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So I seem to be a litttttle obsessed with green shoes lately.  And for $54, these are definitely in my wheelhouse. (Fun question: what are your favorite ‘fun’ sneakers — so many brands with staunch loyalty, such as Converse, Vans, Superga, Tretorns, Keds, etc…) Have you found that you wear them LESS or MORE since becoming a mom? Did you favorite sneaker brand change? Chuck Taylor® ‘Shoreline’ Sneaker

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Budget Thursday: Seamed Colorblock Dress

Society New York is one of Amazon’s fashion brands, and this machine washable dress looks like a great workwear piece. I like that it’s not too fitted — you don’t need to be Spanx-ed to within an inch of your life to wear it — but the shape is still flattering. I like that the colorblock pattern (also flattering) isn’t too Star Trek–y, as well. It’s gotten a couple of reviews so far, which are positive, and it’s eligible for Prime. Seamed Colorblock Dress

Here’s a plus-size option at Nordstrom.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Stay-Black Classic-Fit Ponte Blazer

Banana Republic has an interesting line called Stay-Black, which has special technology designed to resist wrinkles and fading, and is machine washable. There are a number of options, including leggings and dresses, although they seem to be getting pretty low reviews across the board. Still, it’s interesting to note that Banana Republic has this line — and it seems that most of the negative reviews have to do with sizing. So keep an eye out for sales, because I have a feeling they may be going on sale often. This blazer comes in sizes 0–16 in black, navy, and charcoal and is $148. Stay-Black Classic-Fit Ponte Blazer

Here’s a ponte blazer in plus sizes that’s also wrinkle-resistant and machine washable.

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: “The Point” Flat

I’ve been eyeing these cute flats from Rothy’s for a while now and I’m curious whether any of the readers have tried them. There are two styles, the Point and the Flat (which has more of a round toe), and they’re supposed to be like fancy ballet flats. They’re washable, made from recycled water bottles (and are recyclable), designed to be “blister-free,” and so on. We’re featuring these lovely, lipstick-red camo ones — I’m not usually a camo person, but this actually seems more like a fun snake print and not exactly camo. (Note that some colors will be retired soon.) They are a little pricey — $125 to $145. Rothy’s

A couple of flats that are more affordable and have fun prints are from Target and Sam Edelman at Zappos.

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Maternity Monday: Open-Front Cardigan

I did not know Autumn Cashmere is sold at Macy’s! Years ago, this was one of my favorite cashmere sweaters I’ve ever bought, and so it’s really surprising to see that Macy’s has so many Autumn Cashmere open-front maternity cardigans for great prices. This one was originally $250 and is now $70, and there are a bunch of colors, including brown and olive and the black pictured here. Maternity Open-Front Cardigan

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Weekend Open Thread

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I’m still ho-hum about crossbody bags for work, but most of my other objections (mostly arising from my dislike of crossbody straps as a busty woman) are wearing down because a lightweight crossbody bag is SO great for running errands on the weekend (and GREAT for being with little kids for those moments out and about when you don’t need the full Mary Poppins-like diaper bag). This slate gray Tumi one, available at Nordstrom’s big summer sale (see our workwear picks here) is lovely if you like a sedate, wear-with-everything kind of bag. It was $195, but is now marked to $117 in the sale. ‘Voyageur – Capri’ Crossbody Bag

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