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Commuting Hall of Fame: Penny Boot

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Happy Weekend! This Sam Edelman boot has been around for a thousand years, and it’s very highly rated everywhere. It doesn’t go on sale very often, so this is a great opportunity to snap it up. Amazon has it as low as $102, Nordstrom has some lucky sizes in a price range of $84 to $149, and at Zappos they’re $149 as well. These come in a few colors, and in wide sizes as well as an extensive size range in the regular width, 4-13. They’d be great if you’re looking for a boot to commute to and from work and to wear on slushy and/or rainy days. Sam Edelman Penny Boot

Psst: check out our latest roundup of the best knee-high boots for commuting, work, and more.

2017 Update: We’re adding this boot to our Workwear Hall of Fame because it keeps coming out in more colors and sizes and getting rave reviews.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Sheath Dress

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Readers always like Lands’ End ponte sheath dresses — they’re machine washable and they come in a lot of size ranges (regular, petite, tall, and plus) — and there are tons of great dresses on sale right now: in solids, with sleeves, and this gorgeous faux wrap dress (a previous recommendation). This one is down to just $35 and comes in five colorways. We’re featuring the navy polka dot, which isn’t too feminine for the office and is nice for spring. If you see something else you like, note that you can get 20% off regular-priced items today. Ponte Sheath Dress

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Rita & Phil Iris Skirt

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We’ve featured a lot of different custom-fit items over the years, like bespoke dresses, blazers for the busty, and others, and we may have even had a whole thread on bespoke suits — but we’ve never featured custom skirts. I was intrigued to see this company pop up in my Facebook feed, and I thought I’d give them a shoutout in case you’re looking for a custom-fit pencil skirt, or a tulle skirt, which I think could be a great option if you’re petite. I thought it was an interesting idea: They use your height and measurements to make your skirt, plus pictures of you, which is kind of cool. This looks like a great pencil skirt for $145, and you can get it in all sorts of color combinations. They also have a selection of “Try Before You Buy” skirts that you can try free for seven days, and if you sign up for their email list, you can get a discount on your first order (not just on those skirts). Free shipping on all orders, too. Rita & Phil Iris Skirt

For plus sizes (and for any sizes), try this colorblock skirt at eShakti, which you can customize.

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Coffee Break: Vegan Leather Tote Bag

reversible vegan tote bagWe’ve featured reversible tote bags before, as well as vegan tote bags, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reversible vegan tote bag. Urban Outfitters has them in black/ivory (pictured) and black/honey and they look great, especially for the price: it’s only $59. Huh — looking around UO it seems like they have a lot of “vegan” tote bags; good to know.  Is there anything else (as an adult) that you like to buy at UO, ladies? I always think of them as “Anthropologie’s little sister,” and it looks like they have a ton of cute home goods (this mirror in particular looks awesome). Reversible Vegan Leather Tote Bag

Psst: looking for more info on dressing professionally while vegan? Check out our recent roundup of six stores for the stylish vegan professional.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Leo Neckline-Trim T-Shirt

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We’re picturing the lighter blue here to show the details, but this shirt is also available in navy. I love the sort of wispy trim to it — it’s a really classy way of upping the way a t-shirt looks. It’s a very simple but cool way of making a t-shirt more wearable for the office. This viscose top is on sale at Reiss for $35 from $70, and hopefully you can find your size in either the navy or lighter blue (XS-L). Leo Neckline-Trim T-Shirt

Here’s a plus-size option.

Update: Unfortunately, this has now sold out — but Reiss still has a bunch of cute, nice t-shirts on sale: this gorgeous pink silky stripey one is down $50, this one is black, textured, and down to $45; this black velvet $35 tee is nice as well.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Wool Dress with Pockets

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We’re featuring this dress in purple but do note that it come in a basic black as well as a heather flannel. It looks like a great basic for the office if you need one, and it’s lined and made from a wool/poly blend — with a concealed back zip. It’s nice (and unusual) to see J.Crew offering sizes up to 20, although the petite size range goes from 00-12. It was $128 but J.Crew Factory has it for just $64. Wool Dress with Pockets

Here’s a plus-size option.

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