Thursday’s Workwear Report: Open Front Jacket

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I believe this Halogen stretch crepe jacket has been around for a few years now, and it always gets good reviews and comes back in different colors. It’s available in regular sizes XS-XL and petite sizes XXS-XL, and it comes in several colors including black, ivory cloud, ivory texture (that one is cotton/linen), navy peacoat, and the pictured pink. Note that it’s marked dry clean but not “dry clean only.” The jacket is $99 at Nordstrom. Open Front Jacket

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Martha Dress

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This Boden dress looks like a great ladylike sheath dress — sort of Audrey Hepburn–inspired, with a wide roll collar. It’s fully lined with a hidden back zip. It comes in solid black and navy, but I really like this green pattern. I think it would be a fun pop of color under a black blazer or black cardigan, or navy or white; I think it would go well with a lot of neutrals (and because I do enjoy a purple pump, I’d probably wear it with that as well). The choices also include a really nice yellow/blue/black/white version that’s a fun pattern. Sizes are 2–18, regular, petite, and long, and the dress is $120-$150 at Boden, depending on color/print. Martha Dress

Here’s an option that’s available in plus sizes.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Green Lightweight Wool One-Button Blazer

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I’m picturing this blazer now instead of on Friday the 17th because you still have time to either run to the BR store or order this online with expedited shipping if you really have a need for a grass-green wool blazer. This may seem like a crazy purchase, but if you’re in a very male-dominated office culture where St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal for everyone and you all go out to the local pub, or if that’s the kind of thing that you and your friends enjoy doing, then you may be surprised by how much wear you can get out of a bright green blazer and/or pants. (I don’t think anyone would wear them together unless they were going to dress up as a leprechaun, but you do you.) I think the blazer looks lovely. It’s only available online in sizes 0-8, but if you call your local store they may still have some other options. Banana Republic actually has a lot of cute things right now, including this gingham blazer and matching pants, and this “navy camo” blazer and matching pants. Pictured: Green Lightweight Wool One-Button Blazer (and matching pants)

This blazer comes in green and seven other colors in sizes XS-4X.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Mehira Chambray Blazer

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It’s almost linen jacket season, and it feels like this blazer from Joie has been around for a thousand years. So if you’re on the hunt for a quality, much-loved linen blazer that’s going to be wearable a couple of seasons from now, and has nice appeal in that it keeps coming back, this is your best bet. I like the sort of notch collar and standard lapel and I also like that it comes in a chambray blue — which is always good — as well as a nice dusty pink. It’s at Neiman Marcus for $298 in sizes 00-12, and it’s at Nordstrom for the same price in those two colors plus another option, indigo. Mehira Chambray Blazer

Here’s a more affordable option that comes in petite and tall sizes as well as regular; plus-size options are here and here.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Sheath Dress

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Readers always like Lands’ End ponte sheath dresses — they’re machine washable and they come in a lot of size ranges (regular, petite, tall, and plus) — and there are tons of great dresses on sale right now: in solids, with sleeves, and this gorgeous faux wrap dress (a previous recommendation). This one is down to just $35 and comes in five colorways. We’re featuring the navy polka dot, which isn’t too feminine for the office and is nice for spring. If you see something else you like, note that you can get 20% off regular-priced items today. Ponte Sheath Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Framed Velvet Jacket

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We’re all excited that spring is coming — we can’t wait to pull out our pastels and our happy bright colors. I’m with you, but I’ll also note that now is a great time to snap up winter things like cashmere sweaters and velvet jackets if you’re looking, because they’re all going on deep sale. Macy’s has a number of velvet jackets on sale right now, including this pretty, framed velvet jacket from Tommy Hilfiger. Of course, you probably won’t wear it until November, but you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll like a velvet jacket for the office — and for holiday parties and as a topper for dresses and going out, etc. They’re a lot of fun. Macy’s has several options right now in lucky sizes, so take a peek around. The pictured jacket is on sale for $56.94 at Macy’s. Framed Velvet Jacket

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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