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Tired of dipping into the same old work wardrobe?

A shift dress makes the perfect workday staple. This one will give you lots of mileage, with a lightweight tweedy material that spans three seasons and makes climate control a breeze.

Add a scarf or a cardigan in the cold weather months; wear it sleeveless in spring and fall. You can also layer a lightweight turtleneck or long-sleeve T-shirt underneath it, for a jumper effect.

With post-holiday sales, you can pick up the entire ensemble -- including boots, bag, jewelry, scarf and dress -- for less than $150. It doesn't get much smarter than that.


Shift your perspective. Simple, well-cut dress with defined empire waist detailing makes your morning routine easy. $23.99 (on sale) at LOFT, various locations.


Shine on. A little patent leather kicks up your outfit. $29.99 (on sale) at Marshalls, various locations.


Seeing red. A colorful scarf adds a little oomph. $12.99 at Target, various locations.


Hold everything. With its simple, structured design and hardware, this bag looks like it would cost a lot more. $19.99 at Marshalls.


Full circle. Sterling silver earrings are unique yet basic enough to wear everyday. $14.99 at Target.


Arm candy. Rhinestones add a girly touch, chain links a bit of edge. $29.99 at LOFT.

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