Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte I Line 3/4 Sleeve Dress

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where CAN you find good work dresses under $50?Here’s a question for you: can a good dress for work be found for under $50? This long-sleeved ponte dress at Uniqlo, for example, is totally uninspiring on the model, but in the store I would easily pick this up to try it on — but if the fit is right (or can be right, with tailoring) then it’d be great because the dress is only $39.90. It’s available in sizes S-XL in green, black, and gray. Ponte I Line 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Old Navy has a very similar option in regular (up to XXL), tall, and petite sizes.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Jacquard Knit Fit & Flare Dress

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Stay warm outside, readers! Considering all the crazy weather I was half-tempted to post something silly — a huge down-filled sleeping bag coat, or perhaps an evening gown for lounging around the house, as you do — but instead let’s go with this lovely knit sweater dress, which will be great when weather returns to normalish, non-frigid winter temperatures. (April, maybe?) I can only find the geometric pattern pictured here in plus sizes, but there’s a very similar rib knit dress in regular sizes (and on sale for $70, too.) The pictured dress is $89. Jacquard Knit Fit & Flare Dress

P.S. Some new beauty markdowns hit Nordstrom’s sales section today — I just bought a set of 5 Laura Geller waterproof eyeliners for $13, and in colors I actually like. Lots of Clinique value sets and MAC brushes, as well as other good stuff — definitely worth a look.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Long-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Readers were expressing some dismay at J.Crew’s latest offerings — even worrying about possible store closures, as well as whether they’re ending their suiting line — and while I have no inside scoop, I will add another complaint: their website is ALWAYS weird for me, in Chrome at least, and I have to scroll for miles to find the description and available sizes.  In any event: while I definitely agree that some of J.Crew’s current pieces put them solidly on the “why, why, WHY” train that so many workwear brands seem to be on — I do like this dress. (Ooh, and this one.) The bright, happy purple is unusual (it’s also available in a more sedate green as well as a black), and there’s something very mod about the whole design.  I’d wear it either with a long pendant necklace or a brooch — or, if I had a longer neck, a long scarf wrapped once around my neck like a choker and otherwise hanging long. (Or, hmmn, the French girl scarf look — long scarf wrapped repeatedly around your neck — would also work.) Scarves and brooches are matter of personal style more than trend, though; if it’s not your style I’d stick with a long pendant. The dress is $98, available in XXS-XXL in regular, petite, and tall sizes. Long-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Splurge Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Dalesana Sheath Dress

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Dalesana Sheath Dress for officeHappy New Year again, guys! This teal sheath dress from Boss looks fabulous — I love the sleeves, the notched round neck, and the sedate but interesting color. It’s $595 at Bloomingdale’s, where (through 1/3) they have a “buy more save more” promotion that would let you take $25 off $150+, $75 off $350+, and $150 off if you spend $500 or more. This dress IS part of the promotion (huzzah), so the regular $595 price would come down to $445 if you buy today. Dalesana Sheath Dress

Looking for similar options? This more affordable teal sheath dress is available in a few lucky sizes at Ann Taylor (other colors have more sizes), and this plus size dress at Zappos is somewhat similar.

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What to Wear to Work: Our Favorite Workwear Recommendations from 2017

what to wear to work in 2017Every weekday here at Corporette®, I offer one suggestion for an item that I would wear to work. Sometimes readers love the item, and wow do you guys hate it sometimes. Sometimes *I* love it, sometimes it was just the best I could find given the restraints (for those who haven’t noticed, Monday and Tuesday tend to be pricier items, Wednesday is in the $100-$150 price range, Thursday is in the $50-$100 price range, and Friday is in the “under $50” range.) Still, as the end of the year approaches I thought I’d look back over the past year and choose my personal favorites from the things I recommended… each picture is from one month, starting with January in the upper left-hand corner. Please note that anything marked with an asterisk is still available! (Oh: and please feel free to use this post as an open thread today!)

What were your favorite things you bought to wear to work in 2017, ladies? Did we include your favorites from our recommendations for what to wear to work in today’s roundup?what to wear to work in 2017 - favorite work outfit recommendations

If you’re curious, here are links to the similar roundups from 20162015201420132012, and 2010.

Pictured below: January / February* / March*

what to wear to work 2017: favorite recommendations from Corporette - Frame, MM LaFleur, Shabby Apple

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Tissue Turtleneck Tee

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I feel like turtlenecks are having a moment right now (I even just saw a whole article on how to wear necklaces and turtlenecks) — so I’m excited to see that J.Crew’s tissue-thin turtlenecks are still available. They are down to $17 at Nordstrom today (whoop whoop!) and available in about a zillion colors and stripes.  J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck Tee

Psst – If you’re a Level 2-4 Nordstrom cardholder and haven’t yet chosen your “Personal 10 Point Day” at Nordstrom, I believe the opportunity expires on 12/24. Their big sale won’t be in full swing until Christmas day, likely, but they’ve already started marking things down, like these turtlenecks — so it isn’t a bad time to do a swing of the site if you’ve got time today. Great time to stock up on basics for work like these hose, these pantsthis cardigan, this cardigan, or this camisole — or for the basics for the weekend like denim.

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