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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Gypsy Rose Dress

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Black Halo’s Jackie dress is very popular, but I’ve always liked this V-neck version — I think it’s more flattering and easier to wear. Note that it has a concealed back zipper. Amazon has some lucky sizes (in black, “cruise,” and “wildfire”) as low as $237, and full-price it’s $375. Black Halo Gypsy Rose Dress

This plus-size V-neck sheath dress looks lovely, and it’s 40% off.

Ann Taylor Flash Sale: Through tonight only, you can get an extra 70% off sale styles!

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ribbed Merino Wool Skirt

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I wanted to post this back when it was at Madewell, but then it sold out. Now it’s at Nordstrom, and it’s on sale. This does look like an actual sweater knit, so it’s going to be fairly clingy. If you’re not familiar with clingy sweater skirts I’d definitely wear a slip underneath or perhaps Spanx or Jockey slipshorts. But it does look like a nice change from the usual sleek pencil skirt for work. Madewell Ribbed Merino Wool Skirt

Update: Unfortunately, now the skirt is sold out at Nordstrom too.

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Seasonless Wool Layla Dress

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We’re featuring this dress in black, but you can also get it in a very pretty teal called “night sky.” I like the v-neck, and I like the sleeveless style because you can layer it with a blazer or cardigan. I also like the faux wrap and the fact that the fabric resists wrinkles. The sale doesn’t hurt, either! You could make a suit out of this if you wanted — but only in the blue — as there’s a blazer (and skirt) available. Note that the description says dry clean, but not dry clean only. The dress comes in misses, petite, and plus sizes and is on sale for $99 from $199. Pendleton Seasonless Wool Layla Dress

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Twirl Seamed Dress

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We’ve featured this twirl dress before, and it’s one of these things that they just keep making in different colors and different sleeve lengths, etc., from season to season (it’s always highly rated), and now they have a skirt made from the same fabric. This is sort of a classic U-neck sleeveless look, and it’s in a really pretty dark blue. I think it’s very flattering, I think it’s easy — it’s just a hall of famer. They do make a petite if you’re worried about it being too long. The dress is $118 (from $198) at Bloomingdale’s in sizes XS-XL. NIC and ZOE Twirl Seamed Dress

Nordstrom has several options for the twirl dress in plus sizes, as does Amazon.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Paperbag Belted Stretch Wool Pants

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I think these stretch wool pants are lovely. This is a really classic look, and it reminds me of Katherine Hepburn. I think bodysuits’ popularity is waning, but if you happen to have any that are work appropriate, these pants are perfect to pair one with. Otherwise, just wear these with a regular blouse tucked in. The navy pinstripe is nice and will always be in fashion, and I like that there are no cuffs, as I’m not a fan of cuffs in general. These are 99% wool with 1% spandex, and they’re available in sizes 2-16. (Note that they’re labeled dry clean but not “dry clean only.”) The pants are $229 at Nordstrom. Classiques Entier® Paperbag Belted Stretch Wool Pants

Two lower-priced alternatives are here and here; here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Dawini Sash Tie Sheath Dress

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Happy Monday! This gorgeous sheath dress looks awesome for work and beyond — the sash tie looks sophisticated but fun. (And, hooray for a hidden back zip!) As a girl who largely prefers V-necks, when presented with a crew neck like this I’ll wear a nice 18″ necklace (so it hits solidly in the middle of the fabric) or even a brooch, worn high on one side of my clavicle. The wool dress is $625 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 2-14.   BOSS Dawini Sash Tie Sheath Dress

This black plus-size sheath dress is somewhat similar, and on sale. If you’re looking for a more affordable black dress, try this $65 one from Amazon; our “Hall of Fame” roundup of classic sheath dresses for work would also be a good place to check.

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