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

These pleat front trousers from Leith have more than 300 mostly positive reviews. I know readers really love the J.Crew Factory drapey pull-on pants, so I thought I’d point out these as well. At full price, they’re $55 in black and tan, but the green ones pictured here are down to $32 (lucky sizes only). I like that they have pockets and that they’re hand washable. The pants are available in a similar style in sizes 1X–4X for $55. Pleat Front Trousers

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We’ve featured Tumi’s Voyageur backpack when we’ve talked about backpacks for work, and it’s still really popular, but I don’t know if I’d noticed the men’s backpack, which is the Harrison Backpack (from the Webster collection). I kind of like how understated it is — pretty nondescript. It has a handle on top for carrying when you’re not wearing it, and because it’s nylon, it’s very lightweight. It has exterior zip pockets, and the laptop sleeve fits laptops up to 15″. In general, it’s a very easy, versatile bag that’s appropriate for a lot of different places — and, be still my heart, it’s got a travel sleeve (but I guess most Tumi bags do, so that’s not really surprising). The bag is $395 at Nordstrom. Harrison Webster Backpack

This backpack from Briggs & Riley is a more affordable option at $169; it’s available at Zappos (but only eight are in stock).

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Ladies, are you doing #dryjanuary — or otherwise trying to back away slowly from alcohol? Do you have favorite mocktails to drink instead during Dry January? I did Dry January last year and found it really refreshing because I broke a lot of bad habits, and got a lot of clarity over when I actually want to drink instead of just drinking out of habit or because of social obligation. For example, most Fridays we have a regular dinner with extended family, and I found that that the first that my husband and I share is a really big thing for me. It’s an “us” thing (everyone else drinks wine), as well as a celebration of the week being done and the weekend arriving. On the flip side, it’s far too easy to get in the habit of pouring yourself a glass of wine while making dinner… or watching TV… or as just your default order if you’re meeting a friend out and about… and I find that glass of wine is hugely related to habit more than anything. It isn’t a celebration or a treat — it’s a reflex. Last year, Dry January actually extended into February for me because I got strep throat around my birthday at the end of January… and I lost eight pounds really easily, so there’s that. (Full disclosure: I gained all that back — plus most of my old habits or just as negative new ones — by mid-April — but I’m still grateful I did Dry January! I did really try to resist the pull of mid-week drinking without cause all year, though.)

So… what else to drink instead? I thought I’d round up some of my favorites… readers, are you trying to curtail your drinking as a New Year resolution or as part of Dry January? What are your motivating factors? What else do you drink? 

Water or Infused Water

Something I’ve only recently realized is that everyone has the perfect temperature at which they like to drink water, and that it varies pretty widely from person to person. I haaaate lukewarm or room temperature water, but will happily gulp down ice cold water. (But no ice cubes.) In the summer I often freeze a half-filled Nalgene bottle, then add cold water to it to take with me if I’m running errands. I enjoy lemon water water but not so much that it’s worth the extra trouble to me. I once tried to make jalapeno/grapefruit-infused water based on a recipe I saw online, and…. that is too spicy for me. 

What to Drink During TV Time Instead of Wine: Tea

I feel like it was just yesterday that I hated tea… but I’ve been into it for a while now. (We had a nice discussion on the best teas a while ago!) Rooibos tea was my gateway, and I started drinking it because it had been recommended as a wine replacement. It is not that — but it has a nice, non-bitey taste to it, and it’s caffeine free so it’s a good option for late afternoons or evenings. If I want a sweet hit at night while watching TV or reading I’ll make myself some fruity herbal tea or chocolate mint tea. This mojito marmalade tea looks all kinds of awesome. Funnily enough, I’ve since acquired a taste for black tea and earl gray tea… but I still find green tea hard to enjoy.

What to Drink During Meal Prep & Dinner: Seltzer

There are a TON of seltzers out there right now, and I’ve totally become the person who brings a case of Spendrift with me to parties in addition to wine and other nibbles. My favorite is Spindrift, but I’m also a fan of plain seltzer (or seltzer with a splash of juice) from the SodaStream (affiliate link) or LaCroix Cúrate in Cerise Limón.

Celebratory Non-Alcoholic Drinks:  Unicorn Juice

Readers turned me on to this, and it’s kind of fun to offer someone unicorn juice — it’s unflavored seltzer with a teaspoon or so of powdered pink lemonade. Yum!

