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Coffee Break: Trigg Desk Vessels

They call these “desk vessels,” and you could use them as pen cups, or you could use them as little potted plant holders or for air plants. I like the architectural look to them, and the whole set looks really cool. And because they’re freestanding, you don’t have to worry about attaching them to the wall or anything like that — although they have really nice sconces as well. This set of two is $37 at Amazon with plenty of very positive reviews. Umbra Trigg Desk Vessel (Set of 2), White/Brass

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Sheath Dresses for Work: The Best Dresses of 2017!

The Best Sheath Dresses for WorkSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Today’s Hunt: the best sheath dresses for work!

The sheath dress is an easy basic for so many offices, from formal to conservative to business casual. It’s hard to go wrong with the sheath dress, but watch out for these pitfalls when buying it:

  • is the cleavage too low?
  • is the hem length appropriate for work?
  • does it have any trendy detail that will make it more memorable and thus less wearable in regular rotation (exposed zipper, embellishment at neck, etc)?
  • is the skirt’s slit too high (sit down and do the mirror test to make sure!)?
  • does the dress look “tailored” (good) or “body conscious” (less good) to you?
  • can you wear a normal bra with it? (some of the versions out this year are almost like halter dresses, with a lot of the shoulder exposed — I’d put those in the “less appropriate for work” bucket)

Once you’ve purchased your new wardrobe workhorse: make sure you cut your vents. Hang the dress up immediately after each wearing and let it air out a bit.  If it’s part of a suiting set, be sure to dryclean all your pieces together so they show the same wear and tear. Pictured immediately below are some of our Hall of Fame favorites — the best-selling, classic dresses we’ve drooled over for years — but we’ve also rounded up six of the best sheath dressses for work in 2017 that we’ve just noticed (including some killer sales). Ladies, which are your favorite sheath dresses for work right now? What are your favorite features (pockets, machine-washable) for your sheath dresses? 

First up, the classics:

the best sheath dresses for work in 2017 - the classics!

Pictured above: one / two / three / four / five

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Waverly Blazer

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. 

This looks like a great, simple, very sleek collarless blazer from Rag & Bone. I love the darts and the seams on the back, and also the textured edging. (Note that it’s marked “dry clean” and not “dry clean only.”) The blazer is $595 at Saks and comes in sizes 00-12. Rag & Bone Waverly Blazer

There’s a more affordable option here (also in plus sizes).

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Weekend Open Thread

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For some reason, it’s white skinny jeans season, and I’ve been on the hunt myself for a pair of white skinny jeans. I’ll have to give these Articles of Society jeans a try because they’re only $59 and very highly rated, with a nice distressed look at the knees and a little bit of stretch. They come in sizes 24-32 (00-14) at Nordstrom. Sarah Distressed Skinny Jeans

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Weekly News Update

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  • Refinery29 reminisces about Steve Madden’s iconic slide (pictured), which has returned.
  • Fashionista shares a list of eight brands that are petite-size-friendly.
  • Racked wonders what will happen to brands like Carol’s Daughter and Dark and Lovely as they try to expand their customer base beyond black women with natural hair.
  • From MSN Lifestyle: A former H&M employee dishes on the chain’s best-kept shopping secrets.
  • Wired tells you how to erase files and back up what you need when you leave a job.
  • Levo lists some common passive-aggressive comments you might have heard at the office.
  • The Wall Street Journal looks at the increasing popularity of hugging — as opposed to handshakes — at some offices.
  • Inc. reports on a study that found that “a collaborative work environment can make top performers — the innovators and hard-workers — feel miserable and socially isolated.”
  • TIME takes a look at Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joyand her path since her husband’s sudden death in 2015.
  • The Huffington Post says that a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America would affect commentary that’s critical of Trump (from shows like “Full Frontal” and “The Daily Show”).
  • The artist who created the Charging Bull sculpture is asking for the Fearless Girl statue to be moved, says Gothamist.
  • The Washington Post has an essay on “Girls” from Elizabeth Wurtzel.
  • Inc. reports on a study that shows the effectiveness of interval training.
  • Your Laugh of the Week, from The Onion: the pros and cons of quitting social media.

Earth Day is tomorrow! Did you know that we have a shopping guide to slow fashion? Also tomorrow, the March for Science.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Knot-Front Top

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Readers were talking about liking this top from Kohl’s for wearing under blazers and cardigans as a much more affordable version of the beloved Boden Ravello. Some of the prints are kind of out there, but the solid colors look great — and you never know, you may find a print you like. It comes in regular, petite, and women’s sizes for $17-$36. (Try this link or this link to see all offerings in all colors and size ranges…) Dana Buchman Knot-Front Top

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