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This flat by TOMS must have been around for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it before. It’s a bestseller at Zappos, and it has that perfect, casual, “not trying too hard but still stylish and put-together” look. I like the gently pointed toe, and the price is great as well — it’s $75–$84, depending on color. It’s also available at Amazon and NordstromTOMS Jutti Flat

Psst: Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event starts today! Those with Insider status get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER; with VIB status, 15% off (YAYVIB); and with Rouge status, 15% off (YAYROUGE). The sale ends on April 23.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Sheath Dress

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This dress from Target’s A New Day line (which replaced Merona) looks really short on the model — but the model is almost 5’10”, so if you’re the average 5’4″, it’s worth a try. It looks like a great dress, and it’s only $28, has real pockets, and is machine washable. The dress comes in the pictured blue as well as green, black, orange, and magenta in XS–XXL. Ponte Sheath Dress

A plus-size option is at Amazon.

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Coffee Break: Josie Genuine Calf Hair Kitten Heel Pump

Readers have been singing the praises of Vionic heels for a long time — for their comfort and so forth — and I think this leopard print shoe looks like a great elevated neutral, let’s say. Sofft has a very similar style, the Belicia, that looks a little more like a very low pump, and Trotters also has some that are very low right now, like the Paulina, which has a snake print. I think that animal prints can be a fun way to bring a pop of personality to work outfits, and even though they may seem a little wild (no pun intended), they usually do work at conservative offices. These are $140 at Nordstrom (although stock is low, so note that Zappos has the Josie in a snake print for the same price). Josie Genuine Calf Hair Kitten Heel Pump

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Mid-Rise Ankle Columnist Pant

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I don’t think we’ve ever had a Workwear Report on Express’ two very popular pants styles — the Editor and the Columnist — but we’ve mentioned them in our various roundups like machine washable pants for work and the best work pants. These have been around forever — I swear I remember them from when I was in college — and they continue to win rave reviews. Granted, they’re not made from the most luxe fabric, but they do tend to fit well and they come in a lot of colors and sizes. They’re available in regular, short, and long, and Express also has a separate petite section. I think the mid-rise ankle Columnist pant looks great, but note that the Columnist also has bootcut and low-rise versions. My understanding is that the Columnist fit is a little tighter through the hip and thigh, whereas the Editor isn’t quite as fitted.  Pictured: Mid Rise Ankle Columnist Pant

For plus sizes, Eloquii has the Kady pant and the Sam pant.

Psst: Club Monaco’s Mid-Season Sale is now on — you can get up to 60% off when you take an additional 30% off sale styles.

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Suit of the Week: Maje

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.

This plaid blazer and pant set from Maje has a really chic look (although I wish they hadn’t styled it with a turtleneck — and a graphic one at that). I think it’s a fun and fashiony take on a suit, and you could wear it in the fall, as shown here, or very easily in spring when paired with a cute white top. The jacket (checked woven blazer) is $490, and the pants (checked twill tapered pants) are $265.

If you’re looking for something similar that’s more affordable, this plaid blazer from Halogen at Nordstrom is a good bet.

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