Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Flutter Top

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Flutter TopLoft always has cute, affordable tops for work, and if you’re looking for easy wear and easy care tops for layering in the spring weather, they have a ton of cute options right now. This gray top (also in pink) stood out because the fluttered cap sleeves are on trend, but unlike the more voluminous sleeves out there right now, these would layer nicely under a blazer, sweater, or cardigan. The gray feels very purpley to me; I’d pair it with a light blue, white, or paaaaaale gray to make it feel more springy. It’s $44 full price at Loft, available in regular, petite, and plus sizes (new at Loft!). Flutter Top

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Tie Waist Rolled Sleeve Blouse

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Tie Waist Rolled Sleeve BlouseI recently updated our Guide to White Tops for Work and was intrigued to see how many cute ones Express has this year. I like the casual elegance of this one — it seems like an easy piece to throw on to springify your whole wardrobe. Jewelry can always be a bit difficult with a blouse that has a waist detail like this — my first impulse was to wear a long pendant necklace with it, but I think that will result in too busy of a look. Instead I’d probably stick with a short, round necklace (16″ or so), or skip a necklace and focus on other jewelry like several rings, a non-jangly bracelet like a cuff, or even a brooch. The top is $39, available in five other colors sizes XS-XL, and has a ton of great reviews.  Tie Waist Rolled Sleeve Blouse

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Colorblock Dress

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Sleeveless Colorblock DressI always love a good navy sheath dress, particularly in warmer weather where you can sidestep the issue of what tights to wear with navy — and the pink/orange details on this one make it really fun and interesting. Add a white cardigan or blazer, a pair of nude-for-you pumps, and you’re all set. The dress is $109 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-16.  Sleeveless Colorblock Dress

Looking for a plus size option? Here are two Alexia Admor dresses with long and cap sleeves.

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Coffee Break: Dagne Dover

Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote I was excited to see recently that Nordstrom now carries Dagne Dover, which has been a reader favorite for years for their sturdy, coated canvas totes. They have several fun, saturated colors like this “Palm green” or their classic cobalt “Dagne blue,” but they also have neutrals. This can be an important note — as a sturdy tote, it may also be a slightly heavy tote if you’re used to carrying nylon or other super lightweight options; it may also feel a bit stiff — but all of that may work better for your lifestyle than a lightweight, less durable option. In any event, the Signature Legend tote (pictured here) is $265 and big enough to fit sneakers as well as a laptop; the classic tote is a more slimmed-down version for $245. Pictured: Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote

(Oooh: the Dagne Dover website now has card cases as well. Nice.)

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Cotton Twill Blazer

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I’ve noticed brand 1901 before at Nordstrom, but admittedly, always in the men’s section. This year, though, the brand has a ton of cute but affordable preppy stuff, including this great stretch twill blazer in navy with a cute pop of gingham at the sleeves. It’s $139 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-16 with a few lucky petite sizes left. Stretch Cotton Twill Blazer

Two stretch twill blazers available in plus sizes are at Talbots and Zappos.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Le Marais Wrap Jacket

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A reader just reminded me of The Fold London, and this Marais Wrap Jacket looks stunning — I love that it has a casual, loose feel to it (almost like a jardigan!) while still looking polished and put-together. Fabulous. It’s $325 at The Fold and comes in sizes 6–16 — and note that it’s also available in blackLe Marais Wrap Jacket

Two more affordable options are at Amazon and Bloomingdale’s; and for plus sizes, Target and Lord & Taylor.

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