Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Layered Ruffle Tank

Sleeveless Top: Banana Republic Layered Ruffle TankOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This pretty, ruffled, sleeveless top looks like a great piece to layer under a blazer or cardigan for the office — and I think it would be adorable for the weekend with shorts. Oh, and did I mention it comes in basic black and white as well and is winning rave reviews? The top was originally $68 but is now on sale for $34, sizes XS-XL. Banana Republic Layered Ruffle Tank

Here’s a plus-size option.

Psst: Brooks Brothers has a killer sale going on today, with prices up to 70% off.  This nice basic suit jacket in regular and petites (with matching skirt and pants) is way down ($498 to $149); the sweater and handbag selection is also worth checking out.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Fluid Cap-Sleeve Top

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Reiss one-day sale 15% offGood news, ladies: there’s a one day only sale happening at Reiss today, where you can take 15% off sitewide.  This includes stuff already marked down, like this lovely blouse, which comes in this nice pink as well as a black/navy floral pattern.  I love the floaty, relaxed feeling of the blouse, mixed with the tailored waist — it seems professional but also romantic in a way.  It was originally $195, then marked to $132; with the sale another $20ish comes off at checkout. Ladies, what’s your favorite thing to buy at Reiss other than all the amazing dresses and suits — any wardrobe basics that you love? (Oh, and if you’re on a budget, do check out the Reiss Outlet — just sort by your size first!) Pictured: Fluid Cap-Sleeve Top Roseate

This $25 top has a similar vibe and comes in sizes XS-XXL; for plus sizes this top has a similar vibe, and there are a number of tops with floaty sleeves (chiffon, butterfly sleeveponcho, flutter-sleeve).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Neiman Marcus Sale Alert!

neiman marcus sale
Pictured: Skirt / Ankle Pants / Flare Pants / Dress
There’s a pretty epic sale going on over at Neiman Marcus — lots of lucky sizes, but the deals are approaching the “crazy” stage.  Good workwear selection (particularly if you like Lafayette 148 New York), as well as great cashmere.  I wouldn’t wear them to work, but there are a ton of nice crop tops for casual/going out type clothes.  Details on what’s pictured above, as examples of the sale:

That’s just from the price range for today’s morning post, under $150 — Akris comes down to $95-$600 in the sale, Donna Karan is on crazy sale, etc, etc. Filter by your size first, then sort either by discount (to find the best deals) or by low price.  Happy hunting, ladies!

On the plus side, this sweater looks lovely, and someone needs to buy this neon yellow rain coat (even though it’s still, uh, $500).

P.S. The Beauty.com Friends & Family 20% off sale is on, as well — great time to stock up on old favorites or try new ones.  I’m loading up on my beloved Caudalie lip conditioner, and pondering whether to try this “cult favorite” cleanser. Here’s one of our previous discussions on what to get at the Beauty.com sale. (Ooh, and sister site Drugstore.com also has some sales going on — trying to find a link to the 15% off sitewide sale I think is going on; try this link for 20% off all haircare.)

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Cowl Neck Blouse

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boss cowl neckI think Boss has a hit with this asymmetrical cowl necked blouse — it’s interesting but elegant, and one of those pieces you can wear with everything, dressed up or down.  It used to be available in white, also, but right now it’s only left in matcha green (pictured), navy and black.  I like the loose fit, and the almost organic feel to the neckline.  This is the kind of top I like to wear with delicate round-shaped necklaces, like my Maya Brenner initial necklaces, but you do you.  The blouse is fully lined, and a mix of acetate/viscose; it’s available in sizes 2-14.  It’s $285. BOSS ‘Imieti’ Split Cowl Neck Blouse

Here’s are two similar sleeveless options in plus sizes (white/black and black/red); on the more casual, affordable side of things the top also reminds me of this hugely popular cardigan at ModCloth that comes in sizes XS-4X.

Psst: know your office — going sleeveless isn’t always appropriate for every office.  

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Long-Sleeve One-Button Blazer

Orange Blazer: Akris Punto Long-Sleeve One-Button BlazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I forget where I read it, but apparently orange is the hot new color of the moment, and my personal favorite way I’ve seen it styled is like this: with a darker orange layered with a lighter orange. It’s bold, it’s fun, and it looks surprisingly fresh and put-together. It looks great with white as shown here, but try it with navy or beige as well. The blazer is $1190, and the skinny stripe/rib knit t-shirt is $395. NM is sold out of the shirt but for white, while Nordstrom has it in white, tangerine, and navy/cream. Akris Punto Long-Sleeve One-Button Blazer

A few lower-priced options are here (tall sizes only), here, and here (on sale); two plus-size alternatives are here and here (linen).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Side Ruched V-Neck Top

Sleeveless Work Top: Vince Camuto Side Ruched V-Neck TopOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I noticed this a while ago: it is remarkable how many versions of this top Nordstrom has right now. Neutral solids! Neon solids! Softer solid shades like olive/coral! Polka dots! Flowers! And so on. If memory serves I’ve tried this one on and thought it was too clingy for me and my muffintop, but if that isn’t an issue for you (You love Spanx? You love planks? On better terms with your muffintop than I am with mine?), do consider this top. It’s available in regular and petite sizes (and right now only a few colors in plus sizes) for $29-$49. It’s also available in a maxi dress version. Pictured: “rich black.” Vince Camuto Side Ruched V-Neck Top

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