Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Long-Sleeved Sheath Dress in Stretch Ponte

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This fabulous ponte dress is from J.Crew. I love the V-neck and the darts along the front — and we’re picturing it in red but note that it also comes in black. It’s available in regular, petite, and tall sizes, and the straight sizes go all the way from 00 to 20, which is great. It’s $118 full price, but as we all know, J.Crew will often have sales, so keep an eye out. Long-Sleeved Sheath Dress in Stretch Ponte

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Sheath Dress

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Happy Halloween! This sheath dress is from Emerson Rose, which may or may not be the brand that Nordstrom intends as a replacement for Classiques Entier, which before that sort of replaced Semantiks. (They mix up their house brands from time to time — the last time this happened, I don’t remember whether there was overlap between the two brands or not.) Emerson Rose has been around for a year or two, and the pieces are generally office appropriate. This dress, which looks great, does have a bit of an exposed zipper, but it’s not horrible, and it certainly isn’t the full zip like we noticed at the end with all Classiques Entier dresses. People usually either love or hate these kinds of necklines — I kind of like this one, but in general a lot of them remind me of the ’80s movie Soapdish (which is amazing, by the way). It does sound like they’re having fit issues with this — that’s why the reviews are low — but it’s a great sheath dress for $149. I like the three-quarter sleeves and the neckline and the hemline, and note that it’s not ponte; it’s a suiting fabric. It comes in sizes 4–16 at Nordstrom for $149. Stretch Sheath Dress

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Demetria 2 Flare Leg Good Wool Suit Pants

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I don’t think I’ve ever done this wittingly before — posting a suit in two different Workwear Reports. We featured a Theory suit jacket a couple of weeks ago, but at the time I didn’t realize that it was part of a suit. I love the other half, these electric pink pants — they’re really fun and have a flare leg that we’re seeing as a more trendy option right now. I would wear this with a red sweater or a red accent as well as neutrals like navy, white, and black. The pants, which are part of Theory’s new, environmentally-friendly “Good Wool” collection, are $295 at Nordstrom. They come in sizes 00–12 and are also available in black. Demetria 2 Flare Leg Good Wool Suit Pants

Here’s a more affordable option and a plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Knot Front Cotton Knit Empire Dress

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This $58 dress from eShakti is really cute. I like the sash effect in the front — I think it’s a nice take on the corset trend that seems to be everywhere, but more wearable and easier to get a good fit. I love that the dress has pockets, and I love that it’s machine washable. As always with eShakti, you can customize everything. If you prefer a scoopneck or a deep V-neck or a sweetheart neckline, for example, you can choose that, or you can change sleeve length or the length of the skirt — and you can customize the fit to your measurements and height. (Alternately, choose one of the standard sizes of 0–36W.) Knot Front Cotton Knit Empire Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: The Perfect Wrinkle-Resistant Popover Shirt

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A lot of readers have noted that they prefer a popover style blouse vs. a button-front blouse, which I think makes sense — it’s easier to iron and to care for, and there are fewer buttons to worry about. If you’re looking for a wrinkle-resistant popover, this one from Talbots looks nice. It’s machine washable and has a little bit of stretch, which will also help prevent wrinkles. The color options are blue and white stripes, black and white stripes, and white, and the blouse is available in four size ranges: misses 2–20, petite 0P–14P, woman 12W–24W, and woman petite 12WP–22WP. Right now it’s on sale from $89 to $74. (If you’re looking for a silkier, short-sleeved version, Talbots’ ruffled popover is also on sale.) The Perfect Wrinkle-Resistant Popover Shirt – Stripes

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Neck Sheath Dress

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This sheath dress looks really great and comes in plus sizes as well as straight and petite sizes. I love the asymmetrical neckline, which is really flattering but still wearable with a bra. The regular-size version actually has a longer, below-the-knee hem, but I think it looks better as pictured, with the slightly shorter hemline. (Note that it has an exposed back zipper.) It comes in plus sizes 14W–24W in burgundy and in regular & petite sizes in burgundy, blue, and black in sizes 2–16 and 0P–14P. (It also comes in a floral in straight sizes only.) It’s $118–$138 at Nordstrom. Asymmetrical Neck Sheath Dress

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