Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Fit & Flare Dress

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

We’re featuring this Talbots dress in plus sizes but it also comes in misses, petites, and woman petites. It apparently may have some fit issues for some customers, so if you decide to order it, take note of Talbots’ return policy. This looks like a great basic because it has sleeves and a wide scoopneck and just enough of a fitted look to be really versatile — you could dress it up or dress it down. I like the indigo color, and I also like how it’s paired with red shoes, but that’s me. The dress is machine washable and has a concealed back zipper. It’s $149 at Talbots, but keep an eye out for their frequent sales. Fit & Flare Dress

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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

Colorblocked dresses can be hit or miss, but I like the black, white, and checkered pattern here. I’d keep the rest of the outfit simple with black or white, and try to add texture today, possibly adding a ribbed cardigan or velvet blazer. It’s available in plus sizes as well as regular sizes for $129-$139 at Macy’s. Calvin Klein Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Pleated Dress

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

This Eloquii dress looks great. I like the look of the asymmetrical pleating, and although the neckline is not my favorite (I’ve never been a fan of crewnecks), it looks lovely on the model. It has a lot more going for it: It has a hidden back zip, is machine washable, and is getting great reviews. The dress comes in the pictured purple as well as black, yellow, and a dark coral. It’s $89.90 full price, but right now you can get 50% off with the code ITSAWRAP. Asymmetrical Pleated Dress

An option in straight sizes is at Nordstrom.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Midi Dress with Elastic Waist Detail

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

Happy Thursday! This midi dress with an inset elastic waist has a stylish look to it — and I love that deep teal color and its perfect midi length. The dress also comes in regular and tall sizes, but the teal color is only in plus sizes 12–24. Nice. Also really nice: It’s only $60 at ASOS and is machine washable.  ASOS CURVE Midi Dress with Elastic Waist Detail

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Professional Image, Outfit “Compliments,” and Confidence at Any Size

Self-Confidence | CorporetteWhen you get an unexpected comment on an outfit, does it make you question bigger things, like your judgment? Do plus-sized women need to be particularly wary of such office outfit comments? We’ve talked about when you can tell interns their outfits are inappropriate, and how to react when your male boss tells you you “dress too well,” but we haven’t really talked about a casual comment from a friendly coworker. A big welcome back to today’s guest poster, my old friend Kathryn Rubino, who’s written previously about the perfect plus-sized blazer and DIY options for gaping blouses. – Kat. (And I’m sure she looked FABULOUS in the blouse she’s talking about.)

“What a great top — I mean, I could never wear it, but it looks great on you!”

I heard those words and my blood ran cold, and I stuck a smile on my face and mumbled my thanks. Was this a genuine compliment or was I the victim of workplace shade?  Disturbing though it may be, most professional women have dealt with this sort of thing (Kat has even written about the back-handed compliment phenomenon before). But it is such a ubiquitous problem that for my guest post I wanted to discuss that moment that has you questioning every fashion decision you’ve ever made.

First, a little background  this is a workplace where jeans are appropriate on more than just Fridays. The general guidance is that you shouldn’t look “sloppy” but there is quite a range that is considered perfectly acceptable office wear.

Second, I felt great in the outfit. You know how some looks just put a little bounce in your step? That was this outfit. Yes, the shirt was a bold pattern (shades of taupe mixed with a bright yellow and pink), but I had it paired with a dark rinse jean, a reliable black stretch blazer, and nude wedges. So there wasn’t a lot of the pattern showing, just enough to make me feel like spring had really sprung after this interminable winter.

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Reader Mailbag Part II: Suggestions for Suits If You’re Not Size 2-14

Update 2016: Check out our updated discussion on the most stylish plus size suits — and please do sign up for our new Plus-Size Workwear newsletter if you’re interested in more plus-size content from Corporette!

Now, by your question, we’re guessing you’re a hard size to find, either because you’re above or below the normal (2-14) range. Some suggestions for places to look:

If you’re bigger:

If you’re smaller, these brands run small and offer small sizes:

  • Theory
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Check out the more expensive brands — anything worn by an actress or model or someone who is professionally thin. In our experience, sizes in those brands can run several sizes below those in normal stores you’d find at the mall.
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