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When I got this at a blogger event (in orange), I was really surprised at how it felt like a very sturdy, well-made top. It’s billed as a camisole but it’s got a pretty V-back and a thicker strap in the front to hide your bra, so I would wear this as a going-out top, personally. If you wanted to wear this under a suit, you could; I always like sleeves under suits, but that’s me. This top has come and gone in a bunch of different colors at Nordstrom (with lots of great reviews) and is now available there in blue and black. Over at Topshop there’s a couple more colors in regular, petite, and tall sizes. It’s only $30 at both Topshop and Nordstrom. Topshop Double Strap V-Back Camisole

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

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This blouse looks like a great basic and a very up-to-date trend piece if you’re looking for a an easy way to bring your spring wardrobe into 2017. While the top has a basic neckline, these trumpet sleeves look functional and pretty without being too gothic or floofy or just too much. This just looks like a simple, easy piece, and I like that the sleeves are sort of split, as well. My favorite is the green (it also comes in black), but the white looks great, and in the reviews it’s the one that everyone seems to be extolling the virtues of — a lot of people love it as the perfect white blouse. It’s machine washable, and it’s $55 at Nordstrom in sizes 2-12. Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option from Eloquii.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

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This blazer is a bestseller at Nordstrom and has a lot of positive reviews. They only have it in three colors right now (the pictured olive plus black and navy) but it’s come in a ton of colors in the past. It’s got sort of a cropped, fitted look in the back with shorter sleeves, so it’s definitely more of a casual blazer. It’s hand wash cold, line dry, and is available in XS-L for $74. ‘Curve’ Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Dolce Check Faux Wrap Sheath Dress

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I think this is a really pretty check pattern, and I like the faux wrap style and black trim details and the fact that it has a concealed back zip. The only thing that makes me sad about this dress is that there’s no matching blazer. You could wear this with greens or yellows for a more spring-y look, or just whites and grays if you want to keep it classic, or pick up the black pattern and trim and wear it with a black blazer or cardigan. It’s in sizes 2-16 at Bloomingdale’s for 30% off: $89 down from $128. Dolce Check Faux Wrap Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Fitness Kit

Cute! I had not noticed these little kits from Pinch Provisions before, but they’re very clever. They’re stocked with provisions that would be great if you want to keep an easy bag at the office for “just in case” kind of incidents involving the gym, including blister balm, headbands, earbuds, and more. (The brand also has a number of “will you be my bridesmaid?” types of products.) It strikes me as a great gift for someone who’s returning to fitness — including yourself if you need one. The kit is $22, at Nordstrom; Amazon also has some kits from the brand. Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Suiting T-Shirt

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I was intrigued when I saw that J.Crew has a stretch t-shirt that they’re selling as a t-shirt to go under suits, because I’ve always argued that suits and t-shirts are a match made in heaven. (They sell a tank top as well.) It looks like this one doesn’t really have a thick band around it like a lot of t-shirts do, and it seems like it has a pretty, thin layering sort of fabric that reminds me of the kind of luxury layering items you can get at Adea. (This is cotton/spandex.) From the reviews, it looks like customers prefer the tank top, but I advise not wearing sleeveless tops under suiting jackets because of laundry reasons. You’re going to be able to stretch out your dry cleaning if you’ve got your underarms covered. This top is $59.50 ($55 for black) at J.Crew, but right now you can get 20% off with code SHOPNOW. Available sizes are XXXS-XL. Stretch Suiting T-Shirt

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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