Thursday’s Workwear Report: 3/4 Sleeve Ponté Sheath Dress

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

lands end sheath with sleevesWe’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Lands’ End has some pretty solid sheath dresses.  Their machine washable sleeveless sheath dress is one of their bestsellers and a Corporette reader favorite — here, they added sleeves as well as a lovely notched V-neck.  I love the pockets, the three-quarter sleeves, and the notched neckline — gorgeous.  It’s available in black, navy and fuchsia, in regular sizes 2-18, as well as petite, tall, and plus sizes.  Considering it’s only $79 full price, that’s not bad at all. Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Ponté Sheath Dress

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Suit of the Week: New York & Co.

emerald green suit For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

There are a few great workwear sales going on today (deep discounts over at the Limited, though their suits are down to lucky sizes/basics) — including the 50-75% off sitewide at New York & Co. This nice emerald “tweed” suit, which was already quite affordable, comes down a whopping 60%.  The jacket (7th Avenue Design Studio Jacket – Modern Fit – Two Button Tweed) was $80, but is now marked to $32; the pants (7th Avenue Design Studio Pant – Modern Fit – Straight Leg Tweed) were $52, but are now marked to $21.

Ladies, would you wear a dark green suit to work — and would you get more wear out of the pieces as separates, or as a single work outfit? 

Here’s a plus-size pants suit in green.


Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Pleat Ponte Fit & Flare Dress

Work fit-and-flare dress - Ellen Tracy Pleat Ponte Fit & Flare DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader S wrote in to note: “Kat — this new dress cropped up today on Nordstrom, and I’ve already placed an order: looks elegant and classic (love the not-too-high but work-appropriate neckline), plus it’s machine washable!” Lovely! I like the square neckline (great for underneath sweaters and blazers) and the elegant fit and flare shape, and the fact that it’s machine washable never hurt anyone. It’s $118 at Nordstrom. Ellen Tracy Pleat Ponte Fit & Flare Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Coffee Break: Colyn Black Ghillie Tie-Up Flat Shoes

Lace-up flats - ALDO Colyn Black Ghillie Tie-Up Flat ShoesIt’s still so warm out that these lovely lace-up flats seem like just the thing to wear to holiday parties where you’ll be standing around or doing tons of walking. I like the delicate laces, the pointed toes, and way the vamp cuts straight across the foot. They’re $91 at ASOS. ALDO Colyn Black Ghillie Tie-Up Flat Shoes

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Faux-Wrap Cashmere Sweater

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

workstyle cashmere sweaterIn the hunt for great cashmere sweaters, I’ve always had pretty good luck with Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection cashmere — it’s been thick, easy to machine wash on delicate and air dry (proceed at your own risk there, of course, unless the tag says “dry clean” instead of “dry clean only“), and has generally held up pretty well.  I like the blousy look for this faux-wrap cashmere sweater, which is marked down and comes in a zillion colors. (It comes in plus sizes, too.)  It was $275, but is now marked to $137 — lots of lucky sizes among the colors, but the green has all of the sizes still in stock.  Faux-Wrap Cashmere Sweater

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The Hunt: Flat Knee-High Boots

flat knee-high boots for work

2017 Update: We still like these flat knee-high boots for work, but you may also want to check out our most recent round-up of the best knee-high boots for commuting, work, and beyond — or our most recent discussion on what boots to wear with tights to work

Sure, we all know what basics 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.

Even though it may feel like a bootie world right now, flat knee-high boots are still a great look, particularly for commuting and casual days at work. It’s been a while since we last rounded them up (2014, 2013, 2012), so I thought we’d go on the hunt today. Ladies, have you bought any great knee-high flat boots to wear to work lately? Do you still like the look, or have you mostly switched over to booties for work outfits?

Psst: check out our recent round-up of knee-high heeled boots for work.

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