Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Colorblock Dress

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Sleeveless Colorblock DressI always love a good navy sheath dress, particularly in warmer weather where you can sidestep the issue of what tights to wear with navy — and the pink/orange details on this one make it really fun and interesting. Add a white cardigan or blazer, a pair of nude-for-you pumps, and you’re all set. The dress is $109 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-16.  Sleeveless Colorblock Dress

Looking for a plus size option? Here are two Alexia Admor dresses with long and cap sleeves.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Cotton Twill Blazer

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I’ve noticed brand 1901 before at Nordstrom, but admittedly, always in the men’s section. This year, though, the brand has a ton of cute but affordable preppy stuff, including this great stretch twill blazer in navy with a cute pop of gingham at the sleeves. It’s $139 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-16 with a few lucky petite sizes left. Stretch Cotton Twill Blazer

Two stretch twill blazers available in plus sizes are at Talbots and Zappos.

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Coffee Break: Legal-Size Padfolio

legal-size padfolioI always think a leather padfolio is a great thing to add to your office — you look more professional running around with one from meeting to meeting, you always have a spot to stick things like tape flags, post-it notes, pens, as well as loose documents you may pick up at the meeting. New-to-me store Leatherology has a TON of padfolios, including (pictured) a legal-size padfolio, which feels pretty rare. They also have colorful padfolios, zippered padfolios, iPad/notebook combos, and padfolios for lefties. Nice. The pictured one comes in four neutral shades for $120. Legal-Size Padfolio

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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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Suit of the Week: Talbots

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.

I think this gingham suit from Talbots is fun — and it’s lightweight as well, with a touch of spandex for stretch. It has a good vibe for summer, especially if you don’t want to deal with linen and its inevitable wrinkles. I also like the little pop of red on the lining of the collar. I think you could wear the jacket and skirt as separates as well as a suit. (I like the skirt version the best, but also note that it has a cropped pant.) The jacket (One-Button Jacket) is $179, and the skirt (Pencil Skirt) is $89.50; there are also matching pants. Size ranges are misses, petites, woman, and woman petites.

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