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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Essential Structured Blazer

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Like yesterday’s Talbots blazer, this one from Mango also comes in yellow, but we’re featuring the fuchsia today. I like the modern look of this blazer (which I believe is a bestseller), and the style is different than a lot of things we feature, with its more modern, younger cut. I like the seaming and the darts at the back with the structured shoulder, and even though the pictures online don’t show it closed, it does have a front hook closure — in case you want a more tailored, fitted look. The pink looks really fun (and the price is right at $79) but it’s also available in basic black and off-white (plus the yellow). It comes in sizes XXS-L at Mango. Essential Structured Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Aberdeen Knit Blazer

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This bright, happy, yellow blazer is from Talbots. It’s not machine washable, unfortunately, but it does have a fun anchor-print lining and a contrast undercollar, and the knit fabric gives it a comfortable but tailored fit. All the colors (including a very nice “soft blush”) are on sale for $119 except for black, which is full price at $159. It’s got a lot of great reviews and comes in four size ranges: misses (0-20), petites, woman (12W-24W), and woman petites. Aberdeen Knit Blazer

Psst: Brooks Brothers has a killer selection of items 80% off right now — tons of shoes and bags marked from, for example, $698 down to $139. Lots of skinny belts marked to $10 and up; this purple belt was $298 and is now $58. I’m less impressed with the markdowns on the clothes, but if you’re a fan of twinsets this one is lovely.

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Coffee Break: Laptop Tote

If you’re on the hunt for either a colorful laptop bag or an affordable one, do check out this well-reviewed bag at Amazon — I’m picturing it in blue but it comes in two pinks, a purple, khaki, grey, and black. All of the colors are marked down to $39.99, and feature a laptop compartment and tablet pocket (big enough to fit “most 15.6″ laptops”). DTBG Laptop Tote Bag

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Weekend Open Thread

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I’ve known of Amazon’s brand Lark & Ro for a while, but they have another new house brand that I’m seriously drooling over for the weekend: Paris Sunday. This striped lace dress looks gorgeous for brunch, museum outings, meet-the-parents type of events and more — and I love the longer lace overlay mixed with the shorter skirt. I’m also a fan of the boho top version of the dress — and this kimono wrap dress also looks pretty awesome. Everything from the brand is super affordable — the pictured dress is $49, available in sizes XS-XL in navy and a very happy yellow. Striped Sleeveless Lace Dress

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: 7th Avenue Split-Neck Popover Blouse

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New York & Company has a bunch of these split-neck blouses right now, and they’re all very highly reviewed. This floral one is really pretty, and I think it’s wearable underneath suits, and with trousers, etc. — there are a lot of different options. They’re all machine washable and around $30. This one’s on sale for $24.97. Pictured: 7th Avenue Split-Neck Floral Popover Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option at Nordstrom.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Lace Short-Sleeve Jacket

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We’ve talked before about whether or not short-sleeve jackets are a yea or nay for work. I’m normally opposed to them, but this one could be a good look, depending on the rest of your outfit. The cap sleeves here make a big difference, and I like the round neck, the grosgrain ribbon detail, and the pleated but fitted look. I’d wear this with ankle pants, full trousers, or pencil skirts — there are a lot of options. In in-between weather, underneath it you could wear a very lightweight shirt with elbow-length or bracelet-length sleeves. It comes in sizes 2-12 at Nine West for $53 on sale. Nine West Lace Short-Sleeve Jacket

There don’t seem to be tons of options in plus sizes, but here’s one that’s part of a skirt suit from Tahari ASL.

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