Thursday’s Workwear Report: Belted Fit and Flare Dress

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We just did our roundup on classic sheath dresses for work last Monday, and this flared dress from Lark & Ro looks great (and is eligible for Prime Wardrobe). I think it’s a very classic look, and I like that it has a concealed back zipper and is machine washable. It would work well under a cardigan or a structured fitted blazer, as well. (Did you see our post on how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer or cardigan?) The dress comes in sizes 0–16 and is $69 at Amazon with free returns. Lark & Ro Belted Fit and Flare Dress

A plus-size option from Calvin Klein is at Gilt and Saks OFF 5th.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Knit Boyfriend Blazer

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This knit blazer has been around for a thousand years, and this year it’s a slightly longer version. We’re featuring it in plus sizes but it also comes in regular sizes. It has the look of a comfy jardigan for a casual sort of office, and it’s 100% cotton, hand washable. It comes in black/ivory, ivory/black, navy, and pink, with plus sizes only available in navy and black/ivory. The straight sizes are on sale for $41.40 at Nordstrom, although the plus sizes are still $79, unfortunately. Knit Boyfriend Blazer

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Demitria Admiral Crepe Flare Pants

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I feel like flare pants are coming back in style in a big way, and these Theory pants are winning rave reviews at Bloomingdale’s — in fact, they’re one of their bestsellers. I think they’re a really cool and fun look, particularly with what are being called cropped t-shirts but are really just a new take on the high/low style — as well as fitted blouses. We’re picturing them in navy and they also come in black, in sizes 00–12. They’re $285, also available at Theory (ivory, black, “bright raspberry,” and “bright tomato,” with a couple of colors on sale for $171), and in limited sizes at Amazon (black). Demitria Admiral Crepe Flare Pants

A more affordable option is at Nordstrom, and a plus-size option at Amazon.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Scarf Wrap Dress

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I love the really unusual scarf detail on this gorgeous wrap dress from Dries Van Noten — it adds an interesting, sophisticated, chic element — and I feel like yellow and black is a hard color scheme to do well, but they nail it here. The dress is $1,127 at Nordstrom (and also at Neiman Marcus in an orangey red). Scarf Wrap Dress

MSGM has a much more affordable alternative (at Farfetch) in black/floral, orange/floral, and orange/white, but the placement of the scarf detail is a bit … unusual, let’s say. It’s much tougher to find a similar style in plus sizes, although this tunic at Neiman Marcus (really a dress if you’re not 5’10” like the model) might be an option.

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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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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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