What to Drink Instead When You Want Something a Little Zippy: Kombucha

Kombucha feels too expensive (and my fridge is too small) to drink it really regularly, but I like to have half a bottle or so during dinner every so often. (Note that kombucha has some alcohol content, but I believe it’s very small.) 

What to Drink Instead During Dry January: Fancy DIY Mocktails

If you want to get fancier, you can start making fancier mocktails with bitters. I’ve even heard of people who use gin-making kits to flavor a club soda, or to soak the flavorings in hot water to make a large batch of gin-flavored tea to keep in the fridge, either to mix with tonic water or to use with the Sodastream. The Kitchn has a lot of fancy articles on mocktails, including one on shrubs (which, whoa, look really interesting and now I need to order some). 

What to Drink Instead: Non-Alcoholic Versions of Alcoholic Drinks

I’ve heard amazing things about Seedlip Spirits, but have never tried them myself. Non-alcoholic wine is… kind of vinegary, IMHO, but it does exist. When I was pregnant I liked O’Douls non-alcoholic beer because everything else tasted too sweet to me (I am really not a beer drinker otherwise). Here’s a recent roundup from Esquire on non-alcoholic beers, and from The Spirits Business on non-alcoholic spirits. 

Readers, are you doing Dry January? What are your favorite things to drink instead during Dry January? If you’ve done Dry January before (or regularly take time away from alcohol), what have you learned during your dry periods? 

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

Loft has a ton of these keyhole blouses right now, and they’re apparently bestsellers — and when I saw this gorgeous, golden yellow, pindotted one, I just had to post. It’s so lovely and such an unusual color, and I like all of the little details, like the almost poms at the neck and the embroidered dots in general. As far as popovers go, this is a great, very easy to wear blouse, and there are a ton of colors and prints available. It’s machine washable and comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes (and it’s nice to see that they have petites up to size XXL). Lacy Dotted Keyhole Blouse

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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.

This simple houndstooth set from White HouseBlack Market looks lovely. I like the ruffle detail on the skirt, as well as the fact that the blazer has three buttons. The jacket (Houndstooth Suiting Blazer) is $170, and the skirt (Houndstooth Skirt) is $99. There are matching pants in regular and curvy fits, which I’m sorry to tell you, are cuffed. (Lots of good sales happening on the site if you like the fit — this purple velvet blazer looks like nice, and lots of their reversible dresses are in the sale section.)

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Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work 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.

Are you on the hunt for a new winter coat to wear on your commute to work? There are a TON of great options — and some crazy sales happening right now — so I thought we’d do a roundup. I’ve always advised here that wool coats are the more formal option and, in my humble opinion, often “look bettter” with conservative work attire — but I’ll be the first to note that down coats and puffer jackets have come a LONG way, and there are a ton of stylish options out there right now. (I know I’ve seen readers singing the praises of this particular coat.) Ladies, what do you look for in a winter coat — what are the most important qualities to you? Washability? Pockets? Hood? Warmth? Comfort? Do tell..

Here are some of our favorites out there right now…

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Uniqlo has a nice, classic-looking coat for a mere $79 on sale (down from $150). It’s available in four colors, but is only available in lucky sizes. Other really affordable options include an asymmetrical boiled wool blend coat for $129, with lots of sizes and colors left, and this hiiiighly rated walking coat for $150 in regular and petite sizes.

Wrap coats are really in right now, and this gorgeous, sophisticated option from Cole Haan comes down to $199 right now. I love that there’s a working hood! You can find a ton of similar options out there right now, including this fun purple wrap coat from Tahari, an online-only option from Ann Taylor, a sleek option from Judith & Charles, and a reversible one from Talbots in regular, petite, and plus sizes. If down is your thing, I’ve seen a lot of readers singing the praises of this jacket from Cole Haan (available in regular and plus sizes in knee- and calf-lengths). 

I keep hearing great things about Babaton coats, sold at Aritzia — and they’re down to $175 right now, at least for the wool blend — the alpaca/wool blend is $275, and the wool/cashmere is down to $250 . We’ve pictured the wool blend, but 

Stadium coats can be great if you don’t want a super fitted option — and I like all the pockets. J.Crew’s is very popular and highly rated (and on sale at Nordstrom and J.Crew, bringing it mostly under $200), but note that Everlane’s popular cocoon coat has a similar vibe. Talbots has a stadium coat in really nice rich jewel tones available now in regular, petite, plus, and plus-size petites (whoa, and for $135). If you like the neck coverage, this funnel neck coat from Ann Taylor is also nice.

