Coffee Break: Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat

No one wants to think about wool coats in July, but there are some great coats in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. This is one of my favorites — I like the sort of floppy collar, the military influence with the buttons, and the huge patch pockets, which feel kind of chic and are a nice detail on an otherwise simple coat. I also like the price, which is just $109; it’ll go up to $198 after the sale. The coat comes in the pictured moss as well as black and is available in regular and petite sizes (lucky sizes only). Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat

Here’s a plus-size option (Cinzia Rocca, huge discount).

Do note that we’ve updated the post with our workwear picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — all links have been updated, including what’s sold out, unfortunately.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Jodee Sheath Dress

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Black Halo has been a favorite for years, and this dress in “cadmium” is so unusual but so lovely. I like the seaming and the sleeves, and it also has a hidden back zip. It’s such a happy, bright, yellowy-orange dress for work, so if you’re looking for a statement piece, do check out this one. Shopbop has it in several colors for $345, as does Amazon; everyone (including Saks) has it in a dark blue/navy. Jodee Sheath Dress

Two more affordable dresses are here and here (the latter goes up to size 18); here is a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Fabric Steamer

I recently saw a little fabric steamer somewhere — I think it was at Bed Bath & Beyond — and I was going to link to it, but this is the one everyone seems to recommend. So if you’re a steamer devotee, this one from PurSteam would be good to keep at the office or bring with you when you travel — I think it’d be very useful wherever you find yourself in need of a steamer, and it’s affordable, too. PurSteam Fabric Steamer

Psst: Deal alert – Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale is on, and there are some crazy deals to be had. Any favorites lately, readers?

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How to Look Great for Work Every Day

How to Look Great for Work Every DayReaders, what are your best tips for how to to look great for work every day? What do you think is the key to being consistently polished and put together? I was talking about this with someone recently and some of my top tips would be these six below — but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

1. Wear a good bra.

If you want to see an immediate improvement in your appearance, get a new bra that fits well — everything you wear looks better! This tip is especially a good tip for busty women, but it’s true for everyone.

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Deal Alert: Tahari Warehouse Sale

Tahari warehouse saleI had no idea that there is a Tahari Warehouse sale happening now– let alone that it was online! You can save up to 80% off until the sale ends tomorrow, July 25. There are regular, petite, and plus sizes — and lots of lucky sizes only.  Tops start at $15, skirts and pants at $18, dresses and jackets at $30, and entire suits (sold as sets) are $50. (Shipping is not free, alas — and all purchases from the warehouse sale are final sale.) Note that the site’s regular sale section is full of stuff at about 50% off; I believe those purchases are returnable.) A few nice picks, at top and below:

Tahari warehouse sale

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Zillow Sleeveless Pleated Top

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I usually think of Roland Mouret as doing dresses in an amazing, sort of vintage vibe, but this pleated top is also stunning, I love the folded, origami feel to it — and it’s somehow stiff while also being fitted. I love the color, although it’s described as pink and I’d definitely say it’s more of a purple. It’s almost sold out at Bergdorf Goodman, where it’s $1,045. Zillow Sleeveless Pleated Top

Here’s a more affordable top from MM.LaFleur, and two plus-size options are here and here.

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