Coffee Break: Extra Long Heated Neck Wrap

heated neck wrapI’m not sure if I’m dealing with allergies or a cold right now (or, hey, possibly strep, although I just had that in January), but I barely have any voice and my throat is sore from coughing all the time. I’ve been a fan of microwavable heating pads for a while, but the big, square, rice-filled one I have (and use a ton) isn’t quite doing the trick for me on my neck. I’ve just ordered this heated neck wrap, which I’m also hoping will make my throat feel nice AND help when my shoulders feel tense from carrying all my stress there. (But note that if you’ve got aches and pains, ice is often better to reduce inflammation, and heat might not be good — so follow your doctor’s (or Dr. Google’s) instructions. The neck wrap is $25 at Amazon. Sunny Bay Extra Long Heated Neck Wrap

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The Hunt: Classic Sheath Dresses for Work

classic sheath dresses for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

For spring and summer, classic dresses for work are often the easiest thing to throw on — particularly if you keep a blazer and cardigan and a pair or two of classic pumps or comfortable heels at the office, you can almost create a work uniform from the sheath dress. (In fact, in our four-week work outfit challenge we dared you to try wearing the same sheath dress four different ways during the four weeks!) Particularly for summer, note that slipshorts are a reader favorite for comfortable layering under sheath dresses; if you want something to suck you in a bit more you may want to check out shaping shorts like these from Spanx. (If your office is extremely conservative, do check out our guide to pantyhose — and keep in mind that going sleeveless may be controversial in your office, so keep a cardigan or blazer close at hand if you’re new.)

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We’ve rounded up a ton of options below (including ones in a wide range of sizes, sheath dresses with pockets or sleeves, and more!) but I’d love to hear from you — what are your favorite dresses to wear to work in 2018? Do you feel like black dresses are classic — or is the color too heavy for warmer weather? Does your summer work uniform include a ton of dresses — and which are your favorites? 

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Danouk Shoulder Cutout Sheath Dress

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

Danouk Cutout Shoulder DressCutout details can be dicey for the office, to say the least, but this little hint of skin and this fun, bright color strike me as just right for a creative office or a semi-casual day at a conservative one. I love the asymmetric seams, the fact that it’s fully lined, and just the general sophisticated chic of the dress. It’s $575 at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom. and Hugo Boss (where they also have it in black). Danouk Shoulder Cutout Sheath Dress

Looking for a more affordable option? This dress comes in bright pink and is $28, this $89 option comes in sizes 4-18, and this $199 dress comes in regular, petite, plus size, and women’s petites.

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Weekend Open Thread

Ellie Step Hem Skinny JeansSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Step hems have been around for a few years, but I really feel like they’re hitting the mainstream now. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I think one of the main ways to keep your general look “fresh” is to keep up with denim trends for the weekend because even workwear trends seem to flow and follow with denim trends. (See, for example, how skinny jeans and ankle pants rose in popularity popularity while bootcut denim/full-length trousers went out of style for a long time but are on an upswing now.) These $55 step-hem jeans are highly rated at Nordstrom, allegedly are very stretchy and comfortable (one reviewer notes that both she and her mother can wear them even though she has an athletic body type with large thighs/small waist and her mother has a “normal” body type). The dark blue wash also feels like it’s on trend. They’re available in several washes in sizes 24-32 at Nordstrom, Amazon, and Macys. Pictured: Ellie Step Hem Skinny Jeans

Looking for a plus size option? This $99 pair looks great, and this $65 pair looks nice if you want a longer hem in the back. Looking for lots of other options? Don’t miss our guide to the most-loved denim at Nordstrom.

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Weekly News Update

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  • Vogue released its cover story about human rights attorney and activist Amal Clooney (and wife of George Clooney).
  • Refinery29 shared why you should consider adding more powder blue to your spring wardrobe.
  • Who What Wear named five items a celebrity stylist said you should toss right now.
  • Racked offered beauty advice for several skin issues.
  • The Cut answered the question of when to ask for a raise.
  • Chicago Sun Times reported Tammy Duckworth is first U.S. senator to have a baby while in office.
  • The Outline explained why it’s easier for a rich person to be frugal.
  • Writing for The New Yorker, Molly Ringwald reflected on her films and relationship with John Hughes in the wake of #MeToo.
  • The Washington Post reported that a female reporter who investigated former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has blasted the writers of a film about the investigation that would portray the reporter as a man.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: SNL really captured our love affair with leggings.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Flutter Top

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

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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