. I like the V-neck, the invisible zip in the back (off topic, but I kind of blame the death of Classiques Entier on that exposed zipper they started putting in the back of all of their dresses!), the set in waistband, and the extended shoulder style which is a great way to test the waters of sleeveless if you’re unsure whether it’s appropriate for your office or the situation — your shoulders are covered but you don’t have the bulk of sleeves beneath a layer like a cardigan or blazer. The dress is $169-$189, available in navy, black and gray, and available in regular (2-20), petite, plus, and plus size petites. (Note that the store’s big Red Hanger sale continues — you can check out our How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Talbots post if you want to know the store’s best sellers and classic pieces.) Pictured: Seasonless Wool Extended-Shoulder Sheath Dress

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Tweed Fringe Jacket

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What a great tweed and fringe jacket this is! I’m kind of surprised that a) I can’t find it at any of the many other places that carry Nic & Zoe (Amazon, Pendleton, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor)… and b) that I can’t find it in other sizes, because Nic & Zoe often makes pieces in both regular and plus sizes. Still: this is too gorgeous a blazer not to post. I think it’s that rare tweed jacket that isn’t too boxy or stiff, and instead is flattering and chic. Love. It’s $208 at Nordstrom. (Ooh, here’s a very similar one at Lord & Taylor in a wider size range.) Mixed Tweed Fringe Jacket

Looking for something similar in regular sizes? Love this structured tweed blazer on deep discount (try code SHOPFAST for another 20% off — ooh, actually one of the featured sales is for workwear with Elie Tahari, Lafayette 148, and Vince Camuto).

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Boat-Neck 3/4-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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light pink sheath dress for workLe sigh: I always love Roland Mouret’s tailored, architectural dresses. This light pink masterpiece is gorgeous, and I could see it working in any number of situations, from work to events and beyond.  I particularly love the zig-zag seaming in the front and the wide boatneck. Gorgeous. It’s (gulp) $1,440 at Neiman Marcus. Boat-Neck 3/4-Sleeve Sheath Dress

Looking for more affordable options? This $188 Hall of Famer sheath dress also comes in a light pink, and this $138 dress is also really nice. In plus sizes, this pink sheath dress comes up to size 24W (and has a blazer to match).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte I Line 3/4 Sleeve Dress

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where CAN you find good work dresses under $50?Here’s a question for you: can a good dress for work be found for under $50? This long-sleeved ponte dress at Uniqlo, for example, is totally uninspiring on the model, but in the store I would easily pick this up to try it on — but if the fit is right (or can be right, with tailoring) then it’d be great because the dress is only $39.90. It’s available in sizes S-XL in green, black, and gray. Ponte I Line 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Old Navy has a very similar option in regular (up to XXL), tall, and petite sizes.

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