Maternity Monday: Shirred Maternity Dress

This shirred maternity dress is a longstanding bestseller for Nordstrom and beyond — we’ve featured the sleeveless version before, but not the sleeved style. I like the flattering, body-conscious fit, all the color options (seven different colors!), and the fact that it’s machine washable. It’s $88, available in sizes XS-L. Ingrid & Isabel® Shirred Maternity Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.

Finally Friday: Kiltie Oxford

I haven’t really subscribed to the oxford trend before, but if you’re on the hunt for a flat shoe with laces that you can wear to work, these are very highly rated and they’re only $88.95 at Nordstrom. (Amazon has a few lucky sizes as low as $70.) Reviewers are talking about wearing them with cropped pants and cropped jeans, and I think it would be a cute look for the right woman. They’re available in the pictured black suede and also a two-tone natural suede, both in sizes 5.5–11. TOMS Kiltie Oxford

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Everyone Thursday: Sleek Spark Open Cardigan

I’m still really happy with my Pivotte cardigan I bought a long time ago, but if you’re looking for a less edgy version of a nice, pretty cardigan that’s not in a jersey, this one (in linen, viscose, and rayon) is a good bet. People really love NIC+ZOE — their four-way convertible cardigan is extremely popular. In this style, I like the details on the shoulders and the back. The cardigan comes in this heather gray, black, and a light, bright blue called “water,” and in plus sizes it’s available in blue opal. The regular-size version (XS-XL) is $148 and the plus, $168. NIC+ZOE Sleek Spark Open Cardigan

Here’s a lower-priced option and an alternative in plus sizes.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Swing Dress

This is highly rated (even if it doesn’t look super-flattering online) and readers have been really singing its praises. I can see it being a great dress if you’re coming back to work from maternity leave and want a more casual look (especially if you want pockets), or if you’re dealing with weight gain, or if you’re in your second or third trimester — because it’ll definitely fit a baby bump. This can also be a really easy layerable dress, and you could add a scarf and sleek pumps to make it a little bit dressier, or wear it with knee-high flat books and a longer cardigan for a more casual look. It’s machine wash cold, line dry, and it’s only $48 at Nordstrom. Soprano Swing Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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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Feeding Tuesday: Kids’ Stainless Steel Cups

We’ve had four of these mugs for about a year now, and I think it was a reader who recommended them originally. They’re great for kids! They’re stainless steel, so they’re easy to maintain and free of BPA — and of course, they won’t break if your kid drops them on the floor. They’re also a nice next step after the sippy cup, and if the drink you’re giving your kid is warm/hot or cold, the insulation will help keep it that way. There’s a version with a straw as well, which we have but have never used. Although these aren’t marked dishwasher-safe, we haven’t had any problems so far (and neither have most of the reviewers on Amazon). A pair is $11.99. (There’s a size for adults, too.) Housavvy Kids 2-Pack Stainless Steel Cups

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Maternity Monday: Melissa Maternity Top

I’ve always liked the brand Olian for maternity clothes — the quality was on par with what I was used to with the price range, things washed well, and I generally liked the designs. This swingy top could be great for work or weekend — and I like the hint of edge the faux leather accents bring. The top is $120, available at Nordstrom.  Olian Melissa Maternity Top

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Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.