Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Double Layer Front Tee

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If you’re looking for an opaque t-shirt, double-layered tops are always a good bet. This one is $42 at Boden and comes in five colors, including a light and a dark blue — we’re featuring the red because that’s what’s pictured on the model. N.B. that it’s available in white as well. So if you’re specifically looking for an opaque, 3/4-sleeved white shirt, do check this out. It’s machine washable and it’s getting good reviews, with customers often commenting on its appropriateness for work. Double Layer Front Tee

Here’s a plus-size option that also comes in five colors. (It appears a bit more casual than the Boden top — it’s hard to tell by the photos alone, but hey, Nordstrom has free returns.)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Tweed Jacket

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Uniqlo has a very interesting collaboration with French designer Inès de la Fressange — the collection just arrived in stores on September 1. This tweed jacket looks really lovely — I like the sort of nipped-in, schoolboy look and the dark gray of the tweed, and the fact that it’s only $99. It used to also be available in a wine color that is now sold out online, but check your local stores if you’re dying for a wine tweed jacket. The navy is still available, and there are matching navy pants. Sizes are XXS–XXL. IDLF Tweed Jacket

Here is a plus-size jacket with two color options (also comes in petites, woman, and woman petites).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Colorblock Sheath Dress

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The interesting thing about Lauren Ralph Lauren (and the other many names they sell under) is that they’ve had the same or similar dresses for about 1,000 years, and they’re all pretty good bets for the office — although some of them cross the line into office/cocktail. They’re made from a stretchy, almost crepe-y material — I wouldn’t call it a heavy ponte or anything like that — and they’re usually machine washable. The color isn’t going to fade, and they’re not going to pill, but the fabric feels kind of fake because it’s typically something like 95% polyester and 5% elastane like this one. If you’re OK with that (and possibly willing to wear Spanx), they can be a really good part of your work wardrobe. This pretty colorblock dress is available in plus sizes (14W–24W) at Nordstrom and is $119. Colorblock Sheath Dress

Similar options are available in green for petites, black/cream for sizes 2–18, and burgundy/black for sizes S–XL (for only $59).

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Coffee Break: Cookie Cards

LOVE this idea - you can gift single cookies and personalize them as thank you/birthday gifts!Oooh: in my latest “things I’ve learned from the readers” column, it’s that there are totally awesome single cookies you can send to someone for less than $6 (and personalize it for just a few bucks more). (Here’s the recent comment thread about it.) What a great way to make someone else’s day and go the extra mile when “nothing” is inadequate as a gesture/action to express your thanks/love/affection… but an official note/gift is too much. Lots of options, and they come with a $5 off card so whoever gets the cookie can pass the good vibes along. Cookie Cards

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: 7th Ave Colorblock Sheath Dress

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I spied this colorblock sheath dress in the window at New York & Company recently, and it looks like a great dress if you’re looking for something that’s bold but easy to mute with a blazer or cardigan in darker color like burgundy, dark purple, or black. (It also comes in a green combination.) It has a hidden back zip and is machine washable, it’s available in sizes XS-XL, and it’s getting great reviews. The dress is affordable, too — it was $70 but right now is 30% off, bringing it to $49. 7TH Ave Colorblock Sheath Dress

Eloquii has a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Jemms Bag

Ted Baker can be a bit too twee sometimes, but I kind of love this purse with the robot wearing a bow. More importantly, it’s one of many Ted Baker pieces on sale at Zappos right now. I like this black/blue briefcase (for men or women, really), these two crossbodies with interesting black & white patterns, and this fun robot bag. Not on sale: this heavily quilted crossbody, which is why I originally started looking at the brand (Nordstrom has it in a satchel form) — but do note that prominent bow detail amidst the quilting, which I only realized after I started looking. ANYHOO: I prefer the robot to the bow, and it’s on sale, so huzzah: the pictured bag was $219, but is now marked to $152. It also comes in white; Amazon also has it in a “natural.”

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