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Frugal Friday: Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

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

This is a very well-reviewed dress at Loft. I like how it has a high neckline (like yesterday morning’s dress) as well as sleeves, and it’s in a machine-washable cotton blend. The reviewers really seem to love the fabric of the dress and also the way that they can wear it from desk to dinner — or at this time of year, to office holiday parties. It’s available in regular sizes 00-16 and petite sizes 00-12, and you can get 40% off (no code needed), which brings the price down to $53. Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

Psst: While you’re there, check out this skirt — it’s a bit on the busy side but I really like it.

Here’s a plus-size dress option that also comes in tall, petite, and regular sizes.

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Gift Idea for Him: Office Desk Clip (AND: Big Anthropolgie Sale!)

big-anthropologie-sale-2016-gift-ideasOooh: Anthropologie’s sale section is an extra 40% off — lots of great options if you want to stock up on gifts for friends, family, or, you know, yourself. This pretty little desk accessory is the perfect pop of color near your monitor, and it’s a useful little one at that — you can hold post-it notes, business cards, and other small pieces of paper you don’t want to lose. (Receipts for reimbursement, anyone?) I love malachite (even faux malachite, such as this), but for some reason I associate it with “gifts for him” — I think this would work as a great little gift for anyone in your life who likes color. (If you know someone who loves this color of green, do check out these gorgeous green office accessories too.)  The desk clip was $24, then marked to $12; with the extra 40% off it comes down to $7.99. Nice. Even-Handed Desk Clip

There are also some great workwear pieces in the sale — I particularly love that skirt (almost entirely sold out in the other color, red), and would save it for tomorrow morning’s workwear report if I thought it would last that long!:

Skirt (now $29)/  stripe blazer (now $29) / Bowtie sweater (now $47) / textured blazer (now $49)



Thursday’s Workwear Report: Dolman Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

stylish-wrap-dress-2016Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I posted this last week in the Nordstrom Thanksgiving Sale roundup, but I’m featuring it again today because all seven colors look really great. I linked to the cobalt blue before, which was a very bright color, but this also comes in much more muted colors, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s available in sizes 2-12 for $90 full price, and it’s well-reviewed at Nordstrom. Dolman Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

Here’s a plus-sized option.

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Suit of the Week: Talbots

Fvintage-dot-jacquard-pantsuit-navyor 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.

Speaking of wearing interesting suits to court — here’s a lovely vintage dot jacquard suiting set from Talbots. This is a great example of something that’s just a little bit feminine, with tiny light blue dots — but in a muted color and a traditional shape.  I like that it’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes, and that it’s on a kind of great deal right now: take an additional 30% off sitewide all marked prices (which for the suit are already on sale). The marked price for the jacket is $169-$189, the pants are $99-119, and the dress (not pictured) is $119-$129.  Vintage Dot Jacquard Suiting

Looking for a great deal on a suiting set with lucky sizes? Check this glen plaid stretch suiting from Halogen — lots of regular sizes left in the blazer but lucky sizes only in the pants and skirt (and no markdowns at all in the plus sizes, alas).


Can You Wear Interesting Suits to Court?

Can Lawyers Wear Interesting Suits to Court?Can you wear “interesting” suits to court — colorful, patterned, fanciful, haute? (You know, kind of like in our weekly Suit of the Week feature?) Reader E asks — specifically wondering about this teal LK Bennett suit that Kate Middleton is wearing here and here — and I think it’s a great question for all the women lawyers:

This is a lawyer-specific question – can you wear interesting suits to court if it’s still a suit? I agree with previous suggestions here that a dress/blazer combo, unless its meant to be a suit, is not formal enough for court. But, my question is, what about things that are true suit sets but are more interesting – like an AT tweed suit, or the LK Bennett dark teal dress and jacket suit set that Kate Mid. has? Or do you think court suits have to be black/grey/navy and totally plain? Thx!

I can’t wait to hear what the readers say here.  For my $.02, I always think of my reaction to an article years ago about a young public defender who wore Balmain (at the time, their blazers had super pointy shoulders) and other couture suits to court.  The impression it left on me was a bad one — it seemed like she was not showing any respect for her clients or the fact that she was there to represent THEM, in life-altering matters, before stodgy judges and juries who may or may not have approved of her fashion choices (or her designer budget). Plus, as readers have pointed out in the past, wearing ostensibly designer, moneyed things in front of juries can be a bad move, particularly if you’re a public defender.

NOW: A crazy/trendy Balmain suit is one thing — a dark teal LK Bennett dress and jacket is another.  But where is the line? And are there different rules for “first appearance before the court” and “day 30 of a 6-month trial”? For my $.02:

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

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

I’m really excited that this is back in stock — I always thought it was a great dress. (A while ago it went out of stock almost as soon as I saw it!) It does have a very high neckline, but that could be nice if you want to wear a statement necklace or otherwise use it as a simple backdrop for a big jewelry piece. It’s also good to see that it has a non-exposed zipper. There are a lot of cute Catherine Malandrino dresses right now that you might want to take a look at, some with more of a party vibe. The pictured dress (which you can find in red at Macy’s) is available at Nordstrom in sizes 2-14 for $82. Catherine Catherine Malandrino Alistair Faux Wrap Front Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and herehere’s a plus-size alternative.

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