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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Printed Short Sleeve Sheath Dress

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

Target used to have some amazing dresses that readers would recommend, and in fact, I still have one from a thousand years ago — but right now, I’m sorry to say that half of their work dresses make me wonder, “Did she forget to put pants on?” This one looks great, though. There are a lot of things to like (even with the slightly odd sleeves): the length, the black and white, the tie at the waist, the neckline, and the price too, which is $27 on clearance. It’s machine washable and has a bit of spandex for comfort. If you have any favorite workwear at Target, do let us know, because I’d like to do a post on how to build a work wardrobe there. This dress comes in sizes 6-16. Printed Short Sleeve Sheath Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Chelsea Suiting Flared Skirt

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First of all, I should say that yes, as shown on the model, this skirt is too short for work. But I haven’t seen a flippy skirt like this from a younger brand like French Connection in a while, so this might be a great choice to add some dimension to your collection of skirts. I think you’d have to be a lot shorter than the model to wear this to the office, but I think most of us are — it says the model is 5’10”. It’s on a killer sale — the skirt was $148, then marked down to $59.99, and with promo code FSALBR it’s just $42. Chelsea Suiting Flared Skirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’ve talked before about winter tweed vs. tweed in summer, and this suit from Ann Taylor looks like a perfect summer tweed suit. I like the sleek, collarless jacket; the shorter length for the pants; and the fact that the pants have functional pockets (although if you’re like me and feel a little hippy sometimes, you may prefer to have the pockets sewn closed). The suit comes in regular sizes 00-18, petite sizes 00-16, and tall sizes 0-18. The jacket (Tweed Collarless Jacket) was $169 but is now $139 (with an additional 40% off at checkout to bring it to $83), the pants (available in two fits) were $98 but are now $69 (with an additional 40% off at checkout to bring them to $41), and there’s also a matching skirt and vest (not pictured; also on sale with an extra 40% off).

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also good for summer.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Slim Cutaway Blazer

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Whistles is a British brand that I often forget about, but they always have interesting workwear and weekend wear with a kind of grownup/mid-20s kind of vibe. If you’re having trouble finding something that’s between Express and Talbots or you’re looking to upgrade your professional clothing brands, do consider Whistles. This just looks like a great basic blazer, and it comes in gray and navy. Because it’s cotton, it’s a good lightweight blazer for summer, and I also like the crisp, British structured look to it. It’s $169 at Bloomingdale’s and is available in UK sizes 4–16 (U.S. 0–12). Slim Cutaway Blazer

Two plus-size options are here (although it’s from the abovementioned Talbots!) and here.

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Coffee Break: Rounded Buckle Leather Trouser Belt

There are a lot of wacky belt trends out there right now, including the braided belt and the western belt, which I’m sure I rocked in the ’80s or early ’90s but just can’t do again! I’m much more likely to go with a simple, rounded-buckle, leather trouser belt like this one. I think this very nice gray color is interesting if you’re looking for something beyond basic black (which is also available in this style, along with a light pink and navy blue). The belt is 1″ wide and available in sizes XS-L, and it’s $49.50 at Ann Taylor, which comes down to $29.70 with discount code MYSTERY. Rounded Buckle Leather Trouser Belt

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Weekend Open Thread

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There are a million sandals out there with a kind of schlubby look, or a glam, disco-diva look on the other end, but if you just want a slight heel to wear with shorts for a put-together weekend look, I think this is your perfect shoe. It’s flattering, it’s secure because of the multiple straps, it’s comfortable because it’s from Sofft, it has a lot of colorways, and it’s got 211 reviews at Zappos with a 4/5 rating. It looks a great shoe for everyday weekend style, and it comes in sizes 6-11 in medium and wide widths. It’s $89.95 at Zappos and is also available at Amazon and NordstromSofft Innis Sandal

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