Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Pleated Turtleneck Dress

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pleated-turtleneck-sweater-dress-for-workSweater dresses have their place, and this gray one from Adrianna Papell feels fresh and fun to me, while still being professional. I’d wear it with a long pendant necklace (or, cough, a brooch) or — for a more casual office — some strong, colorful earrings with my hair up.  The fact that it’s $120 and already selling out in some colors (it’s available in black and red as well as gray) is always a good sign, too.  Adrianna Papell Pleated Turtleneck Dress

This affordable ikat dress is similar and comes in plus sizes; I also love this sweater dress with an interesting neckline (in regular and plus sizes).

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Glen Plaid Blazer

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brown-orange-blazer-olivia-palermaBoth Olivia Palermo and Chelsea28 create a lot of interesting fashion — very stylized pieces for stylish women. This blazer, with beige and orange accents and a menswear vibe — seems very cool. There are matching pants, but I’m not really a fan of the high-waisted, loose pants (plus, as Tim Gunn would say, it’s a lot of Look).  I’d wear it with a simple black sheath dress or — depending on how style-forward you and your office are — possibly with a leather accent like a leather skirt or vest. (I think I am remembering this suit from Akris.) The blazer is $199, available in sizes XXS-XL, over at Nordstrom.  Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Glen Plaid Blazer

Frustratingly I can’t find a good glen plaid blazer in plus sizes, but this tweed jacket has a slightly similar vibe, and this highly rated blazer comes in a similar-ish khaki/brown.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Baye Chain Detail Dress

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Reiss chain detail dressReiss, as always, has some adorable dresses in right now. I love the wide slash neck, figure-skimming drapey fabric, and — maybe it’s me — but I really like the gunmetal chain detail at the waist. (The dress looks great for fall as styled — I’d try it with a thin jersey turtleneck or long-sleeved shirt beneath it for fall/winter. It’s available in black, as well, but only lucky sizes are left — the red dress is $330, available in sizes 0-10. Reiss Baye Chain Detail Dress

Here’s a similar(ish) dress in plus sizes (on sale!), and here’s a $118 dress available up to size 16.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Slim Button Voile

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zady-sale-voile-blouseHuh: if you normally think of slow fashion as being environmentally friendly but expensive, do check out the Zady sale — with code FALLCLEARANCE you can take an extra 50% off listed sale prices. There isn’t a TON of stuff there (and lots of lucky sizes), but the sales that are there are good. Take this simple voile blouse, for example, which still has all sizes (XS-XL) available —

The shirt is crafted from long staple, organic cotton grown near the Aegean Sea in Turkey where the climate has nurtured the highest quality cotton since ancient times. The cotton is spun and woven in the same region of Turkey and then brought to New York City to be expertly tailored and finished off with french seams and mother of pearl buttons.

Nice! It was $135, then marked to $94; with the code it comes down to $47.25 — final sale, alas. Zady .04 The Slim Button Voile

Seeking something similar in plus sizes? This plus-size blouse is made in the USA from organic cotton. Check out our Slow Fashion Shopping Guide for more!

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: V-Neck Ponte Knit Midi Sheath Dress

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felicity-coco-sheath-dressFelicity & Coco’s body conscious sheath dress has been a best seller at Nordstrom for years (341 positive reviews! 9 colors!), and while I’ve recommended it for the weekend in the past, the exposed zipper that runs along the full length of the dress has stopped me from recommending it for work. But even Classiques Entier is doing it now (I own this dress, on sale for $91-$136) — and this new version with a notched V-neck is mighty cute. While the original sheath dress comes in nine colors (!), this one is only available in cobalt — thus far — for $98, in regular and petite sizes XS-XL. Felicity & Coco V-Neck Ponte Knit Midi Sheath Dress 

This plus-size sheath dress is very similar, and on sale.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Curve & Flare Dress

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boden-fit-flare-dress-412x225pxI am apparently in a fit and flare mood this week — so even though this dress is very similar to yesterday’s dress, I thought I’d post it also. I like the colorblocking here, but note that it also comes in solid colors if it’s not your thing (the burgundy looks particularly nice). The fact that it’s machine washable (like most Boden clothes) is an added bonus. The dress is $148 at Boden, available in regular, petite and tall sizes 2-18 for $148. Curve & Flare Dress

Here’s a similar long-sleeved fit and flare dress in plus sizes. If you’re on the hunt for machine washable clothes for work, check out our recent roundup of the best brands for washable workwear over at CorporetteMoms.

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