Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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

Society New York has a number of cute dresses for work — including some with pockets and sleeves (that rare workwear unicorn!) — nice! This simple black and white one is $29-$69, available in sizes 0-12 in black and white as well as red and black — and is eligible for Amazon Prime. Nice. Contrast-Binding Sheath Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: World’s Comfiest Button-Down

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If you’re on the constant hunt for dress shirts that don’t gape open, Betabrand has this one, which they’re also calling the world’s comfiest button-down. It’s interesting because it’s a fake button front with two functional buttons that make the shirt easy to put on and take off. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable, and it just looks like it’s going to be comfortable and easy to wear and will look nice tucked in. It’s $78 — only available in pink at the moment, but many of the 150+ comments on the page are asking for additional colors, so stay tuned. It comes in XS-XXL, but not all sizes are in stock — you can sign up to be emailed when they’re available again. World’s Comfiest Button-Down

PS 1: Banana Republic Factory just went on sale at flash sample sale site Zulily. Lots of blazers, blouses, pants, dresses, accessories and more, with the vast majority priced between $29-$55. Here’s my referral link if you need an invite to the site.

PS 2: Thanks so much to the reader who recommended the Carlisle outlet in our post on NYC shopping for workwear — I was in the neighborhood yesterday and checked it out and was excited to see the crazy good sale prices. (Example: $595 blazer marked on sale to $275, then take 80% off of that price. I got a $375 blazer for $32.) Lots of stuff that wasn’t quite my cup of tea, but lots of good basics for trousers, skirts, dresses, coats, and accessories at crazy prices.

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic

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.

Banana Republic has a lot of fun suits right now, but some of them are starting to cross the line into Opposuits territory. (Go ahead and click — you won’t be sorry.) This gray windowpane is a nice change from a regular gray suit, but it still looks professional. The jacket is $198 and the cropped pants are $110; also check out the matching skirtsecond pair of pants, shift dress, sleeveless top, and cami. Right now with promo code BRSPECIAL, you can get 35% off your purchase.

Here are a couple of individual windowpane pieces in plus sizes: ankle pants and an A-line skirt.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Bi-Stretch Sheath Dress

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This dress from Tahari has been around for years and has gotten really great reviews at Nordstrom as well as at Amazon, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it in a morning workwear report. Say what you will about the little details at the waist, but I think it’s a flattering look — and the sort of architectural design at the neckline reminds me of much higher-priced dresses like St. John‘s. It’s $128 at Nordstrom and comes in four colors (blue, green, navy, and black) in sizes 2–16 and petite sizes 8P–14P. Bi-Stretch Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Poetry Hair Tie

Ack, I’m so excited to see that the brand Colette Malouf is not only alive and well but still crazy overpriced and hanging with the cool kids at Club Monaco. I was lucky enough to go to a few Malouf sample sales back in my magazine journalism days and I still have some of her gorgeous hair ties in working order. This clear one is $78 at Club Monaco; obviously, more affordable options exist, like this $16 one at Nordstrom. Pictured: Colette Malouf Poetry Hair Tie

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Coffee Break: Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

I have always liked Nail Envy because it dries so quickly on my nails — I never have the patience to not type, swipe, or turn pages for the time it takes my nails to dry. So I was excited to see that Nail Envy now comes in colors, including the uber-popular pale pink Bubble Bath. I ordered the polish to check it out, and I like — just swiping on a single, light coat added considerable polish (ha) to my nails. The downside: It only lasted about a week by itself (no base or top coat), and maybe it was just me but I felt like it brought more attention to my unkempt cuticles. I’d say this is a winner if you’re looking for a quick and easy option between regular manicures — particularly because Nail Envy is renowned for its strengthening properties! — and not someone who (like me) is trying to shortcut a proper manicure entirely. Nail Envy comes in 10 colors at Amazon. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

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