Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wrap Top with Collar

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Happy Friday! This wrap top looks like a great top as we head into fall — lightweight but long sleeved and super soft. I like the collar and the sliiiight puff to the sleeves, as well as the top-of-the-hip length. I’d wear it with all kinds of tailored trousers and skirts (ankle, bootcut, flared, straight, midi, flare, pencil). It’s available in four colors, sizes XXS-XXL, at J.Crew, where it’s marked down to $27. (Incidentally, lots of markdowns right now — some older pieces are 75% off, and they’re offering 40% off the new stuff.) Pictured:  Wrap top with collar

This Halogen top is a pretty good dupe in plus sizes (it also comes in regular and petite sizes), and this isn’t terribly similar but I’ve always liked this plus-size cardigan with a drawstring detail.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Popper Waist Peg Trousers

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how to wear high waisted pants to workHigh-waisted pants are coming back in, and this $68 pair looks like a great option to try the trend for a reasonable price (although, as I’ve noted before, high-waisted skirts can be a bit easier to get the fit right). The trick to a high-waisted style is pairing it with the right top — you don’t want too much volume. Look instead for slim t-shirts and blouses that are easily tucked, or even look for a great bodysuit (J.Crew has a ton of them right now, for some reason). Cropped tops are almost never appropriate for the office, but if layered with a tank top and a high-waisted bottom like this (so, no skin showing), they just might work. (More like this one or this one, NOT this one.) The pictured trousers are $68, come in sizes 0-12, and are available in four colors (with some sizes and colors selling out already). Popper Waist Peg Trousers

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? These $40 pants come in sizes 12-24.

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Merino Sweater Jacket

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Merino Sweater JacketI always like a good sweater blazer or jardigan, and this one from Talbots looks really promising. It comes in a ton of colors in all four size ranges (regular, petite, women’s, and women’s petites) and is handwashable. If you’re on the shorter side, reviewers note that the sleeves and jacket run long, so you might want to try this one in petite.  It’s marked down today to $111-$126.  Merino Sweater Jacket

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots, as well as our roundup of the best jardigans for work!)

Psst: Nordstrom is having Triple Points days from September 19 to September 23! It’s a great time to stock up on basics like these hose, these pants, this dress, this comfortable pump under $100, these flats, or this line of awesome bags for work.

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Coffee Break: Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

I know a lot of readers love Dior’s Addict Lip Glow — so I was happy to buy it in berry a few months ago to add to my collection of tinted lip balms. And honestly, for me, the Addict Lip Glow in berry is a bit too pink, so I rarely wear it. I keep meaning to try other shades of it, but haven’t been super excited by any of them. Recently I saw that Nars is extending their popular blush color (“Orgasm”) into a whole suite of products, and decided to buy their new Afterglow Lip Balm during the big Sephora sale — and was surprised by how much I was reminded of Dior’s Lip Glow. So to do a mini-review comparing Dior Addict Lip Glow vs Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm: I prefer the Afterglow Lip Balm. It’s more coral-ly than I might have thought, but the lip balm itself is very comfortable, and it isn’t too glittery (always a concern). Well: Nordstrom seems to be having a beauty sale today (I spent far too much time this morning looking at swatches for this sheer lipstick from Bobbi Brown!) and both Nars and Dior products are 15% off, and Nars products have a gift with purchase.  The Dior Lip Glow comes down to $28, and the Nars Afterglow Lip Balm comes down to $23. Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Short-Sleeve Ponte Dress

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Happy Friday! This gorgeous short-sleeve dress at J.Crew Factory (it’s a bestseller there) comes in black and gray and is getting great reviews so far. I like the sleeves, the hidden back zip, the seams, and so on, and I think it looks great. The dress is $64.50 and available in sizes 00–24, which is really nice — I didn’t realize J.Crew Factory had extended sizes. Short-Sleeve Ponte Dress

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Plus-Size Solid Knot-Front Empire Dress

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This dress from Kohl’s is $110 full price, but right now you can get $20 off when you spend $100+ (and $10 off when you spend $50+). It comes in two really pretty shades of purple, aubergine (pictured) and berry (plus “posh blue”), and I like the knot detail, the v-neck, the sleeves, and the slightly-below-the-knee length. It’s machine washable, and it’s getting great reviews. The dress also comes in regular sizes for $95 and has some lucky size options on clearance for $33. Plus-Size Chaps Solid Knot-Front Empire Dress

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