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

We’re featuring this Lands’ End blazer in pink (available in regular and petite), but it also comes in a few other colors and a velvet plus-size version. It looks like a great basic blazer in a nice, fun pink with your basic twill texture (as well as felt trim under the collar). It’s got a lot of really good reviews, and it’s machine washable (which is par for the course for Lands’ End). There are still a lot of sizes in stock, and for the price, I would definitely give it a try. It was $159 full price, then down to $49.99, and with code CELEBRATE it’s only $37.49 today. Beacon Blazer

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I am honestly torn: I can’t decide which color of this flat I prefer. Problems, problems. This beigey caramel color is really lovely and would have that leg-lengthening effect if it’s a nude-for-you color — but the black version of the flat has a really great snakeskin texture that is so interesting. I’ve heard great things about the brand, Paul Green, but have yet to pull the trigger — any notes, readers? The shoe is $289, at Nordstrom.  Sadie Flat

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Today at CorporetteMoms we’re doing a mini-hunt for the best maternity dresses for work, from sheath dresses and beyond – please do check it out. But in the meantime, I thought now might be a great time to talk generally about what to wear to work while pregnant here at Corporette — what are your favorite maternity options for workwear? What gaffes have you seen pregnant women make in your conservative office — and who did you really think looked great? It’s been a while since we talked about the best maternity stores for workwear, how to hide an early baby bump, and what to wear to court when you’re pregnant – so let’s discuss.*

For my $.02, some of my general advice for maternity shopping for work include tips like:

  • Don’t buy maternity workwear too early — you just don’t know how you’re going to carry (low, high), where you’ll gain weight (bust, arms, bum), and so forth. Budgeting for your maternity wardrobe is already difficult, and the last thing you want is a bunch of wool low-rise maternity pants for your third trimester when a) it turns out it’s way too hot for wool and b) you vastly prefer high-rise maternity pants. (I’ve also advised readers not to buy a fancy diaper bag before you’re actually a mom — save it for a treat when your baby turns six months old or something else after you’ve been in it for a bit.) I could still wear my regular (non maternity) blazers until week 38 or 39 with my second child, and I never owned a maternity winter coat. Stylish maternity suits are notoriously hard to find (we’ll be updating this post soon)!
  • Maternity dresses are the easiest thing to wear to work when you’re pregnant. For underpinnings, I was a big fan of maternity Spanx and maternity tights — keep an eye out at Target for their more affordable line, Assets.
  • Raise the neckline. One of the first things you’ll notice when you’re pregnant (for me it was even before the at-home pregnancy test told us!) is that your bust will get bigger — if this makes you uncomfortable you may want to raise the neckline either with camisoles, demi camisoles, or even use statement necklaces to draw the eye upwards.  (Along those lines: make sure you buy bras that fit as needed through your pregnancy — I went through several sizes. You may want to buy nursing bras at the very end (this was our last discussion on the best underwire nursing bras over at CorporetteMoms) but personally I didn’t bother with maternity bras; I just bought my regular brands on sale.)

Readers, what are some of your best tips on what to wear to work when you’re pregnant? What looks worked best to help you feel and look professional when you were pregnant — and what did you throw back on the rack (or back in your closet) and say, nah, I’ll wait until I’m on the other side? 

* Just an administrative note, since I know people will wonder — I tend to think of the dividing line between Corporette and CorporetteMoms as being maternity leave, at least in terms of content from us (please feel free to discuss whatever you want in the comments). So for all the good stuff after maternity leave, please come check out our regular discussions at our blog for working moms!

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

I came across this Ann Taylor sheath dress when I was searching for something for the suit roundup we did last week — and I think it’s a great dress. I love the “winter emerald” color, which is a little unusual, and it also comes in “grenadine punch,” a bright orange. It’s lined, has a back vent and concealed back zip, and — because it’s Ann Taylor — you already know what you’re getting. It’s machine washable, too. The dress comes in regular and petite sizes and is $138, but with code SOREADY you can get 40% off, which brings it down to $83. Doubleweave V-Neck Sheath Dress

Nordstrom has a plus-size option from Tahari at the same price (but unfortunately it’s not currently on sale).

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I’ve been getting sale alerts for days, and it finally occurred to me: the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is here! (It officially started this morning, but they started marking things down a day or two ago.) The dresses for work are the main attraction, I think — SO MANY GOOD ONES UNDER $100! — but there are also a bunch of nice blazers on sale. Specific brands of note: there’s lots to love in the sale from Hugo Boss, Boden (!), Tahari, HalogenTheory, Equipment, DvF, Kate Spade New York, and Lewit. Some of these finds may be a little party focused, but if you’re on the hunt or have a very feminine style they sales may be for you: Ted Baker, Maggy London, Adrianna Pappell, and Eliza J.

