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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Walker Top

mmlafleur-walker-topOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love this gorgeous, wrap-inspired top from MM. LaFleur. It’s so chic and refined, but simple and versatile at the same time. It looks great with ankle pants as pictured here, and it would also work well with trousers or pencil skirts. I think you could even layer this on top of a tank dress or a sheath dress if you wanted to give it a go. MM. LaFleur notes that the top, which is made in the U.S. from silk jersey, is “bust-friendly,” “middle-friendly,” and “maternity-friendly.” It’s $240 and available in sizes S-XL. (XS is currently sold out, but you can ask to be notified when it’s back in stock.) The Walker Top

Two more affordable tops are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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Cyber Monday’s Workwear Report: Sauna Pleat Front Jersey Dress

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nordstrom-cyber-monday-sale-2016Happy Cyber Monday, ladies — are you on the hunt for anything in particular today? I keep going back to the Nordstrom sale (I’ve placed like four orders now) and there’s still a ton of great stuff, including some items that are an extra 20% off in honor of Cyber Monday. (I’m still looking through the inventory to see if it’s the same clothes from earlier in the weekend. Here was our workwear roundup when the Nordstrom Thanksgiving sale began; here are some gift ideas I put together from the sale — that purple sweater at the top of the post is super soft and machine washable; I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for yourself or a friend.) I’ll update the prices in the post if there are any changes as per today’s sale.) Designer duds like this gorgeous Max Mara dress (pictured) are on sale, but not the extra 20% off deal, alas — but it is still marked 40% off. I love the graceful, sophisticated pleat wrap, work-appropriate length, and the fact that the stylist here resisted overstyling it, letting your imagination do the work. (I’d either add a long, opera-length necklace or perhaps a heavily textured belt, like a black haircalf belt perhaps.) The dress was $745, but is now marked to $446. Max Mara ‘Sauna’ Pleat Front Jersey Dress

Here’s a great plus size sheath dress that’s now down to $95, and this previously recommended Splurge dress with wrap details is now down to $167 (!).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater

uniqlo-merino-turtleneck-sweaterOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I haven’t yet added a Uniqlo merino sweater to my wardrobe, but a lot of readers love them and they’re highly rated. In general, merino is a great layer — everyone always talks about cashmere, but merino is super-warm and light, and I find that it holds its shape much better than cotton. For $29.90 this is a great layering piece or a top to wear alone paired with something more fun, like a pleated skirt as shown here, or else a statement necklace or brooch or something like that. The sweater comes in 13 (!) colors and offers sizes XS-XL. Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater

Here’s an option that comes in plus sizes (and regular and petite) in seven colors.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Tonya Pleat Dress

t-tahari-tonyaOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This Tonya Pleat Dress from T Tahari is a bestseller that I don’t think we’ve featured before. I like the pleats at the neck, the deep but high V-neck, and the black and navy color choices. This well-reviewed dress also has a concealed back zip and comes in sizes 2-16. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom for $118 full price, and note that Amazon has some major sales on the dress’s other colors. T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

A couple of plus-size options are here and here.

Psst: note that the Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag sale is on — you can take $25 off every $200 you spend.  Nice! The sale is good even on already marked down items, such as this simple, sleeved dress from Boss — it was $595, then marked to $249, but you can take another $25 off with the sale.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Italian Jersey One-Button Blazer

nordstrom-jersey-blazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. 

We talk a lot about lower-cost ponte blazers (see below for examples), but I think this one is a great example of what we’re seeing more of lately: high-end jersey knits. They’re comfortable and durable, and there’s a noticeable difference between a high-quality jersey and a lower-quality jersey. This blazer also has little details like the darts, the tailoring, and the way the edges are finished. I love this shade of gray, too. If you like the comfort of ponte but want something that looks a little higher-end and is probably going to last a little longer, consider this blazer. Italian Jersey One-Button Blazer

There’s a huge range of more affordable options — some of the most affordable ones are the Tailored Ponte Blazer at Target for $29.99 (plus-size option here), the Uniqlo Ponte Tailor Jacket (alas, currently sold out), and the Old Navy One-Button Blazer for $22 on sale (plus-size option here).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Silk Tie-Front Solid Top

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august-silk-tie-front-topThis bow style of top comes and goes, and right now it seems to be having a moment. I think this is one of the times where it looks good, and I even like the bishop sleeves. This is sort of an affordable, interesting piece that will be really versatile in your wardrobe — it’s different, but not too different. The top is in a cotton/modal blend and is hand washable. It’s $29, marked down from $60, at Saks Off 5th. August Silk Tie-Front Solid Top

Here’s an option that’s available in petite and plus sizes (as well as regular).

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