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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Piping Detail Blouse

This Halogen top comes in the pictured burgundy as well as ivory. I like the piping, the pleated details at the shoulders, the extra wide cuffs, and the button at the top with the covered placket. This would look great under a suiting blazer or a cardigan, or you could tuck it into a skirt — there are a lot of different ways to wear this blouse. It’s machine washable, too! The top is $69 at Nordstrom in sizes XS-XL. Halogen® Piping Detail Blouse

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Zip Trim Jacket

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

This cotton/rayon/modal moto jacket comes in both regular sizes and plus sizes. I go back and forth with moto jackets, but this one seems graceful and elegant and edgy all at the same time. Note that it has front pockets and doesn’t require dry cleaning, just hand washing (which, if you’re careful, can mean the hand-wash cycle on your machine, of course). Right now, both versions are 40% off: The regular/petite is $130, down from $218, and the plus is $142, down from $238. NIC+ZOE Zip Trim Jacket

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Coffee Break: Bayville Loafer

This shoe has a ton of great reviews at Zappos — the consensus is that they are comfortable and don’t really require breaking in — and to me it looks like a much more affordable version of the very popular Gucci loafer that’s super in right now. It’s $115 at Zappos and Nordstrom, and although it’s $180-$208 at Amazon right now, their prices can change anytime. MICHAEL Michael Kors Bayville Loafer

Here’s a lower-priced version from 6pm.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Wool-Twill Little Black Dress

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

Red Fleece is a great line is to check out if you’re looking for preppy clothes that are more affordable than the rest of Brooks Brothers’ offerings and have a slightly more youthful edge than you might normally think of the brand as providing. I like the sleeves here, the seaming details, and the belt that defines the waist. And — huzzah! — it does not have an exposed back zipper (and the seaming on the back is really great). It’s $148 at Brooks Brothers — and the Red Fleece shoes it’s styled with are $178. Stretch Wool-Twill Little Black Dress

Right now, Brooks Brothers is offering up to 50% off select fall and winter styles as well as an additional 15% off clearance.

Here’s a plus-size option at Nordstrom.

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Coffee Break: Asymmetrical Wrap Scarf

We’ve talked a lot about how the wrap is an essential tool for every working woman. You can use it as a blanket on your lap if your skirt is shorter than you thought it was or if your legs are cold, you can layer it on top of a blazer or a chunky sweater, and more. This 100% acrylic mohair wrap has a pretty good price and I like the edgy, asymmetrical look. At the same time, it also looks cool just doubled up around your neck. It’s $98 at Nordstrom in bright red, cornflower blue, and black. Rebecca Minkoff Asymmetrical Wrap Scarf

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Happy MLK Day! A few good sales for workwear…

Happy MLK Day, everyone! Here are some of the best sales going on today… my favorites are in bold!

  • Aerie –  All clearance $20 and under. $2.99 undies.
  • Ann Taylor Ends Monday night, online only, extra 70% off all sale styles. (All sales final.)
  • Anthropologie – New sale styles added + extra 40% off with code TAGTIME.
  • Boden – Up to 70% off final clearance (all final sales).
  • Brooks Brothers Up to 50% off select fall and winter styles, and up to 70% off select clearance sales — PLUS an additional 15% off.
  • Club Monaco – New styles added, up to 65% off sale when you take an additional 40% off already marked-down styles.
  • Express – 40% off everything, plus hundreds of new styles added to clearance.
  • J.Crew Extra 50% off all final sale styles with code MONDAY.
  • J.Crew Factory 40% off everything in stores and online, PLUS free shipping with code BRRRSALE.
  • Last Call Extra 60 5o 90% clearance!
  • Limited – 50% off entire site; all sales final.
  • LK Bennett – Take an additional 40% off sale with code HURRAY.
  • Loft – 50% off everything, plus an extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Neiman Marcus – Extra 20% off last call sale prices, online only.
  • New York & Co. – $100 off orders of $200+, and combine with all of our new arrivals 30% off. PLUS doorbusters of $20 pants and jeans till 2PM. 70% off clearance.
  • Nordstrom – TONS of new markdowns, especially on workout clothes — tons of great leggings and more.
  • Reiss – Winter styles added to sale, up to 50% off.
  • Talbots – Extra 50% off markdowns (up to 70% off original prices), PLUS $20 off every $100 you spend.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Semi-Annual sale, bras start at $9.99, panties at $3.99, sleep at $19.99, and sport at $12.99.
  • Zappos – Sale! Up to 50% off thousands of markdowns, including classics like this beloved Sam Edelman bootie or this TOMS wedge bootie.

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