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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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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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Printed Scuba Skirt

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This skirt from Alfani (created for Macy’s) looks really great. It comes in six floral prints, most of which are $36 (when you use code SPRING to get an extra 20% off), and I like that the colors of the pictured skirt feel very spring-y but would also work for fall. In the spring, I would go with lavender, pale pink, and white, and in the fall, I would emphasize gray and navy and other darker colors — and I always love pairing green and purple. The skirt has a bunch of good reviews and is machine washable, and it comes in sizes XS–XXL, as well as plus sizesPrinted Scuba Skirt, Created for Macy’s

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Pleat Hem Shift Dress

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Pleat Hem Shift DressIt’s hard to find a shift dress that isn’t totally frumptastic or way too mini for work, IMHO — so I was kind of excited to see this knit dress from Michael Michael Kors. I like the kicky little pleat hem, the short sleeves, and concealed zipper. It’s $125 at Bloomingdale’s, where it’s a best seller; it’s available in sizes XS-L and plus sizes. (Lord & Taylor also has the dress in regular sizes; Nordstrom has it in plus sizes.) Pleat Hem Shift Dress

Psst: This Ralph Lauren dress is adorable and on sale — but only available in petite sizes.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Amelia Three-Quarter Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Amelia Three-Quarter Sleeve Sheath DressWhoa: I did not know that Gravitas is now available at Lord & Taylor. We’ve mentioned the line before (both in our roundup of sleeved dresses with pockets as well as our post on workwear with secret shaping properties) — but I always thought you had to go through the brand itself to buy a dress. It looks like that is no longer true — because Lord & Taylor has a number of their clothes, including the basic Amelia, which, like all of their dresses, “has an invisible high-performance lining that lifts, supports and smoothes your figure without any bunching or tugging.”  Even better? Almost everything I’ve clicked on at L&T is available in sizes 0-24. The pictured dress is $275.  Amelia Three-Quarter Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Fit & Flare Dress

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We’re featuring this Talbots dress in plus sizes but it also comes in misses, petites, and woman petites. It apparently may have some fit issues for some customers, so if you decide to order it, take note of Talbots’ return policy. This looks like a great basic because it has sleeves and a wide scoopneck and just enough of a fitted look to be really versatile — you could dress it up or dress it down. I like the indigo color, and I also like how it’s paired with red shoes, but that’s me. The dress is machine washable and has a concealed back zipper. It’s $149 at Talbots, but keep an eye out for their frequent sales. Fit & Flare Dress

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)

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