Good deals on underthings from NatoriHanky Panky, Chantelle, and Spanx – and great deals on workout items from Zella and Beyond Yoga.

One important note: things are selling out quickly in the sale — so if you find something you really like that’s in stock and in your size, you may want to check out quickly rather than let it sit for an hour (or day or two). I inevitably shop for myself while I’m doing these sale roundups and heard sad trombones a few times when things I wanted sold out while they were sitting in my shopping cart, so I just made a few smaller orders instead of one big one.

Anything we’ve previously featured that is now on sale (and still in stock) is tagged here.

Some particular picks for workwear from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale of 2018, after the jump…


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Dresses for Work in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Pictured above, $33-$70: cobalt / black / pink sleeved / orange sleeveless / aqua

Pictured above: $77-$83: ruched / navy & white with pockets / black / bell sleeves / midi

Pictured above, $84-$398: navy / black / beige / gray cashmere / navy & white

Blazers for Women in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (Spring 2018)

Pictured above, $77-$217: black / plaid / plus / scalloped

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Tops and Blouses

Pictured above, $35-$118: black / cardigan / 

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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’m allllmost done with my big roundup of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale for workwear… in the meantime, do note that there are a ton of Hugo Boss suits on sale. This “cozy grey melange fantasy” has all four pieces still in stock in a good range of sizes — some of the other ones we’ve featured recently are also on sale. (In fact, everything we’ve featured recently that is now part of the NHYS sale is tagged here.) They still aren’t cheap, of course — the jacket and dress are both marked down to $418, the skirt is $224, and the pants are $231.

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We try to keep our major shopping guides updated regularly, but sometimes they need a major overhaul — that’s been the case for our Guide to the Best Tops for Under Women’s Suits for a while now. I’m proud to say we’ve finally done it — you can check it out here. In the meantime, ladies, let’s talk: what are your favorite, most stylish tops for under suits?

For my $.02: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’ve always been a fan of wearing slightly fancy t-shirts under suits whenever possible, provided they’re easy to launder — I particularly like that a sleeved bottom layer means that my suit blazer can go longer without being laundered. I’d say my next favorite option is the popover blouse, like many readers have noted — much less problems with gaping! On the flip side, a cowl top is one of my least favorite things to wear under suits — they never seem to lay properly with the lapels. Similarly, wrap tops can sometimes fight the line of the lapels — and for me anything that’s too high-necked (like a crew neck or turtleneck) is usually not flattering, and requires extra thought to “lower the neckline” with a pearl necklace or something. The secretary blouse, as pictured here, has never been one of my favorites — too hard to get the tie just right — but it can be a great look (and it’s one of Selina Meyer’s favorite looks!).  Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your favorite stylish tops for under suits? Is there anything you definitely wouldn’t wear under suits? Do you prefer to layer different tops under jardigans or cardigans, or can your closet do double duty?

Pictured: Deposit Photos / CITAlliance

Curious about some of our other major guides for workwear? Check them out here:

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

Happy Wednesday! Today’s pick is a great peplum suit jacket at Saks. It’s certainly affordable at $137, down from $275, and considering the discount, it has a pretty good range of sizes still in stock. To me, this looks like just the kind of blazer to keep in your office. It’s probably not going to be confused with too many suits that you have, but it also has a little personality and feminine feel to it while remaining very conservative. Check out our recent post on how to wear blazers with dresses — and we’ve also talked about how to buy a blazer to keep in the office. This certainly looks like a good one if you’re on the hunt. Peplum Suit Jacket

A plus-size option is available at White House Black Market.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale has begun! From now through June 3, you can save up to 40%. We’ll have a roundup later this morning, so stay tuned!

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I always like a nice blue bag — if you haven’t had one before you’ll be surprised how versatile the bag can be against workwear. Blue bags look great with black, navy, gray, white, and other neutrals, and can be a nice pop of contrast against reds — but blues plays nicely with other colors like pastels and darker greens and purples. Another bonus: because blue bags often don’t go well with denim, you can find them on sale — like this Kate Spade one, marked from $328 to $219. Nice. thompson street – marti leather shoulder/crossbody bag

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

I always like a good notched neckline — it’s less tricky than a straight V-neck (too high, too low, too gapey) but almost universally flattering. I like to stick with round-shaped necklaces like pearls or tiny station necklaces, but that’s me; pendant necklaces can also look great. The gray color here is nice and I like that it comes in sizes 00 to 20W (it also comes in black but in less sizes). It’s $175 at Of Mercer.  Hudson Dress

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