Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Bird’s-Eye Stretch-Wool Sheath Dress

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On Brooks Brothers’ website, this stretch-wool sheath dress is marked as brand-new, but I think it looks very similar to something they had years ago… Either way, I love all the seaming and darts and the inset waist, and overall, it looks very polished, sleek, and professional. Also note that it has a concealed back zip — and this is a great example of how to wear loafers with a dress. The dress comes in both regular and petite sizes up to 16/14P for $398. Bird’s-Eye Stretch-Wool Sheath Dress

If you like the bird’s eye pattern, good news: Brooks Brothers also has it in a skirt, pants, and jacket.

J.Crew has an option that’s more affordable (at Nordstrom), and a plus-size option is at Amazon.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Drape V-Neck Short-Sleeve Blouse 

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This V-neck blouse at Uniqlo has a bunch of positive reviews, comes in four colors, and is only $19.90. I’ve heard a lot of great things about how people love Uniqlo’s washable blouses and how they hold up — and many of the reviewers note that they’re soft, they don’t wrinkle, and so on. If you’re looking for a basic blouse to wear underneath a suit, this is a good bet, and I think this would work with high-waisted looks like we’ve been featuring lately, or just layered underneath a cardigan. It is a little bit on the drapey side as opposed to fitted — which can be a good thing — and I like the V-neck and the almost elbow-length sleeves. It comes in sizes XXS–XXL. Note that Uniqlo also has a great tweed jacket right now for $79.90. Pictured: Drape V-Neck Short-Sleeve Blouse

Two plus-size options are available in dark blue (Macy’s) and ivory (Saks OFF 5th).

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Low Rise Twill Barely Boot Editor Pant

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We’ve been posting lot of bootcuts lately, and it’s worth noting that the OGs of bootcuts, the Editor and the Columnist at Express, are still going strong, in both basic and fun colors. This twill pink option (Editor) is really fun if you want to add a dose of Elle Woods to your day. (The pants, which are machine washable, also come in a dark blue.) You could wear them with neutrals as well as contrasting and complimenting colors — like red as pictured, or black, navy, white, beige, gray, dark green, dark purple, and so on. The pants come in regular, short, and long in sizes 00–18, and they’re $79.90 full price. Right now, there’s a sale: buy one get one 50% off. Low Rise Twill Barely Boot Editor Pant

Psst: There’s also a great asymmetrical-neck sheath dress that’s selling out quickly.

Macy’s has some wine-colored bootcut pants (also machine washable) that come in plus sizes.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Abstract Batik Floral Dress

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Happy Wednesday! This floral batik dress from Michael Michael Kors looks very pretty without being too twee or too girly for work. I like the navy color, as well as the small floral print (which can be more flattering than a big print), and I think the cutouts at the sleeves are interesting without drawing too much attention. The dress has a hidden back zip and is machine washable. We’re picturing the plus-size version, which is available at Zappos, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Dillards for $110, and there’s also an option in straight sizes for $98 at NordstromAbstract Batik Floral Dress

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Dahlia Botanical Print Shirtdress

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This Hobbs shirtdress has a botanical print that is dark enough to be somewhat sedate at work while also being interesting. I think the shirtdress is going to be a popular look this season. I like the self tie, the pockets, and the concealed side zipper. The dress comes in U.S. sizes 2–14 and is $290 at Bloomingdale’s. There is also a top in the same print (for $165), which is labeled machine washable (while the dress’s description says dry clean). Dahlia Botanical Print Shirtdress

For a more affordable option, Marks & Spencer has a floral shirtdress in U.S. sizes 2–20 for $78.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Ruched Sheath Dress

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This Lanvin sheath dress, which is almost sold out at Barneys, is a really fun shade of orange. It’s unusual in that it’s sleek and fitted while also having an artistic vibe and organic, drapey feel combined with the wide neckline that makes it a bit casual. I think you could dress it up or down with accessories. It has a hidden side zipper and is made from a blend of viscose, polyamide, and elastane, and it just looks really lovely. The dress is $1,550 at Barneys New York. Ruched Sheath Dress

A slightly more affordable option is at Bloomingdale’s, while two options with much lower prices are at Bluefly and JCPenney. A plus-size alternative is at Macy’s.

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