Budget Thursday: Jersey-Knit Shift Dress

I’ve given a shoutout to Old Navy’s t-shirt dress in the past, and for $24 this dolman-sleeve shift dress looks like a good bet for work. It’s obviously not the thing you wear for your big presentation (unless for whatever reason you really love this dress and the way it makes you feel!), but I think for a casual-office basic (or casual-day basic), it would work well. It’s highly rated, it comes in four colors and three size ranges, and it’s machine washable. Jersey-Knit Shift Dress

Update: WHOOPS — just realized the wrong image was pictured with this post. My apologies, guys! (We’re really having a bang-up week here. Sigh.)

Two plus-size options are from Vince Camuto and Suzanne Betro.

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Washable Wednesday: Elbow Sleeve Ponte Sheath Dress

Lands’ End has always had great washable sheath dresses, and this year they’ve got a ton of options with elbow-length sleeves and … pockets, which is really great. We’re featuring the rich cardinal windowpane, but note that it comes in a zillion colors in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes. (Do note that these are not lined, if that matters to you.) The dress is $89.95 full price ($99.95 for tall and plus sizes). Elbow Sleeve Ponte Sheath Dress

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Accessory Tuesday: Caroline Pump

This pump is highly rated at Nordstrom and has the sort of grandma heel that that’s very popular right now, with patent leather and a cute little bow. It actually looks very much like the Ferragamo Vara pump that has a price several times higher. I think it’s a classic look and is especially good for not-so-great weather. Michael Kors shoes are always highly rated, and their Flex pumps are in our Workwear Hall of Fame. If you like the look of these, I would definitely give them a try, especially if you’re looking for a dupe for the Ferragamo. The shoe comes in sizes 5.5–10 in black and the pictured color, and is $115. Caroline Pump

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Maternity Monday: Floral Maternity Sheath Dress

Floral maternity sheath dressEver have one of those days where it feels like you’re moving underwater? Yeah, that’s my Monday. So: Macy’s has a ton of cute maternity dresses on sale (plus free shipping over $49, which is better than their usual minimum, I believe) — this gray and blue floral one seems interesting and fun while also being work-appropriate and versatile. It was $88, but is now $49, available in sizes S-L. Maternity Sheath Dress

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If you’re looking for a new pair of skinny jeans for fall, do consider velvet — not only are they soft, machine washable, and on trend, they are also acceptable for both date night, play dates, and general errands. Score. Nordstrom has a ton of options SO MANY options, almost exclusively among the higher end denim brands right now. Something about these purple J.Brand velvet pants spoke to me, though — lovely. They’re $228-$278. ‘815’ Mid Rise Velveteen Super Skinny Jeans

Corduroy pants are a good substitute if you don’t want to pay the price for velvet — I have these $60 skinnies myself.

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Family Friday: Kimono Bodysuits

Kimono bodysuits were some of my favorites for those early wobbly-baby-head months — I just felt like it was SO much easier to get my boys into them without having to pull a shirt over their head. (Of course, you can also go the way I went and just keep your kiddo in footed pajamas or a swaddle+diaper for that time too). With my first kiddo it seemed very hard to find kimono body suits and I wound up paying a TON for them when I did find it — like upwards of $20 for a single bodysuit. So I was thrilled (well, for those of you with small babies or baby showers to attend, at least) to see that Uniqlo had a TWO-PACK of kimono bodysuits for $9.99.  Say what? Nice. BABY CREW NECK LONG-SLEEVE BODYSUIT

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