Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Circle Trim Top

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This top from Talbots is the kind of thing that really depends on you and your personality. I think if you’ve got sort of an edgier style, this top is probably not right for you, but if you’re more along the lines of a Kate Spade/Tory Burch preppy girl, this is a great choice. As reviewers note, if you hate the many details that are common right now (“rick-rack trim [sic], flouncy bows, grandma’s embroidery, decorations”), then you may really like this, particularly if you have a naturally preppy style. The top comes in four colors (navy, white, yellow, and green) and is offered in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites. It’s 100% pima cotton and machine washable, and it’s $39.50. Circle Trim Top

Psst: looking for springy white tops for work? We just updated some of our picks in this older post

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stripe Fit and Flare Sweater Dress

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Although this Banana Republic dress looks on the short side on the model, I’ve often found that at 5’4″ these things end up hitting me at a much more work-appropriate length when I actually try them on. (There’s also a tall version.) Still, I like this interesting take on a gray fit and flare dress — I like the stripes, the flared skirt, the elbow-length sleeves, and the fact that you can hand wash the whole shebang. The dress was $138, but is now marked to $97, and it has 4.5 stars. Stripe Fit and Flare Sweater Dress

You can find a plus-size option at Macy’s.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: New Lightweight Sweater Blazer

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We recently did a Hunt on jardigans, and I think this was new-ish when we rounded those up (although J.Crew Factory has had a very similar option for $50). If you’re looking for a longer sweater blazer in a merino wool and cotton blend (this is also part polyester), this is $138 and comes in several nice colors (black, navy, heather gray, and heather khaki). It’s available in sizes XS–XL, and you can find it at both Nordstrom and J.Crew. J.Crew New Lightweight Sweater Blazer

Two plus-size options are from Vikki Vi and Persona by Marina Rinaldi, both at Nordstrom.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Sheath Dress in Tweed

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Sheath dress in tweedBlue dresses may be the new blue suits this year, you guys — there are a ton of them out there. This fun, springy tweed dress also comes in a super bright fuchsia and a more sedate light gray — in fact, the light blue seems to be dipping in and out of stock in regular and petite sizes. I like the fringe detail at the waist and sleeves, and crew neckline conveys that “all business”  kind of look. The dress is $158 at J.Crew. Sheath dress in tweed

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Wool Sheath Dress

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This Michael Kors sheath dress looks lovely. I love the structure to it, including what’s sort of like a shaped dart throughout the front. The dress seems interesting but polished and professional, and a stretch wool dress should be comfortable while also being durable. It’s available in sizes 4–14 and is $1,995 at Nordstrom. Stretch Wool Sheath Dress

A more affordable option is from New York & Company — we featured it recently. For plus sizes, there’s an alternative from Nipon Boutique.

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Frugal Thursday’s Workwear Report: x Living in Yellow Erin Crossover Tunic

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Gibson has a new collaboration with the blogger behind Living in Yellow, and the collection mostly looks like really fun weekend pieces. However, this crossover tunic would look good either with jeans or a sort of relaxed pant for work. It reminds me of the Lush roll tab sleeve tunic that was really popular, but it doesn’t look so extreme (that had an exaggerated high/low style and this is a gentler high/low), and the crossover is flattering and easy. We’re featuring the top in plus sizes, but it also comes in regular & petite sizes, each available in six colors. It’s $48–$54 at Nordstrom. x Living in Yellow Erin Crossover Tunic

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