Thursday’s Workwear Report: Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt

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

This $89 skirt from Emerson Rose has a lot going for it. It’s your basic black pencil skirt (not quite a faux wrap) but with a really interesting slit in the front that makes it look a lot more avant garde than it really is. It seems like a cool skirt that’s very modern and sleek, and it’s lined, as well. It’s available in Nordstrom in sizes o–18. Asymmetrical Pencil Skirt

A plus-size option is at Lord & Taylor.

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Suit of the Week: CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

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.

Calvin Klein’s newish designer line, 205W39NYC, occasionally has bonkers suits — but the unusual teal color seems to be the only “surprise” here. (If this is too tame for you, check this out.) I like the cut, and I could see the blueish teal color being great as separates as well as a full suit for a high-impact day. The jacket (Wool blazer) is $1800, and the pants (Wool slim-leg pants) are $850. (I believe this is the same blazer at another store if you’d like another view.)

Looking for an affordable dupe? This suit is down to almost sold out but a great match for color. If you just like the look of the longer jacket with looser pants, try this suit, this suit, or this suit in a wide range of sizes (all in more traditional colors).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Ribbed Wrap Top Dress

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This Tracy Reese faux wrap dress looks like a great deal. It was $298 and now is on sale for $139. I like the really high waist and the fact that this looks like two pieces in one. I also like the pullover style. It’s a fun and interesting but easy dress that still looks polished. Most sizes are still in stock for now, and it’s $139 at Saks OFF5TH. Ribbed Wrap Top Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

Psst: This cute $50 casual dress also looks great for the weekend.

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Coffee Break: Vanessa Lace-Up Pump

lace-up pump for workWow – I love this lace-up pump from Jimmy Choo. After all the block heels we’ve seen of late, a classic stilletto heel is nice to see, and we all know I love a sleek strappy pump as a more comfortable heel. There’s a black-on-black version (whoa: and a rose gold, and a red, and several other color options!), but I like the vintage vibe of this particular pattern. They’re $750 at Nordstrom, Saks, and Intermix; Rue La La has several lucky sizes on sale for $500ish. Pictured:  Vanessa Lace-Up Pump

For two more affordable options, both under $100, check out this Nine West option or this lace-up heel from Franco Sarto.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Fox V-Neck Wool-Crepe Pencil Dress

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British brand Goat is new(ish) to me, and I think it’s a great option if you like other UK brands like The Fold or L.K. Bennett or Reiss — it has a lot of the same sophisticated-but-interesting styling. I like this basic pencil dress in a bright, happy red for spring and early summer. You could wear it with light blue — and don’t forget how well a leopard print accent pairs with red. I like the button-embellished belt, and overall it just feels like a really cool dress that you could get a lot of wear out of. It’s $567 at Matches in sizes 6–18 (UK). Fox V-Neck Wool-Crepe Pencil Dress

Two more affordable options are at Amazon and Lord & Taylor, and a plus-size option is at ASOS.

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Coffee Break: Bud Vase

best bud vase for the office I’ve mentioned this before, but whenever I get flowers I love to put some of them in one big vase and then use smaller bud vases to sprinkle the flowers elsewhere — I particularly like a bud vase near my monitor. (Another place bud vases look great, if you’re home: the bathroom/powder room sink.) I got this bud vase from Crate & Barrel earlier this year and have repeatedly thought how perfect a bud vase it is, particularly for $5 — it’s heavy, tall enough that it feels more substantial (it’s 4″ high compared to some of my teensy bud vases that are more like 3″ high at most)… but a single flower looks great in it. It’s $4.10 on clearance — there’s also a larger version of it that’s 6″ high. Pictured (and in today’s Instagram story).  Teeny Small Bud Vase

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