Coffee Break: Marieta Flats

which shoes to wear with navy tightsI originally flagged these flats to feature because they have an embroidered version (in addition to a navy and black suede) — and embroidery details are very trendy right now! Still, I think I like the suede versions the best. I noticed a lot of comments on the work outfit challenges thread regarding what to wear with navy tights — I always say to go ahead and wear black with navy, particularly with shoes, but if you really don’t like mixing your colors, an affordable shoe like this is another good option. They’re $52 at Zappos and Amazon, available in sizes 6-11. (Aldo Shoes has them even lower, at $41!) Marieta Flats

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve Dress

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Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve DressLove this green sleeved dress from Talbots — the cap sleeves, the V-neckline, the darts and set-in waist — fabulous! I only wish it came in navy or black. It’s $299, available in regular and petite sizes 4-20, but take 25% off today (and get free shipping on $175+). (There is a matching jacket and pants if you like it.) Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

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If you’re looking for a new pair of skinny jeans for fall, do consider velvet. There are SO MANY options, almost exclusively among the higher end denim brands right now — the Paige Verdugo in general are highly rated at Nordstrom, so they’re probably a good bet. Something about these purple J.Brand velvet pants spoke to me, though — go figure. They’re $228-$278. ‘815’ Mid Rise Velveteen Super Skinny Jeans

If you’re OK with less structure and pockets, there are a ton of affordable velvet leggings to be had, mostly in black — these Vince Camuto ones come in regular and plus sizes, and these $78 Sanctuary leggings (regular sizes only) are highly rated.

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Weekly News Update

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  • People shares that Gabrielle Union has struggled with infertility, including eight or nine miscarriages, which she discusses in her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine [affiliate link]. (Video autoplays.)
  • Racked has details about new fall nail polish colors: “purple tones, metallics, subtle glitter, and grays and greiges (that weird combination of gray and beige).”
  • AdWeek appreciates Talbots’ new ad campaign and hashtag, #BecauseImALady.
  • NPR wishes a happy 40th anniversary to the sports bra.
  • NPR also reports that certain moisturizers’ “fragrance-free” or “hypoallergenic” claims are often false.
  • The Washington Post shares that breast cancer death rates have fallen almost 40% in recent years.
  • Popular Science, in light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, provides advice for how to cope with primary and secondary trauma. Plus, an Above the Law contributor writes about Las Vegas as a way to cope.
  • Above the Law also explains how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg aka “Notorious RBG” cut down her new coworker during recent oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.
  • The Cut offers highlights from a New York Times report about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment that includes at least eight costly settlements.
  • Bust shares one woman’s experience of going outside of her comfort zone to have a drink in a bar alone.
  • Variety provides Michelle Obama’s advice for dealing with imposter syndrome: “I’ve been at so many tables and met so many fools who are imposters, but shame on us if we just let an imposter put us down.”
  • Billboard reports that five women—Nina Simone, Annie Lennox (with Eurythmics), Kate Bush, Chaka Khan (with Rufus), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe—have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Laugh of the Week: While it’s been around for a couple years, we still get a kick out of the “Congrats! You have an all-male panel!” Tumblr (and David Hasselhoff’s thumbs-up as a seal of approval). Recent posts include the all-male panel for Aquaculture Innovation Europe, “Because women don’t know anything about fish, fishing, or fishponds.”

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

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 Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck TopAnne Klein has had this top in white and black for a while now (white is marked down to $29 today!) — it’s one of those great basics for layering under suits because it’s got a little bit of pleating at the neckline but is otherwise a simple, basic sleeveless top. The leopard print is fun, particularly coming on the heels of our discussion about your work outfit challenges — a number of people said they never know what to wear with red, and as Selina Meyer showed us, red and leopard look great together. If you’re not really an animal print person, this is very easy to tone down with a buttoned or belted cardigan on top, so only a bit of the leopard print peeks out (or, if you can get the Vs just right, you could also wear it with a V-neck sweater). The tops are $30-$40 at Nordstrom, Amazon (tons of colors and prints as low as $9!), Rue La La, and more. Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

This top reminds me a bit of this affordable, popular knot-front top that comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Love this classic pleated V-neck jersey top -- it's perfect for layering under cardigans and blazers for work -- and the affordable price tag doesn't hurt, either.

Coffee Break: Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere ScarfI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: A nice thick and soft office pashmina can be helpful in so many situations, particularly in fall weather when it’s hot one day and cold the next. Nordstrom always has a nice wool and cashmere option for $99, and they have a bunch of fun prints this year — I’m really not a floral person but I dig this “pressed flower” one. Don’t worry that it’s called a scarf — it’s 28″ x 80″, which is actually bigger than the “oversized wrap” pictured here. The point is that it’s thin enough to wear as a scarf OR a wrap if you want to. It’s $99. Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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