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I always say that you should stay on top of denim trends on the weekends, and one of the more affordable brands out there is the Wit & Wisdom line at Nordstrom. They make jeans that are trendy and on point while also being very comfortable. These gray-wash, stretch skinny jeans are really calling to me. They seem very fresh and modern, and I like the little bit of whiskering and fading, and the ankle-grazing length. They come in regular sizes 00–18 and petite 0P–18P (which is an especially rare size range for petites). They are currently $44, and after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends, they’ll go back to $68. Ab-Solution Ankle Skinny Stretch Jeans

Wit & Wisdom also has its skinny stretch jeans in plus sizes, like this option in black.

Psst: Check out all of our coverage of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which is open to everyone as of today!), including our top picks for workwear under $200 and our favorite plus-size picks for work!

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress

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Old Navy always has this great ponte knit sheath, which is a bestseller — but the trick is finding them when there are enough sizes in stock to recommend them to you guys. In three colors — black, a black/white stripe, and the pictured “botanical green” — there are a bunch of sizes in regular, tall, and petite. The sale colors, which are “flaming orange” and a gray/white stripe, only have lucky sizes available (no petites). There are also a few other options: long-sleeved, short-sleeved, plus-size, and maternity. The pictured style is $36.99 (sale colors $29.97) and comes in XS–XXL. Sleeveless Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Rainbow Stripe Scarf

I always enjoy Shopbop’s take on accessories. I went there looking for an interesting scarf, just to see what they had, and I fell in love with this gorgeous striped scarf from Acne Studios. It has a childlike, playful, joie de vivre vibe, and it’s really fun. Sure, in the middle of summer it’s hard to even think about wearing a scarf, but this happy, colorful one would make me smile on a cold, dark winter’s day about six months from now. It’s 100% wool and is labeled as hand wash or dry clean, and it’s $230 at Shopbop. Rainbow Stripe Scarf

A couple of more affordable options in 100% wool are from Paul Smith — at Yoox ($169) and PaulSmith.com ($95).

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What Productivity Hacks Really Work For You?

Here’s a fun question for today: What productivity hacks really work for you? Does your diligence with productivity hacks come in waves (as resolutions strengthen and weaken) or have you hit on anything that is your new normal? What have you tried but failed to implement regularly — and what productivity hacks really work for you, particularly at work?

This is constantly something I’m thinking about, and I’ve tried a LOT of productivity hacks.productivity hacks that really work - image of efficient businesswoman being productive

These are some of the productivity hacks that really work for me:

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Blouson Sleeve Jacket

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I somehow missed this blouson sleeve jacket from Halogen the first time I went through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I kind of love it. It feels like a great topper for when you want a little bit of drama but still want something that has gravitas and is flattering. There are a lot of really silly sleeves out there right now, but I think this style is interesting without being silly. The price is right, too — it’s $98. (After the sale, it goes back up to $149.) It’s available in regular and petite sizes, but petites are almost sold out. Blouson Sleeve Jacket

Talbots has a plus-size option.

Psst: Please note that today is the end of Early Access — on July 20, the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone! Check out all of our coverage of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including our top picks for workwear under $200 and our favorite plus-size picks for work!

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Suit of the Week: Boden

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Cobalt suits seem to be on a 3-4 year cycle — I’ve seen them regularly enough over the years that at this point I think they’re approaching “everyone who wears suits should have one” status. Not interview material, mind you, but perfectly appropriate for a regular workday whether as a matched suit or broken out and worn as separates. This polyester/wool cobalt blazer and skirt from Boden is lovely — I really like the deep shawl lapel of the jacket and the streamlined goodness of the skirt. And: huzzah for a fun lining. The jacket (Claremont Blazer) is $189, and the skirt (Claremont Skirt) is now $105. The dress is down to lucky sizes only in blue and is $140 (down from $200).

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)

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