Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Faux Wrap Skirt

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

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now (here are our picks for workwear), and although this clearance skirt isn’t part of the sale, you may want to pick it up too. I love the pockets, the flared look, and the small slit in the front, and it’s 40% off of what was already an affordable price of $69, taking it down to $41. It comes in regular sizes 0–16 and petite sizes 00P–14P in black and olive. Faux Wrap Skirt

Here’s an option in plus sizes.

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Deal Alert: Early Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early PicksEarly Access to The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just started for cardholders! If you’re unfamiliar with the sale, do check out our guide — the 411 is that fall merchandise is being marked down early, for a limited time; prices will go back up after the sale ends. I’m going to be poking through the sale in more detail later this morning, but I pulled out some early picks from the sale catalog that I liked for work… Readers, what are you liking in the sale this year? Are you excited for anything in particular?  What do you think of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks?

Pictured at top:

  • beige pump (five colors!), now $80; will be $120 after the sale ends
  • black bootie, now $105; will be $158 after the sale ends (four colors)
  • black tote (a new twist on a classic; in multiple colors!), now $129; will be $198 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks for Work

Pictured above:

  • green merino cardigan (NINE colors!), now $50; will be $79 after the sale ends
  • ruffle skirt, now $59; will be $89 after the sale ends
  • plaid pants, now $149, will be $228 after the sale ends
  • a mixed stripe popover blouse (great layering piece for fall!), now $150; will be $229 after the sale ends
  • investment suit from Boss – blazer now $395; will be $595 after the sale ends; pants now $184; will be $275 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks Great Laptop BagAnd one more early pick from the sale because it’s kind of a great deal: this classic tote with removable laptop sleeve — it’s $284 in the sale right now, but will be $428 after the sale ends. Available in black and a pretty Atlantic blue. Oh, and I just found this merino wool sweater blazer for $164 and love it (not pictured).

Ladies, what are you excited to get at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? Stay tuned for a more complete roundup later today!

Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Crepe Trumpet Dress

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

This Betsey Johnson dress seems like an update on a style that was available last year that everyone really loved. I like the trumpet flounce at the bottom — I think it’s kicky and fun while still being a traditional shape for work — and I like the little poufy sleeves. It looks like a fun dress for work and dates and beyond (if, of course, the bright pink color is ok with you). It’s $128 at Nordstrom — lucky sizes only. Stretch Crepe Trumpet Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

Psst: If you’ve liked the brand Hobbs in the past but haven’t wanted to buy directly from the store, note that Bloomingdale’s has a ton of deep discounts on lucky sizes on the brands’ stuff — this linen blazer is down to $182 and this washable ribbed navy dress is down to $101. (There may be an additional 25% off at checkout on select items, too!)

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Coffee Break: Amazon Prime Day

As you MAY have heard elsewhere on the Internet: it’s Amazon Prime Day! What are the best deals you’ve found? I’ll try to add a few of the other deals I’ve bought and found in this thread, but right off the bat I’ll say that if you don’t have an Amazon Echo — or already have one and have a big enough space for a second — then go forth and get an Amazon Echo because they’re 50% off today and in general a great product. We love our Amazon Echo, and use it as a general Bluetooth speaker and as a way to voice control other smart things around the house (for example, we’re just getting into Phillips Hue lights, some of which are also on sale as part of Prime Day). I got a Google Home for a birthday gift a while ago and kind of hate it, honestly, but I’ve heard they’ve had some updates that might make it more worthwhile for me.) In any event: the Echo is $89 today. (I don’t have a Tap or a Dot or any of the other little things — readers who do have them and use them, please share your thoughts in the comments!) Amazon Echo

Other Stuff to Get During Amazon Prime Day

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Coffee Break: True to You Skimmies

true to you skimmiesI think I mentioned this in our discussion last week on the best lingerie for office looks, but the readers have turned me on to these awesome Jockey slipshorts — they’re affordable and comfortable beneath skirts and dresses and perfect for summer heat or a little extra coverage in general. I tend to prefer wearing black ones since if I’m choosing comfort I’m often running around with little kids, so I don’t mind people “knowing” that I’ve got something on beneath a dress. Still, if you prefer the “nude for you” look, I was really excited to see that Jockey now offers a ton of “true to you” colors for their Skimmies, including Espresso (pictured), Bronze, and Sheer Nude, and Blush. You can get 2 for $32 at Jockey.com, or Amazon offers a ton of colors and sizes for around $20 (with some as low as $10 and some as high as $49). Jockey Skimmies Slipshort

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Weekend Open Thread

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You know, a few years ago when I got my Pucci sunglasses, I said to myself, that’s IT, I will never need another pair of sunglasses because I love this pair so very, very much. And I still love them — but they haven’t quite been the category killer I thought they would be, because I’m still buying sunglasses.  In general I’m not one of those people who spends $100s on sunglasses, although many people certainly do. Instead, I’ve been eyeing the brand Quay for affordable, fun, on-trend sunglasses — everything just seems really cool. I’m currently crushing on these  round sunglasses with cutout metal frames; they are, as Tim Gunn would say, “a lot of look,” but if the rest of your wardrobe tends to be pretty low key, sunglasses are a great place to make an impact. These are $60 at Nordstrom; ShopBop and Amazon also carries the brand. (If even that is too rich for your blood, I got these slightly wacky $10 sunglasses at Amazon a while ago on a total whim and keep getting compliments!) Pictured: Fleur 49mm Round Sunglasses

Psst: Did you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale of 2017 is coming soon? Check out our guide if you’re new to the wonder that is the NAS. 

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