Ted Baker always makes some of the most stylish winter coats, and this printed chevron coat (with the brand’s signature rose-gold details) is gorgeous. (The Ted Baker wrap coat has been around for several seasons now — I love the collarless-look once it’s buttoned-up.) It was $615, but is now marked to $399. Other drool-worthy brands to be sure to check out if you want something really stylish: Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Trina Turk, and, on the more affordable side, Helene Berman. (Also keep an eye out for statement coats at stores like Anthropologie, The Outnet, Last Call, and more!)

If you’re looking for an elegant, luxurious option, it’s hard to go wrong with Fleurette — but they’re definitely pricey. The pictured coat is made from “plush Loro Piana wool” and available in multiple colors — and it’s marked from $1200 down to $800. There are lots of other Fleurette coats if you like this look and want a discount; also keep an eye out for brands like Cinzia Rocca and Brooks Brothers.  

Readers, which are your favorite winter coats? Are you on Team Wool or Team Down? Have you bought any great ones recently? 

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Theory has some good sales going on right now, including these wool flannel slim-fit pants. They’re down to mostly lucky sizes, but the navy (pictured*) still has four sizes left, and it’s a pretty great sale: they were $335, but are now marked to $134. (Ooh! There are actually a BUNCH of pants in this price range, including other prints/fabrics in the pictured cropped pant; it looks like they’re changing the product’s name to the Good Will Classic Slim Crop Pant.) I like the pockets, as well as the fact that this particular pant has a bit of stretch to the fabric.   Wool Flannel Treeca Slim-Fit Pant

* For my $.02 the navy pants pictured are a bit too short on the model — but I wanted to picture one that had several sizes in stock. What are your thoughts on the hem length, ladies? 

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We all know I’m a fan of strappy pumps for work, but after watching the little video at Zappos I like them even more — I love a really high ankle strap like these have. The pointed toe and triangular heel are both on trend, and 2.5″ has always been my sweet spot for heel height. They’re $71 at Zappos in black and red, sizes 5-12; you can also find them at Nordstrom and Amazon. Franco Sarto Coralie

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Here’s a fun topic we haven’t gotten into in a while: what are some of the biggest designer mistakes for workwear that you see? Either things that make the garment unwearable… things that aren’t as appropriate for work as the fashion community seems to think… or things that just annoy you to death? In the past we’ve talked about designer no-nos like double-breasted blazers (now super in!) and hated workwear trends like sharkbite hems and exposed zippers, and more — but what are the biggest design mistakes for workwear that you’re seeing in 2019?

Some of my top designer mistakes for workwear would be:

1. Full-length bell sleeves, particularly in a dry clean only fabric. If you’re eating, writing with ink, or washing dishes, full-length bell sleeves are a pain in the butt. Plus, I have a feeling they’re going to instantly date any item you own with that feature.

2. Step-hems for workwear. Nooooooooooooo. So…. ugly. For denim I might be able to pass it off as fresh and trendy, but for workwear it just looks like a mullet or something. (Pictured at top!)

3. Loose wrap shirts that look like faux wraps but are just entirely open. I just ordered (and sent back) a top that I thought looked like it would be great — it was totally open in the front. Even when I was a nursing mother I wanted a bit more coverage. 

4. Party fabrics for day. We talked about this a bit in our post on wedding wear vs. office attire, but a lot of stores and brands seem to think “workwear” includes fabrics like tulle, satin, sequins and more. No thank you. I think the only exception here is with very traditional tweed blazers — sometimes a shimmery thread running through it is okay and gives dimension, but that shimmery thread should feel like less than 10% of the garment — probably a lot less than that. 

How about you guys — what workwear trends make you cringe right now? What design elements and more do you wish that you could persuade fashion brands and designers away from? 

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I forget if I’ve mentioned this before, but I only recently realized that Nordstrom started carrying Reiss clothing, including this sophisticated knit dress. (There are actually a lot of Reiss items on sale right now at Nordstrom, but note that they’re down to very lucky sizes.) I like that this pictured dress has a banded waist and pretty buttons down the slit, which (unlike some of the skirt slits out there right now) seems within the realm of appropriate for work. It’s available in both black and burgundy for $370 at Nordstrom. Sasha Button Detail Stretch Knit Midi Dress

Bloomingdale’s has a more affordable option from Donna Karan for $139; for plus sizes, try this skirt or this dress at Eloquii. 

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