Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Cuff Blouse

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This windowpane ruffle-cuff blouse from Who What Wear™  is available in both regular sizes and plus sizes (the regular is more highly rated than the plus for some reason), and it’s always great to find something with a size range of S–4X. So if you’re looking for a very affordable ruffle-cuff blouse, I think this would look really cute under a sweater or blazer. It’s $25-$29 at Target, and besides the windowpane, it comes in three other patterns as well as black. Plus Size Ruffle Cuff Blouse – Who What Wear™

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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This may not be for the shrinking violets among us, but I think this purple dress with black details is really lovely — for example, if you wear a lot of dresses and you’re desperate for something a little different from your usual black, gray, or navy. There is a matching jacket, which I would not necessarily recommend — but you do you. I think that for $38 (on sale for $49.99, plus the discount code listed on the page), it’s a good option for a new statement dress. You can wear it with navy or red or black, or with gray — this would look great with a gray blazer on top. It comes in sizes 2–16, but not all sizes are still in stock. Colorblocked Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Marieta Flats

which shoes to wear with navy tightsI originally flagged these flats to feature because they have an embroidered version (in addition to a navy and black suede) — and embroidery details are very trendy right now! Still, I think I like the suede versions the best. I noticed a lot of comments on the work outfit challenges thread regarding what to wear with navy tights — I always say to go ahead and wear black with navy, particularly with shoes, but if you really don’t like mixing your colors, an affordable shoe like this is another good option. They’re $52 at Zappos and Amazon, available in sizes 6-11. (Aldo Shoes has them even lower, at $41!) Marieta Flats

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

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 Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck TopAnne Klein has had this top in white and black for a while now (white is marked down to $29 today!) — it’s one of those great basics for layering under suits because it’s got a little bit of pleating at the neckline but is otherwise a simple, basic sleeveless top. The leopard print is fun, particularly coming on the heels of our discussion about your work outfit challenges — a number of people said they never know what to wear with red, and as Selina Meyer showed us, red and leopard look great together. If you’re not really an animal print person, this is very easy to tone down with a buttoned or belted cardigan on top, so only a bit of the leopard print peeks out (or, if you can get the Vs just right, you could also wear it with a V-neck sweater). The tops are $30-$40 at Nordstrom, Amazon (tons of colors and prints as low as $9!), Rue La La, and more. Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

This top reminds me a bit of this affordable, popular knot-front top that comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Love this classic pleated V-neck jersey top -- it's perfect for layering under cardigans and blazers for work -- and the affordable price tag doesn't hurt, either.

Coffee Break: Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere ScarfI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: A nice thick and soft office pashmina can be helpful in so many situations, particularly in fall weather when it’s hot one day and cold the next. Nordstrom always has a nice wool and cashmere option for $99, and they have a bunch of fun prints this year — I’m really not a floral person but I dig this “pressed flower” one. Don’t worry that it’s called a scarf — it’s 28″ x 80″, which is actually bigger than the “oversized wrap” pictured here. The point is that it’s thin enough to wear as a scarf OR a wrap if you want to. It’s $99. Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Martha Dress

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Boden always has a pretty killer clearance sale in early October, and this year is no different — TONS of stuff is marked below $50, from blazers to dresses and more. (Check out our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Boden if you’re new to the brand!) There are lots of lucky sizes left, but one of their classic dresses, the Martha, has a ton of colors and sizes left. This dress is now $45-$120 (down from $150) depending on color and size — the pictured red dress is $90. (Try it with a leopard print belt or shoe, à la Selina Meyer.) Note that some sales may be final. Martha Dress

This very popular portrait collar dress comes in plus sizes (as well as regular, tall, and petite sizes) and is marked down to $35-$45 in a range of colors, but not red; this dress (with sleeves! and pockets!) comes in a range of colors and sizes and has a red option.

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