Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wrap Top with Collar

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

Happy Friday! This wrap top looks like a great top as we head into fall — lightweight but long sleeved and super soft. I like the collar and the sliiiight puff to the sleeves, as well as the top-of-the-hip length. I’d wear it with all kinds of tailored trousers and skirts (ankle, bootcut, flared, straight, midi, flare, pencil). It’s available in four colors, sizes XXS-XXL, at J.Crew, where it’s marked down to $27. (Incidentally, lots of markdowns right now — some older pieces are 75% off, and they’re offering 40% off the new stuff.) Pictured:  Wrap top with collar

This Halogen top is a pretty good dupe in plus sizes (it also comes in regular and petite sizes), and this isn’t terribly similar but I’ve always liked this plus-size cardigan with a drawstring detail.

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Coffee Break: Convertible Backpack and Crossbody

convertible work bag - from reader favorite Lodis! backpack to crossbody We’re overdue to update our post a few years ago on the best backpacks for work, but a good friend prefers them for ergonomic reasons so I always seem to be keeping an eye out. This convertible backpack (and crossbody and top handle bag) looks great — particularly considering it’s from reader favorite brand Lodis, which always has intelligently designed bags. It has an exterior zip pocket as well as an interior zip pocket and two slip pockets, and has a top two-way zip. Nice. It’s $348, available at Nordstrom, Zappos, and eBags in oxblood (pictured), army green, and a saddle brown suede.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Popper Waist Peg Trousers

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how to wear high waisted pants to workHigh-waisted pants are coming back in, and this $68 pair looks like a great option to try the trend for a reasonable price (although, as I’ve noted before, high-waisted skirts can be a bit easier to get the fit right). The trick to a high-waisted style is pairing it with the right top — you don’t want too much volume. Look instead for slim t-shirts and blouses that are easily tucked, or even look for a great bodysuit (J.Crew has a ton of them right now, for some reason). Cropped tops are almost never appropriate for the office, but if layered with a tank top and a high-waisted bottom like this (so, no skin showing), they just might work. (More like this one or this one, NOT this one.) The pictured trousers are $68, come in sizes 0-12, and are available in four colors (with some sizes and colors selling out already). Popper Waist Peg Trousers

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? These $40 pants come in sizes 12-24.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

stylish navy herringbone suit 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.

If you’re on the hunt for a subtle but stylish navy herringbone suit, Talbots has a great one now. As always, I like that it comes in a huge range of sizes (regular, petite, plus, and plus size petites), and it’s always nice to find them 25% off. There are matching pants, a dress, and the two button blazer, all priced between $134 and $231 today. Italian Luxe Knit Herringbone Suiting

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Merino Sweater Jacket

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Merino Sweater JacketI always like a good sweater blazer or jardigan, and this one from Talbots looks really promising. It comes in a ton of colors in all four size ranges (regular, petite, women’s, and women’s petites) and is handwashable. If you’re on the shorter side, reviewers note that the sleeves and jacket run long, so you might want to try this one in petite.  It’s marked down today to $111-$126.  Merino Sweater Jacket

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots, as well as our roundup of the best jardigans for work!)

Psst: Nordstrom is having Triple Points days from September 19 to September 23! It’s a great time to stock up on basics like these hose, these pants, this dress, this comfortable pump under $100, these flats, or this line of awesome bags for work.

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Coffee Break: Hannah Flat

hannah flatWe all know I love a good strappy flat, and these gorgeous shoes from Sarah Flint caught my eye recently. I’ve never really been much for orange, but I kind of love these — they’re not quite as twee/in your face as RED SHOES can be (and I say this as someone who has a lot of red shoes!) bu they’re still a nice pop of color — I think they’re also great for fall, particularly worn with navy or gray and, depending on the outfit, black and dark reds. Lovely. They’re $375 at Sarah Flint (also in black and olive), Shopbop (in pink!), and Farfetch (in olive). Hannah Flat in Burnt Sienna Crosta Suede

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