Thursday’s Workwear Report: Split-Neck Pleated Blouse

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I noted last week that The Limited is back up and running — and this split-neck pleated blouse looks nice. It’s not too voluminous but is still very loose and comfortable. I think the neckline would look really great under a blazer, too. It comes in the pictured red as well as olive green, black, and coral in XS–XL, and it’s on sale for $29 from $69. It’s also available in sizes 0X–3X for $39 (from $79), but in a different set of colors: coral, off-white, black, and red (although the red shade is “merlot” instead of … “goji berry”). Split Neck Pleated Blouse

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Long-Sleeved Sheath Dress in Stretch Ponte

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This fabulous ponte dress is from J.Crew. I love the V-neck and the darts along the front — and we’re picturing it in red but note that it also comes in black. It’s available in regular, petite, and tall sizes, and the straight sizes go all the way from 00 to 20, which is great. It’s $118 full price, but as we all know, J.Crew will often have sales, so keep an eye out. Long-Sleeved Sheath Dress in Stretch Ponte

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Sheath Dress

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Happy Halloween! This sheath dress is from Emerson Rose, which may or may not be the brand that Nordstrom intends as a replacement for Classiques Entier, which before that sort of replaced Semantiks. (They mix up their house brands from time to time — the last time this happened, I don’t remember whether there was overlap between the two brands or not.) Emerson Rose has been around for a year or two, and the pieces are generally office appropriate. This dress, which looks great, does have a bit of an exposed zipper, but it’s not horrible, and it certainly isn’t the full zip like we noticed at the end with all Classiques Entier dresses. People usually either love or hate these kinds of necklines — I kind of like this one, but in general a lot of them remind me of the ’80s movie Soapdish (which is amazing, by the way). It does sound like they’re having fit issues with this — that’s why the reviews are low — but it’s a great sheath dress for $149. I like the three-quarter sleeves and the neckline and the hemline, and note that it’s not ponte; it’s a suiting fabric. It comes in sizes 4–16 at Nordstrom for $149. Stretch Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Vixen Bootie

These booties from Sole Society are very highly rated, and they come in seven colors, including gray, burgundy, navy, and a dusky pink. The pictured black suede would be great if you’re looking for a very simple, low-heeled bootie to wear with black tights. The heel is 2.25″ and they have a side zip. The available sizes are 4–12, which is a wider than average range. They’re on sale for $60 (down from $99) at Nordstrom. Vixen Bootie

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Psst: I just noticed the Friends & Family sale at Talbots ends tonight — 30% off everything. Check out our recent post on the reader favorites to buy to build your work wardrobe at Talbots.

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I don’t know what it is lately but I can’t get enough of things that have little thumbholes in them, like this wrap sweatshirt. It has pockets and looks like a great shirt for lounging on the weekend and going to and from the gym, etc. It comes in regular and plus sizes at Nordstrom for $99–$109. Elevate Me Wrap Sweatshirt

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Knot Front Cotton Knit Empire Dress

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This $58 dress from eShakti is really cute. I like the sash effect in the front — I think it’s a nice take on the corset trend that seems to be everywhere, but more wearable and easier to get a good fit. I love that the dress has pockets, and I love that it’s machine washable. As always with eShakti, you can customize everything. If you prefer a scoopneck or a deep V-neck or a sweetheart neckline, for example, you can choose that, or you can change sleeve length or the length of the skirt — and you can customize the fit to your measurements and height. (Alternately, choose one of the standard sizes of 0–36W.) Knot Front Cotton Knit Empire Dress

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