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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: V-Neck Sheath Dress

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

This dress, it pains me to say, doesn’t come in a more neutral color than magenta — but it’s a great dress if you’re OK with wearing magenta to work. I love the darts at the neckline and the seams down the front of the dress. (It does have an exposed zipper, but so it goes.) It’s $128 at Dillard’s in sizes 6-16, and it’s also at Lord & Taylor and Zappos, and at Amazon in lucky petite sizes. Tahari ASL V-Neck Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option that comes in green and black.

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Coffee Break: Skinny Suede Braided Obi Belt

Obi belts seem to be having a moment right now, and I love this little blue suede one from White House Black Market. It’s skinnier than a lot of obi belts, and I like that it’s braided, and the pop of blue is a fun detail. It’ll also be easier to wear with a sheath dress, or something similar, than a wider belt. There are a ton of them at affordable stores like New York & Co, Express, ASOS, Halogen, and Universal Standard (plus sizes). Lots of great options — and this one is on sale from $64 to $32. Pictured: Skinny Suede Braided Obi Belt

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Weekend Open Thread

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Happy Friday! I always love Madewell stuff for the weekend, and when I saw that this dress is made from a cotton/Tencel® lyocell mix, I thought, “Sign me up!” It even has pockets! This isn’t the kind of dress to wear out clubbing, of course, but it’s great for things like going to brunch, going to the farmers market, etc. It just looks like a really fun, easy dress to wear on the weekend, and the raw edge is really in right now. If you don’t like it on pants or shorts — or can’t even get your head around the idea of wearing denim shorts (shades of mom jeans?) — do consider a denim shirtdress. This one is $98 at Nordstrom. Raw Edge Denim Shirtdress

This looks like it will sell out soon, so here’s another one (Mavi) from Nordstrom for the same price.

A few plus-size options are here, here, and here.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Scalloped Cami Top

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To be 100% clear, this is a camisole — this is not a blouse. It’s really meant to be another layer — to raise the neckline or, for a desk-to-dinner kind of thing, to wear it off to dinner. You should not wear a camisole like this by itself to the office (and frankly, I don’t even like to wear this kind of thing under a suit jacket because of the extra dry cleaning — the camisole itself is machine washable, though). Under cardigans or under a semi-sheer blouse like the one we featured on Tuesday, this would be lovely. The scalloped neckline is interesting and cool and kind of reminiscent of Selina Meyer on Veep. It’s well rated and it’s a bestseller, and it’s on sale for $24.50-$34.50 at J.Crew Factory. The camisole comes in sizes 00-16 in seven colors. Scalloped Cami Top

This top, also at J.Crew Factory, has also been a reader favorite for years now and is $24.50-$24.99.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Fluted Skirt Dress

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This dress is a great deal, and it’s a nice sheath dress for someone with the right body type or who likes a high neckline. The fluted skirt is a classic and kind of sophisticated look right now, and this has features you usually don’t find in a $60 dress: wool crepe and a full stretch lining. With all these darts and seams, it would be easy to get tailored, as well. The dress is available in sizes 0-16 in black and deep sapphire at Lands’ End for $59.99. Sleeveless Fluted Skirt Dress

There seem to be no good plus-size options that are similar, but here’s an alternative.

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Nordstrom

how to build a work wardrobeAs I mentioned this morning, Triple Points are available at Nordstrom from today through May 7 — and the store has a TON of classic wardrobe essentials if you’re looking for advice on how to build a work wardrobe for summer or freshen up an older wardrobe. A lot of these pieces in our Workwear Hall of Fame, but I thought I’d feature them here — as always, note that Nordstrom has long been a reader favorite because of their excellent customer service, long return policy, and all the reviews and ratings.

(You can earn Triple Points through the Nordstrom credit card, of course (you can check out our review on becoming a member here) or, in a newish policy, just by signing up for a Rewards card. For every 2,000 points you earn by spending at Nordstrom, Hautelook, or Nordstrom Rack, you’ll get a $20 Note to spend on anything you want.)

(Psst: I’m thinking of turning this into a series, in part because I vastly prefer to shop from/return purchases to one store rather than 15 zillion little store purchases — plus it’s been ages since we talked about how to build a capsule wardrobe for work, how to build a wardrobe for your summer internship, or how to revamp your work wardrobe.  What other stores would be at the top of your list if you wanted to build a work wardrobe? Perhaps ShopBop, Boden, Bloomingdale’s, J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, or Target? Talbots?)

See everything we picked out below — and please note that there are multiple “pages” of the little widget, so you may have to click the arrows to see everything.

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